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Oct 03, 12 at 11:55amchestycougth


I have posted my build below. I will be using it mostly for gaming, but also some photo editing.
What motherboard should I choose to go with this build that is below £70/$100?
Other constructive comments would be useful as well. Especially regarding compatibility or cheaper parts.
(If you recommend a different CPU then note that an i5 is a minimum requirement).
thanks.

CPU:intel core i7-3770K
graphics:geforce GTX 480
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz
HDD: 500GB SATA 3 manufacturer code: ST500DM002
dvd drive: DVR-219LBK
case: corsair carbide 300R CC-9011014-WW
power supply:corsair build series CMPSU-500CXV2UK
CPU cooler: arctic cooling alpine 11 cpu cooler for intel UCACO-AP112-GBB01


Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Oct 05, 12 at 3:13am
hiigaran


and a power guzzler.



Oct 04, 12 at 6:39pm
ashantiqua


quote Crusad3r
the GTX 480 is outdated and you will need to overclock it should you play any recent game (Such as Borderlands 2) on high graphics settings
gtx 480 is still a beast, dont listen to his chump

http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page3.html

borderlands 2, 1920x1080 @ max settings (w/out physx): 67fps avg. thats only 7 fps lower than a gtx 680.

no real reason to buy a gtx 480 though, unless you get a great deal. its big, hot and loud.



Oct 04, 12 at 10:41am
hiigaran


as future proof as the 3770. the next line of intel processors are going to be on a new socket, iirc. even then, i wouldnt get them. id wait until the die shrink (which is the generation after).



Oct 04, 12 at 9:34am
chestycougth


Everyone seems to think the 3770k is overkill. I'm not planning on building a new PC until may next year. Will the 2500k still be a future proof option by that time?



Oct 04, 12 at 7:42am
hiigaran


have you purchased these parts yet? if not, dont get the CPU cooler. the stock cooler will work fine, unless fan noise really bothers you.

even for minor photo editing, 1600 mhz RAM is more than enough. save money and step down on the RAM.

i agree with the 3770K being overkill if this is a mainly gaming rig. save that money, get a GTX 670 with the saved money. that way, you wont have to get a more powerful PSU, either (500w for a 670 is plenty).



Oct 03, 12 at 3:28pm
Crusad3r


chestycougth I recommend getting a 2500k i5 and using the money you saved to get a geforce GTX 580 or a GTX 670 instead. Up to you though. That CPU is overkill unless you're doing a lot of video/music producing.

mobo: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z68a-g43-gen-3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-at
CPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-33ghz-hd3000-igp-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

You'll also need a better power supply. 500w won't cut it for that kind of hardware. Especially since the GTX 480 is outdated and you will need to overclock it should you play any recent game (Such as Borderlands 2) on high graphics settings
PSU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-corsair-enthusiast-series-cmpsu-750txv2-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps12v-quiet-fan-at

Just assuming you're from the UK since you asked for pounds rather than dollars



Oct 03, 12 at 11:55am
chestycougth


I have posted my build below. I will be using it mostly for gaming, but also some photo editing.
What motherboard should I choose to go with this build that is below £70/$100?
Other constructive comments would be useful as well. Especially regarding compatibility or cheaper parts.
(If you recommend a different CPU then note that an i5 is a minimum requirement).
thanks.

CPU:intel core i7-3770K
graphics:geforce GTX 480
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz
HDD: 500GB SATA 3 manufacturer code: ST500DM002
dvd drive: DVR-219LBK
case: corsair carbide 300R CC-9011014-WW
power supply:corsair build series CMPSU-500CXV2UK
CPU cooler: arctic cooling alpine 11 cpu cooler for intel UCACO-AP112-GBB01






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