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April 16, 2011 12:53:46 AM

Hi I'm building a new Pc and would really appreciate people's thoughts.


Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: £1000-£1300


System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming,listening to music, surfing the internet, watching movies,


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk, play.com, http://www.overclockers.co.uk/, ebay.co.uk, ebuyer.com


Country of Origin: england


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No

Parts I have selected so far:

Processor: i5-2500k

Motherboard: Maximus IV extreme

Graphics card: 6970 hd radeon

PSU: silverstone 1000w

Case: Inwin Dragon Rider



I'm not too sure what ram to choose, so any pointers would be cool.

cheers for any help :) 
April 16, 2011 5:23:28 AM

As much of an AMD fan I am, I simply cannot recommend an AMD system for a desktop/full sized laptop at the moment. Only the fusion APUs (BRAZOS) at the moment is worth the money when you take the competing Intels into consideration.

I recommend the core i5 2500K that you have chosen, double tick there.
4 gigabytes of RAM is good enough for some gaming at the moment, the G-Skill Ripjaws X series at the moment seems to be quite good all things considered. Something like this should be good http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-057-GS&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1517, perhaps going with the blue one on the same page may be a little better due to tighter timings but generally the difference will most probably not be noticable

For a Power Supply, the 1000 watt is probably overkill unless you are expecting to put in another GPU in crossfire. I'd recommend for this system a 650 or at the most a 750 watt PSU. For a guide as to how much power you need take a look at the antec PSU calculator http://www.antec.outervision.com/. Don't go with the GS series from Corsair, go with the TX, HX, or AX series. TX is the budget range non-modular, same internals to the HX and the AX is like the "extreme" version. Most of the high quality PSUs are made by Seasonic which OverClockers does not seem to stock! http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-037-CS&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=1084

Why such a CRAZY motherboard? Looks sweet but isn't it overkill? I'd say save some money and get a GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD5. This one has all the overclocking tools but is reasonably priced in consideration. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-326-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1906

Considered an SSD? If you go with an SSD then a cheap 1Tb HDD should do.

Blu-Ray or DVD?

Here is a quick build I'd reccomend ... I'm a Lian Li case fan BTW

CPU --- Core i5 2500K 165.98 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-368-IN

RAM --- Gskill Ripjaws X 4Gb 39.98 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-057-GS

MotherBoard --- GIGABYTE P67A-UD5 165.98 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-326-GI

GPU --- ASUS 6970 DirectCUII 2GB 299.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-251-AS

Power --- Corsair TX 650 79.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-037-CS

HDD --- SAMSUNG 1TB SATA2 32M 44.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-082-SA

SSD --- OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 165.59 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-060-OC

DVD --- Sony 24X DVD burner 17.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD-046-OT

CASE --- Lian Li PC-F7N 92.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-182-LL

CPU COOLER --- Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 20.99 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-029-CM

AND a GRAND total of 1132.46 pounds. You could easily push this closer to budget limit by going with an i7 2600K instead (there is not much performance difference between this and the 2500 though), getting a BluRay Burner instead of the DVD, or going with an 8GB kit of RAM.

This build is going to be awesome ;) 

Luke
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April 16, 2011 7:55:19 AM

Seeing how you have no plans of using dual vid cards, here's a decent single card build.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227150 £108.61 inc. vat Free Delivery
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case - No PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/246651 £71.48 inc. vat Free Delivery
Antec 620W High Current Gamer PSU - 80plus Bronze 13.5cm Fan 3x PCI-E 6x SATA

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500-Quad-... £154.19 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245376 £21.59 inc. vat
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Socket 775, 1156,1155 AM2, 1366, AM3 Processor Cooler

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261257 £100.85 inc. vat Free Delivery
Asrock P67 PRO3 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264750 £68.95 inc. vat
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250402 £275.59 inc. vat Free Delivery
XFX HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual DP Out PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 £41.99 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220986 £14.99 inc. vat
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/259863 £69.68 inc. vat Free Delivery
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

Total: £927.92

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <--- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Pro3 <---- more info, specs, and pics of that Asrock board

http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/mainboard/asrock-p67-pro3... <----- review of that Asrock board
April 16, 2011 12:49:50 PM

You notice that everyone is telling you the a 1 kw PSU is overkill? A good 550 - 600 watt PSU will provide plenty of power.
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