New build - £700 budget

Hey,

Just after a bit of advice with a new build, got a budget of £700 and literally just on it at the moment. The build is...

(£89.98) Intel i3 2120 (Sandy) - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-2120-s1155-33ghz-5gt-s-hd2000-igp-850mhz-3mb-cache-core-r-33x-65w-retail

(£239.59) Evga gtx 660 ti - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/evga-gtx-660-ti-28nm-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-915mhz-boost-980mhz-cores-1344-2x-dl-dvi-dp-hdmi

(£83.72) Asus p8z77 v lx - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-lx-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-d-sub-(vga)-

(£44.16) Corsair 8gb ddr3 vengence - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-vengeance-blue-ddr3-pc3-14900(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v

(£47.98) Seagate 500gb drive - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-seagate-st500dm002-barracuda-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache-85ms-ncq

(£59.99) sandisk 120gb ssd - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-83000-iops-max

(£88.50) Corsair 750w psu - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-corsair-enthusiast-series-tx750m-modular-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-

(£35.98) xilo touch Case - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/xclio-touch-320-full-black-mid-tower-case-with-2x120mm-blue-led-silent-blade-fans-w-o-psu

Essentially are there any compatibility issues or better parts for around the same price. I'm also assuming the stock fan will be fine as I'm not planning to overclock.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Quite good, with a couple of reservations. Whilst they will work together, the CPU and motherboard are mismatched. The Asus Z77 mobos are excellent, but they are really intended to get the most out of unlocked Ivybridge CPU's. If you intend that, as an upgrade route, fine, although I doubt the benefit would justify the cost. If not, one, or other ought to be changed. Personally, if you don't want to use something like i5-3570K, and overclock, it is at least worthwhile getting one of the latest Ivybridge i3's. There would still be some doubt whether it was REALLY worth having a Z77 board, but it would, at least, a better balance.
    The other point is, are you planning on adding a 2nd GPU, in SLi, in near future. If not PSU is way oversized. Stick with Corsair (or Seasonic), but 550W is plenty enough. Even 500W would be "adequate".
    Case is a bit "qwerky", but seems OK, except lacking front USB3.
  2. PS At least think about Samsung 830, or Crucial M4, for SSD. Bit more expensive, but better.
  3. Cheers for that will reconsider the processor as reducing the PSU should give me a bit more cash to play around with, as for the SSD I could budget a corsair or M4 64G but 128G is more suitable as I know it's not wise to fill it over a certain amount. If I do go for a 64G how much should I keep free to maintain performance?

    Thanks
  4. Generally 128GB is as much about value for money, as much else. Does depend a bit on your main hard drive. If it's good, and FAST, then there's no need to put more than OS, and software/games you use most, on SSD.
    As to free space, I tend to work on keeping more than the size of my largest single file, although that may not be very "scientific".
  5. Lagauros said:
    Hey,

    Just after a bit of advice with a new build, got a budget of £700 and literally just on it at the moment. The build is...

    (£89.98) Intel i3 2120 (Sandy) - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-2120-s1155-33ghz-5gt-s-hd2000-igp-850mhz-3mb-cache-core-r-33x-65w-retail

    (£239.59) Evga gtx 660 ti - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/evga-gtx-660-ti-28nm-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-915mhz-boost-980mhz-cores-1344-2x-dl-dvi-dp-hdmi

    (£83.72) Asus p8z77 v lx - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-lx-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-d-sub-(vga)-

    (£44.16) Corsair 8gb ddr3 vengence - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-vengeance-blue-ddr3-pc3-14900(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v

    (£47.98) Seagate 500gb drive - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-seagate-st500dm002-barracuda-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache-85ms-ncq

    (£59.99) sandisk 120gb ssd - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-83000-iops-max

    (£88.50) Corsair 750w psu - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-corsair-enthusiast-series-tx750m-modular-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-

    (£35.98) xilo touch Case - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/xclio-touch-320-full-black-mid-tower-case-with-2x120mm-blue-led-silent-blade-fans-w-o-psu

    Essentially are there any compatibility issues or better parts for around the same price. I'm also assuming the stock fan will be fine as I'm not planning to overclock.

    Thanks in advance


    How about this


    CPU, Mobo, RAM bundle: i5 3570k, P8Z77-V-LX, 2X4GB RAM £310
    http://www.ebuyer.com/390717-intel-gamer-bundle-with-asus-p8z77-v-lx-motherboard-intel-i5-3570k-processor-intel-gamerbundle-v2

    GPU: Radeon 7850 OC Edition £165
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008HV63F0/ref=asc_df_B008HV63F09594754?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B008HV63F0

    PSU: XFX 550w £50
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-P1-550S-XXB9-PRO550W-Edition-Supply/dp/B004RJ8EKI/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1347193967&sr=1-1

    CASE: Coolmaster Elite 430 £35
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-RC-430-KWN1-Elite-Window/dp/B003OEDJTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1347194020&sr=1-1

    HDD: Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm £85
    http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1tb-black-desktop-drive-wd1002faex

    OS: Windows 7 OEM 64bit £80
    http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-licence-and-media-1-gfc-02050

    You need a DVD-Drive but any cheapo will do really...

    TOTAL= £725 IF you need to save drop the HDD to smaller cap.
  6. spat55 said:

    OP didn't have OS in original build, so, hopefully he's already got that. In which case, he can still squeeze in SSD, but, nice build.
  7. malbluff said:
    OP didn't have OS in original build, so, hopefully he's already got that. In which case, he can still squeeze in SSD, but, nice build.


    Thanks :)
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