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New Intel build component advice - Will be gaming at 1440p

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Hello All, not posted in ages! I have decided I want a new build and I will have the money for it soon. My sig rig was built in scraps and this time I want a single transaction and the lot of it to be built.

The only thing I will be keeping is my Crucial M4 as an OS install. (so maybe wouldn't mind estimates on value of current rig since I am forbidden from posting in appraisals)

Anyway I want it to focus around theIntel Xeon 1230 v2

Specs I was gonna go for are:

Intel Xeon 1230 v2
8GB 1600Mhz of DONT REALLY CARE/KNOW (suggestions?) RAM
XFX(?) 7970 3GB
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H
Corsair 500W CXM PSU
Antec 302 Case
(black interior hopefully on eBuyer)
1TB WD storage
128GB Crucial M4
(carried over)

Now I know this means no OC'ing which is a disgrace on here, but I dont care for it in this build.

So as for the the 7970 I dont really have a clue what brand to go for, I also kept changing my mind for a GTX770, but i hear that the 7970 will have better results at my res.

Now that motherboard is 'cheap' at 70GBP and I feel people will mention this. Could you say what the limitations of this board will be in this build however.

Other than that I am open to any help regarding pretty much ALL components other than CPU.

EDIT: Crap also this build will be around 850GBP max

Thanks!
Edited by iPodge - 8/12/13 at 1:44pm
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Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung F3 500GB Samsung DVD+RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover LED-P 1440p 
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I gotta change my thread naming technique.
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Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung F3 500GB Samsung DVD+RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover LED-P 1440p 
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Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung F3 500GB Samsung DVD+RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover LED-P 1440p 
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Logitech K260 CoolerMaster GX 650W CM CM690 II Advanced Logitech K260 
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The Intel Xeon 1230 v2 is about the same as 3570k on Amazon.co.uk?

Why dont you just grab a 3570k instead and grab a decent cooler like a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 give it a 4.5GHz overclock - call it a day. If you are getting it for gaming, the extra threads aren't really going to help you that much. If you are worried about future proofing for when games utilize extra threads, 2700k's can be had for like £204.20 or a 2600k for £199.30. A 4.5-4.8GHz 2600k or 2700k will walk all over that Xeon even if it's two generations old. On a half decent Z77 board, you can take those clocks pretty far with Sandy.

That Corsair CX500 isn't really that good of a unit, go with this one instead.

1600MHz, 1866MHz, 2133MHz, it's all around the same price, here's a good 8GB 2133MHz kit.

Lastly, here's a pretty decently price 7970 that will OC nicely. Flash it with GHz Ed bios and you will be all set.

Also, here's a good deal on a GA-Z77X-D3H @ Amazon.com

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Yea it is a similar price only a few pounds in it.

Does that mean one of the main reasons to looker for a better board would be in order to reach those higher OC's?

I've found that the Xeon is also pretty much a 2600 but of course the v2 is IB and clocked a bit slower. I've seen benches where the 1230 beats the 2600 at stock ofc. Essentially the only difference being it cant be OC'd?

As for the PSU, thanks for the heads up, was looking for something more like that just never stumbled across it. Added to basket tongue.gif

Also not had a lot of thought about RAM so thanks for that. May as well just go for the high speed stuff!

So the build seems ok other than the motherboard. You suggest a little more expensive one but I feel that is only for the benefit of the CPU which would be OC'd if I opted for the i7/i5.

Would a board around what I suggested be suitable for the Xeon however?

thanks.
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Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung F3 500GB Samsung DVD+RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover LED-P 1440p 
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Logitech K260 CoolerMaster GX 650W CM CM690 II Advanced Logitech K260 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung F3 500GB Samsung DVD+RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover LED-P 1440p 
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Logitech K260 CoolerMaster GX 650W CM CM690 II Advanced Logitech K260 
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