First build

Cliche title dealt with and what not. I'm trying to build myself a computer after my current one fried itself out on me. I'll be using it for some gaming and basic computer stuff i.e. nothing too demanding and my budget is about £700. I'm quite new to all of this and therefore please do bear with me. So far from doing some research and asking around I've managed to come up with this.

CPU - Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156)

I'm quite honestly at a loss regarding this. Should I wait for the new ones to come out and buy one of those or should I just get an i5 now?

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3R Intel P55 Express 1156

I think this is a pretty choice. If anyone has a cheaper alternetive I would be more than happy to change it.

GPU - Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express

This seems to be a somewhat reliable brand and I've been recommended 460s quite often. Since I have no plans to actually get SLI or anything should I go for a slightly better card to begin with or should I just stick with the 460?

PSU - Corsair TX CMPSU-650TXUK 650W Power Supply

I have absolutely no idea whether this is any good or not. I've been told never to skimp on the PSU. The nvidia site reccomended at least 450W for a 460 but I'd like the PSU to be viable if I decide to upgrade the GPU sometime in the future so this seems like a good choice.

Memory - Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel

Case - Coolermaster Storm Scout Black Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD - Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive

BD/DVD RW - Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive


Does all of this actually work together? Will it actually last for a couple of years before I need to replace anything?


I also need to get a moniter, OS, keyboard, mouse and speakers, so spending more than £700 on the tower isn't that viable. Any tips/changes would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Unless determined to have a system up/running within the next ten days, I'd wait for socket 1155 mbs/cpus....

    CAS9? might be able to find slightly better CAS7 or CAS8 timings
  2. GTX460 is fine for most games even at 1920x1080P.....
  3. I can most probably wait but VAT is increasing and I would really like to buy at least some of the things before that happens. Will I actually notice that big a difference between an i5 and one of the new ones i.e. as a casual user will it really affect me all that much?

    The only 'reasonable' non-cas 9 I have found seems to be Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 8 Dual Channel but it's 1.65V whereas the one I have in mind at the moment is 1.5V. Isn't the 1.5V a better option?
  4. Quote:
    Will it actually last for a couple of years before I need to replace anything?


    Given the above quote.....

    1. Being able to add a 2nd GFX card can greatly extend the life of your system.

    2. The 1156 platform dies in a week. I'd wait a week or so and grab the Asus Sabertooth P67 ... mil spec components, 5 year warranty, new BIOS, great overclocking potential.

    As for the GFX card, the $220 price seems a bit steep for a 460
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075

    especially with 470's from EVGA and Asus going for just $10 more

    As for RAM, this is something ya need to check daily as prices are quite volatile. But quite often ya can find CAS 7 for the same price as CAS 9's.
  5. I was told that if I'm not going for an SLI built right now then it's extremely unlikely that I'll convert it to an SLI built later on, especially if I end up going with a 460.

    If I do wait then is there any way I can actually pick up some of the other things before that? Largely due to the VAT increase in a couple of couple of day. That is, could I pick up everything but the mobo and the CPU and pick those up when SB is actually released?

    I live in the UK and as far as I can see the one I've linked seems to be the cheapest 1GB 460 from anywhere at the moment . I'm looking at Scan.co.uk, Aria.co.uk and Ebuyer. Ditto for ram.
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