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    New Build Advice

    Posted this a few months back, but still havent got round to buying it yet. Here is the planned rig I posted a months back. Just want a little bit of advice/input. Does this all still seem ok, or has something new and better came out which I can replace certain items with (prices may have changed since too, but my budget is at absolute limit here)

    MONITOR: ViewSonic VIE 23 IPS - £120 (before cashback) *****DABS CASHBAK********

    CPU: 1. 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 3570K 3.40GHz Socket LGA1155 - £179.98
    2. 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 2310 2.90GHz Socket LGA1155 - £143.99 (Either or, not both...)

    RAM: 1. Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-14900 C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit - £47.99
    2. Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - £42.99 (Either or, not both...)

    MOBO: MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard - £77.99

    HDD: Seagate 1TB SATA 3 Performance Hard Drive OEM ST1000DM003 - £63.23

    SSD: Samsung 128GB 830 Series SSD - Solid State Drive - MZ-7PC128D/EU Slim 7.5mm - £79.99

    DVDRW - 24x Black SATA DVDRW Sony AD-7280S-0B OEM Bare Drive - £13.16

    CASE: Zalman Z9-U3 Mid Tower Case No PSU - £45.95

    PSU: OCZ ZS Series 550W 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply - £48.66

    GPU: Gigabyte HD7850 OC AMD/ATI Graphics Card - 2GB - £185.74

    Keyboard and Mouse: Cherry Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - £55.16

    Sound Proofing: Akasa AK-PAX-2 PaxMate II Acoustic Sound Proofing Kit - £13.18
    Main Rig: BOARD: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H / CHIP: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 3570K 3.40GHz / RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 / DRIVES: Seagate 1TB ST1000DM003 + Samsung 128GB SSD / CASE: Zalman Z9-U3 Mid / PSU: OCZ ZS Series 550W / GRAPHICS: 2GB XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Edition, 4800MHz / MONITOR: ViewSonic VIE 23 IPS 1920x1080 6MS
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    • dacads's system
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    Re: New Build Advice

    Go with the Gigabyte Z77-D3H motherboard and i5-3570k for sure

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    Re: New Build Advice

    You can get a AMD 7870 on scan right now for 190 quid - maybe compare the performance vs the one you posted above? Might be worth checking, seems like a bargain.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-...81280-cores%29

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