Is this a good set-up?

  jkpele 21 Jan 13
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The only thing I'm not sure about is the processor, any thoughts?

I am building it for high performance graphics and video editing plus gaming on the side.

This build is around £1350 from pcspecialist.co.uk.

Case COOLERMASTER HAF-X FULL TOWER GAMING CASE

Overclocked CPU Overclocked Intel® Core™i7-3770k Quad Core (3.50GHz @ max 4.60GHz)

Motherboard ASUS® P8Z77-V LK: PCI-E 3.0 READY, SLI, CROSSFIREX

Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (4 x 4GB KIT)

Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready

Memory - 1st Hard Disk 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 64MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 12x BLU-RAY RE-WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

Power Supply CORSAIR 750W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX750 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£86)

Processor Cooling Corsair H40 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)

Thermal Paste ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)

Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Network Facilities DUAL-BAND WIRELESS 802.11N 450Mbps PCI-E CARD (£35)

USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD

Operating System Genuine Windows 8 Standard Edition 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)

  Chronos the 2nd 22 Jan 13

A fair set up but for that sort of cash I would expect to see at least a 128GB SSD for operating system and programs. I also think that your PSU at 750W is way over the top.

This is a personal thing but I prefer two hard-drives at 1TB rather than one large 2TB drive as with to drives one can be a back up for the other and if one fails then you still have everything,if the large 2TB fails then all is potentially lost.

The Haf X is a massive case and more suited for water cooling but I realise that it is you that will be looking at it so the choice of case is a personal issue.

I would up the cooler to a 60 or 80 or even 100i Corsair. The 40 is a pretty basic model.

CPU is fine for your needs.Nice chip.

  Woolwell 22 Jan 13

No USB3?

  Chronos the 2nd 22 Jan 13

Mother board,2 internal 4 on back panel and case 2 front panel, have USB 3.

  Woolwell 22 Jan 13

Not sure about the benefits of the wireless card. You need to be sure that it doesn't end up being shielded by the case.

  jkpele 22 Jan 13

Okay thanks guys. I know it would be a lot cheaper to build it physically myself, but I'm not experienced in the process plus in have no idea how to overclock the processor. I'll lower the power and add in an SSD as well.

  nickf 22 Jan 13

I would personally also drop the wireless card , and include a sound card instead . As Chronos says , the Haf-x is huge ! I made a similar mistake and ordered a Cosmos 11 ultra , even a GTX680sc looks very small in it ! Had to move furniture around quite some bit just to get enough room for it . A 600w PSU will be more than enough, and an SSD is a must . heres a possible alternative for you http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ConfigureSystem.asp?SystemID=1431 .

  Chronos the 2nd 22 Jan 13

I gave up on big cases a couple of years ago,if your not water-cooling then they are a waste of space and some of them are very heavy I had the Silverstone FT02 and was a beast to shift I actually modded it and fitted wheels on it.. Just ordered this. Silverstone FT03 As my current case a Lian Li V354A was a pain to get into and cable management was rubbish and it is just a little cluttered for my liking.

  nickf 22 Jan 13

I do like the extra space for my H100 liquid cooling , and it seems easier to keep the inside clean and dust free. Like the idea of wheels Chronos , think I will have to get busy over the weekend !

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