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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by fenurch, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. fenurch

    fenurch

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    Dear TPU,

    Recently I began building my current system which is what I can currently afford and I'm trying to get most out of it because I do game quite a lot and even without the new VGA, having the ability to play most games on max with a decent FPS is like a breath of fresh air. I bought all of the components with the knowledge that I will be upgrading the VGA within the next few months so I hope none of the current components will bottleneck if I get something like 7970.

    My current build is:
    i5 3570k (no OC because stock cooling doesn't inspire enough trust but cooling advice is something require so keep reading)
    Asus P8Z77-V LX
    XFX ATi 5750 (can't give link since card is outdated and will get changed anyway)
    Seagate 2TB SATA III 7200RPM 64MB
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
    Corsair TX650M
    anidees A16BW


    So firstly I'm looking for a graphics card that won't be bottle necked by other components and will allow me to utilize all of the components to the maximum (in my case, it only really matters in games, so max settings with playable FPS is the ideal target) without having to upgrade anything other than VGA or cooling. My maximum budget is £300 for the VGA and that's already pushing it. I was looking at 7970 but now I'm wondering that maybe there's no real point going for the flagship is the rest of computer can't keep up so maybe a 7950 will suit me just fine. I would prefer to buy it from www.scan.co.uk since they offer pretty sweet game deals with their cards or amazon.co.uk but it really doesn't matter as long as I have some kind of idea what VGA would be suited for my system. I have no prejudice against nVidia either but it seems that at this price range, ATi kicks their ass (according to TomsHardware charts too).

    Also, I've never built a WC'd rig and I wanted this to be my first because finally I have the funds available to kind of lash out on it. I know that it may very well not be worth it because this isn't some crazy, uber-high spec build but I want to get most out of it and the watercooling is more of a challenge for myself since I love fiddling about. My real question was (which is very vague and I don't expect a simple answer, if I get one at that!) whether watercooling kits are worth the money or is buying all the components separately a better choice (once again, I must remind you that I'm a complete novice to WC'ing and indeed, OC'ing but I can make up for that with enthusiasm. The reason why I'm kind of put off from buying separate components is because I rather get all of the necessary stuff in one delivery but if I have 40 separate parts, I doubt I'll get the all from one website (I could be totally wrong though))?

    I'm also looking at new monitors right now and it's either going to be an IPS or 3D monitor (for the refresh rate) either 24" and 27" so its obviously going to be necessary for my card to be able to support the monitor although I doubt that I'll move up to 2560x1440 since 1920x1080 is just fine.

    BTW Don't bother looking at current system specs tab since it's outdated and will be updated when I finish this build.

    BTW #2 I wrote this in a relative hurry and it might be a bit mashed but I hope you get the general idea and you can help me out.

    Thanks
     
  2. erocker

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    Buying the highest end GPU won't be held back by the computer you list in your post. Get whatever you can afford.
     
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    7970 would be perfect with your build.
     
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  4. fenurch

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    If that is the case (thanks for your opinion, I'm very grateful), then I don't see a reason as to hold back from getting the best edition available (from what I've read over the past few hours, a big majority of people recommend the Sapphire Vapor-X) but I'm concerned that maybe 650W PSU may not be enough to run it? Could this be a possibility? I have no plans of going Crossfire any time.
     
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    the more wattage a quality PSU has the easier the load on it is. the 650 watt you have selected will work though just fine
     
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  6. fenurch

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    I knew it was worth paying premium for the Corsair!

    Anyway guys, since I literally have no self-restraint or patience, I ordered a 7970, a watercooling kit and a monitor so I'll update this when I get everything and install it.

    Thanks to everyone for advice, it really was appreciated :)
     

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