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Old 06-01-2012, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so, my friend has £800 to spend on a PC which he will be building himself. He has all the extras (monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.) he just needs the parts.

He doesn't think he will SLI/Crossfire.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel.. | Ebuyer.com
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V.. | Ebuyer.com
Graphics: PowerColor HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Dual Mini.. | Ebuyer.com
Wireless card: TP-Link 300mbps Wireless N Pci Express Adapter | Ebuyer.com
PSU: Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified | Ebuyer.com
HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive.. | Ebuyer.com
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and.. | Ebuyer.com
Case: Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower.. | Ebuyer.com
DVD Drive: LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA.. | Ebuyer.com
Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver.. | Ebuyer.com

Total: £788.55

He will be getting an SSD in the future.

Anyone got any suggestions/improvements?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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looks solid.

a) with no aftermarket cooler, does he need the paste?

b) i think they make better pastes now than as5. i think tuniqs compound 3 and 4 are really good.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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looks solid.

a) with no aftermarket cooler, does he need the paste?

b) i think they make better pastes now than as5. i think tuniqs compound 3 and 4 are really good.
1) true, but as he gets more money he will add to his PC so might as well get it now.
2) I knew about the Tuniq, I tried to get some for my build but Ebuyer didn't have it and neither did any other stores I could find in the UK. There is only a couple degrees difference, isn't there?

What cooler would you recommend for around £30-40?
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i'm sure it is fine, but i think that leaving it off for now and finding a different paste that doesnt have to be periodically replaced or need a bake in period for best results would be better. They all are about the same, but i personally like the consistency of tuniqs stuff. your results may differ. i think even toothpaste and peanut butter work in there as ok thermal paste.

from the same shop (with their MASSIVE selection)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156.. | Ebuyer.com

is probably old reliable.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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he doesn't mind going a bit over budget so something in the range of £30-40 would be good.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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AS5 works good right off the bat. The only time you need to worry about changing and a cure time is when you are heavily OCing. Even if he did use the stock cooler I would slap some AS5 on there anyways. I did on my old i5. The newer stuff is just that, newer. It hardly makes a difference to change from something you may be used to, like me. I have had the same tube of AS5 for years and don't plan on buying anything newer or "better" until I run out.
That being said, build looks solid. Sure you wanna go with a Powercolor card?
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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AS5 works good right off the bat. The only time you need to worry about changing and a cure time is when you are heavily OCing. Even if he did use the stock cooler I would slap some AS5 on there anyways. I did on my old i5. The newer stuff is just that, newer. It hardly makes a difference to change from something you may be used to, like me. I have had the same tube of AS5 for years and don't plan on buying anything newer or "better" until I run out.
my thoughts aswell, PP what CPU cooler would you recommend for around £30-40?
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The question, will he OC, needs to be answered. If not then I say the usual CM Hyper.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok, thanks. I doubt he will overclock.
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You could also try that H40.
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