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My £700 build, seeking assistance.

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October 31, 2012 9:59:47 PM

Hello this is my current build:

MSI_Nvidia_Geforce_GTX670_PCI
http://www.box.co.uk/MSI_Nvidia_Geforce_GTX670_PCI-Expr...

Gigabyte-GA-Z77-D3H
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1231042/Gigabyte-GA-Z7...

INTEL-Core-I5-Ivy-Bridge-3570K
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1215643/INTEL-Core-I5-...

Crucial-CT064M4SSD2-64-GB
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1294764/Clearance%3A-C...

CORSAIR-2-X-4-GB-DDR3
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1278447/CORSAIR-2-X-4-...

Seagate-ST31000524AS
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/47789/Seagate-ST310005...

CORSAIR-GS700
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1603086/CORSAIR-GS700-...

ZALMAN-Z11-Plus
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1603229/ZALMAN-Z11-Plu...

Corsair_Hydro_H80
htthttp://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1288379/CORSAIR-Hydro-...

Totalling at £835
Im planning to overclock the i5 to around 4.3-4.5GHz.

It is mostly for gaming and general use/programming, gaming will be games such as BF3 and dishonored at high to very high settings.
Where can i save money? Around £140, can i save £100 by buying the gtx 570 and is the water cooling too powerful?


Thanks

October 31, 2012 10:13:05 PM

You don't need water cooling.
If you are on this kind of budget, don't go all out with water cooling.
Get a Corsair TX750, also about your ram, get low profile RAM, those heatsinks are useless.
and with your budget, drop the SSD, your build will suffer if you decide to purchase an SSD, SSD's are nice and all, but if your budget is limited, its best not to get it, so you can get the best primary components.
October 31, 2012 10:16:04 PM

Haha, there's no such thing as 'too powerful' watercooling - yours is actually underpowered compared to comparable air coolers. Get yourself a Noctua - it'll perform better and be quieter.

You could switch over to a 570, but that's a fairly big performance hit. I'd take a look at what radeon has to offer in your price range - their 7000 series is slaughtering NVidia.
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October 31, 2012 10:39:38 PM

thank you very much for the responses
October 31, 2012 11:10:24 PM

Well here's the build which comes in under £700:

Intel i5-3570K (£158 @ AriaPC)
http://skinflint.co.uk/761856

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H (£76 @ AriaPC)
http://skinflint.co.uk/749612

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU (£27 @ Ebuyer)
http://www.ebuyer.com/342352-crucial-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-b...

Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 (£183 @ CCL Online)
http://skinflint.co.uk/745773
A 7870 will outperform a GTX 570.

Samsung SSD 830 Series 64GB MZ-7PC064B (£53 @ Ebuyer)
http://skinflint.co.uk/740895

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003 (£53 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/686480

Zalman Z11 Plus (£50 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/684860

OCZ ZS Series 650W (£52 @ CCL Online)
http://skinflint.co.uk/631079

Thermalright HR-02 Macho (£30 @ OCUK)
http://skinflint.co.uk/664436

Total: £682

Good sites that I know of include:
Amazon UK
Aria PC
CCL Computers (CCL Online)
Dabs
Ebuyer
Microdirect
Novatech
Overclockers UK
Quiet PC UK
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