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I'm building a friend's computer, he has a £1500 budget. He doesn't know much about computers and I don't really have much time to choose components, I presume he wants SLI or Crossfirex (not that he understands what this is) or just a 670 or 7970. Sandy or Ivy bridge processor 8 - 16 GB of RAM, modular PSU, case with a window etc.
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This is what I am going to use for a £1200 build. You could probebly get a better mobo and a 2600k/2700k. I didn't see the point as my mate doesn't need HT. Also a better CPU cooler. I would also get a gtx 680. I am going to get a 680, but wasn't in the mood to go and find one, as i just needed to mock up the price.
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1 x

MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) Intel Z68 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

320142

£65.65

£65.65



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Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

251596

£140.29

£140.29



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Corsair 850W AX850 Modular PSU

227503

£116.58

£116.58



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Crucial 64GB M4 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 415MB/s Write 95MB/s - 3 Year Warranty

264770

£53.54

£53.54



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Seagate 3TB Barracuda Hard Drive - 3.5" SATA-III - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

319640

£108.32

£108.32



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Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance "low Profile" Memory Kit CL9 1.5V

274037

£72.14

£72.14



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NZXT Havik 120 Socket AM2 AM3 AM3+ 775 1155 1156 1366 2011 Processor Cooler

342049

£38.37

£38.37



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LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials

176026

£11.65

£11.65



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NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case

240815

£86.08

£86.08



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PowerColor HD 7970 V3 3GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

353110

£316.65

£316.65



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Edited by BritishBob - 4/26/12 at 6:36am
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Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.80 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.28 @ Maplin Electronics)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.99 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Western Digital AV-25 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.52 @ Maplin Electronics)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (£420.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£149.49 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: NZXT 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£131.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1208.85

What else does he need?
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.80 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.28 @ Maplin Electronics)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.99 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Western Digital AV-25 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.52 @ Maplin Electronics)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (£420.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£149.49 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: NZXT 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£131.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1208.85
What else does he need?

I would look for a 7200RPM drive instead. They should be roughly the same price.
Also, a 750W will be enough for overclock and SLI 680s in case of future upgrades if you want to cut down on that.
Switch is an excellent case.
The board is great, but if the budget allows it, you should see higher overclocks from the Z77 Extreme6, but both boards should overclock plenty.
Lastly, the difference between the H80 and H100 is ~3C. If the H80 is significantly cheaper, it might be better just grabbing that.

Overall, very solid build thumb.gif

Here is a couple of changes that I made. 7950 xfire build (Click to show)
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£73.99 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.28 @ Maplin Electronics)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£54.99 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£330.98 @ Dabs)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£330.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£149.50 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1387.67

Edited by Ironman517 - 4/26/12 at 8:00am
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post #5 of 20
Personally i wouldn't waste money on dual GPU setup, especially if the guy doesn't know what crossfire or SLI is. It would just prove to be more of a headache for him.

Get a single very powerful card.
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Originally Posted by Thingamajig View Post

Personally i wouldn't waste money on dual GPU setup, especially if the guy doesn't know what crossfire or SLI is. It would just prove to be more of a headache for him.
Get a single very powerful card.

the "headaches" from multiple GPU setups are over exaggerated. rolleyes.gif
Kind of the whole running out of VRAM "problem" @ 1080p.... doh.gif
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the "headaches" from multiple GPU setups are over exaggerated. rolleyes.gif
Kind of the whole running out of VRAM "problem" @ 1080p.... doh.gif

My first hand experiences contradict both statements. Eh, i wish it weren't so.

I think AMD suffer more though then Nvidia.

If the person isn't as familiar with PC's as the OP claims, i'd say the OP'ers best option is to make something as solid as possible. The last thing you want is to build a rig for a person who doesn't have the know- how to properly identify (and deal with) a problem, especially on a complex rig with all the bells and whistles. In most cases, they'll almost always blame the builder - even when it's not their fault.

Personally, i wouldn't want that bs. I got it alot in the past, and definitely wouldn't risk doing it again. You can bend over backwards for such people and they're still unsatisfied or want more, likely all the while running you down behind your back. Just giving the OP a heads up.
Edited by Thingamajig - 4/26/12 at 9:00am
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My first hand experiences contradict both statements.

I know only too much how awfull the hitching in Skyrim is when running out of Vram, its damn bad, on the other hand its my own fault for running so many mods that take up Vram.

@OP , does your friend plan to use any apps that will make use of Hyper Threading like video encoding etc?
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post #9 of 20
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Sorry I couldn't get back to you guys sooner, I was at school and I hardly had time to start the thread. Thanks for all your suggestions. I know that he will probably do some rendering, video capture and editing so yes, Hyper Threading would be of some use to him. I really doubt that he'll be happy about the while VRAM thing so one graphics card will probably be ok. which 680 brand is the best right now? He'd definitely enjoy having a SSD but limited storage problem would probably mean that he would want HDD as well (like the one in my sig). Is Ivy Bridge not worth it then? Right now I am liking Ironman's build.
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I might be making it sound like he knows nothing at all about computers. He can understand the most important specs fine and he can use a PC perfectly well, he is just new to building.
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