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Hey guys,

So I will be looking to upgrade my PC in a few months, I know the prices will change by then but I just wanted to see what sort of system I would be looking at.

Budget wise is around £300-400, I will be keeping my SSD, HDD, PSU (Coolermaster 750w), GPU's (2x GTX260 216P), Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers and Monitor.

So pretty much all I need is a new Motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler, RAM and most likely a new case. Eventually I'd upgrade the GPU's.

I've been looking at i5 3570K's and I would ideally want 8 GB RAM.

I been recommended this Motherboard as a base - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Intel Z77

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-%28x16%29-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a

But does anyone have any recommendations? (SLI and decent overclocking abilities please)

I've also had this RAM recommended? but does anyone have any other recommendations?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Cooler wise I currently have a Coolermaster 212 Plus but that won't fit on a 1155 Socket, so I could either upgrade to their EVO version which does or maybe go for the water cooling ones?

If anyone could recommend a cheap but good case aswell smile.gif

The PC would be mainly used for gaming but the odd photoshop/video editing too.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Spooke View Post

Hey guys,
So I will be looking to upgrade my PC in a few months, I know the prices will change by then but I just wanted to see what sort of system I would be looking at.
Budget wise is around £300-400, I will be keeping my SSD, HDD, PSU (Coolermaster 750w), GPU's (2x GTX260 216P), Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers and Monitor.
So pretty much all I need is a new Motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler, RAM and most likely a new case. Eventually I'd upgrade the GPU's.
I've been looking at i5 3570K's and I would ideally want 8 GB RAM.
I been recommended this Motherboard as a base - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Intel Z77
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-%28x16%29-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
But does anyone have any recommendations? (SLI and decent overclocking abilities please)
I've also had this RAM recommended? but does anyone have any other recommendations?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
Cooler wise I currently have a Coolermaster 212 Plus but that won't fit on a 1155 Socket, so I could either upgrade to their EVO version which does or maybe go for the water cooling ones?
If anyone could recommend a cheap but good case aswell smile.gif
The PC would be mainly used for gaming but the odd photoshop/video editing too.
Thanks!

Extreme4 is the best bang for the buck board available IMO. I'd spend a few dollars more for some 1.5v 1866's

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v

1155's mounts are the same as 1156s so the 212+ will bolt right in.
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Your choices for CPU, cooler and motherboard seem spot on for best bang for your buck. Just about any 1600Mhz 8gb kit with CL9 should be fine as well. Look for a deal on a case you like which has good airflow. I love my Antec 300, but it is a bit on the small side. It still holds full size ATX board and it will definitely fit a 212 cooler.
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Extreme4 is the best bang for the buck board available IMO. I'd spend a few dollars more for some 1.5v 1866's
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v
1155's mounts are the same as 1156s so the 212+ will bolt right in.

That's great! Thanks for the reply!

I'll look into that RAM then smile.gif

Also thanks for telling me about the cooler, hopefully I still have the parts in the box that are for different sockets (can't remember whether the cooler has movable mounts or whether they came in the box lol)
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Your choices for CPU, cooler and motherboard seem spot on for best bang for your buck. Just about any 1600Mhz 8gb kit with CL9 should be fine as well. Look for a deal on a case you like which has good airflow. I love my Antec 300, but it is a bit on the small side. It still holds full size ATX board and it will definitely fit a 212 cooler.

That sounds good smile.gif I think I'll round up a few that I like within budget and check out some review on them then.

Thanks for the reply!

That does look pretty good, do you have any recommendations that have USB 3.0 ports on the front? Possibly also something a little less 'gaming' looking?
Edited by Spooke - 11/1/12 at 1:57pm
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