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post #11 of 18
For the motherboard, this is an essential piece of the puzzle. Well, I use a Giga z77 UDH3 board and OCing is too easy, with my 3570k I am able to get 5.4ghz, on closed loop wc, without exceeding 75C. There's a lot of boards out there that are quite good, I do however recommend a Z77. I recommend reading a lot of reviews, I have only tested my board and I know that I have zero issues with it.
toms has a great review for that same price range. The samsung 830s are great SSDs, if you can however get a 840 do it. Any of these ssds can be considered in the highest of performance brackets: second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND, and Vertex 4 (with 1.5 firmware)
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thankyou for the help so far

Don't really want to upgrade the GPU just yet - it works fine as it is.

SSD's - I said Samsung 830 as I've got a MacBook Pro with one in and it seems ok. Ok, not amazing - I've never been blown away by SSD's (but I think I should try them in a desktop anyway). Want something fast but don't want to spend a massive amount - the 840's seem quite a lot more £.

RAM - Don't care about looks, will check out the ones mentioned.

I live in the UK so can't order from Newegg, but I will try to find a UK retailer.

Probably should of mentioned I hate having a noisy PC, so I'd have to get an aftermarket CPU fan anyway. Currently have a cheap Akasa on my Phenom CPU.
post #13 of 18
I'd say keep the 4830 for now and see how it goes, by all means jump on a 128GB Crucial M4 or a Samsung 830.. Maybe even something bigger as you're not replacing the GFX card?
I'd go with a 3770k personally seeing as you're coding (and as someone mentioned compiling code is multi-threaded).

I'd suggest a Gigabyte Z77x board such as the D3H, UD3H or UD5H as they're all good boards and have good cooling/VRM's along with good feature sets I love my D3H personally but wish I had have gotten the UD5H.

For RAM you might want to try some of the Samsung Eco stuff. It'll take all 4 slots but it's on sale for $15 a stick with a promo code right now! (That's shipped!)
So 16GB of decent RAM for $60 shipped.. Rather amazing deal! thumb.gif
 
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post #14 of 18
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SSD's - I said Samsung 830 as I've got a MacBook Pro with one in and it seems ok. Ok, not amazing - I've never been blown away by SSD's (but I think I should try them in a desktop anyway). Want something fast but don't want to spend a massive amount - the 840's seem quite a lot .

yeah youll see the difference quickly, first thing i noticed was my reboot time went from 7 minutes to 25 seconds. everything just seems snappier.
also maybe its the mac thats making the ssd seem so "normal" (lol, poke at macs)
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post #15 of 18
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I had one in a Windows laptop as well (Kingston V100, not quite as good) and while it did boot up quicker it wasn't a "night and day" difference like people said it would be.

I'm tempted by a bigger SSD - but it's more £ I could spend on some serious storage (the extra 128GB costs the same as another 2TB drive), especially as my PC is full of stuff atm and Windows+apps comes to 75 ish GB.
post #16 of 18
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I had one in a Windows laptop as well (Kingston V100, not quite as good) and while it did boot up quicker it wasn't a "night and day" difference like people said it would be.
I'm tempted by a bigger SSD - but it's more £ I could spend on some serious storage (the extra 128GB costs the same as another 2TB drive), especially as my PC is full of stuff atm and Windows+apps comes to 75 ish GB.

Well worth it I say.. The better the SSD the more you'll like it. Laptops commonly also only run SATA II and not SATA III which makes a lot of difference, I saw this when I went from a EP45-UD3P to this board and it's night and day then. A laptop also probably has less RAM and a worse processor too yes?

I still love mine and it was the best thing I've bought for this PC. Also 64GB is heaps, I've got Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, Office 2010 and drivers + a few other programs and it's got like 26GB free, I HAD BF3 on there + all expansions but it was almost filled. The best thing though is you can fill it to have less then 500MB free and you'll lose pretty much no speed.

Like I said 64GB is fine for OS + Office and drivers. Nothing else really needs it (games etc) but I'd suggest a 128GB as it doesn't cost that much more compared to the 64GB normally and it's a tad faster usually. Also another point to make is that if you're running out of space you can get cheap/free older drives as a temporary solution for storage or put some stuff on the cloud, an extra spinner is pointless and you've got to remember that you'll have more space without 7 on there. You'll also see the spinner perform a bit better as it's got no OS/Apps (well nowhere near as many) running on there. thumb.gif
 
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Amazon Kingston HyperX 3K 120gb $69.99 ??
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Amazon Kingston HyperX 3K 120gb $69.99 ??

They're OK, I'd suggest a Crucial/Samsung over that though even though it's cheap as chips
 
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Some 120mm fan 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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