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UK Highend Gaming build - first build

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March 2, 2010 10:48:21 PM

Hi,
First thanks for taking a look at this post. This is going to be my first build from scratch but I've changed plenty of graphics cards and RAM and disassembled a couple of pcs so I'm not completely green.

I've read a load of faqs and posts here and in the end I decided to copy this build: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/281681-13-1500-cana...

But I ended up changing pretty much every component so if you guys could ok this build or let me know what you'd substitute that'd be awesome.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: £1000 - £1300 after tax

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, music, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, OS, display (dont actually have display yet but will deal with seperatly)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: overclockers.co.uk. microdirect.co.uk, Amazon (Must be UK sites. I dont know any others but any suggestions are appreciated)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've gone with Intel CPU and ATI GPU but I've no favourites, that just seems a strong combo that will last a while.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I've read a couple of guides but I don't want to risk melting my GPU before its time.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Sure - when the 2nd card isnt so expensive. You have to crossfire 2 identicle cards right?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 to 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: HAF 922 seems to be out of stock a lot in the UK, anyone got an alternative? If it looks like a beast thats fine with me.

Is the CPU I've picked overpowered for a gaming rig? I want it to last, upgrading a graphics card is easy, a CPUs more of a pain.

Finally I couldnt tell what the equivilant mobo was on the uk store so I may have got that entirely wrong.


XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Intel Core i7 860 2.80Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Asus P7P55D Pro Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Coolermaster HAF 922 Case - Black
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

Corsair TX 650W ATX SLi Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650TXUK)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 7.1 Sound Card (70SB073A02007)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SC...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/775/1156/1366)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Artic cooling MX3 thermal paste


Cheers all
March 2, 2010 11:49:29 PM

Two other good sites are scan.co.uk and ebuyer.com
For gaming you could easily save money and get the i5 750.

The motherboard that I would like to recommend is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, which is about £160, but I haven't seen it in stock the last few times I looked. So if you can't find that, then stick with the one you already have.

You should be able to find that case at either of the other sites I said above. The Antec 902 is touted as being as good as the HAF 922, altho it isn't as spacious, but then again the HAF 922 is massive.

Usually it is better to go for Cas 7 RAM, but that would end up being around £100, and you won't notice a major improvement in performance, and you can always lower the timings in the bios.

That PSU doesn't have enough connectors or power for two 5870s. A 750W would be fine, and you can get really good ones from Antec that are cheaper than that 650TX. Yea, two cards in crossfire have to be very similiar, or the faster card will down clock to match the slowest card.

Onboard sound these days is really good, so you don't really need a soundcard, unless you have stratospherically high standards for your sound quality. Otherwise it might be a good idea to try the onboard sound first, then if you aren't happy buy the soundcard.
March 3, 2010 1:04:49 AM

Thanks loads for the help.

Stock levels at ebuyer seem a lot better so I'm going with them instead.
Here's what I've swapped out for:

Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755

Antec TruePower 750W Modular PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159921

Found that Asus P7P55D-E Pro on amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-P7P55D-E-PRO-Motherboard-D...

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL7 1.7V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169488

My audio-out runs to a proper amp and some big speakers but I dont know about stratospheric so I've dropped the sound card.

Cheers

!