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Need help!, my first build! 1,500.00 GBP - 2,396.56 USD

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June 6, 2009 10:53:18 AM

Hello all, this will be my first custom PC build and i would like advice, for a start i'm not sure on the "best" time to buy, as i don't want it to be outdated right away!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: One week

BUDGET RANGE: 1,500.00 GBP - 2,396.56 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Live streaming games, Video Editing, Multitasking ect

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: overclockers.co.uk? ebuyer.com? i don't know many others...

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to be Intel based

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1024, 1280x1024 for gaming though [May want to go up to 30" in future!] by the way, i have a 32" sony HD 1080p TV, never tried hooking the PC up, any ideas how it would be?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not too into the whole neon thing, though it is an option, i want it quiet so im able to sleep at night and leave it on!, Live streaming may sound strange but i get some enjoyment out of it and want the PC able to handle broadcasting in 720p (see justin.tv for example) this takes up alot of FPS and i'm not sure if its possible to fix this. Overclocking i would of course want to do, but i have no clue how to do it yet. Watercooling would be nice, but ive heard stories of people who get say 4C higher off air and not wasting all the money on watercooling, i have been told air is all that's needed.

Here is my current selection:

Gainward GTX295 1792MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDMI HDCP PhysX and Cuda ready PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158601

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151477

ASUS Rampage II Extreme iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160932
(I was looking at the Gene too but had some concerns if the case would allow it to fit since its "mATX" ?)

Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case - No PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143852

Powersupply is not decided yet, my current PC had an OCZ 700w that broke after a year, i am currently using an antec quattro 1000w that seems to do a great job, it's only powering an 8800GTX though so abit overkill and may swap the PSU so i can use it in this more demanding build.

Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory CL8(8-8-8--24) for i7 Motherboards
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152641

3x Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM - RAID5
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143288

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler (Socket LGA1366/LGA775)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Please feel free to suggest any change in parts, and it would also be very handy if some peeps can post some advised extras i may need putting this together, as i have nothing here!


I was also looking at http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS... although they dont offer any customization it seems..

Or this bundle http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU...

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June 6, 2009 12:56:10 PM

that gfx card is a lot cheaper on OCUK.

switch that ram to the patriot ram on OCUK as it's a good £50 less and will perform the same.

for a PSU look at the PCP&C 750w on OCUK if you're only going to have one graphics card or the corsair 1000HX if you plan on adding a second. Or there's a bundle with the case you mentioned and a modular antec 750W PSU which will do just as good a job and save you a bit on shipping.

Go for the 4ghz bundle, It's amazing value for money and you don't have to worry about overclocking it yourself.
June 6, 2009 1:05:45 PM

i would suggest building it your self and learning how to overclock and i suggest also using the antec 1000 watt you have because this build will need a 850 watt psu so you would be good while using 1000 watt

you will need some tools to build the pc

1-Anti-Static wrist straps
2-Philips Screwdriver
3-Cable Ties
4-Long-Nose Pliers

i have always loved this kit Belkin Professional Computer Tool Kit 36-Piece - Fully Demagnetized as it contains everything you will need for building a pc

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/75628

for the build get these for £1,448.26 including shipping

2xAsus GeForce GTX 285 1024MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail(would beat a one gtx 295 all the way+these asus ones are cheap)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard(this is the ideal motherboard for sli as it has a lot of space between the first and second card)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail + World In Conflict PC Game

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-15000 (1800MHz) Tri-Channel (OCZ3P1800LV6GK)(this is one of the best memory you can get but you will have to go to the bios and set the speed as it doesn't have XMP)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

3xWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD1001FALS)(western digital makes the best harddrices)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler (Socket LGA1366/LGA775)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound(you spread a little of this compound on the bottom of the cooler so that it would help in connecting between the cooler and the cpu and this will make the cpu cooler)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=TH...

2xLG GH22NS30 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...

important notes while building:

1-put the processor in the socket(there will be a little mark on the cpu and a little one on the motherboard you have to line them together so that the processor is in it's right position

2-make sure to connect the 2 gpu using the sli connector

3-please make sure that you don't spread a large amount of the thermal grease on the bottom of the cooler

4-make sure to prepare the motherboard outside the case

5-make sure to read the motherboard instructions menu

6-at the back of the case there is a piece by which the usb and etc cables are connected to the motherboard push it to from inside the case using the back of the screwdriver and you will find another one in the mobo's box this is the piece which must be put instead of the case's one

edit:the bundle is very good but the motherboard,cooler and ram i suggested are all better than the one in the bundle so that i would recommend learning overclocking and overclock the processor yourself and the ultima eliminator system isn't as good as the one you would build using the parts i suggested
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June 6, 2009 1:14:04 PM

^ OK, except swap the gtx 285's for 4890's as they perform about the same because SLI drivers aren't exactly great.

then swap the HDD's for samsung F1's as they are faster.

next the cooler for a titan fenrir since it's cheaper and is the best cooler you can buy at the moment.

and finally the TIM for OCZ freeze as it is about 3-5C better than the arctic cooling compounds.

oh yeah and if you don't have a wooden floor you'll need an anti-static mat as well.
June 6, 2009 1:53:55 PM

well the 4890 cf is better than the gtx 285 at 1920x1200 resolution and also at higher resolutions and at lowe than 1920x1200 the 4890 Cf is less than the gtx 285 sli with a maximum 5 frames so +1 to the 4890

i totally agree that the samsung F1's are faster but i trust western digital but it seems that i may try samsung harddrives in the future so +1 to the samsungs

well i don't really agree about the titan fenrir i know that it is one of the best coolers and it is better thermal right ultra but there will be about a 1 degree or just a little more difference between,on the other hand the thermalright ultra is quieter than the titan fernir

+1 to the ocz freeze

ops i forgot to tell him that he will need an anti-static mat
June 6, 2009 3:18:55 PM

if he thinks the fenrir is a bit loud then he can get a scythe 1200rpm kaze Jyuni fan to replace the stock one.
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