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Mid Range Gaming PC

by Scaroza


First of all, apologies for the dreadful picture quality on the photo but I've only got my iPod touch to use as a camera at the moment :(

I bought all the parts for this in April and built the system at the start of May hence the reason I didn't get the 3570k and a Z77 motherboard, the 2500k was going cheaply at £140 just prior to Ivy's launch.

The total spend came to around £670 which I was pleased about, soon I'm going to upgrade the cooler and bump the i5 up to 4-4.5 Ghz depending on what cooler I get, hopefully going to be a Noctua NH-D14 which will allow for some nice temps at reasonable speeds but I probably will be throttled by the mobo which, although good value, is on the cheap side for any serious overclocking.

In hindsight, I would have opted for the XFX Pro 550w which would have been £4 more than the OCZ but I'll live and learn. I would have liked to have got a Crucial M4 or a Samsung 830, however, opted for the Kingston because it was 120gb for the same price as the 60gb versions of the Crucial and Samsung at the time and I'm happy so far with the performance and I haven't had any problems. I'm liking the 560ti, which I got for around £125, it's been excellent in all games I've thrown at it and its helped by the fact I play at 1680x1050 so its not the most demanding resolution.

Any comments/suggestions welcome :)

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IamApropos 3 Builds 5 points 74 months ago

for when and how much you paid this is an amazingly balanced great build. The SSD is actually known to be a great brand, very reliable. The only thing that might become and issue and I hope it doesn't, is the OCZ power supply. its lasted you this long hopefully keeps going.

taylormoates 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Meh, there are worse things than a OCZ power supply. Plus, he already stated that if he had known he would have gone with a XFX. OCZ certainly wouldn't be my first choice but it also isn't one I would sneeze at. If it is working when he puts it in, it will probably hold out.

Scaroza submitter 2 Builds 1 point 74 months ago

Yeah it seems fine so far and hopefully that will continue to be the case. If it does start to cause problems I'll replace it with an XFX or Seasonic :)

CheesyHotDogPuff 0 points 74 months ago

Even better, A corsair.

Scaroza submitter 2 Builds 1 point 74 months ago

Seasonic make a lot of Corsair's psu's and the XFX Pro series are also rebranded Seasonics so there's not really much difference other than price and stickers.

danielhep 1 point 74 months ago

Seasonic is generally better than Corsair.

TestBuilds 2 points 74 months ago

Yeah, about the same, but Corsair is you know "CORSAIR" and all with its amazing RAM and cases.

CheesyHotDogPuff 1 point 74 months ago

Nah they are both about the same.

taylormoates 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Nice build for just under 1k.

danielhep 1 point 74 months ago

Not that bad, I would say though that the GPU is overpriced for what it is now, a 7850 would've been a better choice. Also, the ram is way way too expensive!

Scaroza submitter 2 Builds 1 point 74 months ago

I paid £127 for the 560ti and £33 for the RAM which now costs about £26 but its been 6 months since I bought all these components so price changes are inevitable. I agree that, had I been building more recently, a HD7850 would have been a better option but at the time the 560ti was on offer at the same price level as the HD6870 so was a no brainer for me :)

TestBuilds 1 point 74 months ago

Your build list says it requires 409 watts, and your power supply is only 550 watts. Power supplies run most efficiently at about 80% load, so overclocking potential is limited, on top of the face that, like you yourself have accepted, is not the best brand for power supplies. Other than that, great build!

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Disregarding the fact that PCPP isn't particularly accurate about that, a PSU's efficiency doesn't have an effect on what it can power: if it's rated to draw 550W, it will provide 550W. That said... that OCZ is only rated for 456W.

But the good news is that overclocking is only limited if he needs to adjust the voltage. So as long as he undervolts or leaves it at stock voltage (not auto voltage), he'll be just fine. If not, well... he can at least take solace in knowing that it has over-current protection. Probably.

TestBuilds 1 point 74 months ago

Well, as long as it works. I just meant that he can't do overclocks that send 77 watt i7 3770k's to 236 watts (~5.4 Ghz I believe I read).

MattTheWorm -1 points 74 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ys2 Check out my build! I need the feedback, and some suggestions on what to add/ fix.

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