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First Time Gaming Build, Ready to Buy.

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January 10, 2011 10:55:01 PM

After doing a lot of research (a lot of it being on this site) I have finally got a final list of components. I do already have a thread posted on the forums, but I'm getting no response and it could be down to how much my list changed throughout, therefore I decided to create a new thread. I apologise if this against the forum rules but I didn't want to constantly 'bump' my thread to get a reply.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: £700-£900

Country of Origin: UK

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Intel Core i5-2500K - £183
Asus P8P67 Pro - £142
MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK Talon Attack 1GB - £158
Coolermaster HAF 932 - £108
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - £62
Mushkin 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 6-8-6-24 Redline - £137
XFX Core Edition Pro 850w - £86

Total = £876

What I would like to know is:

1. Will this build work well together i.e. everything fits into place, there won't be a bottleneck, the PSU is suitable etc.?

2. Can it be improved for a slight increase in price, or would you recommend any better substitutes?

3. Is the heatsink necessary with the new SB, keeping in mind that I want to OC?

4. I'm unsure about the ram, is it overkill or would be 2x4gb be better? I'll mainly be gaming.

Thanks for your time. This is a big decision, I want it to be as powerful as possible for the price.
January 10, 2011 11:03:21 PM

1. 2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro take 1,2,4 sticks of RAM. not three. Change to 2x4GB or 2x2GB.

2. You can have a better GPU, though I know nothing about price of GPU in UK. Sorry

You don't need 850W GPU if you aren't doing SLI. Even if you do, a good 650W can handle 2x460.

3. It depends on how much you want to OC. If ~4.3GHz, then stock is fine. If ~4.8GHz, an after market one is necessary.

4. That RAM won't work, you can only use two out of three.
January 11, 2011 7:52:17 PM

Hey thanks for the helpful reply.

RAM: Ok I'll go for 2x4gb, I'm just struggling to find a decent set that I know will go into the P8P67 Mobo. I have downloaded the compatability list on the ASUS site but it hasn't been much help.

GPU: What better GPU would you suggest or anybody else for that matter for around $300, the MSI above comes in at $247.

PSU: I'll drop it down to the 650w model as appose to the 850w.

Heatsink: I want to OC in the upper 4's so I'll go for this.
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January 11, 2011 8:44:00 PM

I've managed to find 2 sets of great ram, unfortunately they are both out of stock but are expected to be back in stock in 2 days. Which one would you choose?:

G.Skill 8GB low-latency DDR3 RipjawsX Series for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. PC3-10666 1333MHz with timings of 7-7-7-21 (CL7). 1.5V dual channel - £96

8GB G.Skill DDR3 RipjawsX Series for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. PC3-12800 1600MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 (CL9). 1.5V dual channel - £90

Better timings with lower mhz, or more mhz with worser timings? :heink: 
January 11, 2011 8:53:02 PM

More MHz is always better.

Beware that Ripjaws have a large heat spreader that is incompatable with many of the larger aftermarket heat sinks
January 11, 2011 9:18:18 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
More MHz is always better.

Beware that Ripjaws have a large heat spreader that is incompatable with many of the larger aftermarket heat sinks


Thanks for that info dude, I totally forgot about this. I'll look into that straight away, I'm hoping to buy everything tomorrow apart from the ram obviously.
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