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First Time Build, need a bit of help, possible game build

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August 6, 2010 8:52:04 PM

Hi there, I am thinking of building my own computer. I already posted a forum on here about this topic but just need a few more awnsers about it. So here I am again asking for help and your advice!

PURCHASE DEADLINE: Whenever I get the money, easy going.

BUDGET RANGE: £800 is the max!

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse and Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer, or any other trusted UK websites.

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES: All components where founded on

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

2) NZXT Hades Mid Tower Case - NO PSU


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

5) ASUS P7P55D LE P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio ATX

6) Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

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

8) OCZ GameXStream 850W PSU - Silent 120mm Blue LED Fan 2x PCI-E 6x SATA

OVERCLOCKING: I'm not very experienced with this, would probably come to try it on the future and any help would be greatly appreciated.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: wouldn't mind, not bothered if I carnt.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please let me know if the parts here I have choosen work together with each other, and if any of them are rubbish, I was considering changing the motherboard to a higher spec. Also, I am looking for a fairly decent gaming rig, a computer that will play most games without ease.

Thank you for your time.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2010 9:05:29 PM

It i5 760 is out. It is a 2.8GHz CPU and the price is almost the same as the 750.

850W PSU is overkill. I would get a better quality (seasonic, corsair, antec) 650W.
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August 7, 2010 5:48:50 PM

ohh okay then, ill have a look at the i5 760 :) 

what do you mean by overkill? too much power?
August 7, 2010 5:55:10 PM


I was looking to build an intel computer, because I had an AMD in my old computer. Also, I was not looking too spend that much on a graphics card, something in the range of no more than 200 pounds, something decent like. Could you tell me if it is better to build an AMD comp, or Intel comp. I do fancy an intel comp, thats why I was wondering if you could tell me if the mobo i choose was any good for an intel build, sorry for been a bit of a dumb ass mate, my first build, just dont want to screw things up. Many thanks again, :)  :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
August 7, 2010 6:55:38 PM

I see forgot to list the PSU, sorry, it was in the basket

XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular

Total: £808.76

For gaming the GPU is much more important than the CPU. The Phenom II 955 is very good for gaming and cheaper than the i5 750 so you can get a better video card on the same budget.

If you don't want the 5870 you can get a HD 5850

And if you want Intel you can get something like this:

Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3

Intel Core i5 750

August 7, 2010 10:13:49 PM

Thats alright mate no worries :D 

I noticed the AMD build would give me more of a wider range of GPU's to choose from, but I just fancy having an intel build dunno why tbh :lol:  but i think ill go for the intel build and the HD 5850, but what build would you choose, the AMD build or intel, which is better, not on cost wise, but on performance basis. Also, the ram you and I had choosen, is it compatibale with the Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3, i think they are, just need some one check it for me.

Many thanks again :)  :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
August 8, 2010 8:33:02 AM

The HD5850 is a powerful card and good for 1920x1080 so you can go i5+5850. The i5 is faster for tasks like video encoding and a little faster in gaming but together the Phenom+5870 is faster in gaming than the i5+5850 due to the better video card so overall it's the best bang for the buck and more futureproof. The RAM works on both systems, yours is good too.

Also if you want an aftermarket cooler, that case won't fit most of them because of the side fan.

August 8, 2010 1:02:59 PM

soo, in theory the AMD build with the 5870 is better all round than the i5 and HD5850. I think ill go for the intel build, just preference and a change thats all. Okay, soo both Ram works on both systems so no problem there.

What case will alow an after market cooler inside them then, I wanted a case that will look good, something different if you get me, thats why I like the idea of build my own comp, you can choose a different case instead of having a rubbish stock one.

I think this is what im going to go for, except the case, which if you could please, find me one that can have an after market cooler fitted.

Thank you again, and many of my questions have been awnsered here. :D  :D  :D