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PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:45 pm
by Gh0st.IRE
I'm building a new rig and looking for some feedback on the bits and pieces chosen. I've gone with a pre-overclocked cpu/mobo/ram bundle and various other parts. (Also note that the URLs aren't necessarily the place I'm buying from!)

I'm still looking for the right case, and I'm leaning towards the Corsair 600T and have other bits lying around, such as TB HDDs, Disc drives etc.

PSU: Corsair 600W ... tails.aspx

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB ... tails.aspx

CPU: Intel i7 2600k @ 4.4GHz,

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3

RAM: Corsair 1600MHZ 16GB ... ard+bundle

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB ... tails.aspx

Re: PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:28 pm
by Kaelan002
The 2XXX cpus are now two architectures old. I would strongly suggest getting a 3770/3770K instead.
The 4770K is only slightly more expensive, but was only released a few weeks ago and would require a different motherboard as they moved to a new socket (again..)

2XXX - Sandy Bridge
3XXX - Ivybridge
4XXX - Haswell

Similarly, the Motherboard listed uses the Z68 chipset, which too is now two generations out of date. Unless it is saving you a considerable amount of money, I would suggest looking for something with the Z77, which supports native USB3.0 and PCIe3.0 (amongst other things).

The Z77 also enables turboboost 2.0. This allows the 3770 to dynamically overclock to 3.9hz and down to 1.6Ghz. Unless you really need that extra 0.5Ghz, I would suggest leaving it at its factory clock, and enabling this feature. Wear issues aside, having a chip constantly clocked at 4.4 will produce a hell of a lot of heat, (therefore fan noise) and power draw. While being complete overkill considering 50% of the time the only application it will be running is a web browser. :P

As the above is not technically overclocking, it also does not require you to get the K variant, with an unlocked multiplier. The K version of a chip being identical, only more expensive and with half the features intentionally disabled.

Re: PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:25 pm
by sNaKeBiTe
If you overclock, the CPU won't be constantly clocked at 4.4 GHz (you can do it for stability reasons but it is not necessary). At idle it will go into energy saving mode at 1.6GHz and therefore not produce more heat than a non-overclocked CPU.

I agree with Kaelan, unless it saves you a lot of money I wouldn't go for the Sandy Bridge architecture (2xxx). There is no real reason not to buy Haswell. Also, don't forget that you need good cooling if you want to overclock.
I'd go with a 4670K and a Z87 MB. The 4770K (or the 3770K) has hyperthreading which in most games doesn't give a big performance boost, at least not in a way that justifies the much higher price. If you run other CPU intensive applications it might be worth it though.
As for the GPU I might consider buying the new GTX770 if your budget is big enough.

Re: PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:48 pm
by heuji
i dont understand why you would save on components then buy a £142 case?!?
HERE is a massive £110 saving to spend on components. you can always change later...

Re: PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:22 am
by Gh0st.IRE
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T, ATX, ohne Netzteil|€154.93
Intel Core i7-4770K Box, LGA1150|€303.24
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming, ATX, Sockel 1150|€134.39
8GB-Kit G.Skill Sniper PC3-14900U CL9-10-9-28|€60.44
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 Windforce 3X OC, 2GB DDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort|€369.82
Samsung SSD 840 250GB SATA 6Gb/s|€140.79
Corsair Hydro Series H100i|€105.70

I already have a 600W PSU and a 1TB HDD. I'm also going to put a Blu-Ray drive into this new machine.

Unsure about the RAM. I've looked at reviews of it, but I've always used Corsair RAM and never had a single issue with it so I'm a tad reluctant to change for the sake of 30e or so.

I've also had someone suggest I add this entire cooling system, but I can't see the need for it considering I don't have a x2/x3 SLI going on, and with the H100i, even if I OC the CPU it should remain pretty chilled.

XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25” Reservoir with Alphacool VPP655 / Laing D5 Single Edition : Pump Bundle|£100.56
XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel : RayStorm Intel|£51.98
EK FC680 GTX DCII CSQ Full Cover Waterblock for Asus NVIDIA GTX 680 DirectCU II Graphics Cards : Nickel Acetal|£74.50
8 x 1/4" Thread Compression Fitting for 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD Tubing : Black Nickel|£27.26
3 x XSPC 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD (13-19mm) High Flex Tubing : Clear / UV Blue|£8.96
2 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 120mm Single Radiator : Full Copper|£69.19
Total|£ 351.53 (€410 approx.)

Re: PC Build feedback

PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:28 pm
by sNaKeBiTe
if you use an old PSU make sure it's Haswell compatible: ... ility-list

Why don't you use corsair ram if you like it? Corsair XMS3 DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-12800U CL9-9-9-24 (DDR3-1600) (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) for 57,01€ (There are probably other versions. This is just the first I found)
Haswell only supports up to DDR3-1600 anyways.

If you're not dead set on the 600T you can take a look at the Fractal Design Define R4. It's also available in white with a window. It's also cheaper and has sound dampening. I have the R3 and I really like it.

Other than that, it looks pretty good. This is of course a very high end build and has a lot of room for savings if it's over your budget. Also if you wait a couple of weeks the prices might drop a little (on the 770 and the 4770k since they have just been released)

The custom loop probably won't give you better temperatures, especially with only 2 120mm rads. (Remember you now cool GPU and CPU) It's a lot more expensive and less practical. It does look cool though.
I'm also not sure if a 680 waterblock will fit on a 770. Yes a 770 is essentially an overclocked 680, but they might not have the same PCB layout.