Any downsides with this build?|
BitFenix Outlaw Midi Tower Chassis - Black £39.90
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77-D3H Motherboard £77.60
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX Blue LED Heatsink and Fan £44.60
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0) £168.94
Cooler Master RS550-ACAAE3-UK GX-Series 550W Power Supply Unit £49.98
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit £34.78
Western Digital 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM - Caviar Green £74.99
Palit GeForce GTX 660 Nvidia Graphics Card (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port, DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2, GPU Boost, Kepler Architecture)£166.60
For the OS I'm going to upgrade the Win 8 RC. Don't need M+K, already have a monitor and I have an external USB CD-Rom for the OS install. OS will be going onto a 90GB Kingston SSD that is currently in my laptop.
Total price £657.39. The only weakness I'm playing with (I think) is the graphics card, but I've seen benchmarks that get the 660 up to almost 660Ti levels of performance. Are Palit regarded as decent (they seem to constantly be the cheapest)? The reason I'm edging towards Nvidia is the PhysX support - I really like the stuff they're doing with Borderlands 2 for instance.
Edit - actually, thought of another weakness - the SSD is only SATA 2 I think. Is it worth me spending money to get something like a Samsung 830 for the SATA 3 speeds (will I notice)? Cheers All!
Edited by tonyferrino at 17:03:57 09-12-2012
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Widge Moderator 13,744 posts
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I've got the Twin Frozr 660 and it is dreamy so far. I went for that thanks to the general awesomeness of quietness and cooling I read about over the past iteration of the series.
This gen of cards, the 660 Twin Frozr turned out to be quieter than their 7850 one.
For my moolahs, quiet > cheapest. I once got a cheap 4850 and it had no fan control on it. Nightmare of wind noise. The 4890 I got wasn't much better. This thing just doesn't make a noise. Go from desktop to flogging away on Crysis, no noise.
I would say it is acceptable at 1080p. The only thing that really nails it is Metro 2033 and Planetside 2 when there are thousands of people in one area (although that is a CPU thing apparently). I'm not measuring the benchies and don't get hung up by busting that 60fps barrier!
The gains past that start to become too much for the money imo. I don't like to spend over £150 and I pushed past my budget slightly to avoid the 7850.
Edited by Widge at 15:56:00 10-12-2012
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Bedsidelee 17 posts
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