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    Old 02-25-2014, 06:01 PM
    Prismere Prismere is offline
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    Hi guys

    In the next month or two, I'm planning to build my very own Gaming PC. I have done quite a lot of research on what is good and what isn't, but when all the parts come together, that is one area I'm still learning about.

    [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZOre]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZOre/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZOre/benchmarks/]Benchmarks[/url]

    CPU: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k]Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] (£25.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g41pcmate]MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] (£69.30 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9k]Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te250bw]Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] (£104.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd1003fzex]Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] (£57.57 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111961920g]Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card[/url] (£188.60 @ Dabs)
    Case: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4blw]Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500m]Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)[/url] (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Monitor: [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/aoc-monitor-i2367fh]AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor[/url] (£127.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £1006.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-25 18:52 GMT+0000)

    I won't be buying the Monitor (oh and is this a good low budget monitor?) straight away, so that brings the total PC down to £880. I was really hoping to keep it under £800 - and even then it was a stretch, but alas.

    Now, the RAM prices have gone up. Previously I couldv'e probably bought 8GB (4x2) RAM for as little as £45 but now the cheapest is like £60. Granted, SSD prices have come down a little and so has the GPU/Processor.

    But anyway, onto the questions:
    1. Do all the parts work together smoothly? Any bottle necks or inconveniences I should know about?

    2. Is a 250GB SSD necessary, or is a 120 GB Samsung EVO series ok? I plan to put windows, Photoshop, some heavy games and a few small programs on there.

    3. Is there any part I could swap out for a cheaper alternative while offering the same performance (or totally remove like the CPU Cooler - do I need it)?
    I wish to be able to run most, if not all games at High/Ultra - aswell as upcoming games like the Witcher 3 and Watchdogs.

    Thanks for any help,
    Prismere
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    Old 02-26-2014, 03:07 PM
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    did the 7950 clock better then the 7870 ? might actuall be able get 2 7870's and do xfire ?
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    Old 02-26-2014, 04:44 PM
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    7950: £240 normally (Amazon), but Dabs have em for £188!!
    7870: £158 on SALE (with around £112 off....)

    So yeah, that would definitely not be an option lol.

    I was originally going to go for the R9 280X as it is a better remake of the 7950, but considering this is 3GB, and £50 cheaper, I chose this instead. although the R9's are quite new, so their price could drop in the next 2 months. I'll have to wait and see.

    Still, could anyone please answer my questions in the OP?

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    Why go with 2 smaller ram than a single of the same size or is it to get better performance and you expect not to use more than 16 or 24GB?
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    Why go with 2 smaller ram than a single of the same size or is it to get better performance and you expect not to use more than 16 or 24GB?
    2 sticks are better than one as it enables dual channel memory for a performance increase, so a matched pair of RAM sticks is actually better than one large stick.
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