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£650 PC with 660Ti

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September 30, 2012 11:13:38 AM

£156.89 Processor Intel i5 3570K Quad 3.4Ghz (Will be overclocked to 3.5Ghz)
£23.88 CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Processor cooler
£59.99 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3
£25.99 RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 DDR-3 1600Mhz
£67.27 Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 3.5"
£229.00 GPU GeForce GTX 660 Ti (Overclocked a bit)
£45.55 Case and PSU CiT Orion with 500W PSU
£29.99 Boot SSD OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB SATA-300 2.5"
£638.56 Total Ebay could be cheaper
Uses Build Practice, Gaming, Photoshop, Video Streaming, Overclocking
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Is this alright for the above uses/ Is the 660Ti worth the £60 over the 660 non ti?


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September 30, 2012 12:33:38 PM

You should save some money and buy Windows 7 home premium instead.
It's a lot cheaper and not a lot worse.

If you've already got the Ultimate however... well ok.

The GTX 660 Ti is NOT worth 60 pounds over the GTX 660.It's around 10% faster and becomes even slower when you turn on AA.
You should either spend 10 more pounds and buy a HD 7950.
Which is a much more balanced card.It's faster will run cooler, doesn't have memory bottleneck issues and is much more overclockable.

Or you could also buy a HD 7870 which is a bit faster than a GTX 660 and a bit slower than a GTX 660 Ti(closer to the Ti).

With the saved money you should upgrade the motherboard.The one you've got right now will give you lots of issues if you even try overclocking your CPU.It's just not made for overclocking(despite the Z series chipset).It will also not work with your CPU before you update it's BIOS.

If you've decided to get a HD 7950 then you haven't got a lot of money left so just switch the motherboard to this one.
It's just SO much better than the gigabyte you listed.
And also switch the CPU to a Core i5 2500K

If you're into rebates get this SSD instead

You should also get a good, high quality power supply like this one
or this one

October 1, 2012 2:35:40 PM

if you're still into Gigabyte, I suggest the Z77X UD3H, it's a good mainstream board. I read on Gigabyte's blog that they were able to overclock the 3770k to 7 GHz. Of course, they used extreme cooling too. But that's a good indicator of the board's quality. :) 
October 1, 2012 5:23:06 PM

I only want it overclocked to 3.5Ghz, will I still need a better board?