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    Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    Currently I have:

    Asus mobo P8Z77-m
    i5-3570 (3.4 GHz Quad-Core)
    Crucial bx100 2.5 ssd

    This build is to replace my old x48 q6600 beast cube. Its used in my room for all my media needs and light to heavy gaming. Case wise I was thinking v21 as I want to keep costs down but I do like the look of both the node 804 and air240. PSU I was looking at this £30 EVGA 500W 80PLUS but am open to suggestion. As for memory I was looking at 8GB Gskill 2133mhz cl9 stuff or maybe 1600mhz cl7. GPU I'm tempted to stretch to a 970 but as I'm running this through my flat screen 1360x768 so a 2GB 960 might do, but I'm open to any other ideas. It should be noted I'm probably gonna get both gpu and memory sent over by family from the states to keep costs down.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    For items coming from the states make sure they are sent in gift packaging or you could end up having to pay duty on them, also make sure invoices are not included in the packaging.

    For RAM the 1600mhz option would be fine. I can't advise on the case as that's more down to taste but the options listed are all good choices.

    PSU should be fine for a 960 and good enough if you go the 970 route as well, going the 970 route does mean that if you upgrade the monitor at a later date you'll have the gpu power to support it.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardDemon View Post
    For items coming from the states make sure they are sent in gift packaging or you could end up having to pay duty on them, also make sure invoices are not included in the packaging.
    But if he's buying then it's not a gift, so labelling as such would be fraudulent and liable to much larger charges. I don't think there is any duty to pay for components anyway.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    Yeah I'm sure I'm owed more presents from my last b-day.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    With that screen I'd go for an AMD card. They support the version of variable refresh rate technology that's been incorporated into the DisplayPort standard (Adaptive Sync) while nVidia only have their proprietary G-Sync version with an uncertain future.

    EVGA's 500W unit is popular at the moment and a good choice on a budget. Memory doesn't make much difference, so just buy the fastest you can get within, say, £5 of the cheaper kit.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    Yeah I'm running dual 4870 at present but the noise/heat is a huge issue was thinking NVidia lower power might help. I like the look of the 290 390 cards but pricing seems a little high still. Memory wise I'm torn between high MHz or low latency as all seem roughly in the same price bracket.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    Quote Originally Posted by jels View Post
    Yeah I'm running dual 4870 at present but the noise/heat is a huge issue was thinking NVidia lower power might help.
    If the heat output of the GTX 970 is acceptable then that's no reason not to consider a R9 380 since it's similar heat output. IIRC the 4870X2 & 4870 crossfire setups were about 275W typical gaming consumption.

    And DX12 looks likely to liberate a far bit of currently CPU bound performance in some cases from AMD's cards which will give them another advantage.

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    Re: Help me choose my remaining parts for budgetish build

    DX12 will be a factor the 380 seems reasonably priced ~$200+ and a probable improvement over a 960. Whereas the 390 is around $50 more than the 970 witch is ~$280 decisions decisions !

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