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September 19, 2010 10:26:23 AM

Wanting to build a system for gaming/uni work/media hub/overclocking. Not sure on what to pick in some instances and unsure whether the parts I have chosen are any good, so any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Motherboard
Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 1366 Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-P6X58D-E-Intel-X58-...(x16)-DDR3-2000-(OC)-SATA-6Gb-s-SATA-RAID-ATX
£149.42

Processor
Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail [BX80601930]
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
£219.98

CPU Cooler
4260120536735 - Titan Fenrir EVO GOLD Special Ed. TTC-NK85TZ/CS2 120mm PWM Fan HDT Cooler 775/1156/1366/K8/AM2/AM3
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Titan-Fenrir-EVO-GOLD-Sp...
£36.65

or

Thermalright MUX-120 Black tower heatsink for Intel 1366/1156/775/AMD includes 1x120mm fan
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Thermalright-MUX-120-Bla...
£40.87

Memory
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 - 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair Dominator, DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 8-8-8-24, DHX, XMP, New connector, 1.65V. Triple Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-Dominator-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-CAS-8-8-8-24-DHX-XMP-New-connector-165V
£129.39

Graphics Card
Waiting until new AMD cards are released.
Prob around £230

Hard Drive
1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ss1TB-Samsung-HD103SJ-Sp...
£44.42

PSU
Corsair HX 850 W Power Supply (PSU)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/850W-Corsair-CMPSU-850HX...
£133.77

DVD Drive
LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, SATA, Black, OEM
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/LiteOn-IHAS124-19-24x-DV...
£13.50

Case
Coolermaster HAF 922 Case with Window - Black [RC-922M-KWN1-GP]
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
£89.99

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package - 1 PC - DVD - English - United Kingdom
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168373
£95.99


Total
1149.61

Just got a few questions before I order

How good is the memory, is there better for the money? How important is Latency? I have looked at these http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3+T...–+1600MHz+%2F+PC3-12800/G.SKILL+Pi+Series+(3x2GB)+PC3-12800C7+1600MHz+Triple+Channel+Memory+Kit+?productId=41157 but I haven't a clue what to pick to be honest.

Will this Samsung hard drive be just as fast as a hard drive using SATA3?

Is this DVD Drive any good?

I'm not sure about the CPU fan, will the Titan Fenrir be too big for the Asus-P6X58D-E by covering a memory slot? What do you recommend? Doesn't have to be the two I have chosen .

The retail copy of windows 7 should be for more than one computer despite it listed as 1 pc, yeah?

PSU future proof?

Will the 1366 socket be ok with 1.65v Memory? I understand this is right on the limit and so may not be safe and/or limit overclocking

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September 19, 2010 11:55:39 AM

Oh I forgot to add that I will be looking to order in the next few days, my max Budget is £1200 and I would prefer to use Scan.co.uk because I get free delivery.
September 19, 2010 2:20:11 PM

the best CPU cooler for the money is the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, which will fit fine in that case and win't block memory slots.

that samsung will be just as fast as any mechanical had drive. NOTHING Saturates sata 2, nevermind SATA 3, except a few of the newest SSD drives. You might consider a 64 GB SSD for a boot drive, and holding 2-3 load-intensive software programs.

the 850 is overkill for any single GPU card. Unless you plan to crossfire a 5870, or SLI GTX470 or 480, you don't need that kind of power.
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