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post #22 of 37
Are you able to find any Asrock extreme series motherboards where you live? Asrock make very good cheap motherboards packed with features. I recommend an extreme 4 because you can get them for around $140 and they are loaded. Heaps of features, high quality materials, look great, supports up to 32gb ram, supports sli and crossfire if you decide you want to add a second graphics card down the line. This is what they look like: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19867 I know it's priced in Australian dollars but it's just to show you what they are like.
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post #23 of 37
GA-Z77-D3H is very nice and has everything you need if you don't plan to SLI/Crossfire.

The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 evo is a great cooler for very little money, you might get 2 or even 3 degrees cooler for three times as much money, but on your budget it would be a waste of money.

Definitely get an SSD - it's the most important part of the build. A normal (non pro) Samsung 840 would fit the bill nicely.

Dependant on where that leaves you for budget (Should leave you with about £350 I expect, dependant on what size SSD you get and whether you also get a HDD for bulk storage), I'd try and put more money into the GPU - you'll have a nicely balanced, pretty fast system there so I'd try and stretch to a 7950 or 670 which should last you a long time.
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post #24 of 37
Thread Starter 
Yeah I've chosen an SSD now.
This is my build
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/EVF8

Would like suggestions.

Is the Asus P8Z77-V or the ASRock Extreme series better for overclocking?

This is the list of ASRock mobos I can buy from.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=701&catid=5&sortby=manual_sort&subid=2261&mfrid=324
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post #25 of 37
Looks like a good build.

Unless you plan SLI or Crossfire at some point, the Extreme motherboards are a waste of money - that said, I haven't compared in detail, and there might be something like better onboard sound compared to a Z77-D3H, but really I expect the difference is mainly the multi-gpu capability. I may be wrong, so I'd carefully check the stats, but I recently did a build for someone with a Z77-D3H and was very impressed with what you get for the money.

You also almost certainly don't need 620w unless you plan SLI/Crossfire, and would probably get by on 450w even with a top-end GPU. On the build as you have it, you'd be OK with 400w. In the build I just did, I picked up an open box antec basiq 450w for about £30, but on the downside it's not modular, it only has one 6-pin PCIe, and you'd be lucky to find one as cheap as I did, but it's worth having a look if you can put up with non-modular - on the build I did, all the spare cables tied up behind the motherboard tray neatly anyway, so you'd never really notice.

The other thing I'd say is that heatsink looks kind of expensive for middle-of-the-road performance. I'd either go cheaper and accept worse temps, or spend a little more for something that performs at the top of the range.
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post #26 of 37
Thread Starter 
Yeah I won't be Xfiring anytime at all.

Are you saying the parts I picked only provide middle of the road overclocking?
I'm looking to OC to mid 4G's with this build.
Is it possible?

Yeah I'll change the PSU.
Edit: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/EVTP
I tried hard to change the PSU to a lower wattage, but 550W is the minimum, so I chose a cheaper one.
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post #27 of 37
The build's good however I strongly recommend the extreme 4. It's cheap, if you compare the specs it's quite a bit better than the gigabyte one. It has really good reviews. It's not a waste of money at all, I mean seriously at the $100 to $130 price point it has very good features compared to a lot of other mother boards. People use them in builds all the time because they are inexpensive and look great and are awesome value for money. AsRock also make very good bios for their boards and a lot of people seem to have problems with Gigabytes.

Look at them both and have a think yourself:
Asus: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1183&products_id=19867
GigaByte: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1183&products_id=19920

If you see a good deal on either then that's fine however if you wan't a high quality loaded board then I recommend an extreme 4. smile.gif
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post #28 of 37
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If you see a good deal on either then that's fine however if you wan't a high quality loaded board then I recommend an extreme 4. smile.gif

It also uses low quality VRM's and gives incorrect voltage readings. Really not a good thing to recommend
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post #29 of 37
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I chose the Asus P8Z77-V, not a Gigabyte board.

Does it change what you mentioned?
I'm looking for a board which is capable of delivering mid-4GHz speeds on the 3570k.
Edited by Snownation - 2/21/13 at 2:56am
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post #30 of 37
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It also uses low quality VRM's and gives incorrect voltage readings. Really not a good thing to recommend

-_- are you actually serious? wow your flaming me for recommending a board that's loaded for the price that has really good reviews.
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