How is my rig ?


May 24, 2012
i am building a rig in 3 months for about £900 - £1000

i have all this ready to buy:

ASRock Z77 Pro4 (Socket 1155)

AMD Radeon HD 6970 GDDR5 (2GB)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

Corsair TX650M 650W Bronze Power Supply

AeroCool Sixth Element Full Tower Case

1TB Western Digital Caviar 3.5 Desktop Black

i5 3570K 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155

Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU fan

Case Fans

is there anything i am missing?

will all that work together and how futureproof is it? how long will it last at running games on max/ high settings ?
yes it will work, lower profile ram would be better as the heatsink may cover 1 of your ram slots (i used crucial ballistix and had about 1mm of clearance.

As to how future proof, no-one knows, the latest unreal 'demonstration engine' struggles on a 680. Make your gpu choice closer to the time, try for 7XXX. The cpu is not going to change between now and then.

Personally i'd get a cheaper HDD for storage and some installations and buy an SSD for the OS, you can get 120Gb for less than £100 now, and it'll wipe the floor with even a WD black, or use a 60GB drive and use the intel caching solution.


May 24, 2012

Is this the right RAM?

Also should i go for Radeon HD7950 instead of the 6950? i will only be on 1920x1080 with 1 monitor.

I found these, and at 88824 the timings are better. the voltage of 1.6 recommended for your memory is out of spec for IVB, and you're overvolting the onboard memory controller.

I'd forget all about choosing the gpu until the time comes, there will be price movements between now and then. Set your budget, and see what fits when you get there. ATI might be pushing HD8xxx by then to combat the 680 (if the stocks improve) so you'll get either a cheaper 6/7xxx or an 8xxx.

Low profile RAM kit like this Corsair Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866

HD 7870 would be a great option as HD 6950 replacement.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 And 7850 Review,3148.html

Another good option would be a GTX 670
GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review,3200.html


Ok heres what i managed to put together for under £1000

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Mid Tower Gaming Performance Case with USB 3.0, w/o PSU
£44.30 £53.16
650W Corsair PSU, CMPSU-650HXUK, Modular, 85%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.2
£72.65 £87.18
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
£34.12 £40.94
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail
£144.95 £173.94
MSI Z77A-G43, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX
£63.77 £76.52
1TB Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar Blue, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache
£64.60 £77.52
120GB Corsair Force Series 3, 2.5" SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SandForce, Read 550Mb/s, Write 510Mb/s, 85,000 IOPS, PC/MAC
£75.12 £90.14
Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM
£10.98 £13.18
2GB MSI GTX 670 Overclocked, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU 965MHz, Boost 1045MHz, Cores 1344,
£257.67 £309.20
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 High-performance CPU Cooler, LGA1156 / 1155, LGA775, LGA1366, AM2 and AM3
£43.60 £52.32


You can spend the left over cash on an extra couple of fans, another 140mm for the front, and another 120mm to add to the H60 so you can set up a push pull config.


May 24, 2012

Thanks for building one, so is this better than the one i built ?