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Build Advice New gaming build, new some advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheLink, 16 Sep 2013.

  1. TheLink

    TheLink New Member

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    Hi guys,

    So here I am again for a new build, aimed 90% at gaming - mainly modern FPSs (BF3/4,COD,ARMA and others) with some websufring with often 30+ tabs open.

    Here is the build I am considering after some thorough research, and my questions to you guys:

    Display DELL U2412M or HPZR24W
    Good IPS displays I had overseas and will most likely buy one of these two again. Used if I can.
    Definitely want a 1920*1200 resolution.


    CPU 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K

    Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
    1) This mobo looks good, and while I am looking for good quality with OCing capability, all I really need is :
    4 RAM slots,
    1 PCI-E 3 (do not care for SLI),
    1GB LAN,
    stereo audio,
    2x6Gbps SATA for future SSD use.

    Is there a cheaper yet decent option someone can recommend ?


    Memory 8GB DDR3
    2) Looking at a recent article from anandtech.com, I can see them highlight that DDR3-1866 or even DDR3-2133 memory do provide some improved performance. And after looking into the pricing, over here in France:
    - G.Skill Extreme3 2 x 4 Go PC17000 2133 Mhz Ripjaws X CAS9 1,5V only costs 4 euros more than
    - G.Skill Extreme3 2 x 4 Go PC12800 1600 Mhz ARES CAS9 1,5V
    The only thing I am worried about is some comments I read about stability issues with the higher clocked memory. Is this really the case ? Or will I be OK as long as my chosen mobo supports the selected frequency ?


    Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 770 OC - 2 Go (N770 TF 2GD5/OC) 1098 MHz, PCI-Express 16x, 2048 Mo, 7010 MHz
    340 euros on offer.

    PSU ThermalTake SP-530PCWEU
    3) Will this bit tech recommended PSU - for the GTX 760 build - suffice ? I can go without a modular option to save some cash, but would prefer a quiet option. What's your input ?

    CPU Cooler (UK) SilverStone Argon AR01
    4) Cannot get this cooler in France for some reason ! Any quiet yet decent recommendation for my Hasweel i5 with minor OCing ?

    Case Fractal Design Define R4
    5) Love these cases, well built and quiet. Will the supplied fans suffice with my setup though ?

    Optical drive
    SATA DVD-RW

    Storage (HDD) 1TB SATA 3Gbps

    Appreciate your input.
     
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  2. teppic

    teppic New Member

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    The set up looks all right. I'd go for the 7970 over the 770 though, there are very good deals on it, at least in the UK.

    For cooling Haswell with a minor OC, the Coolermaster Hyper 212 is good.

    You won't gain anything noticeable with faster memory. Just get the cheapest 1600-2400MHz RAM with good timings (i.e. C9 for 1600/1866, C10/11 for 2133MHz).

    For FPS gaming, especially upcoming games, you may be better off with an 8320/8350.
     
  3. atc95

    atc95 I have the upgrade bug!

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    In regards to the 7970 deals it is a bargain right now at OCUK
     
  4. TheLink

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    It would boil down to roughly the same price than the GTX 770 with shipping where I am located.

    With the GTX 770 showing an average 40% FPS boost in bit tech's tests (over the basic 7970).
     
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    The 7970 is a little better than the 770 plus it has a much better memory spec. Ignore most benchmarks - they're on very old drivers and the reference 7970 has a much lower clock than ones you buy.
     
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    Ok so I have ordered the GTX 770 OC as it was on an offer finishing today !

    I am still having issues deciding on my PSU though...

    I want to be able to use two GTXs 770 eventually if I want to in the future, be able to add a soundcard a SSD and a second HDD.

    I do not mind a non modular option but would like something that is not TOO noisy and relatively reliable.

    From what I have read I need to be looking at a 750W PSU.
    But from what I have looked at:
    - the Seasonic X-750 costs 170 euros
    - the XFX ProSeries costs 145 euros
    - the Corsair CX750M 80PLUS Bronze costs 92 euros

    The top two picks are gold rated but are rather pricey.
    XFX seems to have a pretty bad customer support feedback.
    The corsair is only bronze, and the modular model of this range is only 4 euros more than the non modular. But is this a decent PSU ?
    Any other appropriate suggestions ?
     
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