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March 16, 2011 11:09:46 AM

Hi all;
I'm in dire need of a new system and for a few days have been looking around trying to decide on parts etc for my new PC;

Needed was a new case, MB, Processor and graphics card.

The aim was to create a high end gaming (in time for Crysis 2) /work (Compiling Basic Java/Word Proccesing etc) system that had some room for upgrades but was unlikely to need them for a few years yet.

I decided on a 1366 socket board and i7 950
along with a GTX 580
and HAF X casing

This priced up at around £1015 (bit over $1800),
with me using old parts as well
(i.e. a Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 ATA Hard Drive, a basic Disk Drive, a 750 watt 'High Power Plus' power supply, 8Gb of RAM over 4x2Gb, monitor etc)

On the site Novatech that I've been using they also have some builds of their own
For example the iRule Gaming Build pricing in at around £1130

Now looking at it this build has a lot of what I'm looking for, a GTX 580, an i7 950
along with some things I hadn't thought about upgrading, disk drives and hard drive (was next on the list)

However it uses their case and as far as I can tell a somewhat generic motherboard (can't seem to find a brand name in the specs for it)

So my question is this, have I stumbled upon a bargain for what I'm looking for or is it too good to be true and I'm better off going back to looking up parts?
Any help is appreciated and needed, also on the parts I've picked if there is a better build ppl can think of.



For this let us assume that my budget is around £900 and £1130 is a bit of a push.
March 16, 2011 12:02:02 PM

Try this I used newegg because of that's what I know, this should fit your budget perfectly. I think you live abroad so I am unsure if newegg ships overseas. If not maybe you can find a site like this similar in the UK, or have a friend that lives stateside.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (is a rebranded seasonic)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (sabertooth model simply the best)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I would go with a 2500k/2600k but i used what you requested)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (one of the top rated air coolers on the market)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (a great simple case, planning to get one myself soon)

$1387.91 USD

This a top of the line system using the best parts I could find. Hope this helps.
March 16, 2011 12:22:19 PM

chronochaz said:
Hi all;
I'm in dire need of a new system and for a few days have been looking around trying to decide on parts etc for my new PC;
...
However it uses their case and as far as I can tell a somewhat generic motherboard (can't seem to find a brand name in the specs for it)

So my question is this, have I stumbled upon a bargain for what I'm looking for or is it too good to be true and I'm better off going back to looking up parts?


The MB is the foundation of the system. You really need to find out what they use to see if it meets your requirements.

Next is the case. Will their case provide the air flow and other capabilities to match the case you selected?

Following close behind is the PSU. Does the one they listed match the quality of the one you already have? There is wide variation in PSU quality and since that tends to be one of the items that can fail, I'd be concerned about that.

For a better price comparison, select the cheapest parts that meet the printed specs and compare based on that. You may be selecting higher quality parts (and for good reason) than what you may find in this prebuilt custom.

best,
hank
a b B Homebuilt system
March 16, 2011 12:23:41 PM

chronochaz said:
...with me using old parts as well
(i.e. a Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 ATA Hard Drive, a basic Disk Drive, a 750 watt 'High Power Plus' power supply, 8Gb of RAM over 4x2Gb, monitor etc)


Assuming your memory is DDR3 RAM, then I would recommend this.

Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 - Retail
£255.00 inc vat http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/pro...

Asus P8P67 Pro Intel P67 (Socket 1155) Motherboard - B3 Revision
£147 http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/mot...

Xigmatek Dark Knight Direct Heat-Pipe CPU Cooler
£31 http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/coo...

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II/OC 1536MB DDR5 PCI Express - Retail
£400 http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/nvi...

Coolermaster HAF X Case - Black
£130 http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cas...


£963 and a better, more upgrade-friendly system than either your original or that prebuilt unit.

If you already have the other components (PS, RAM, drives) then you might as well use them.
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