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March 20, 2011 11:34:13 AM

Hello,
I wish to build a gaming PC which should be relatively quiet but should have high performance.

Here are the specs:
Graphics: Zotac GF GTX 580 Amp! 1536MB GDDR5 Graphics Card £393
Processor: Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor £247.61
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 DELUXE £197.34
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W £159.52
RAM: G Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL £70
Case: Cooler Master HAF X £139.95
HDD: Seagate ST2000DL003 3.5-inch 6GB SATA Drive £60.95
Optical Drive: LG BH10LS30.AUAR10B 10x Internal Blu-Ray BDRW Retail Kit £69.99
Processor cooler: Noctua NH-D14 £62.50
LG W2486L 24-inch Wide LED LCD TFT Monitor £235.02

TOTAL £1.631

I am new to gaming PCs and I have never built one. I wanted to know:
- Are all my components compatible with each other and will they fit in the case?
- How reliable is the HDD? (I chose ‘Green’ because I wanted it to be cool and quiet.) Ideally I wanted a cool, quiet and reliable HDD.
- Is my RAM compatible with my motherboard?
- Should I invest in more case cooling if I plan to overclock my processor a little?
- Am I missing on any vital components other than sound card?
- Any other recommendations?

Many thanks.



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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Hello Thalmighty;

All your parts are compatible and will fit in that giant HAF X case.
Modern hard disks are very reliable. 'Green' HDDs are cooler because they're slower. Fine for a data storage drive. Not so good for a boot and program drive.
Your DDR3 1333 RAM is compatible with your MB and CPU.
More case cooling? Not with 4 huge fans already installed.
Sound card not required. Onboard sound is very good and should be given a test before you think about adding a sound card.
You don't have a copy of Window 7 in your build list.
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March 20, 2011 1:15:24 PM

Ty for the quick response! I just wonder, is 850w enough power if I plan to OC and possibly get a new gfx card like the gtx 590?
The RAM you have suggested is better, right?
Also, how noisy and hot is the SSD you have suggested?
The OS wil be Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.
Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2011 2:07:00 PM

As far as I know the GTX 590s haven't been reviewed so the power requirments aren't known yet. As a guess it would be something close to GTX 580 SLI.

850W is plenty for 2x GTX 570s in SLI & CPU overclocking. With a 1920x1080 resolution monitor you should really never need anything more.

SSDs have no moving parts and are very quiet. They're very low power compared with mechanical HDDs and so run much cooler as well.
By comparison with the SSD the 2TB 'Green' Seagate ST2000DL003 is a slow, clattering, noisy heat factory.
March 20, 2011 4:26:28 PM

Ok. Now, I just need to decide on PSU now. Is there such thing as having too high a wattage? Can it be noisy, or damage components, or suck on electricity bill? Otherwise, I will go with the Coolermaster Silient Pro 850W PSU. Bear in mind that this will have to bear with huge fans, OCed processor and the GTX 580. Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2011 10:53:40 PM

Having a lot of extra power in reserve isn't bad for anything - except your bank account.
EVGA recommends a 600Watt power supply for it's GTX 580 Superclocked model.
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 850 W Power Supply Review

If you plan to get a 2nd GTX 580, overclock both video cards AND overclock your CPU you'll want to move up to a 1000W model.
The CM Silent Pro 1000W did not get an especially good review. It was loud under a moderate load as well.
That Corsair HX1000 is a better PSU overall and will stay quieter longer under a heavy load. Corsair HX1000W Power Supply Review
March 20, 2011 11:43:21 PM

I was thinking of going for the Corsair Dominator DDR3 12 GB (3x4gb) RAM at 1600 Mhz. Is it compatible with my motherboard? Is it very hot / noisy? Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2011 11:18:07 AM

12 GB (3x4gb) is a triple channel kit of RAM most suitable for the X-58 triple channel motherboards.
The 1155 socket motherboards are dual channel. So RAM in sets of 2 or 4.
You didnt a link to the RAM kit to check compatibility. Most any RAM kit that is 1.5Volts will be compatible. Avoid the extra large RAM heat sinks that might conflict with the CPU cooler.
RAM is solid state and makes no noise. 1.5V RAM doesn't use much power so it doesn't get very hot.
March 21, 2011 4:28:34 PM

I'll go with the RAM you suggested. Now I don't want to use the green hard drive. Instead I am going with the Seagate 2TB 7200RPM 3.5 6G/B SATA 64MB BARRACUDA XT 7200.12
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/SEAGATE-7-2RPM-SATA-BARRACUDA-7...

I just wanted to know, is this HDD compatible with my motherboard?
Thanks.
March 21, 2011 5:29:19 PM

Here are the final specs:

Graphics: Zotac GF GTX 580 Amp! 1536MB GDDR5 Graphics Card £393
Processor: Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K £247.61
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 DELUXE £197.34
PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro 850W £123
RAM: G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL £90
Case: Cooler Master HAF X £139.95
HDD: SEAGATE 2TB 7.2RPM 3.5 6G/B SATA 64MB BARRACUDA XT 7200.12 £128.95
Optical Drive: LG BH10LS30.AUAR10B 10x Internal Blu-Ray BDRW Retail Kit £69.99
Processor cooler: Noctua NH-D14 £62.50
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit £109.99
SSD: Corsair Force 120 GB Solid State Drive £164
Monitor: ACER H223HQEbmid £155.75
TOTAL £1 882.08

Any problems? Is everything compatible and am I missing any components? Thanks SO MUCH for your help ^^
a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2011 6:06:11 PM

That Seagate 2TB is compatible.
a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2011 6:12:24 PM

OK, everything looks good there.
March 21, 2011 9:33:07 PM

I have decided that I am going for this monitor: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B003NEWGHA/ref=redir_md...

I just wanted to know what problems it has and if it is good, since it has received no decent reviews.
Also, will it be compatible with my motherboard/gpu? Will my components be able to unleash it's full power with the right cable? Thanks for your help.
a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2011 12:40:27 AM

It would be compatible.
I could not find enough information about that monitor to have an opinion.
It could be new or recent release.
!