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Hey all,

I'm gonna get going on a new build, student loan due soon so thought I would use it responsibly!!! thumb.gif

Just wondered if you learned and most excellent people would give me your thoughts and advice...

Intel Core i5 4670K Quad Core
Asus Z87-A USB 3.0 Motherboard
HyperX 8 GB 2133 MHz CL11 DDR3 HyperX Beast
Thermalright True Spirit 120 M BW CPU Cooler

£390 ish from Amazon (separately) but not really shopped about yet

I may get this lot as a pre built o/c bundle..

What ya think?

I got my GTX 770 to go with it... a 2tb and 1 tb HDD plus optical drive

Wanted suggestions on a case and cpu...

I was going to go for a huge tower but really think I don't need to.. so a mid tower with good cable routing and cooling that will accommodate my gfx card and cooler...

plus what psu? would prefer modular just so it looks cool....

Cheers guys...

Oh and I would like to pass as much on to my lad for a computer he can game on (nothing to hard core) and use when he starts high school
Edited by AndySuttonUK - 4/8/14 at 8:43am
post #2 of 13
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AS you can see my current build... would it be better and more cost effective to upgrade my cpu to an FX 8350 and get an ssd?

I wanna eventually go dual monitor.. not that it makes much difference...

I really only use the pc for gaming and browsing and uni work....

So i either do the above and buy my lad something or go the new build route for myself and pass my current system to him.. with tweaks of course.. that said I will keep my gfx card from this and get him something to replace it
Edited by AndySuttonUK - 4/8/14 at 8:45am
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by AndySuttonUK View Post

AS you can see my current build... would it be better and more cost effective to upgrade my cpu to an FX 8350 and get an ssd?

I wanna eventually go dual monitor.. not that it makes much difference...

I really only use the pc for gaming and browsing and uni work....

cheers

It depends really, fx 8350 is probably on par with the 4670k, but then you can overclock both too.

There is nothing that strikes me as being the weak link with your current sig if you were to upgrade to the 8350 and an SSD.
post #4 of 13
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Would the 8350 need a new mobo?

and would the gains doing it either way be significant?
post #5 of 13
Go with the i5 for gaming if you can spare the cash, intel CPUs are much more consistent in gaming performance. Going to an 8350 might not be a huge upgrade from your 6300 for most uses, especially if you have the 6300 overclocked well.

Unless you plan on crazy OC or SLI down the line, you could get away with something like THIS for your PSU.

The case comes down to preference really. The Fractal Define R4 and Corsair Obsidian/Carbide series cases tend to be popular mid-towers around here.
post #6 of 13
Well, a ssd and a 8320/8350 would be the best choice since the i5 4670k and 8350 are similar in most games. The i5 is a better choice though but if I would upgrade to a new system I would go a little big bigger if you know what I mean...like a i7 and a high end gpu, 16gb ram, etc. But that will cost really much.
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Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
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Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
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post #7 of 13
It really comes down to what he wants to play. Some games like WoW, GW2, and Skyrim just hate AMD CPUs regardless of how high they clock. As nice as an SSD is, it is not going to be the most noticeable upgrade for gaming. It will make boot times and general PC usage great, but in gaming will only shorten load times.

I don't deny that an 8350 would be an upgrade, I just don't think it is enough of an upgrade. The 6300 is really just an 8320 with two cores deactivated, but is usually able to OC higher than an 8-core would. Going 8-core would only be an improvement in games that actually make use of all 8 cores, which currently consists of BF4 and not much else. I would say either go intel, or stick with the 6300 and OC it to the moon until more 8-thread/mantle games come out.
post #8 of 13
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I play BF4, Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite as well as various driving games.... casual not hardcore gamer... Partial to some Football Manager as well..
post #9 of 13
For the Intel build I would suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£121.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.65 @ Dabs)
Total: £421.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 21:28 BST+0100)

Along with the cooler you chose, you're looking at about £450.
Add to that a decent quality PSU like Cooler Master V550 or
Seasonic G 550 and that would total at around £530-550 inc shipping.
Going beyond 1866MHz with the RAM isn't really necessary if it's just for gaming.
The Arc Midi is an awesome case even if you'd want to do a custom loop in the future.

Going with the 8320/8350 would seem more cost effective now but if
you take the power consumption into consideration, in a few years time
the difference would be gone.

Feel free to correct me if I forgot to add some components.

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post #10 of 13
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I've also seen an oc i5 to 4.2ghz cooler mobo and ram for 369 on ebay pre built...

What improvement over the initial list I put up does yrs represent? Not being picky or rude just interested...

I'm able to nick any components from my currentt rig to take across to the new build but obviously have to replace them with kit for my 11yr old lad... although he won't be full on gaming like me... more school internet use... msybe FIFA at most
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