Building A Gaming PC - Parts Advice Needed

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  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:09:50 3,829 posts
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    Helllo,

    Ive decided to take a foray into the world of PC building and have come up with the following, I'd like to double check everything is compatible, if theres anything obvious I've missed out and if I could get anything better for the same sort of money so I thought I'd turn to those more knowledgeable.

    Graphics Card
    Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II 2048MB GDDR5
    429.95
    Here

    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1600mhz
    59.21
    Here

    Processor
    Intel Core i7-3770k
    236.94
    Here

    Case
    NZXT H2
    69.87
    Here

    PSU
    Thermaltake PSU SMART 650W/ 80plus
    71.81
    Here

    Motherboard
    Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-UD3H
    119.24
    [link url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-Z77X-UD3H-SKT-1155-Z77X-UD3H-Motherboard/dp/tech-data/B007ORT0J4/ref=de_a_smtd
    ]Here[/link]

    Storage
    WD20EARX 2TB
    74.94
    Here


    OCZ Vertex Plus Series 120gb
    63.99
    Here


    Blu-Ray
    Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS 12x Blu-Ray
    41.99
    Here

    Total
    1116.94


    Edited with new Motherboard

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 14:44:49 14-11-2012

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 19:51:17 14-11-2012

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  • Fake_Blood 14 Nov 2012 14:13:37 4,149 posts
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    Mobo is socket 2011 and cpu is socket 1155 I think.
  • Dirtbox 14 Nov 2012 14:14:55 77,650 posts
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    You missed value for money.

    Do you need that processor?
    Do you need the features on that motherboard?
    Do you really need that optical drive?

    Looks like a load of superfluous shit to me.

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  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:16:15 3,829 posts
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    Very good point! Can you recommend a motherboard that has possible future SLi capabilities for the same sort of money? Cheers

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  • Dirtbox 14 Nov 2012 14:18:22 77,650 posts
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    Nevermind. A fool and his money and all that.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 14:19:16 14-11-2012

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  • nickthegun 14 Nov 2012 14:19:51 59,355 posts
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    You also need to call it a 'rig' or no one will take you seriously.

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  • SBfistfun 14 Nov 2012 14:21:34 124 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    You also need to call it a 'rig' or no one will take you seriously.
    Haha I hate the stupid use of the term "rig"
  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:21:39 3,829 posts
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    in fact I dont even know why I put that MB as I was actually going to use the gigabyte z77x-ud3h

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  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:24:41 3,829 posts
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    I was thinking of calling it a 'custom built rig' but I really couldnt do it to myself.

    Will the 650w PSU be sufficient for overclocking and SLi or will I need something bigger?

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  • andytheadequate 14 Nov 2012 14:26:10 8,111 posts
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    Do you really need a 400+ graphics card?
  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:29:01 3,829 posts
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    Yes, yes I do !

    Considering an ebay shop was trying to build me pretty much the same 'rig' for 2300 albeit with an extra 16gb of RAM I dont think its too bad a price if I can play the latest games and it has decent upgradeability

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 14:30:14 14-11-2012

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  • andytheadequate 14 Nov 2012 14:38:12 8,111 posts
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    I can play the latest games on a system built for me, including monitor and OS, for 680. Its false economy buying a pc that is future proof as it never happens like that. Paying more then 1000 seems an utter waste to me, but if each to their own
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Nov 2012 14:46:47 10,508 posts
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    I would get the 670 instead of the 680 and maybe the 3570K instead of the 3770K and use the cash for a much bigger SSD.

    Also, look at this motherboard

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  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:46:48 3,829 posts
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    I realise it wont be future proof, but as you are aware you can go where you want with PC components and I'd just like to have a graphics card at the top end, when they come down in price I can SLi it when it starts to look like yesterdays news.

    Now I know why you call yourself Andytheadequate!

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 14:50:36 14-11-2012

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  • andytheadequate 14 Nov 2012 14:48:54 8,111 posts
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    Andy the "it'll do" didn't have the same ribg to it!

    AB's advice sounds good to me. Still getting a good spec and a ssd but will save yourself some money
  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 14:50:00 3,829 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear

    Thanks, that motherboard looks like it may be a better option, is gains on the 680 vs the 670 not worth the price hike then? To be honest as it stands, I dont have enough room in the spare room for a monitor so Im going to playing games on the relatively modest 720p for the time being.

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 14:51:50 14-11-2012

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  • mikew1985 14 Nov 2012 15:25:14 12,650 posts
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    720p?

    A 560ti would be overkill for what you need.
    Seriously you're massively over speccing this thing for your needs.

    Get an entry level k series i5 Cpu and maybe a 250 quid 660ti. It'll be more than enough.

    Edit: also SLILOL

    Edited by mikew1985 at 15:26:07 14-11-2012
  • RobTheBuilder 14 Nov 2012 15:26:13 6,521 posts
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    But surely for the extra cash you'll spend on a more powerful gfx card and processor could pay for an upgrade in 18 months time to more power than you'll get now?
  • nickthegun 14 Nov 2012 15:27:20 59,355 posts
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    The man clearly has money, let him throw is at a PC, jesus. What you have specced will make a great PC. Buy it and enjoy yourself.

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  • mikew1985 14 Nov 2012 15:31:03 12,650 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    The man clearly has money, let him throw is at a PC, jesus. What you have specced will make a great PC. Buy it and enjoy yourself.
    I would be inclined to agree but he is playing on a 720p screen he can save enough to upgrade that and buy an awesome pc.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 15:31:18 14-11-2012
  • RobTheBuilder 14 Nov 2012 15:31:47 6,521 posts
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    He asked if he could get anything better for the same sort of money, I'm telling him yes he could.
  • nickthegun 14 Nov 2012 15:46:12 59,355 posts
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    To backtrack slightly, if i was spending that kind of cash, i would get something off the shelf and let some cunt do it for me.

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  • Armoured_Bear 14 Nov 2012 15:48:54 10,508 posts
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    INSOMANiAC wrote:
    @Armoured_Bear

    Thanks, that motherboard looks like it may be a better option, is gains on the 680 vs the 670 not worth the price hike then? To be honest as it stands, I dont have enough room in the spare room for a monitor so Im going to playing games on the relatively modest 720p for the time being.
    Especially not at 720p, it's a massive waste of money getting a card like that.
    get a 660 or so and when you have a higher res display update then.
    You only need 8GB RAM as well.

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  • nickthegun 14 Nov 2012 15:51:53 59,355 posts
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    http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTCONFIGPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=1012406

    Bam

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  • Armoured_Bear 14 Nov 2012 15:53:41 10,508 posts
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    @INSOMNIAC

    As an example, Here is what I built recently, it can do pretty much anything at max settings at 1080p and is very quiet.

    You could go a bit lower than that and upgrade your telly to a nice 1080p Plasma and later upgrade the GPU when necessary and cheaper.

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  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 14 Nov 2012 15:55:58 6,654 posts
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    Toms Hardware rate the Radeon 7970 over either the 670 and the 680. Comparable performance to the 680 at about a tenner more than the cost of a 670.

    Beyond this card the diminishing returns aren't worth it.

    They also say that the core i5 3570 is the best CPU to get; beyond which the benefits are again, not worth the extra money.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Nov 2012 16:00:32 10,508 posts
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    bitch_tits_zero_nine wrote:
    Toms Hardware rate the Radeon 7970 over either the 670 and the 680. Comparable performance to the 680 at about a tenner more than the cost of a 670.

    Beyond this card the diminishing returns aren't worth it.

    They also say that the core i5 3570 is the best CPU to get; beyond which the benefits are again, not worth the extra money.
    There are other benefits to the NVidia cards, such as PhysX, lower power consumption, noise and 3d capabilities.

    These cards are massive overkill for 720p and the talk of SLI is insanity, I think the OP should explaing better what he wants to do.

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  • INSOMANiAC 14 Nov 2012 16:01:17 3,829 posts
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    Well firstly, I dont have loads of money, in fact I have a grand life saving, woooo which I've decided to blow through sheer boredom.

    I'd rather build it myself as it'll give me an excuse to get away from her and those twats eating giraffe phlegm in the jungle. I realise the 680 is overkill, im considering downsizing to the 670 I just dont want something that will be irrelevant in 12 months, I though I may as well get a better graphics card while I'm feeling frivolous. Also, I plan to squeeze a monitor in somewhere at some point, I may even replace the TV with one.

    Ive looked at the mesh machines before, they are a good price but at the end of the day I could build one with a very similar spec but far superior GPU for exactly the same money, I think I will lower my expectations a bit and maybe just get 8gb ram and maybe the 870

    As for my plan, I just want something that will play the newest games on the maximum settings at a decent framerate and play games for at least the next two to three years on a high setting. I basically just want to piss about and have good looking games.

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 16:03:37 14-11-2012

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  • Armoured_Bear 14 Nov 2012 16:03:27 10,508 posts
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    @INSOMANiAC
    Is it for the living room, spare room?
    What is the monitor/TV?

    BTW Blowing life savings out of boredom sounds utterly stupid and the kind of thing you'll massively regret later.

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  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 14 Nov 2012 16:03:40 6,654 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    bitch_tits_zero_nine wrote:
    Toms Hardware rate the Radeon 7970 over either the 670 and the 680. Comparable performance to the 680 at about a tenner more than the cost of a 670.

    Beyond this card the diminishing returns aren't worth it.

    They also say that the core i5 3570 is the best CPU to get; beyond which the benefits are again, not worth the extra money.
    There are other benefits to the NVidia cards, such as PhysX, lower power consumption, noise and 3d capabilities.

    These cards are massive overkill for 720p and the talk of SLI is insanity, I think the OP should explaing better what he wants to do.
    Fair enough, I haven't looked into power consumption etc.
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