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    Looking for critique on a new 1000 build

    Yup, it's another new build thread!

    Don't worry, I've already done the hard work and made a build that I'm reasonably happy with: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Frenz0rz/saved/2nZ8

    I'm just looking for a little critique on how I could improve it and/or bring the price down a touch (although 1000 was what I was originally aiming for). The monitors and peripherals will all be from my current PC; for reference I'm currently using two 1680x1050 monitors.

    All opinions welcome :)
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    For gaming? Then I suggest the following. Better motherboard for overclocking, 8 GB RAM instead of 16 GB, a cheaper but nearly as good SSD, and a cheaper and modular PSU (could go even cheaper with a non-modular one).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (173.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (23.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (112.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (40.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (83.96 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (63.80 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (201.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (79.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: OCZ ZT 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (62.94 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (12.98 @ Novatech)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Total: 923.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-14 17:12 BST+0100)

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    If you can fit the budget, get a 256 GB SSD. Unless all you ever do is just run games (which I assume is unlikely for most) and some games taking 20GB+, default config and save location, 128GB runs out quick.

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    If you swap to a 250 GB Samsung 840 Evo in the build I listed, it currently ends up at 973.

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    You don't game on both monitors, do you? A single 760 will not get you 60 consistent FPS at 3.5 megapixels without cutting image quality. If you only game on one of your monitors at a time a 760 is kinda overkill, but it'll last a good while at that res.
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    The GTX 670 is a better buy than the 760 right now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakkura View Post
    The GTX 670 is a better buy than the 760 right now anyway.
    Yeah, didin't notice it was a 670; it generally comes out like a few frames ahead of the 760 in Ryan's tests. Still, if he's gaming on both monitors then neither card would drive it to 60 FPS consistently. 30-40 is still playable, ofc.
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    Cheers for your help guys. I've done a bit of poking around and I've more or less settled on this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (173.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (23.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (112.55 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (63.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (129.41 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (64.51 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (199.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (83.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (67.80 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (13.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Total: 999.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-21 14:54 BST+0100)

    Changes include:

    - A very decent 750W PSU for a similar price that will allow room for future upgrades (I'll either get the Scan one or this modular Amazon version).
    - An Asus 4gb Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB (identical price, but quieter and 4GB).
    - 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Pro instead of the 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix (still have two expansion slots for 16GB if necessary).
    - A 250GB Samsung 840 Series SSD.

    All for an oddly convenient 999.99.

    Any final thoughts? Otherwise I'll likely purchase the components today!

    Edit: Was also gonna ask, do you think the CPU cooler will be sufficient?
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    Probably safer to go with a Corsair TX750. The builder series has a bad reputation for shoddy parts, whereas the rest of Corsair's line-up is solid. I can vouch for the 750TX too, it's done a good job for me for the past 6 years. Hmm, might be time to retire it actually.
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    The Corsair TX series isn't that much better after they've started sourcing from all kinds of different OEMs.

    I would recommend the XFX Core Edition 750W, Seasonic-made.

    And as for the SSD, I would pay the extra few quid to get a Samsung 840 Evo. It's a pretty substantial upgrade over the basic 840.

    Edit: Also don't understand why you go for expensive memory. Here's a cheaper and faster G.Skill kit, which is also lower-profile and thus less likely to interfere with CPU coolers.
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    Cheers for the suggestions guys :)
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    Ah crap, looks like the RAM Sakkura suggested is out of stock, and I can't find anyone else that sells it. Can someone recommend decent memory at a similar price?
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    Here's a Patriot kit that's even faster. Only 2 left in stock.

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    Sakkura, you're a star!
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    Can someone please post a link to RPS article about mechanical keyboards?
    P.S. what is a good mechanical keyboard?

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    Can't remember seeing a mechanical keyboard article on RPS recently, last one I remember reading was here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...byte,3505.html

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