Need help and advice on building my own computer

Hi there,

Im new to all this forum stuff but have been lurking around here for some time, looking for advice and yes, it has been very useful. Im wanting to build my own computer because It's something different. I just wanted to know, is it better to just buy one pre-built with the same/similar spec or building one myself. The computer itself I wish to have to ability to play most games at a good level. Im looking to spend no more than 700 pounds. I live in Engalnd and parts are really expensive, any websites you would recommend me use...

Here are the parts I have choosen and would like to use, I also wondered if they are all compatibale with each other and if there any good.

1) ASUS P7P55D LE P55 ATX Motherboard - 1156 socket

2) CASE FAN Ultra-quiet LED Case Fan - 120mm

3) CIT 850W Black Edition PC Power Supply Unit

4) INTEL Core i5-750 Processor

5) (JEANTECH Unicorn ATX Tower System Case – black with red LED lights)

6) LG CH08 Internal SATA BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter Drive

7) Corsair memory 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V

8) Gainward GeForce GT 240 585Mhz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI

9) Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 3.5" SATA6GB/S 7200rpm 64MB

10) CablesToGo 1M 7-PIN 180 TO 90 SERIAL ATA CBL

Most of these components where founded on PC world, and are very expensive. Software , keyboard, mouse ect I have :)

Please comment becuase it's my first buid and im a bit stuck on what to do. Thankyou. :D
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  1. If i am forgettting anything please let me know lol. Also, any other infomation needed about the items above please ask :D
  2. Good build for gaming computer but see what G.Skill [ ECO] F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO (2Gx2), [ Ripjaws] F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (2Gx2) or [ Ripjaws ] F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM (2Gx2). They have one of the lowest Timings on the marketplace and their prices are good compare to other companies.
  3. the first 3 timings are 7-7-7-21-2n and the last one is 8-8-8-21-2n
  4. Thankyou for the advice, and it will be taken in :D

    I had a look at some websites I found such as ebuyer and oem for building this spec, probably going to cost me about 500 - 600 pounds. But do you recon it is worth buying a computer with the same or similar spec or building one like this.

    Thankyou yet again,

  5. A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
    USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks,2583.html
    Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...

    That said, for the $$ i wouldn't touch a GT240 (merely trading blows with previous gen 9600GT) in my budget gaming builds so for me your config, if gaming is on the table is horribly cpu/mobo heavy and GPU lite Also go with Corsair/Antec/OCZ and for UK/Euro : BeQuiet psus :P
  6. Off EBuyer UK @ 681 pounds:
  7. okii then, thanks alot, but, if i stuck with the ASUS P7P55D LE P55 ATX Motherboard - 1156 socket instead of the one you shown me, but used the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor, would they both be compatibale with each other? :D
  8. Err no that's about as obvious case of incompatibility as one could get @@
  9. Alright, chill ya beans now, just wondered because it would be cheaper to buy than the intel i5. But I think this is what im going to go for,

    1) CIT 850W Black Edition PSU 12cm Dual 12v CE PFC Model 850UB

    2) LG CH08LS10 8x BD-ROM with DVD±RW & LightScribe SATA Blu-Ray Drive - OEM Black

    3) NZXT Hades Mid Tower Case - NO PSU

    4) PALIT GTX 460 SONIC 1024MB GDDR5 DUAL-DVI HDMI VGA Out PCI-E Graphics Card (Expected date: 27/07/2010)

    5) Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

    6) ASUS P7P55D LE P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    7)Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Pr ocessor

    8) Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V

    Costing me, 735 pounds :)
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