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1st Time Build - Please Advise

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September 5, 2010 11:53:52 AM

Hi Guys,

Can you please have a brief look at the following components and see if you can suggest any problems or improvements with my planned build. I am looking for a highish spec gaming rig but one that is fairly quiet with good cooling.

Any suggestions appreciated.


Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail £234.99

Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W Windowed Gaming Case - Black £179.99

2 x Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £174.99

G.Skill Trident 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-16000C9 2000MHz Triple Channel Kit £169.99

Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard £144.98

Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive (CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1) £129.99

Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular 850W Power Supply£118.99

Corsair Hydro H70 High Performance CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775/LGA1156/LGA1366/AM2/AM3) £86.99

Sub Total : £1,183.74
Shipping : £14.75
VAT is being charged at 17.50%VAT : £209.74
Total : £1,408.23

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September 5, 2010 1:30:21 PM

Agree ^

And if they have the HX850 on that site get it.
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September 5, 2010 1:33:42 PM

^ Yes, but only if he's ready to shell out the extra dough for cable management though.
September 5, 2010 1:47:59 PM

I know, but the modular design is easier and neat.
September 5, 2010 1:53:05 PM

It's actually a bit nicer than the HX as well.
September 5, 2010 1:54:23 PM

September 5, 2010 1:57:50 PM

Please guys, don't fight on somebody else's thread. He's asked for advise. If we can help him out, gr8. If we can't, just quit. Thanks.
September 5, 2010 1:58:23 PM

Im not fighting, chill out.
September 5, 2010 1:58:51 PM

Thanks for your help so far guys, I will probably change the ram as I thought it may have been overkill!

I know I could easily get away with a much cheaper case but after reading a lot of reviews the FT02 seems to offer great cooling and very low noise levels which are important for me as I will be overclocking (or attempting to!) and I love the look of it. It's just one of those 'don't need, must have' buys!

Looking at power supplies I would definately prefer a modular one for neatness. I have a OCZ EliteXstream 800w at the moment but can't stand the cable management otherwise I would probably keep that.

Overall though do you feel the components suit each other and are there any compatability issues I should look out for with this set up?

September 5, 2010 2:00:05 PM

Nope, it all looks good ^
September 5, 2010 2:04:04 PM

No compatibility issues, but if you could hold on to your cash a bit longer, then newer, faster SSD's are due pretty soon, not to mention new platforms & GPU's from Intel, AMD, ATI.

So if you can, at least postpone the SSD decision for now.
September 5, 2010 2:10:05 PM

True. I was considering waiting for the new 6xxx series ATI cards near the end of the year to see what was announced and the price drop effect on the current range. I could probably wait til the new year and see how things change up to then although the money is burning a hole!
September 5, 2010 2:20:57 PM

You needn't actually get the new stuff. Though at this budget, you might as well.
September 5, 2010 2:21:31 PM

I would wait.