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#1 Jan

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 19:13

I just wanted to make sure my future rig is alright, it's my first PC that's not store bought :blush:

I'll be mainly using it for gaming, but I will occasionally do work on it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/QsnG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpick...nG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpick...snG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£87.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£88.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.94 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£315.93 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£109.99 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£84.54 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£46.31 @ Aria PC)
Other: Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit OEM (£69.00)

Total: £1179.95

I'll be using two Dell Ultrasharp U2412Ms with it.


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 19:15

I'd probably have gone for a higher powered PSU for some headroom

#3 +BoneyardBrew

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 19:17

Looks great to me! After a quick inspection I don't think I would change anything other than possibly bumping the SSD up to a 256GB model, although that shift would be largely dependent on whether you'd be putting games on it or not. You can only fit so many on a 128GB drive (I say this based on experience :p).

#4 YounGMessiah

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 19:21

Your build looks good, but I always like the Asus motherboards now.
I would also suggest investing into this cpu cooler instead:
http://uk.pcpartpick...pu-cooler-nhd14

It cost more and is well worth it/has great ratings, but best of all it has the performance

Oh and go for Windows 7

7970s: http://www.tomshardw...eview,3186.html

#5 Alera

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 19:24

I'd probably have gone for a higher powered PSU for some headroom


The Corsair 2013 GS 700W Power Supplies are quite nice, around the same price as the TX650. A bit more wiggle room for power, easily enough for 2 graphics cards.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 19:33

I'd probably have gone for a higher powered PSU for some headroom

No reason whatsoever. 650W can sustain 7970 Crossfire, so there's your headroom. Corsair always underrates their mid and top tier and TX is a serious unit in itself.

#7 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 20:34

I'd highly highly recommend a modular PSU. You'll thank yourself for saving the nightmare that is left over wires.

And unless you plan on overclocking quite a bit, don't bother with a CPU cooler. If you do want one, I'd recommend a Corsair Hydro since it will make your rig much quieter.

#8 OP Jan

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 20:45

So i've ordered all the parts, just waiting for my case to arrive. I decided to go for a better PSU in the end (Corsair TX750M).

Amazon Prime has been awesome, I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who orders online.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 20:51

Looks pretty good to me :D

#10 OP Jan

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 21:13

Jan's Professionalphotography:

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#11 Phouchg

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:03

For that same money you could have chosen HX650 instead - more "modular" and also actually better (Seasonic vs CWT), with several percent higher efficiency. But well - "moar horsepwrrr" it is then.


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#12 OP Jan

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 20:15

So i've built it now (After many hours of blood, sweat and tears), I even made two small blood sacrifices to the PC Gods.
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Only problem is though that my 7970 isn't being detected by Windows? Not really sure what to do.

#13 spikey_richie

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 20:29

So i've built it now (After many hours of blood, sweat and tears), I even made two small blood sacrifices to the PC Gods.
.
Only problem is though that my 7970 isn't being detected by Windows? Not really sure what to do.


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#14 OP Jan

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 21:28

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I've ran them and it still doesn't work. My monitor doesn't even get an image from the graphics card when connected through DVI

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:24

I've ran them and it still doesn't work. My monitor doesn't even get an image from the graphics card when connected through DVI

Probably not seated right...