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May 15, 2011 10:49:33 PM

Hey everyone, long time lurker and first time poster here. I've been looking at building my own rig for a while now, the cutomisation options on Dell are abominably limited, but I am running into trouble with making sure everything works - particularly the mobo. I am planning to use this for gaming primarily, but also web surfing, HD video and music, Photoshop and a little bit of 3D Modelling, but nothing too major.
Can I get some help and advice? These are the things I have researched and decided on so far:

CPU: Intel i5 2500K 3.3 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 570 1.3 GB
RAM: 6 or 8 GB Corsair DDR3
HDD: Any 320 GB SATA (I am planning to upgrade at a later date)
Monitor: Getting a 17" from a friend, and again, I plan to update when I can afford it.

I need help with all other components, as I am clueless. The mobo will need socket 1150 for the i5, and I would like it to be SLI compatible for future upgrade. If anyone can find a good SLI capable mobo bundle with i5 2500K, that would be amazing.

Also, are there any important components I have neglected to mention? I think there probably are, but it is late and I can't think so well.
Wait, of course, the PSU. Any suggestions?

As ever, budget is an issue. I have a budget of around £800, but will stretch to £850 if necessary.
By my calculation, the HDD will be around £30, that GPU will be roughly £240, the RAM will be around £100, and the chassis will be around £15 if I get a cheap one.
That's £385, leaving around £410 for the mobo, the i5 2500K and the PSU.

I really need some help. I haven't had any experience with computer hardware before I started researching this, and there isn't anyone I can ask at school (yes, I'm 14.) You guys are pretty much my only chance.

Thanks very much in advance!

PS: Sorry about putting all of this information under just "CPU" sub-heading, but I couldn't see a better alternative.

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May 15, 2011 11:11:21 PM

This should be under the systems forum.

But anyways go with the 8Gb of ram because 6Gb kits are triple channel and the LGA 1155 only uses dual channel ram.

For the M/B get either a p67 or a z68 chipset, pick the board based on what kind of graphics setup you want (do you want sli or crossfire in the future). The z68 is newer and has more features but the new features have nothing to do with gaming performance.

The same for the PSU, pick it based on current and future needs. For a single graphics card 500watts will be enough but if you plan on multiple GPU's in the future than you will want 750watts and above. Be sure you pick a quality brand like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, or XFX.

Since you have the i5 2500K, I'm assuming you want to overclock so you should look into an aftermarket HSF.
May 15, 2011 11:25:42 PM

Sorry about the forum mixup...I could move it over if necessary...?

So, I should go for a P67 mobo, with SLI compatibility, as I might want to do that in future? The Z68 mobos will probably be more expensive, as they are newer and have more features, right?

And because of the SLI possibility, I should get a 750W PSU?

Overclocking is a future possibility, yes. What's HSF? I'm kinda new to all this.

a b à CPUs
May 16, 2011 12:44:46 AM

Can you wait some three weeks or so for the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs? If anything that should drive the prices down.

As of now here's a build with monitor:

Asrock Z68 PRO3
Intel Core i5 2500K
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
Sapphire HD 6970 2GB
Corsair 600W CX
Philips E-line 234EL2SB Full HD WLED LCD 23"

£816.06 with shipping

Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case
Coolermaster Elite 430

LE: If you get a powerful video card you can forget the SLI/Crossfire, by the time such a card won't be able to run the games it will be obsolete anyway and you'll have to buy one from a new generation.