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New Build : Heavy use, Adobe and Gaming PC - £1500/$2300 budget

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May 16, 2012 3:44:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 6 months

Budget Range: £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy use of Adobe suite, hardcore gaming

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, any other that ship free or cheap to UK

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nVidia GFX

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: 2 GFX cards as I have a 4 monitor setup, or GFX with 4 DVI on same card.
12GB or RAM minimum, I have 6GB DDR3 at current, and find it running out quickly.
Case fans, extra fans and CPU cooling to be as quiet as possible

Cheers
May 16, 2012 3:45:33 PM

so far I've found this

Intel Core i7 3930K
£440

ASUS P9X79 PRO
£191

Ballistix 16GB kit
DDR3 PC3-12800 • 8-8-8-24 • DDR3-1600
http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid...
£112

Noctua’s NH-D14 SE2011
£66

Green Aerocool X-Predator
£104

ASUS GTX 570
£250 x 2 = £500


£1413
extra cash for more fans, TIM etc

any objections or opinions?


EDIT:
after adding it all up, with 2 GTX 570's im nearly at my budget.


what are people opinions of knocking the Intel Core i7 3930K down to a Intel® Core™ i7-3820.
less cores and threads, cache etc but the 3820 stock speed is higher at 3.6ghz. but worth a saving of £200? to put on other components?
May 16, 2012 6:52:09 PM

IMO, anything over 4.5 GHz has diminishing returns, meaning I'd get the Hyper 212 EVO. That cooler is meant for 5 GHz.
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May 16, 2012 7:45:58 PM

AppleBand said:
so far I've found this

Intel Core i7 3930K
£440

ASUS P9X79 PRO
£191

Ballistix 16GB kit
DDR3 PC3-12800 • 8-8-8-24 • DDR3-1600
http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid...
£112

Noctua’s NH-D14 SE2011
£66

Green Aerocool X-Predator
£104

ASUS GTX 570
£250 x 2 = £500


£1413
extra cash for more fans, TIM etc

any objections or opinions?


EDIT:
after adding it all up, with 2 GTX 570's im nearly at my budget.


what are people opinions of knocking the Intel Core i7 3930K down to a Intel® Core™ i7-3820.
less cores and threads, cache etc but the 3820 stock speed is higher at 3.6ghz. but worth a saving of £200? to put on other components?


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX... £323.99 inc VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 670 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC) [N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC]


http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY... £94.99 inc VAT
G.Skill RipJawsZ 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual/Quad Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL) [F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL]

May 17, 2012 7:32:38 AM

Cheers for those links.... but surely the timings on the Ballistix are better than the RipJawz?
May 17, 2012 7:34:55 AM

Yes, they are.
May 17, 2012 7:38:16 AM

So an extra 1msec on the 3 timings, but same overall, for a saving of £15.
I'll take it into consideration tho, thanks.
Won't be buying/building this for about a month or 2 anyway, I want it before the i46 gaming event in late Aug :) 


EDIT:
Looking for a PSU now, have my eye on Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W Power Supply or the NZXT Hale82, any suggestions?
May 17, 2012 9:32:21 AM

Why_Me, would you say that the RipJawz memory you posted, is 44mm or less in height?
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/show [...] subcat=813 £94.99 inc VAT
G.Skill RipJawsZ 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual/Quad Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL) [F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL]
May 18, 2012 11:20:20 AM

The Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W has the advantages (over the Hale82 850W) of higher efficiency, quieter fan.
However on full load it (and all members of the SPG series) have ripple and noise on the 12V and 5V rails which get very close to the spec. Which would put me off buying one.
The Hale82 series has the advantage of having very long (70cm) 4+4pin cables, which would be useful for routing that cable behind the motherboard tray in a large case like the Aerocool XPredator.
However when I say that the SPG has a quieter fan that is as much because the Hale82 series is very noisy as because the SPG does well.

This review explains it in more detail:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/nzxt-psu...
Which shows the fan curve of the Hale82 units. They start at 1100RPM and accelerates after a 300W load and ends up at 2300RPM at full load.
So I would look elsewhere for a quiet unit.

NZXT Hale90 series, Corsair AX/HX series and Antec HCP series are top quality units which are going to be quiet/reasonably quiet and don't increase the price from what I'm seeing.

According to G.Skill's website the height of those RipjawsZ modules is 40mm:
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=427
May 18, 2012 12:37:47 PM

Hi Silvune,
Thanks for the great reply, I will need to research the PSUs you mentioned but in your opinion out of the 3 you've picked which would you go for?

And cheers for the RipJawz link, I can now rest easy my RAM will fit ;) 
May 18, 2012 10:14:09 PM

The NZXT Hale90 would be my choice. This is because it will have the slowest spinning fan on full load, something like 1200RPM on the 850W version, if you are unlucky. And the 4+4pin cables are 70/75cm long, which is 5-10cm longer than on the other units.
!