laskaqwerty

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Hi all,

My laptops just kicked the bucket so I'm going to invest in a proper rig now I've got the space for it.

Will primarily be used for gaming and I want it to be reasonably future proof; happy to spend about £1500 (don't mind sneaking a bit over though) all in (including monitor et cetera) and this is what I was thinking:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 motherboard (Or potentially Asus P9X79 PRO?)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32gb (4 x 8gb) DDR3-1866 Memory 240 pinn (is Kingston HyperX or GSkill Ripjaw much better?)
Storage: Segate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Drive
SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120gb 2.5" Solid State Disk
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (although I do like the look of this and it's only £80 more http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-palit-gtx-680-jetstream-28nm-pcie-30-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-1536-2-x-dl-d thoughts?)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD writer
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24" monitor
Keyboard: Steelseries 6Gv2 / Das Keyboard
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical Mouse

These are the parts on a pcpartpicker list http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/pcU5 [Note the keyboard is a placeholder as it's ~same price as a SteelSeries]

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, any improvements very welcome!

Really I want the absolute best I can get, don't want to have to buy another one in a year or two, and want the best cooling/power supply et cetera so it doesn't just melt 2 weeks after buying!

Will be purchasing this end of December/Start of January (after a couple more paydays!) so if there's anything being released in near future feel free to add that to suggestions!

Thanks in advance!
 

g-unit1111

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I completely understand wanting the best - but that RAM is *WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY* overkill for a gaming rig. 1866 is useless, and the tall heat sinks on the Vengeance will not make installing a D14 easy. I'd also get a different SSD - I'm in the minority when I say I really hate Intel SSDs. That PSU is a good choice, I also think the peripherals are kind of overkill.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.57 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£152.33 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.67 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£304.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case (£134.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£71.55 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1203.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-25 01:08 GMT+0000)

The difference gives you plenty of room for a nice monitor and whatever peripherals you want. The case I picked is one of the best available right now. The SSD I picked won an editor's choice here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/240gb-256gb-ssd-review,3313.html
 

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I would go with whatever G-unit does.

Although, I would disagree with the A-DATA SSD. Intel is so confident that their SSDs are great that they gave it a 5 year warranty.
 

g-unit1111

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I had an Intel SSD and had nothing but problems with it. I now use a Samsung 830 and have had zero issues with it. I generally pick recommendations based on Tom's editor's choices and a variety of other sources. The SSD I picked won an editor's choice here so it has to be good.

Pretty much the answer to most questions on this forum.

To quote the movie Clerks: "I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule." :lol:
 

laskaqwerty

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Get the Dell. It's pretty much all the rave.

Don't get the 680. You spend 100 quid more over the 670 for more or less 5% gains which isn't really worth.

4gb is actually the standard for gaming. 8gb is already SUPER FUTUREPROOF. 16gb is just wasting money. :)

Love the case btw.
 

laskaqwerty

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Thanks for that! I think I'll stick with 16gb just so I will never have to worry about not having enough RAM incase I want to use any super memory intensive programs, it's only about £20 more anyway!

I've put in this MSI power edition overclocked 670 which seems to be the best one from what I've read, but does anyone know better? http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/msi-video-card-n670pe2gd5oc

Also is it worth spending a little extra to get a GOLD certified PSU? Like this one http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/nzxt-power-supply-hale90750m
 

g-unit1111

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Corsair Vengeance RAM is good - make absolutely sure that you get the low profile version.

The 680 isn't really worth it - you pay a huge premium for not a lot of extra performance gain. EVGA has excellent customer service but their problem lies in that they don't deviate from reference designs all that much - especially with the cooling. The Gigabyte Windforce has one of the best coolers you can get. I hear good things about the MSI Twin FROZR but I'm definitely not the biggest fan of MSI around here.
 

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In that case I think this is about final:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.57 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£152.33 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.67 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£134.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (£215.46 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1401.14 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-25 19:23 GMT+0000)

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/pqcW

Is it worth upgrading the PSU to a gold certified version? If so which is best? (The link above?)

Other than the obvious mouse/keyboard/operating system is there anything else I'll need to buy especially to build this? Thermal paste? Anti-static bands? Et cetera.
 

laskaqwerty

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Also do people think it's worth a waiting for the January sales to get this, I was going to buy I'm not sure what sort of discounts you get on computers parts if any at all!

Sorry for the double post too!
 

laskaqwerty

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Then that is what I shall do! Is there anything on the spec list you'd recommend i change? What's your opinion on bronze vs gold certified PSUs?
 


The recent drivers put it way way ahead of the 670 in terms of gaming as well as other stuffs.
 

laskaqwerty

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Which would be the best 7970 to go for? I'm thinking either this gigabyte version with windforce cooler version: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7970-overclocked-5500mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-2048-cores-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-mdp-

or this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-msi-radeon-hd-7970-lightning-5600mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1070mhz-2048-cores-4x-mdp-2x-dvi-plus-free-g

or alternatively perhaps http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-sapphire-radeon-hd-7970-vapor-x-ghz-edition-6000mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-2048-cores-dp-2x-dvi-

Which one of these 3 are best? Or is there an even better 7970?
 

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I'd go with the Vapor X myself. Sapphire makes great cards.
 

laskaqwerty

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Should I go for:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-297-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=

or

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-303-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=
 

heizenbrg

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that looks like a good setup, just finished my rig, nh-d14 i5357k and the gigabyte geforce 670. I think choosing between the 7970 and the 670 was a trade-off. I got the new asus vg278he 144hz monitor that supports nvidia 3d vision, so I had to go with nvidia. keep in mind that amd's hd3d is not as good as nvidia's. G'skill sniper series ram work well with the noctua. Otherwise seems like a good build.
 

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If you're only running one monitor, unless it's one of those 1440p super high res monitors, the 7970 is a bit of an overkill, with 3gb of ram. Hell, even the 670 I bought is an overkill for what I have. But if you're really set on it, get the lightning ( vapor x seems to be discontinued on newegg and is also hard to get) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670
you get 3 free games, the new hitman, medal of honor,etc, which seems pretty dope.