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December 12, 2012 5:26:40 PM

Hoping to put together a new system over xmas - goal is a good amount of initial power, and flexibility to add to / improve over the next 4 years.

I'm not an overclocking expert / enthusiast, so will probably just go for a simple, mild overclock using the mobo's auto feature.

It's a fair chunk of cash, so any expert advice on the below parts list would be much appreciated.

Thanks!


Parts List:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K (£169)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RUZKK6/ref=asc_df_B007RU...

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 (£120)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JRGW1I/ref=asc_df_B007JR...

Power: OCZ Technology 750W Fatal1ty (£76)

http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-750w-fatal1...

Case: Coolermaster Haf X (£120)

http://www.box.co.uk/Cooler_Master_HAF-X_Full_Gaming_Sp...

SSD: Samsung 256gb 830 (£150)

http://www.ebuyer.com/398216-samsung-256gb-830-series-s...

Standard HD: Seagate 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM 64MB Cache (£97)

http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seagate-3tb-barracuda-inte...

GPU: SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X- 3 GB (£230)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12781961/art/sapphire-t...

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (£23)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/11643609/art/cooler-mas...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8 GB DDR3 - 2133 MHz / PC3-17000 - CL11 - 1.5v (£45)

http://www.technextday.co.uk/products/Memory/DDR3-SDRAM...

Total cost of parts = £1030





Approximate Purchase Date: : Next fortnight

Budget: < £1050

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Office Work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No - will run W7

Overclocking: Yes - light < 4.3

SLI or Crossfire: No - maybe future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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December 12, 2012 5:53:17 PM

cool build but maybe try these as upgrades

processor - good
graphics card- good but a 7870 is good enough for 40 - 45 fps on gpu intensive games on max £190
cooling - maybe upgrade to water cooling h80i by corsair around £80
better psu - corsair tx m 750w £80
December 12, 2012 5:59:02 PM

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cooling - maybe upgrade to water cooling h80i by corsair around £80


No. If you're going to do liquid cooling use the real thing or don't use it at all. Closed blocks are not a huge improvement over strong air coolers.

That's a pretty good start but on that budget I think I would switch things up a bit:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.89 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.92 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£151.39 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£90.96 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£72.29 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1017.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 19:58 GMT+0000)
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December 12, 2012 6:06:39 PM

Thanks for the advice so far guys. Will definitely take onboard some of the suggestions.

Wondered if the improved coolers would be overkill given modest overclock ambitions? But, at the price, the Noctua looks like amazing value.

Keen to keep a fully modular PSU if at all possible for neatness.

Interesting to see different views on gpu: go for more vs scale back. I guess I'm undecided.

Thanks a million
December 12, 2012 6:39:47 PM

Keep them coming please guys...
December 13, 2012 5:22:49 AM

I saw this cooler and thought it looked really good also has temps almost the same as the noctua

nzxt havik 140mm http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

it would look really nice in this case too http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

or maybe this one http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

with this ram http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mushkin-1600-999-Silver-Interna...

or just some corsair vengeance :) 

more ram this goes with the graphics card http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-1600MHz-Dominator-Plati... corsair dominator is pricey but looks really good

gpu I would still recomend the 7870 the I have is this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7870-d...

processor intel i5 3570k

motherboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z77-Extreme4-Motherboard-Suppor...

i know it is cheap but its a really good board or the asus sabertooth z77( make sure to get a z77 motherboard for the 3rd gen intel processors.
December 13, 2012 5:33:23 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. Does anyone have a different pov on this spec:

Parts List:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K (£169)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RUZ [...] B007RUZKK6

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 (£120)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JRG [...] B007JRGW1I

Power: OCZ Technology 750W Fatal1ty (£76)

http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-t [...] ntent=Q200

Case: Coolermaster Haf X (£120)

http://www.box.co.uk/Cooler_Master [...] e_shopping

SSD: Samsung 256gb 830 (£150)

http://www.ebuyer.com/398216-samsu [...] m=products

Standard HD: Seagate 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM 64MB Cache (£97)

http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seaga [...] b2c_monday

GPU: SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X- 3 GB (£230)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12 [...] r-x-3.html

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (£23)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/11 [...] sor-c.html

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8 GB DDR3 - 2133 MHz / PC3-17000 - CL11 - 1.5v (£45)

http://www.technextday.co.uk/produ [...] did=789392

Total cost of parts = £1030




Approximate Purchase Date: : Next fortnight

Budget: < £1050

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Office Work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No - will run W7

Overclocking: Yes - light < 4.3

SLI or Crossfire: No - maybe future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
December 13, 2012 5:47:18 PM

xjdsx said:
I saw this cooler and thought it looked really good also has temps almost the same as the noctua

nzxt havik 140mm http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...
processor intel i5 3570k

motherboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z77-Extreme4-Motherboard-Suppor...

i know it is cheap but its a really good board or the asus sabertooth z77( make sure to get a z77 motherboard for the 3rd gen intel processors.


That cooler is decent, there's others I would recommend like this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Or this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

And the Sabertooth is not worth the money. That thermal armor does not make it worth purchasing as it traps more heat than it prevents.
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