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Default New System - 04-17-2013, 16:28 | posts: 4,363 | Location: Scotland

Hi all! i am looking to buy a computer but my budget is variable, hoping to spend 700 -1000 based on what i want. less the better because i dont want to spend alot.
a fast SSD card is necessary. i'm not fussed in wanting to run everything on max settings.
i also need a mouse, keyboard and OS.

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Videocard: HD7950
Processor: i5 3570k
Mainboard: Gigabyte Z77 D3H
Memory: G-Skill Ripjaws 8gb 1600
Soundcard: Aune T1 + HD650/DT990 Pro
PSU: OCZ ZS 550w
Default 04-17-2013, 16:53 | posts: 7,727

Is there anything you can reuse? Case, Optical Drives, HDD's, PSU?
   
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Videocard: MSI Gaming 970 1450/7800
Processor: i5 2500k @4.5 1.2v
Mainboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Memory: 8GB G-Skill RipjawsX 1600
Soundcard: Aune T1. AD700. DT880
PSU: XFX Black 750W 80+ Gold
Default 04-17-2013, 17:06 | posts: 26,355 | Location: Hampshire UK

I just went on ebuyer and quickly put together a rig under 900 roughly using these components

i5 3570k CPU
Asus z77 LX2 Motherboard
8gb Corsair Vengeance Ram
Corsair TX750 PSU
Gigabyte HD 7950 GPU
Samsung 840 Pro SSD
Logitech G104 Keyboard

All this came to around 860. that would be a really decent rig for the money. add another 40 for a Logitech G9 and whatever W7 costs and you should be fine under 1000.

You can also check out AMD FX 8320 cpu, and maybe a HD 7870 if you want to save a bit of cash. But easily achievable for under a grand, under 900 too if you compromise a little bit. And welcome back, where the hell have you been?
   
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Videocard: HIS R9-280x Iceq X2 Turbo
Processor: i5-3570K
Mainboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme6
Memory: DDR3-2400 2x8GB
Soundcard: ALC898 + Microlab FC-730
PSU: Enermax Platimax 750W
Default 04-18-2013, 06:11 | posts: 3,999 | Location: Australia

What speed RAM is that? avoid 1333 speed RAM. If the cost difference between 1600 and 2133 RAM is minimal, go for 2133 speed RAM (Ivy does like 2133 RAM).
   
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Soundcard: Aune T1. AD700. DT880
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Default 04-18-2013, 10:40 | posts: 26,355 | Location: Hampshire UK

it was 1866 ram but 2133 ram wouldn't cost much more probably, didn't check though as I was short on time
   
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Default 04-18-2013, 13:34 | posts: 4,363 | Location: Scotland

cheers. i have nothing to reuse, everything needs to be bought.
   
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PSU: OCZ ZS 550w
Default 04-18-2013, 13:52 | posts: 7,727

I'd probably go with something like this:

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Samsung Green can often OC to 2400mhz if you feel you want more speed out of your memory, motherboard supports sli/crossfire if desired in the future along with a PSU that will happily run such a config. Enough money left to choose a case, o/s, and peripherals. Prices taken from OCUK, shopping around would probably net you a better deal for your money. I just find OCUK easy to navigate. I assumed you'd at least have a monitor. If not drop down to a 7870LE and get an SSD at a later date.

You could also consider going for an AMD 8320 based system as suggested by eclap, not quite as fast for gaming but still very good. It'll save you some money if you really don't want to spend much. Although if you wanted to remain with Intel there are some savings to be had if you've no intention of ever going for a multi gpu setup.

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Default 04-18-2013, 14:17 | posts: 4,363 | Location: Scotland

Cheers. Any good case reccommendations?
   
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Default 04-18-2013, 14:21 | posts: 7,727

I'd say a lot of that's down to personal preference. You can't go wrong with anything from Corsair, Antec, or Cooler Master if you want a reference. There are other solid case manufacturers out there of course, depends on how much you want to spend on one really. If you do go for an Antec build be weary of anything less than a 302 however, you'll find them a little tight for space when it comes to installing GPU's such as the HD7950.

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Mainboard: Gigabyte Z77X D3H 1.1
Memory: C Vengeance 8GB 1866
Soundcard: VIA VT2021
PSU: Seasonic Platinum 760W
Default 04-18-2013, 14:26 | posts: 1,945 | Location: Estonia

Maybe this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Maste...ler+master+690 or this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-P280-P...rds=antec+p280 for a solid case.
   
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PSU: OCZ ZS 550w
Default 04-18-2013, 14:29 | posts: 7,727

I absolutely love the P280, but it might be a tad much for his budget. I was thinking more along the lines of an Antec 302 or Carbide 300R for cost (I'd personally pick the 300R). You could probably get away with a slightly cheaper 200R, for the price it's a fantastic case. I built my brother a system in one and it was a joy to work in, tons of fan mounts and space for the price.

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Default 04-20-2013, 10:32 | posts: 4,363 | Location: Scotland

cheers. any recommendations on CPU coolers\/
   
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PSU: Seasonic Platinum 760W
Default 04-20-2013, 10:59 | posts: 1,945 | Location: Estonia

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I absolutely love the P280, but it might be a tad much for his budget. I was thinking more along the lines of an Antec 302 or Carbide 300R for cost (I'd personally pick the 300R). You could probably get away with a slightly cheaper 200R, for the price it's a fantastic case. I built my brother a system in one and it was a joy to work in, tons of fan mounts and space for the price.
You have a P280? Or you've worked with one?

I have an Antec 300 right now and boy is it getting small.. the need for space and airflow is getting higher by the minute, and GOOD CABLE MANAGEMENT tbh.

I want a good solid mid-tower not too big case.

That 300R looks pretty neat and pretty perfect tbh? o,O

Maybe I'll get that one.

For coolers, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Xigma...ek+dark+knight or the usual http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Maste...s=thermalright maybe.

I'm getting the Dark Knight myself I think, pretty much.

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Videocard: 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7950 OC
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Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG 5.1
PSU: XFX 750W XXX
Default 05-03-2013, 16:09 | posts: 4,363 | Location: Scotland

Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge
Asus P8Z77-V LX2
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black
Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU DT 4 Heat Pipe Cooler with 120mm Silent Fan
Silverstone Raven ST-RV03B-WA Black Full Tower
750W Powercool PC750UM, Modular
Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card & Headphone Ampifier, OEM
3GB XFX Radeon HD 7950 DD
256GB Samsung 840 Pro Series
24" iiyama ProLite E2480HS-B1

How does all this look? Planning to buy on Wednesday so making sure everything is alright!

Cheers.
   
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PSU: CM Silent Pro Hybrid 1300
Default 05-03-2013, 18:54 | posts: 3,255 | Location: Lebanon

I'd replace that XFX with another 7950. They tend to come voltage-locked (avoid Gigabyte as well, voltage-locked too).
   
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Soundcard: Aune T1. AD700. DT880
PSU: XFX Black 750W 80+ Gold
Default 05-03-2013, 19:09 | posts: 26,355 | Location: Hampshire UK

what yasa said. also that psu won't be the best choice. other than that, great rig.
   
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Processor: AMD FX-8320 @4.8
Mainboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2
Memory: 8GB Kingston HyperX 2400
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Default 05-03-2013, 19:56 | posts: 24,038 | Location: NZ

^what they said...
   
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Videocard: 2x HD7970 - QNIX/U2711
Processor: 3770k delid@4.6GHz - H320
Mainboard: GA-Z77X-UP7 (F5)
Memory: Dominator GT 2133 2x4GB
Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2X + SP2500
PSU: BeQuiet! DP Pro 1200W
Default 05-03-2013, 20:07 | posts: 11,364 | Location: England

I would recommend you buy a Corsair case, ever since George Makris took over on their case designs they are fantastic.
   
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Videocard: 7950 Vapor-X 1175/1550
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Mainboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2
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Default 05-03-2013, 20:17 | posts: 24,038 | Location: NZ

That motherboard isn't the best choice for overclocking either.........the P8Z77-V would be better.
   
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PSU: OCZ ZS 550w
Default 05-03-2013, 20:42 | posts: 7,727

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You have a P280? Or you've worked with one?
Worked in a few of the Corsair cases, although the P280 looks to be a dream to work with also. Honestly, it's impossible to screw up when building in the more modern Corsairs. Absolutely fantastic quality.

I'd not worry about that board not overclocking well to be honest, any Z77 will net you 4.4-4.6 give or take a little.
   
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Memory: C Vengeance 8GB 1866
Soundcard: VIA VT2021
PSU: Seasonic Platinum 760W
Default 05-03-2013, 21:22 | posts: 1,945 | Location: Estonia

Yeah I might get a P280 or 300R as next case. Though my Antec 300 is still doing a good job, after that cable management and new fans installed, everything is working top notch with good airflow and really really low temps. I won't be changing for a while now.. no need. (Got Aegir installed now. Don't know if you guys want a picture or not)


Anyways, improvements:

case: Corsair 300R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...r+300r&x=0&y=0 if you want full tower then Corsair P280, can't go wrong there
cooling: Xigmatek Dark Knight II http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233029
As for psu, something with Corsair, Enermax.. Seasonic, whatever.

Other than that, everything else looks good. Should be ok.

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Default 05-03-2013, 21:25 | posts: 26,355 | Location: Hampshire UK

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Worked in a few of the Corsair cases, although the P280 looks to be a dream to work with also. Honestly, it's impossible to screw up when building in the more modern Corsairs. Absolutely fantastic quality.

I'd not worry about that board not overclocking well to be honest, any Z77 will net you 4.4-4.6 give or take a little.
yeah, the cpu is what matters. look at my sh1tty board and my oc. not sure how the LX2 is different from the LX though, any thoughts?
   
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Default 05-03-2013, 22:04 | posts: 7,727

Not a clue, the Asus naming system boggles the mind.
   
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Default 05-03-2013, 22:09 | posts: 24,038 | Location: NZ

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Worked in a few of the Corsair cases, although the P280 looks to be a dream to work with also. Honestly, it's impossible to screw up when building in the more modern Corsairs. Absolutely fantastic quality.

I'd not worry about that board not overclocking well to be honest, any Z77 will net you 4.4-4.6 give or take a little.
You might worry when the 4+1 phase vrm's shlt themselves, might be OK foe a mild OC though.

@eclap the motherboard is just as important as the CPU, I wouldn't be overclocking on your board........short lifetime.

And the difference between the LX & LX2 is vrm heatsinks.

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Default 05-03-2013, 22:31 | posts: 7,727

With Intel Chips/Boards the issue just isn't there mate, trust me. Unless you're aiming for a high OC and really upping the voltage - which just isn't required for 4.4 or so. I know people with budget Z68's that have been running for years with no issues. I'm running 4.4 with my current setup and my motherboard cost 80, good temps and rock-solid stable for almost a year now. Not a single problem. I don't think you need to juice Intel up quite as much to get good results compared to AMD.

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