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A first time build. Gaming PC. £800 ($~1300)

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February 3, 2012 8:32:33 AM

I am planning my first build and so far here are the main components in it.

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth 990fx
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/SABERTOOTH_...

CPU: AMD Fx-4 4100
http://www.ebuyer.com/287683-amd-fx-4-4100-black-editio...

GPU: nVidia 560ti
http://uk.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX56...

Hard Drive: g00gb Hybrid hard drive.
http://www.ebuyer.com/222310-seagate-500gb-momentus-xt-...

Tower: NZXT Phantom full tower
http://www.ebuyer.com/240815-nzxt-phantom-white-full-to...

PSU: OCZ ZX 850W
http://www.ebuyer.com/265709-ocz-zx-series-850w-80-gold...

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/247674-corsair-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-133...

CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
http://www.ebuyer.com/176157-arctic-cooling-freezer-7-p...

I was wondering if some one could look at them that has a better idea about these things and kind of rate it. If you could that would be great. The build would primarlily be for gaming, and will hopefully have a large upgradabilty to it. Thanks for any help or advice/ feedback you can give.
February 3, 2012 8:47:06 AM

The shopping basket is empty.
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February 3, 2012 8:55:07 AM

Yeah, sorry. Sorted now.
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February 3, 2012 9:22:37 AM

Eww.....any reason for AMD > Intel SandyBridge??

i5-2500k: £163 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...
ASUS P8Z68-v PRO/GEN3: £150 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-pro-gen3-in...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-
MSI GTX 560Ti: £177 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-560ti-oc-twi...
750w XFX PRO XXX SILVER PSU: £88 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-xxx-p1-750b-ukb...
8GB 1600MHz Vengeance RAM: £39 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
Arctic Freezer 13: £18 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/arctic-cooling-freezer-1...
500GB WD Blue: £64 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-western-digital-wd...
Samsung DVD-RW: £14 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...


£713 without case and the build is fully ready for another GTX 560Ti to be dropped in at any time.

Case suggestions:

HAF 912 £65
CM Storm Scout £68
CM Storm Enforcer £66
Fractal Design ARC £72
CM 690 II Advanced £78

Arctic Freezer 13 - I use this CPU cooler myself. And I have to say its an excellent performer. Its not too big (92mm fan) so its plenty small enough for side fans to be used on my case and keeps my i5-2500k under 65 degree's with a 4.6GHz OC at 100% PRIME95 load. Also comes with pre-applied thermal paste and is really easy to install on the motherboard. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Especially at just £18.

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February 3, 2012 9:42:35 AM

sosofm said:
Ill go with @AdrianPerry build with a few changes.
Change the cpu cooler with this Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...
MOTHERBOARD : Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Socket 115
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-gen3-intel-... £121.92 Inc VAT



Agree with mobo change, the features are practically identical to the -v PRO. I think the only real difference is a couple of Audio features the -v PRO offers DTS or something.

Ummm now, the EVO......I really DO NOT like this cooler. Ok so it works great, cools great, perfect budget price. BUT. Its too big. Unless you buy a really wide (23cm+ case), or big full tower case (which involves spending over £100 on a case) there's just no room to fit side fans onto your case. The Freezer 13 is plenty capable of keeping a 4.6GHz+ OC cool enough, doesn't block any RAM slots, AND allows you to fit (multiple)side fans if your case allows it.

Personally, if I was considering an SLI set up, id take side fans, over a (slightly) more competent CPU cooler any day. For people looking to push higher than a 4.6GHz OC, they should really be looking towards a water-cooling set up anyway.
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February 3, 2012 10:25:06 AM

Please... drop out the AMD one and get the Intel please.
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February 3, 2012 12:10:42 PM

Whats so wrong with the AMD processor?
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February 3, 2012 2:46:46 PM

Blarg44 said:
Whats so wrong with the AMD processor?

intel's processors give better performance in practically everything, especially if you oc the 2500k to ~4.5 GHz
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February 3, 2012 2:47:41 PM

Well, the fx cpus are really bad at gaming. Though, going with an X4 865 or 970 isnt a bad idea. It will not bottleneck any single solution graphic card. The advantage with intel is, not only you get a better CPU(it does show huge leap in CFX and SLI, plus games like SC2 like intel cpus) but also an upgrade path to ivy bridge. At that budget, its really better to go intel, otherwise, get a cheaper mobo and 965 and put the saved money on a better graphic card, like the 7950. GL!!
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February 3, 2012 3:28:44 PM

Ah ok thanks for the info. My plan with GPU is to eventually upgrade to using 2 560 ti's using SLI. Also what is peoples opinion on hybrid hard drives.
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