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April 16, 2012 7:29:47 PM

Build Revision 1
How Is this Revised version (Has All the components i need) This Is really at the edge of my budget and just went up by £10 so tell me if i can change something without compromising long term performance
CHANGED Signifies a change from the Last build so i mainly want verdicts on theese (and whole build as a whole)
How well will it run
TES V:SKYRIM
BF3
Crysis 2
Guild wars 2

I will rather buy from Overclockers UK and DABS now due to shipping costs
Please dont convert amercian prices ( such as new egg) as things are alot more expensive due to TAX

RAM CHANGED Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Red £35
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-8gb--2-x-4g...

PSU CHANGED OCZ Technology ZS Series 750W 80+ Bronze Power Supply £60
http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-zs-series-7...

CPU My MAin choice It will either 2500k or 3570k which do you think will be better (£143.94 +)
A. for gaming
B. for overclocking
C. Lifespan
D. Value for money

CPU Cooler Get later on as i dont Need to OC intial build 'Will i need to get thermal paste if i get a fan later on i dont want to do that

Case HAF 912 (NOT Plus) £53
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

GPU Sapphire HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £258
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

MB CHANGED ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX £110
'Is this the Best VALUE MB with 2x PCI express 3.0 and has the ability to overclock CPU and GPU?

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155...

New Build :£660
RAM "£ -5"
PSU "£-19"
MB "£+35"

Previous Components (Changed for this Build)
RAM Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance Blue DDR3 1600MHz £40
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-8gb--2x4gb--vengea...
PSU Corsair Memory 800W Gaming Series GS800 £79
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] -7JST.html
MB Asus P8Z68-V LX S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX £75
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus- [...] -7PGM.html
Total Price = £649 LOL

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April 16, 2012 9:54:02 PM

Edit by going to the bottom of the post and clicking the icon that looks like a sheet of paper with a pencil (I think that's what it shows). Anyway...

Your PSU is overkill. This is plenty good enough: http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-tx650-v2-65...

I'd get the MSI Twin Frozr II OC version of the 7870... it's really really nice.

For the Mobo.... if you're going IB (i5-3750k), get a Z77. Otherwise, this is good.

Now... for the CPU. IB (i5-3570k) is the same as the i5-2500k, but the next generation. However, there have been many, many rumors going around that the i5-3570k is running very hot. I'm assuming they'll have their issues worked out soon, but you WILL NOT be disappointed in the i5-2500k... the difference is mediocre at best. So... going down the list for your criteria:
A)i5-2500k is THE BEST for gaming (meaning realistically without spending a lot of $$$)

B)Great (and I mean GREAT) for overclocking

C)I don't know much about the lifespan because it's only been out for a year! No issues so far, though (not me, I mean in general I haven't heard of any issues)

D) Depends if you're overclocking. It's a great value if you're overclocking (and I seriously suggest overclocking), but if you're not, you're better off with the i5-2400.


Obviously, your GPU is bottlenecking... but there isn't a GPU out there that won't bottleneck the i5-2500k, because CPUs will generally not inhibit GPUs from working. You've got a great build, and I would seriously suggest getting a CPU cooler for overclocking... you won't be able to go far on the stocks with overclocking. I suggest the Hyper 212 series (Evo is best, 212+ will do).

Also, I know many people have concerns about longevity of their CPUs when they overclock. It DOES decrease the longevity a LITTLE (unless you overclock way past the amount your cooler can tolerate), but by that I mean it'll go from... say... 15 years to 10 years. Chances are, you'll upgrade your CPU by then. It's also worth it... really! Don't upgrade to an i7... no realistic difference.
April 17, 2012 1:26:18 AM

The rumors say the IB CPU's will cost a lot more than SB. It's coming out in 13 days. I suggest waiting to see if it will be expensive or not, and if it is, pick up a SB for a discount. The GPU is not a bottleneck. It's a very good GPU. Get a 600w PSU.
April 17, 2012 1:43:47 AM

Not a lot more. It'll cost $225 for the i5-3570k (equivalent of i5-2500k). That's the same price as SB when it came out. Also, that GPU is good, but it is still a bottleneck. There is no GPU on Earth that will be bottlenecked by an i5-2500k... but that doesn't mean the GPUs are bad.

Just because a GPU is good doesn't mean it can't bottleneck. Bottlenecking is when one component is held back by the other. CPU > GPU at this point.

600W is enough, but there aren't many at the deal that 750W is. Try Seasonic.
April 17, 2012 2:01:40 AM

The Ivy Bridge i5 3750K should come under 170 quid.

If your looking at a board that runs dual cards...that Asus board you chose does not, then look at this one down below.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB... £119.98 inc VAT
Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard [90-MXGKX0-A0UAYZ]

or this board...

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa... £109.99 inc vat
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

If you want a board that runs a single card...no future second card then look at this board.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa... £85.99 inc vat
ASRock Z77 Pro3 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

For a psu to push two of those cards then look at this one down below. That Corsair 800w is manufactured by CWT for Corsair and it's not one to be recommended.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £62.39 inc. VAT
750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

For a single card set up then look at this psu.

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/550W... £43.19 inc. VAT
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

For RAM...

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/... £32.39 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte #996995 (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+... £59.99 inc. VAT
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - HDD

April 17, 2012 3:49:54 PM

ddan49 said:
Edit by going to the bottom of the post and clicking the icon that looks like a sheet of paper with a pencil (I think that's what it shows).

It wouldnt let me edit it its a now bug here in the uk so their is a work around so i will try that if it works i will edit my post to show new build
April 17, 2012 4:30:24 PM

torchwood_3 said:
Build Updated

That build looks solid. :) 
April 17, 2012 6:00:54 PM

Why_Me said:
That build looks solid. :) 

What specs do you think i can play those games on
April 17, 2012 6:24:33 PM

torchwood_3 said:
Thanks but their was a good review on here that reviewed them all and it performed very well indeed

Iv'e never seen that Saphire care do bad in any review. That 7870 is a beast for what it cost.
April 17, 2012 6:46:10 PM

Sapphires are good.. but MSI Twin Frozr OCs are better (or MSI Hawks). Try to get one of those (7870, of course). Everything looks good! Should be able to max out any game... maybe BF3 would need 4xAA instead of 8xAA to get 60fps, but the rest of games can be maxed out.
April 17, 2012 9:22:41 PM

ddan49 said:
Sapphires are good.. but MSI Twin Frozr OCs are better (or MSI Hawks). Try to get one of those (7870, of course). Everything looks good! Should be able to max out any game... maybe BF3 would need 4xAA instead of 8xAA to get 60fps, but the rest of games can be maxed out.

How much better ?? would i et simlar results if i OC Sapphire?
April 17, 2012 9:25:40 PM

torchwood_3 said:
How much better ?? would i et simlar results if i OC Sapphire?

The MSI card runs cooler than any other card I know of, but it also comes down to price point. It depends on how much that MSI card cost compared to the Saphire and how much FPS you gain on the o/c of each card. That matters most if your on a tight budget. If your not then it's the MSI card for sure.
April 17, 2012 9:28:54 PM

Why_Me said:
The MSI card runs cooler than any other card I know of, but it also comes down to price point. It depends on how much that MSI card cost compared to the Saphire and how much FPS you gain on the o/c of each card. That matters most if your on a tight budget. If your not then it's the MSI card for sure.

My budgets already over so prob will go for one as when i buy my build the offer for sap prob will be over so its not much difference
April 18, 2012 2:00:48 AM

It's... a difference. But Sapphire won't let you down.
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