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Final parts check (£1300)

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August 9, 2012 5:14:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Regular gaming in maxed out settings where possible

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk Aria.co.uk

Location: Manchester, UK

Overclocking: Yes. CPU only

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

These are my parts i will be buying:

Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor Retail £175.40
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard £154.52
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-in...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

MSI 2048MB GeForce GTX 670 OC NVIDIA PCI-Express Graphics Card £287.60
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-670-overcloc...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-965mhz-boost-1045mhz-cores-1344-2xd

Corsair CMPSU-850HXUK HX 850W Modular Power Supply (PSU) £119.82
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-corsair-hx-cmpsu-85...

RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB £35.99
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v

Cooler: Corsiar H100 Water cooler £82.92
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-h100-hydro-serie...

120GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3 Series SATA III - 6Gb/s Solid State Drive £76.94
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-corsair-force-seri...

HDD: 1TB Seagate HDD £62.38
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-...

CD drive: Samsung SATA 22x DVD Writer SH-S222BB/BEBE Black Internal OEM £13.18
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Black Mid Tower Case with Side Window w/o PSU £141.88
http://www.ebuyer.com/252622-corsair-obsidian-650d-mid-...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-obsidian-series-...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM Operating System £76.44
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home...

8 pin extention cable £5.50
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/40cm-akasa-flexa-8pin-at...

NZXT CB-LED20-BU LED Blue Cable 200cm £10.19
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/200cm-nzxt-cb-led20-bu-b...(80)

A friend put this together for me based on what sort of games i would be playing. BF3, MOH, League of legends, D3 ect. The only part that i am not certain on is the motherboard. I have little to no knowledge about motherboards so i would like some advice as to which are the good motherboards arround the £150 price range. I have heard of Lucid virtu MVP or something along them lines that aparently is well worth having on a motherboard. What are your thoughts?

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August 9, 2012 5:24:54 PM

That looks good but don't waste your money on cables with fancy lights, extension cables, things of that nature.

Switch out your primary SSD with this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-samsung-830-series...

Drop the liquid cooler - I keep saying that a closed block like the H100 is the very low end of the liquid cooling spectrum. Go with a real custom loop or don't do one at all. A strong air fan like the Noctua D14 will give you the exact same results, it's cheaper and safer as well.

Make sure your RAM is low profile as well, otherwise everything else looks good.
August 9, 2012 5:28:20 PM

Check if that mobo supports SLI. I'm not sure if it does. But if it supports sli you're good to go. Y
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August 9, 2012 6:07:10 PM

a better choice

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ed01


get the psu from overclockers.uk since the one that is listed in the price list is a older model which you dont want to get
August 9, 2012 6:23:15 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
Check if that mobo supports SLI. I'm not sure if it does. But if it supports sli you're good to go. Y


Yes it does. There is a SLI logo on the board its self just underneath the CPU slot
August 10, 2012 11:35:47 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good but don't waste your money on cables with fancy lights, extension cables, things of that nature.

Switch out your primary SSD with this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-samsung-830-series...

Drop the liquid cooler - I keep saying that a closed block like the H100 is the very low end of the liquid cooling spectrum. Go with a real custom loop or don't do one at all. A strong air fan like the Noctua D14 will give you the exact same results, it's cheaper and safer as well.

Make sure your RAM is low profile as well, otherwise everything else looks good.


I need the 8 pin extension cable as my friend had trouble with the 8 pin cable and the 650d. So to be safe its better just to buy it. The LED kit is something i feel is a must for "High end" pcs if done correctly. I really don't want the D14 as its stupidly big. I am replacing the fans on the h100 with the NF-f12 fans to make it run pretty much silent and still perform well. As for the SSD change? What is wrong with the corsair SSD? it seems faster and is cheaper and is by a much more reliable brand imo. The only possible issue i may come across is the SSD needing a firmware update to stop the common blue screening problems which is no hassle at all. Thanks for your post. =]
August 10, 2012 12:38:44 PM

samsung is much more reliable and faster than corsair

you buy the extension when you need one. makes more sense

id stick with the d14. kinda stupid you have to spend more money on something when something that is cheaper performs about as well
August 10, 2012 12:43:43 PM

oh and you could get corsair sp120 quiet edition fans as well. much better than stock fans and perform like noctuas without the price and the colour
August 10, 2012 12:52:12 PM

TheBigTroll said:
samsung is much more reliable and faster than corsair

^+1

Corsair makes excellent cases, PSUs, RAM and so on, but there are a lot of better options when it comes to SSDs, like Samsung.
August 10, 2012 5:04:45 PM

nafoni said:
^+1

Corsair makes excellent cases, PSUs, RAM and so on, but there are a lot of better options when it comes to SSDs, like Samsung.


I agree, if they use a controller other than Sandforce then I'd suggest it. I just got a Samsung 830 and I wonder why I didn't get one sooner. :lol: 
August 10, 2012 5:08:16 PM

sandforce is doing nice for my system given my ssd uses toggle nand but yeah samsung is having some great deals lately
August 11, 2012 11:41:00 AM

So, what are the differences between the 2 SSD's? To a noob like me the Corsair seems faster
August 11, 2012 5:35:38 PM

TheBigTroll said:
oh and you could get corsair sp120 quiet edition fans as well. much better than stock fans and perform like noctuas without the price and the colour


So glad you posted this. the noctua fans are ugly as hell whilst the corsair fans are pretty nice looking =p Its also only 1-2 degree difference between them. BUT! with them being £20 for a double pack compared to £20 for a single noctua fan, i could essentially setup push pull for the same price, it would be quieter and would most likely perform the same if not better =p
August 11, 2012 6:09:13 PM

im probably going to get them as well if corsair stock case fans are too loud
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