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    Default Custom PC build.

    After years of threatening, semi-constant financial calamity and a rocky start to 2014 I'm dialing in the components for my new rig.
    Budget isn't the greatest, and I'm shopping around as much as possible, but I'll welcome any comments and suggestions.
    I haven't build one in a fair few years, and always had an even smaller budget and we all know how Jewish I am spending money :P

    Case: 30-60
    (tough call. A good case is kinda necessary, but I hat paying for what is essentially a box for the components that really matter :P)
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/cit-vantag...se-black-a85ky
    others to consider
    http://www.corsair.com/en/carbide-se...pc-gaming-case
    http://www.coolermaster.com/case/mid.../haf-912-plus/

    MoBo: 80-100
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87A/
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/intel/Z87%20Extreme3/

    CPU: 120-150
    (think i5 is the best I can afford)
    http://ark.intel.com/products/69114/...up-to-3_30-ghz

    Cooler: 30
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...62922401,d.ZG4

    PSU: 60
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seasonic-S12.../dp/B003BIEOCI

    GFX: a 7970 would be nice, but I doubt I could get one for under 200. I fucking hate picking through gfx so recommendations would be awesome.
    http://www.amd.com/uk/products/deskt...on-7950.aspx#1

    RAM:
    8gig however I can get it. Seems to be 40-50 minimum.

    Priced up by just general searches, with not much shopping around, 600.

    Ta for anyone lending a hand and telling me if I'm making an awful choice :3
    Peace.

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    Default Re: Custom PC build.

    Although it is in Dutch, it might be a help for you as you can look up the hardware name on google or whatever you find convenient
    The "to-go" site for us is tweakers.nl, where they make a monthly best buy guide which in my opinion is always well made
    Since they have different versions I will give a link to both (differs in price)
    This is the budget- and basic game system: http://tweakers.net/reviews/3443/3/d...mesysteem.html (375ish for the budget and 560ish for the basic)
    And then we got the end-game system (or mainstream):
    http://tweakers.net/reviews/3443/4/desktop-best-buy-guide-maart-2014-mainstreamgamesysteem.html (920ish)

    Hope this is helpfull for you

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    + I believe your MoBo and CPU don't match (CPU = socket 1155 and both MoBo are socket 1150) not sure about this though

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    Default Re: Custom PC build.

    Do you really need a PSU and case? what do you have now for these? My last case lasted through 3 or 4 builds and I only replaced it because my new 360mm radiator wouldn't fit in it. My last PSU upgrade was because I required it for the components I had, and it too should last through several builds.

    For cpu go with the 3570K, as you will easily hit 4Ghz on it with the stock cooler so it is worth the extra. (I run mine at 4.5Ghz under water)

    You can save some money on the 7970 by going for the 280X, which is a 7970 re-branded. They're both artificially high at the moment because of litecoin mining.

    The motherboards you linked are the wrong socket for the CPU (and the CPU I mentioned). You will need a Intel Z77 Express chipset on it. Something like the Asus P8Z77 series will work well.

    RAM wise you'll want some DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600Mhz) to go with the CPU/Mobo, you're looking more like 50-80 for this, but don't expect to overclock it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiGgLr View Post
    Do you really need a PSU and case? what do you have now for these? My last case lasted through 3 or 4 builds and I only replaced it because my new 360mm radiator wouldn't fit in it. My last PSU upgrade was because I required it for the components I had, and it too should last through several builds.

    For cpu go with the 3570K, as you will easily hit 4Ghz on it with the stock cooler so it is worth the extra. (I run mine at 4.5Ghz under water)

    You can save some money on the 7970 by going for the 280X, which is a 7970 re-branded. They're both artificially high at the moment because of litecoin mining.

    The motherboards you linked are the wrong socket for the CPU (and the CPU I mentioned). You will need a Intel Z77 Express chipset on it. Something like the Asus P8Z77 series will work well.

    RAM wise you'll want some DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600Mhz) to go with the CPU/Mobo, you're looking more like 50-80 for this, but don't expect to overclock it.
    Ta bud <3
    I'd been wondering why the prices had bumped up recently, looked very odd to see the price trends.
    My rig is 6~ years old, so I don't think it would hold up, and I'm passing it on to my nephew.
    That's why I'm trying to make em an investment, so they'll last a few builds.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mestkever View Post
    + I believe your MoBo and CPU don't match (CPU = socket 1155 and both MoBo are socket 1150) not sure about this though
    Thought I'd double checked, but I likely just linked the wrong thing :P

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    Default Re: Custom PC build.

    Have a look at the Scan pre built stuff then source the parts and put it together yourself
    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/custom/profess...c/form-factors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeskibobs View Post
    Have a look at the Scan pre built stuff then source the parts and put it together yourself
    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/custom/profess...c/form-factors
    Mest's link gave me the same idea to find an english language one, and started grabbing the all purpose pieces I could find cheap (HDD, case and dvdr so far)
    It'll force me to keep spending, otherwise I'll never get it done ><

    Still bummed at the shear variety of GPU's to compare.
    Add in the variety of third party versions and I swear it's like having to learn a second language :3
    The 280x might be out of my range (depends how jewy I can be on everything else)
    The budget alternative seemed to be geforce GTX 760.

    Ah well, when it's done I can be happy... ><

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    Atm I got the sapphire R9 http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...pid=2022&lid=1
    Works great for me, in combination with my asrock p67 extreme4, with i7 2600k it can play every game there is atm on ultra
    And I don't feel like the sapphire or the other components are that expensive
    Still, even though if I got the i7, the i5 4670k will probably also run everything smooth on ultra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mestkever View Post
    Atm I got the sapphire R9 http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...pid=2022&lid=1
    Works great for me, in combination with my asrock p67 extreme4, with i7 2600k it can play every game there is atm on ultra
    And I don't feel like the sapphire or the other components are that expensive
    Still, even though if I got the i7, the i5 4670k will probably also run everything smooth on ultra
    200 was my absolute limit, I still gotta pay the rent and eat :P
    I *probably* shouldn't be buying yet, but I think everyone is fed up of me lagging around while I save enough :P

    I reckon I can stretch to 250, and I'm probably gonna get an AMD mobo, as the CPU prices are decidedly lower (and seem comparable performance wise)

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