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post #1 of 35
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I am looking in to getting a new PC since mine just isn't doing for me. Had a good run smile.gif
I have around £600 - £650 - £700 budget so not so cheap but not expensive.
I came up with

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£71.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£168.00 @ Aria PC)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card (£25.28 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.62 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £630.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-22 11:35 GMT+0000)

I can not decide between the case, whether the Antec Threehundred Two or the Corsair 300R? Looking for better cable management.
Any suggestions or comments?

I also have the possibility of buying this already made build by a guy near me, GUMTREE, although I am not too confident on it with the outdated graphics card and a bad case...
Edited by ataken - 11/22/13 at 3:44am
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #2 of 35
get the xfx pro 550w instead of the corsair cx. Also i would got for a 7950 for just a little more coin.
The rest will do just fine

edit: that motherboard will not achieve very high clocks, maybe 4ghz?
extreme series will do a lot better
Edited by Jaapi - 11/22/13 at 3:48am
post #3 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaapi View Post

get the xfx pro 550w instead of the corsair cx. Also i would got for a 7950 for just a little more coin.
The rest will do just fine

edit: that motherboard will not achieve very high clocks, maybe 4ghz?
extreme series will do a lot better
I am not a fan of overclocking, so not looking at that.
I heard that XFX Power supplies can be very noisy, is that true? What is better about the XFX over the Corsair, I guess I could also go for a SeaSonic 550W Gold80+?
The XFX 550W also doesn't seem to be (semi) modular so that kind of defeats the purpose of good cable managment that I am after...
Edited by ataken - 11/22/13 at 3:54am
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #4 of 35
Visit Hardware Cannucks on Youtube, they do nice case reviews and sum up the pros and cons of each case they test quite nicely. I would suggest a better quality power supply (maybe the Fractal Design Newton R3 for example) which is much higher quality than the Corsair CX units. I think some faster memory would be good, if this build is strictly for gaming I recommend 8GB of some Kingston Hyper Beast. I like your choice of adding that soundcard, and that cooler is quite a nice cheap one and can handle small-medium/high overclocks just fine. Spending more money on a cooler is not really necessary, unless it is for aethetical and extreme performance purposes.
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post #5 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by ataken View Post

I am not a fan of overclocking, so not looking at that.
I heard that XFX Power supplies can be very noisy, is that true? What is better about the XFX over the Corsair, I guess I could also go for a SeaSonic 550W Gold80+?
The XFX 550W also doesn't seem to be (semi) modular so that kind of defeats the purpose of good cable managment that I am after...

Is there any particular reason you do not like overclocking? You can squeeze much more performance out of the processor or graphics card, and its quite save as long as you learn the basics from a guide and don't put massive voltages in. Honestly, that cooler could quite capably cool that processor with a good overclock. Searching for guides and tutorials on overclocking your processor/graphics card is a good way to start.
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Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung SH-224BB Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Coolermaster Quickfire Pro Cherry Blue Mechanic... Antec HCG 520W Modular Power Supply Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl 
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Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung SH-224BB Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Coolermaster Quickfire Pro Cherry Blue Mechanic... Antec HCG 520W Modular Power Supply Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl 
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post #6 of 35
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I really don't know why I am not a fan of overclocking. I guess it's because it voids the warranty(?), I don't know it just doesn't seem appealing to me. I don't want to get a new PC and break it the next day... By better quality power supply do you consider the SeaSonic 550W one of those?
I could go with faster memory, however, when I go on the motherboards website it says
Quote:
Supports DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
. What does it mean by "(OC)"?
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #7 of 35
XFX PSU´s ARE Seasonic
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post #8 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

XFX PSU´s ARE Seasonic
SeaSonic makes them but XFX designed them, however, SeaSonic both design and make their PSU.
Can anyone answer my question with the Memory and frequency? What does it mean by (OC) on the motherboards website? Does it mean that I have to OC the motherboard? Or that the factory overclocked RAM that is at lets say 2400MhZ is compatible with that motherboard, and I don't have to do anything specific other than to fit it to make it work?
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #9 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by ataken View Post

SeaSonic makes them but XFX designed them, however, SeaSonic both design and make their PSU.
Can anyone answer my question with the Memory and frequency? What does it mean by (OC) on the motherboards website? Does it mean that I have to OC the motherboard? Or that the factory overclocked RAM that is at lets say 2400MhZ is compatible with that motherboard, and I don't have to do anything specific other than to fit it to make it work?

Only thing XFX did was to make the metal box everything else is Seasonic made

What they mean by OC is Intel does not support speeds above 1600 MHz but the 3 party board does

So if you get a Gigabyte board it will sat 2133 MHz OC but the only thing you need to do to get 2133 MHz is to load the XMP profile in the BIOS

You dont need to overclock the RAM to get its rated speed
Edited by shilka - 11/22/13 at 8:23am
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LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
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Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal x2 Dali Opticon 2 
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post #10 of 35
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Okay so turns out I'm not going to be able to buy all the parts at once... Would it be okay if I get the CPU, Motherboard and RAM now, stick it in with my current set up, and get the rest later? Or would you say my PSU might not handle it, and I should wait till I get the SeaSonic PSU, to stick it all in my case? Take in mind that my PSU is 80+ certified... And then add the EVO 212, the R9 270X, the Sonar XDG and the case?
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Intel Core i7 4770 Gigabyte GA-H87-HD3 MSI Radeon R9 280X Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MhZ 
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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