I thought I'd do an updated build from my last machine because I've now replaced/added a significant number of key parts.
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 :)
Since the original I've gradually swapped out several parts for one reason or another.
I picked up a VTX3D 7870 Black Edition Tahiti LE card from Aria for £181 (inc postage) which is a cracking deal on the card considering I got Crysis 3 Hunter Edition, 2x Bioshock Infinite, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3 and Hitman Absolution for free with the card. It really is a great performer and handles everything easily and is probably the best card on the market in terms of cost/performance ratio. The 560ti from my previous build went to my brother's pc to upgrade his HD5770 so that was a nice performance boost for him as well.
I also upgraded the PSU at this point, the old psu again going into my brother's rig to replace an ancient crappy unit that was bought as part of a cyberpower custom build. The GS700 cost £69.99 which is about right for the wattage and quality of the unit and what really made me like this PSU was the striking visuals and the lighting options (it's set to red in the picture but it can also be turned off, to white and to blue). The other aspect of the PSU that I like is that the fan doesn't spin up until more than 160w (something like that) is drawn by the system so when idling the PSU is silent. Being a 700w PSU it also means that I can X-fire in the future should I need to. The only gripe I have with the unit is that when the fan spins down after it's been put under load it make a short, high pitched noise that seems to be quite common for this line of PSU's but it isn't constant or even very often so it's not really an issue.
I've bought a second WD caviar blue HDD to add in (not in yet) because I'm running out of space on the current storage devices and will soon need the extra room.
The Corsair SP120 fans were an unexpected birthday present from my brother so I had to work out what to do with them when I got them. I decided to go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO because it's the go to budget cooler and with the two SP fans it really keeps the system cool. I'm going to be overclocking in the next few days and I'm aiming for something in the region of 4.2Ghz for now.
The new motherboard was bought for it's solid components when thinking about overlcocking as the ASRock board, whilst good for the money, was not a reliable enough board for overlcocking. I also like the colour scheme and extra space on the MSI board over the ASRock.
The system is running as well as ever and fulfills all my gaming needs at the moment. As for the PC build itself, I'm happy with the cable management in the build now considering the Z9 Plus isn't the best case for cable management and I just wish that the GPU PCI-E power cables when into the end of the card rather than on the side because it means the cable have to reach out to the front of the case. The CPU power cable has unfortunately had to be pulled across the front of the motherboard because there wasn't enough room to fit it through the panel gap just above the CPU. However, the lead is barely noticeable in everyday use and it's only very clear in the photos because of the flash of the camera which makes the cable braids appear brighter than they really are.
Overall, I'm very happy with the build and I'm looking forward to OC'ing and hopefully getting some good results.
Again, comments/suggestions welcome! :)