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Can someone look over my 1st gaming build and tell me what they think? The only thing I'm currently not sure about is the compatibility between the case/motherboard and the GPU/PSU. I mean, the case has front USB ports, a fan (w/LED) i don't know if they will work on the motherboard? Also i don't know if the PSU will work with the GPU. Anybody able to help with this? Thanks!

Here's the specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Scan.co.uk)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£70.64 @ Scan.co.uk)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.56 @ Scan.co.uk)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£68.54 @ Scan.co.uk)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.55 @ Scan.co.uk)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£269.72 @ Scan.co.uk)

Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.86 @ Scan.co.uk)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£58.32 @ Scan.co.uk)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.90 @ Scan.co.uk)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-Bit DVD OEM (£70.57 @ Scan.co.uk)

Total: £857.60

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I wouldn't pay more for the i5-4670, since the performance gain compared to i5-4570 is negligible. If anything you might consider getting the Xeon E3-1230V3, which is essentially an i7 with much lower price tag - excellent option if you don't plan to overclock the CPU. But the i5s are fine too.

I'd change the PSU to Cooler Master G550M - better voltage regulation (since it's not group regulated, but DC-DC) and longer warranty than the Corsair. Or Cooler Master V450S - it still has far more power than necessary, and it's a higher grade PSU overall.

As for the case, I'd consider getting the Zalman Z3 Plus, which doesn't seem to be of worse quality than CM K380, while it's cheaper and it comes with three more fans included.


But those are just nitpicks, there are no big problems with this build. :)

Edited by yojo2


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Run the onscreen gadget that lists your memory and CPU core performance, that way you can see where your system demands are at any given time. Mine was using the 1st core the most as is typical, up to 100 percent at times, doing video playback from DVD! The 3rd core is the next CPU core to get duty when the first one is busy, at least under HyperThreading operation. My memory meter for 4GB was at 1.3GB most of the time, so if you're closer to the threshold, you'll see performance hits.


If you're looking to expand beyond Haswell with the latest tech, and considering the GPU, I'd go well beyond the 600watt PSU, it's low end in today's tech World

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Power requirements for new kit are dropping relative to performance. You can run almost every GPU on the market with a 500w PSU and there really is no point in going higher than 600w unless you're building some kind of super-rig.

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Also, the wattage of the PSU doesn't really say which end of the market it belongs to. There are high end low wattage units and vice versa.

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