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June 1, 2012 9:39:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: The next few weeks

Budget Range: £1500-£1700 (Lower is preferred

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Music, College Work

Parts Not Required: Mouse Keyboard and Headset *Monitor IS Needed*

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.scan.co.uk or www.aria.co.uk but if another site has a better price that is fine

Country: England

Parts Preferences: A nice looking case, possibly an intel CPU unless someone can come up with a better build with an AMD one

Overclocking: Yes for the CPU

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: Preferabbly 1920x1080 or higer

Additional Comments: Just make sure it runs games well and wont overheat if overclocked and running high end games.

I have not yet chosen any parts, which is why I am here to see what you all have to say about this build and budget range, I have learned a lot in the forums and I am now asking on what your advice would be for a PC with this budget.

Thank you

Mac

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a c 246 4 Gaming
June 1, 2012 10:28:21 PM

Here you go:

Case: Antec 1100 - £89.94
PSU: XFX Pro Series 750W - £75.30
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - £104.12
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - £179.22
Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B - £43.07
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 1.5V - £43.34
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - £106.00
HD: 1TB Western Digital 7200 RPM - £93.37
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - £66.23
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - £328.40
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - £71.64
Monitor: 24" Viewsonic VA2448-LED LED (Backlit) Monitor, 1920x1080, 5ms, 300cd/m², 10000000:1, Black, Full HD - £138.29

Total: £1,355.70
June 3, 2012 10:27:37 AM

Thanks :)  that leaves some money left over as well so I dont have to spend it all
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June 6, 2012 8:52:21 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do to improve the build? A bigger monitor would not fit on my desk so what else would you recommend I get?

Thanks again

Mac
a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 9:03:57 AM

Get a bigger SSD.. OR if your budget is £1700, get a second GTX 670.
a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 10:21:51 AM

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-500... £86.98
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis, Black

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-750w-xxx-black-edition... £101.98
XFX 750W XXX Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular PSU

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-6-s1155... £149.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3570k-s1155-... £175.99
Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-612s-... £31.93 Inc VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 612S CPU Cooler

http://www.dabs.com/products/g-skill-8gb--2-x-4gb--ares... £41.98
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) ARES DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Orange

http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-240gb-ssdnow-v-20... £169.99
Kingston 240GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 6GB/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata... £64.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-670-915mh... £329.98
Asus GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire... <----- review of that card w/benchmarks

http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-dvd-rw-sata-black... £12.99
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-p... £69.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-ml229h-22--led-ips-wi... £155.55
Asus ML229H 22" LED-IPS Wide Angle VGA/HDMI

http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/ML229H/#overvi... <----- another look at that monitor

Total: £1392.33 inc. vat
June 7, 2012 8:19:50 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-500... £86.98
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis, Black

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-750w-xxx-black-edition... £101.98
XFX 750W XXX Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular PSU

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-6-s1155... £149.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3570k-s1155-... £175.99
Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-612s-... £31.93 Inc VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 612S CPU Cooler

http://www.dabs.com/products/g-skill-8gb--2-x-4gb--ares... £41.98
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) ARES DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Orange

http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-240gb-ssdnow-v-20... £169.99
Kingston 240GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 6GB/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata... £64.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-670-915mh... £329.98
Asus GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire... <----- review of that card w/benchmarks

http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-dvd-rw-sata-black... £12.99
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-p... £69.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-ml229h-22--led-ips-wi... £155.55
Asus ML229H 22" LED-IPS Wide Angle VGA/HDMI

http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/ML229H/#overvi... <----- another look at that monitor

Total: £1392.33 inc. vat


Would you recommend this over the other build?
a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 8:38:23 AM

MacHooper said:
Would you recommend this over the other build?

Ya. Bigger SSD, better cooling for that Asus card, better monitor imo and a modular psu. The one thing the other build has that's better is the cpu cooler. That's an easy fix though. Dabs sells Noctua cpu coolers so just switch that Cooler Master I posted from Scan for a Noctua from Dabs.
June 7, 2012 3:20:10 PM

Why_Me said:
Ya. Bigger SSD, better cooling for that Asus card, better monitor imo and a modular psu. The one thing the other build has that's better is the cpu cooler. That's an easy fix though. Dabs sells Noctua cpu coolers so just switch that Cooler Master I posted from Scan for a Noctua from Dabs.


Thank you
June 13, 2012 4:56:10 PM

Why_Me said:
Ya. Bigger SSD, better cooling for that Asus card, better monitor imo and a modular psu. The one thing the other build has that's better is the cpu cooler. That's an easy fix though. Dabs sells Noctua cpu coolers so just switch that Cooler Master I posted from Scan for a Noctua from Dabs.


I changed some things around and this is what I ended up with let me know what you think

CPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-3570k1155-...

GPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gainward-gtx-680-pha...

RAM: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Motherboard: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-sabertooth-z77-inte...

Cooler: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/noctua-nh-d14-2011-dual-...

SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-crucial-realssd-m4... (I don't really need 240GB as it will most likely only be the OS and maybe one or two other things on their)

HDD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-st2000dl003-...

PSU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1050w-powercool-pc-1050a...

Monitor: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-iiyama-ple2409hds-bla...

And I already have a Disc Drive and OS sorry I should have mentioned that before but let me know what you think and what should be changed and why :) 
a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2012 8:27:36 PM

Well lets break it down some.

Motherboard

Asus Sabertooth Z77 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 £174.92

ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 S1155 Intel Z77 £149.98


It's a difference of £30. So for £30 more what does that Asus offer that the Asrock board does not? It must be something special for an extra 30 quid. Maybe it has 24K gold plated heat sinks?


Power Supply

1050W Powercool PC-1050AUBA, 80 PLUS £94.92

XFX 750W XXX Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular Silver Rated £101.98


This one is too easy. The psu is one of the most important components of the build. Your psu goes and chances are it's taking other components with it...usually it's the motherboard. You have a generic brand no name psu up there that can't even get Bronze efficiency vs that XFX that's manufactured by Seasonic which is arguably the best psu manufacture out there not to mention it's Silver rated. That Powercool is too expensive for a paper weight and not heavy enough to use as a boat anchor. It serves no purpose.


Graphics Card

Gainward 2GB GeForce GTX 680 Phantom NVIDIA Graphics Card £478.42

Asus GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI £329.98

Another easy one. That Gainward 680 you have up there is 150 more quid than the Asus card I posted and what do you get for an extra 150 quid? That Asus card has non reference cooling and will o/c like a beast without even upping the voltage to surpass that generic brand reference cooled Gainward 680.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- those benches were done with a stock reference cooled EVGA card.


Monitor

24" Iiyama PLE2409HDS Black Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1920x1080, 1000:1, 300 cd/m², 2 ms, VESA £132.29

Asus ML229H 22" LED-IPS Wide Angle VGA/HDMI £155.55

I posted one of the very few 2ms IPS monitors available on the market. I know of a few people myself that are holding off on purchasing a new monitor until that Asus monitor gets to the US which is suppose to be within the next few months. That monitor just hit the shelves in the UK not more than a month ago now. You need to google IPS vs TN screens. TN had the advantage with gaming for the fact they could get a low response time (2ms) out of them. Now Asus and I believe Samsung have finally come out with an IPS screen that has that low response time. You managed to trade out a monitor that most gamers who also like to watch movies would give left testicle to have.


CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWM fans, LGA2011 only £66.29

Coolermaster Hyper 612S CPU Cooler £31.93

Normally I would give the Noctua the nod but seeing how the one you chose only works on socket LGA 2011 boards meaning you won't be able to use it...well ya. Stick with Noctua but find a cooler that works with socket 1155 boards. That's what your building...socket 1155.


As far as the SSD's go you screwed most of your money away on that over priced graphics card and board so ya I can see why you didn't take advantage of going with a 240GB SSD. 128GB fills up faster than you might think.
June 14, 2012 12:44:47 PM

Agree with everything here, one point to make the gainward phantom is hardly reference cooling and focuses on silence.
June 14, 2012 3:32:24 PM

Okay well I will just go for your build then :)  thanks for all the help
June 17, 2012 9:06:25 PM

Why_Me said:
Well lets break it down some.

Motherboard

Asus Sabertooth Z77 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 £174.92

ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 S1155 Intel Z77 £149.98


It's a difference of £30. So for £30 more what does that Asus offer that the Asrock board does not? It must be something special for an extra 30 quid. Maybe it has 24K gold plated heat sinks?


Power Supply

1050W Powercool PC-1050AUBA, 80 PLUS £94.92

XFX 750W XXX Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular Silver Rated £101.98


This one is too easy. The psu is one of the most important components of the build. Your psu goes and chances are it's taking other components with it...usually it's the motherboard. You have a generic brand no name psu up there that can't even get Bronze efficiency vs that XFX that's manufactured by Seasonic which is arguably the best psu manufacture out there not to mention it's Silver rated. That Powercool is too expensive for a paper weight and not heavy enough to use as a boat anchor. It serves no purpose.


Graphics Card

Gainward 2GB GeForce GTX 680 Phantom NVIDIA Graphics Card £478.42

Asus GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI £329.98

Another easy one. That Gainward 680 you have up there is 150 more quid than the Asus card I posted and what do you get for an extra 150 quid? That Asus card has non reference cooling and will o/c like a beast without even upping the voltage to surpass that generic brand reference cooled Gainward 680.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- those benches were done with a stock reference cooled EVGA card.


Monitor

24" Iiyama PLE2409HDS Black Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1920x1080, 1000:1, 300 cd/m², 2 ms, VESA £132.29

Asus ML229H 22" LED-IPS Wide Angle VGA/HDMI £155.55

I posted one of the very few 2ms IPS monitors available on the market. I know of a few people myself that are holding off on purchasing a new monitor until that Asus monitor gets to the US which is suppose to be within the next few months. That monitor just hit the shelves in the UK not more than a month ago now. You need to google IPS vs TN screens. TN had the advantage with gaming for the fact they could get a low response time (2ms) out of them. Now Asus and I believe Samsung have finally come out with an IPS screen that has that low response time. You managed to trade out a monitor that most gamers who also like to watch movies would give left testicle to have.


CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWM fans, LGA2011 only £66.29

Coolermaster Hyper 612S CPU Cooler £31.93

Normally I would give the Noctua the nod but seeing how the one you chose only works on socket LGA 2011 boards meaning you won't be able to use it...well ya. Stick with Noctua but find a cooler that works with socket 1155 boards. That's what your building...socket 1155.


As far as the SSD's go you screwed most of your money away on that over priced graphics card and board so ya I can see why you didn't take advantage of going with a 240GB SSD. 128GB fills up faster than you might think.


Would you reccomend going for a XFX 850w rather than 750w just for some headroom for overclocking cpu and gpu and eventually getting a second 670? or will 750w be enough?
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 9:43:00 PM

MacHooper said:
Would you reccomend going for a XFX 850w rather than 750w just for some headroom for overclocking cpu and gpu and eventually getting a second 670? or will 750w be enough?

Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for two 670's but the 750w gives you plenty of headroom for o/c, extra drives, fans, etc.... with juice left over.
June 20, 2012 8:40:05 PM

Why_Me said:
Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for two 670's but the 750w gives you plenty of headroom for o/c, extra drives, fans, etc.... with juice left over.


Okay well thanks for the help :)  will go for the 750w you suggested just in case, I appreciate all the help and will come back if I have any problems, although it will probably be in a new thread in the homebuilt section dependent on what the problem is.

Thanks again.

Mac
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