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£1000 IvyBridge Gaming Build

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May 27, 2012 7:34:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: After Rebates £1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, PSU (Corsair HX 650W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650HXUK)), Secondary HDD/Data HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.dabs.com (this week currently have an offer on spend over £599 and get £40 off), www.overclockers.co.uk, www.scan.co.uk

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Any decent and reputable

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC



Currently Selected Components:

Processor:

Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3570k-s1155-3-4ghz-6mb-7YXJ.html


Processor Cooler:

Antec Kuhler H20 620 Water Cooler
http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-kuhler-h20-620-water-cooler-7FWY.html

(I know what people say about closed loop water cooling but I would like to be able to swap components in and out if need be without having to take off a mighty great HSF like I have to at the moment)


Motherboard:

MSI Z77A-GD65 S1155 Z77 ATX
http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-z77a-gd65-s1155-intel-z77-ddr3-atx-80KN.html


Ram:

Corsair Vengeance Arctic White 8GB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-311-CS&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1517


Graphics Card:

Sapphire HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-296-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=411


Hard Disk 1 (SSD):

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SSD
http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-128gb-830-series-sata-6gb-s-2-5--ssd-basic-kit-819N.html

Hard Disk 2 (From Existing Build):

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200rpm


Soundcard:

Asus Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SC-002-AS

Question?
The Monitor below has 2 HDMI connections and I plan to connect both my PC and PS3 via HDMI.

Is it better to connect the PC via DVI or HDMI?

And secondly I will probably be using the Headphone jack of the monitor to either run to my speakers or directly to my headphones will this still make use of the soundcard or will I only benefit from the soundcard if connect directly too it?


Monitor:

Iiyama 24" E2473HDS 2MS DVI HDMI
http://www.dabs.com/products/iiyama-24--e2473hds-2ms-dvi-hdmi-7C7W.html


Case:

Either:

Fractal Design Define R3
http://www.dabs.com/products/fractal-design-define-r3-black-pearl-mid-tower-usb-3-0-case-7QQ2.html

OR

Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Tower
http://www.dabs.com/products/fractal-design-define-xl-black-pearl-tower-usb-3-0-7TMB.html?refs=50006&src=3

OR

Anyone people can recommend that is quiet and looks pleasing (aka not something like the HAF, think more Corsair, Fractal, Lian Li, etc)


I am going to spend some money on replacing the stock fans in both the case and on the Antec 620 and replace with quieter/more efficient ones and I also plan to purchase a fan controller as well (Any recommendatins welcome?)

So what do you guys think?

Thanks for the help/advice!

(Oh and sorry if I have missed anything)
May 27, 2012 7:42:46 PM

Sorry for the broken links for some reason I cant edit the message and fix them :( 
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May 28, 2012 9:04:38 AM

Right finally managed to edit my first post and fix the links so people can see what I would like to purchase and from where.
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May 28, 2012 10:10:35 AM

You might want to hold off on the sound card for now and give the onboard 7.1 sound a go.

For a quiet case then it's the Corsair 500R. It has a multi channel fan controller along with a 200mm side fan. Larger the fan, the slower the RPM which = quieter yet more air being pushed. So it's a win win. A case that's quiet yet has good airflow.

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-500... £86.98
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis, Black

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

No second card later on then I would look at this Asrock board down below.

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-pro-4-s1155-int... £89.98
ASRock Z77 Pro 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR6 ATX

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-8gb--2-x-4g... £38.40
Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Low Profile

http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-120gb-extreme-sata... £81.99
Sandisk 120GB Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/... <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD

http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-670-915mh... £309.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=02G-P4-267...
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May 28, 2012 10:29:01 AM

Cheers for the information Why_Me, never really considered the Corsair 500R for some reason will take a another look.

Is the Sandisk as reliable as the Samsung one? I have heard really good things about Samsung and Crucial (M4), not actually heard anything about Sandisk and I really do want a reliable SSD dont want to have to keep reinstalling OS etc after a drive failure.

Was really on the fence about choosing a Nvidia 670 and in the end I opted for the cheaper ATI 7870 but I shall reconsider given your recommendation.

I am quite into my gaming and have used Onboard sound before and just found them really quite "lifeless" for want of a better word.
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May 28, 2012 6:37:32 PM

Useless_ said:
Cheers for the information Why_Me, never really considered the Corsair 500R for some reason will take a another look.

Is the Sandisk as reliable as the Samsung one? I have heard really good things about Samsung and Crucial (M4), not actually heard anything about Sandisk and I really do want a reliable SSD dont want to have to keep reinstalling OS etc after a drive failure.

Was really on the fence about choosing a Nvidia 670 and in the end I opted for the cheaper ATI 7870 but I shall reconsider given your recommendation.

I am quite into my gaming and have used Onboard sound before and just found them really quite "lifeless" for want of a better word.

That Sandisk SSD is solid (after the firmware update) but tbh I threw that in there for price point. From all the reviews Iv'e read it's tough to beat that Samsung SSD you linked. Those Samsung SSD's are top of the line and you can't do better imo.

With the motherboard that Asrock is a nice one. Like any board just make sure you update to the latest bios. Asrock has a built in proggy with their boards that makes it so you cant brick your board with a bios update (nice feature btw).

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May 31, 2012 7:56:48 AM

Why_Me said:
That Sandisk SSD is solid (after the firmware update) but tbh I threw that in there for price point. From all the reviews Iv'e read it's tough to beat that Samsung SSD you linked. Those Samsung SSD's are top of the line and you can't do better imo.


Ah right fair enough! I suppose its good to check both ends of the spectrum see whats available.

Cheers for the help Why_Me very useful

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