£700 (~$1100) Programming, multimedia/editing, gaming. i5 3570K

I am looking to upgrade my computer and was wondering what advice you guys could give me.

Budget of around £700, maybe £725 if I push it a little.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.
Country: England
Overclocking: Maybe (will need to get better CPU cooler first, I plan to use stock cooler to start with)
SLI: Maybe if I can afford it.
Current Monitor: 1080p
Current Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, speakers (not all that great but I'll upgrade them some other time), I have some Arctic Silver 5 still lying around.
If the parts are available on ebuyer.com then I can get them in the same order, but otherwise not too fussed about which website (as long as they ship to England without extreme postage costs).
Should be pretty quiet (as quiet as possible without sacrificing performance). No more than mid-tower sized case, the case can't be too ugly (although my definition of an ugly case is probably different from yours).

I built my current comptuer from scratch a few years ago and have upgraded it a couple of times since. It has an intel E8500 3.16Ghz Dual Core, 1x 250GB hdd, 1x 500GB hdd, Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT, 4GB 800mhz DDR2 RAM, sus P5N32-e SLI Plus motherboard, 500 watt PSU. I plan to sell this to my brother for £150-£200.

Aside from the typical browsing the internet and emails, being a student I use my computer a lot for educational purposes, I want to study Computer Science so I do quite a lot of programming. I also do some photography at school and as a hobby and I am quite interested in graphic design. I am also interested in editing/producing movies as well as recording/mixing musing, although I don't do a lot of that at the moment. I am a drummer and I plug my electric drum kit into my computer to play along to music (I just use the headphone jack, no need for sound card). Of course, I'll admit, I do like to game on weekends. ATM I mostly play source games (TF2, Portal 2, Nuclear Dawn); however I plan to get hold of some newer FPSs soon (Battlefield 3, Planetside 2), but none of them would run on the graphics card I have now (not 1920x1080, that's for sure). With my new build I would like to play most modern game at 1920x1080 on high settings.

Currently the parts I am looking at are:

GTX 560Ti 1GB GDDR5 (I'm not sure exactly *which* 560Ti card to get yet, any

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache Socket 1155

8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 RAM 1600Mhz (not too fussed about brand, as long as it has one)
(maybe this? http://www.ebuyer.com/274413-corsair-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-red-vengeance-memory-kit-cl9-9-9-9-24-1-5v-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9r)

Preferably a Z77 chipset motherboard, although I would accept a Z68 (I would like the option to overclock even though I probably won't for a few months until I get a new CPU cooler. I would also like to be able to use the onboard graphics chip in the CPU to trancecode video. The SSD caching sounds nice, but I will try and get a bigger SSD and use it as my primary hard drive)
At the moment I'm looking at the Asus P8Z77-v LX
(what, if any, merrit is there in buying a more expensive board?)

A 600+ watt PSU that has at least 80 plus efficiency (at least bronze certified) and is quiet. At the moment I'm looking at the Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU
I have read quite a lot of reviews on http://www.silentpcreview.com and I am still quite unsure about what PSU to get. I'm assuming it is not advisable to replace the fan inside the PSU, or you would at least break the warranty by doing so. As such I have been quite interested in getting a PSU that is pretty quiet as I can always get quieter case fans and CPU cooler but replacing the PSU costs a lot. However a lot of the PSUs on silentpcreview.com are quite expensive and I'm not sure it's worth the money.

Some bog standard DVD rewriter

A >= 1.5TB hdd, looking at Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III 7200 RPM 64MB
cache. Is there any reason to get the XT model? I'm not too fussed about how "green" my hdd is, and 5400 RPM is probably too slow. (Also, I don't want a HDD that is extremely noisy as the only way to fix that would be to get a different one)

A nice case as I don't intend to buy a new case for quite a few years, It can't be bigger than a mid-tower as I don't have enough room, looking at Silverstone Raven RV02
This is not available on ebuyer.com and I haven't looked elsewhere yet.
Still not 100% sure about case. Spent ages reading reviews here at TH and at techradar.com and couldn't come to any conclusions. I plan to get a good case that will last me for a few years at least. It needs to have good cooling performance and be pretty quiet (hopefully very quiet, but not at the sacrifice of cooling). I would like a side window, USB 3.0 front panel, sideways mounted HDD for easy insert/removal, big fans (definitely NO 80mm fans!), cable management and good looks! As far as LED's go, as long as they turn off I don't mind (could be quite bright at night and disturb my family).

After purchasing this I will save up again to get an SSD and better CPU cooler. Depending on what else I need I will also look at more RAM and/or a second HDD. If I can eventually afford it I will look at a second GPU for SLI. I will need to upgrade my keyboard/mouse some time as well. As I do a lot of programming I plan to get quite a good one (any mid-range gaming keyboard or ergonomic keyboard should meet my needs. Maybe both, then I can get macros and comfort!). I will also be getting a good mouse for my graphic editing and gaming. All of this can wait though.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long message, I hope I have provided you with sufficient information, if you have any further questions just ask. Does that sound like a sensible build to you? Do you have any suggestions or changes?

To summarise, I would most like to know (in order):

1) *which* 560 Ti to get, unless you suggest a totally different graphics card (bear in mind that current parts I am listing are only just in budget so I can't afford anything much more expensive).

2) Which PSU to get.

3) Which case to get

4) If the Asus P8Z77-v LX is fine for a motherboard, if not which MB to get.

5) Any reason to get different HDD

6) Any reason to get different RAM

Or should I get totally different parts?
(I understand the i5 3570K is about 10% better than the 2500K for only £5 more, which is less than 5% more expensive, so I'm guessing at least my CPU choice is good?)
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  1. If you can fit it in your budget, I'd try to splurge for the Radeon HD 7850. Depending on which games you want to play, the 7850 could be a better decision. It's definitely a more efficient and powerful card, but some games just prefer Nvidia hardware.

  2. aicom said:
    If you can fit it in your budget, I'd try to splurge for the Radeon HD 7850. Depending on which games you want to play, the 7850 could be a better decision. It's definitely a more efficient and powerful card, but some games just prefer Nvidia hardware.


    I had heard as much in some of the reviews I'd read. It does seem that the 560 Ti did perform marginally better for Battlefield 3 and Portal 2, but not much else. It is perhaps also a tiny bit quieter, but fans can be changed.

    I guess what will decide it for me is what processing (cuda?) and rendering options are available on each of the cards.

    Aside from that what do you think of the other parts? PSU? Case?
  3. Okay, after much consideration and review-reading this is what I'm planning to get:

    Silverstone Fortress FT02r-w (limited exition) second hand off ebay - already purchased for £100 + P&P

    Antec TP-650 PSU - £69.99

    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz - £177.96

    G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX - £37.32

    Samsung DVD±RW - £12.99

    Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA - £85.00

    Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 - £94.50

    Sapphire HD 7850 2GB - £179.00

    Total excluding case: £656.76
    Budget excluding case: £660.00 :D

    Post note (feel free to ignore:)

    No speakers/mouse/keyboard/monitor needed. I will buy a second HDD for backup as well as an SSD. I will also need to get a better CPU cooler some time but the stock one should work for the time being (especially given that I have the best case for air-cooling according to bit-tech.net). I may also get more ram if I need it. I don't know if the PSU I'm planning to get would support a second GPU. However I do plan to eventually get a 1000W+ PSU for future-proofing (a seasonic PSU - *drools*). By the time I get all that my CPU/MB (and maybe RAM) will be outdated, but at least I won't have to upgrade my case or storage again for a while!)
  4. Does it matter that the ram is 1.5V?
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