New Sandy Bridge Build

Hi All,

Just looking for some advice on the below please:

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully Next Week-ish

Budget Range: (e.g.: £450 odd, no rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Use, Gaming, Movies, Visual Studio

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, PSU (Current one 680Watt Maplins one, good brand, but I'm at work so I can't remember it!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, although I am happy with ebuyer etc

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: Sandy Bridge, ATI Graphics

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors, both full HD

Parts Chosen

Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz Processor
I don't see the point in getting the "K" because I don't really want to overclock, and the H67 based board I have chosen doesn't support OCing anyways?

Gigabyte GA-PH67A-UD3 (rev. 1.0) Motherboard
Has co-ax SPDIF, 4 DIMMS, USB 3 and SATA 6

Patriot Signature Memory DDR3 2048MB
x4 of these (Use all 4 DIMMS)

60GB OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" Solid State Drive

XFX ATi Radeon HD 5670 1024MB

If you wouldn't mind advising on these choices it would be great.
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  1. maybe bump up the ram to 4gb otherwise looks ok
  2. Hi Pal,
    They are 2GB DIMMS, x4 of them in total for 8GB of RAM. Thanks for the comment, do you think the SSD and gfx card are okay, or could they be improved (within budget)
  3. (1) Several posters have posted their regreats @ buying the Non-k CPUs. Only a Small diff in price.
    I hear you - no OC of CPU - But the wonderfull thing about the Human Mind - It can change. The New breed of CPUs - Mild to Mid OC is VERY easy.

    (2) wait untill May 11 (possibly a few days after). The Z68 Chipset MBs should be out, combines the best of both worlds - P+H = Z

    (3) on GPS - Look at some performance reviews, If FPS for the games you play are ecceptable -OK, If not may want to step up to at least a 5770

    I understand the "Budget thing" bear in mind if not satisfied, and end up replacing a given component - That really sucks.

    On Memory - Go for 2 x 2 gigs of ram (Bought as a Pair! not individual) There is only a little boost in performance between 4 and 8 gigs of ram. Reason for pair - Less chance of problems with memory when in daul channel mode.
  4. Quote:
    Hi Pal,
    They are 2GB DIMMS, x4 of them in total for 8GB of RAM. Thanks for the comment, do you think the SSD and gfx card are okay, or could they be improved (within budget)

    Sorry my bad , reading to quickly lol. Yeah I agree use 2 stick of ram, but I am sure you can get 2 X 4GB ram so you still have 8GB total. Generally less sticks = less problems.

    All looks good, but if you are a gamer, a better vid card will be needed such as a 5770 or 6850 or something similar if you want to play at decent fps with higher details.
  5. And Yes ^ 2 x 4 is better. Using 2 x 2 you will max out at 8 gigs (Which is plenty for today) - but in a year or two who knows. using 2 x 4 now allows you to go to 16 if need arrises.

    So thoughts:
    If you go with just 2 x 2, you can always add a pair of 4's for a total of 12 gigs.

    If you go with 4 x 2 (8 gigs). to go higher you would have to remove a pair of your 2 x 2 - Not really a biggy.
  6. Thanks for all the replies so far! I will get 2 x 4GB of RAM and the "K" CPU, always good to try and futureproof eh? :)
    As for the graphics card, I won a brand new HD 5750 on eBay for 60 quid, so that is a bit of a step up :)
    It is really the SSD I need to be sure of now, are there any better alternatives to the OCZ vertex 2 in the sub £100 price range?
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