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First time build - opinions and advice please
03-30-2013, 07:54 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2013, 07:54 AM by DrewPeacock74.)
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First time build - opinions and advice please
Hi, new to the forums and to building PC's

Any opinions on the following build and advice for when the components arrive, and the fun starts, welcomedBig Grin




CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card
Case: Gigabyte GZ-G2SGB ATX Mid Tower Case
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1253 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit ( to be decided )
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03-30-2013, 01:19 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2013, 01:27 PM by fillasophy.)
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-30-2013, 07:54 AM)DrewPeacock74 Wrote: Hi, new to the forums and to building PC's

Any opinions on the following build and advice for when the components arrive, and the fun starts, welcomedBig Grin

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit ( to be decided )

Welcome!
Build looks good Smile
You didn't mention your PSU, though.
If you can shell it out an SSD might be a nice addition, and there are some pretty good prices right now. (around $0.75/GB)


As for Win8, it should run fine on your hardware. As for the features of the OS, the best way is to see for yourself and to go to a store like a Fry's or Best Buy and tinker with it for a while. It's actually not that bad in my opinion, just certain triggers (corners of the screen, usually) seem a bit finicky, but most other things can be fixed within settings. I like their idea behind the live tiles, too.
Greatest selling point in my opinion: cheap ($100) oem has the ability to transfer the license, which 7 didn't allow for OEM. I'm glad I got the retail 7 for this exact reason, so I personally prioritize that.

Good luck!
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03-31-2013, 07:11 AM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-30-2013, 01:19 PM)fillasophy Wrote:
(03-30-2013, 07:54 AM)DrewPeacock74 Wrote: Hi, new to the forums and to building PC's

Any opinions on the following build and advice for when the components arrive, and the fun starts, welcomedBig Grin

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit ( to be decided )

Welcome!
Build looks good Smile
You didn't mention your PSU, though.
If you can shell it out an SSD might be a nice addition, and there are some pretty good prices right now. (around $0.75/GB)


As for Win8, it should run fine on your hardware. As for the features of the OS, the best way is to see for yourself and to go to a store like a Fry's or Best Buy and tinker with it for a while. It's actually not that bad in my opinion, just certain triggers (corners of the screen, usually) seem a bit finicky, but most other things can be fixed within settings. I like their idea behind the live tiles, too.
Greatest selling point in my opinion: cheap ($100) oem has the ability to transfer the license, which 7 didn't allow for OEM. I'm glad I got the retail 7 for this exact reason, so I personally prioritize that.

Good luck!


Thanks for taking the time to reply, fillasophy.

My budget was £400 ($610ish). It's a birthday gift for my son.
I already have the GPU above, and a decent PSU (600w Corsair bronze rated) that were recently put into his current PC, but it's came to it's peak as far as any more upgrades are concerend.

The other components listed above came to £380 or there abouts before I buy an OS, so I'll be going over budget slighty by around £50 ($75)

I like the idea of the SSD. I might suggest he invests in that himself if and when he receives a bit of cash Smile

Thanks again.
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03-31-2013, 11:21 AM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
You wont be overclocking so you could save some money by going with z75 variant board.

If your son is only playing games I would go with windows 7. I know some games perform better on Windows 8, but less game are compatible.
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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03-31-2013, 11:37 AM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-31-2013, 11:21 AM)Brandonsr Wrote: You wont be overclocking so you could save some money by going with z75 variant board.

If your son is only playing games I would go with windows 7. I know some games perform better on Windows 8, but less game are compatible.

Thanks for the reply, Brandonsr

I've ordered the board, in fact all the components now.
The board wasn't too expensive - £84 ($127), would the other board be much less than that?
And would it still have all the same expansion capabilities?

Also, I have swapped the memory above for Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 XMS3 Performance Desktop Memory Kit
as the other was out of stock.
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03-31-2013, 11:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-31-2013, 11:57 AM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
If you already ordered I would just stick with the z77.

The memory you chose is great. But I read somewhere that ivy bridge doesn't work well with ram over 1.5v. I don't know enough about it so you will have to wait for someone else with more knowledge.


Good luck with your build can't wait to see some pics Smile
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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03-31-2013, 12:09 PM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-31-2013, 11:50 AM)Brandonsr Wrote: If you already ordered I would just stick with the z77.

The memory you chose is great. But I read somewhere that ivy bridge doesn't work well with ram over 1.5v. I don't know enough about it so you will have to wait for someone else with more knowledge.


Good luck with your build can't wait to see some pics Smile

The voltage didn't even enter my mind.
It didn't flag anything up on partpicker.
Will it cause any issues if I stick with this ram?
Undecided
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03-31-2013, 01:13 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-31-2013, 05:20 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-31-2013, 12:09 PM)DrewPeacock74 Wrote:
(03-31-2013, 11:50 AM)Brandonsr Wrote: If you already ordered I would just stick with the z77.

The memory you chose is great. But I read somewhere that ivy bridge doesn't work well with ram over 1.5v. I don't know enough about it so you will have to wait for someone else with more knowledge.


Good luck with your build can't wait to see some pics Smile



The voltage didn't even enter my mind.
It didn't flag anything up on partpicker.
Will it cause any issues if I stick with this ram?
Undecided

I've double checked the part number on partpicker.
I must have put in a slightly different model first time round - as now I get the warning about the voltageBlush

Thank you Brandonsr for highlighting this.
You could have saved me from reducing the life span of the CPU!

Looks like another change is required!

(Edit: Links to that website aren't allowed on the forums.)
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03-31-2013, 03:28 PM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
Go with the first link, Low profile ram is always better.
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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03-31-2013, 04:06 PM,
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RE: First time build - opinions and advice please
(03-31-2013, 03:28 PM)Brandonsr Wrote: Go with the first link, Low profile ram is always better.

Thanks again Smile
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