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June 16, 2011 1:04:09 PM

Hey guys, I posted here a month or two ago and was given a great answer on a build that would suit my needs but I wanted to go over once more and ask if there is any changes you think I should make in relation to my needs. So here it goes.

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of July.

Budget Range: 1.1k max is what i'm aiming for.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching vids, general home use e.g. office etc

Parts Not Required: Need it all. Looking for a decent gaming mouse, keyboard, mousemat but not too expensive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: somewhere that offers good value and its trustworthy, preferably free shipping but thats sometimes not an option obviously. Sites I view atm are ebuyer, aria but I'll leave it to you guys.

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: I feel more comfortable with a nvidia card. Obviously parts that are highly recommended and suit my budget / needs.

Overclocking: I mentioned before I have no idea how to overclock but the person building my pc I think will do. I don't want to push any OC'ing to risky levels though. If I did OC it would be just to a level that would increase my performance but with no risks.

SLI or Crossfire: Prefer to look at just the one card, plus my budget isn't really allowing me right now so one card seems the better option, and replacing it 2/3 years on.

Monitor Resolution: Well I need a monitor so I suppose it comes down to a monitor that fits my build.

Additional Comments: No need to spend more on looks just a case that has good air flow and will do the job. Want the PC to be quiet as possible. :) 

This was a built that Why_Me kindly provided for me which seems very solid, but taking into account my uncertainty about overclocking and my decision to use one card, I'm looking for adjustments to improve the cost of that build in relevance to my needs. Or giving me a different build, but I think that build looks solid. ALSO that monitor Why_Me suggested seems rather a good price and so I was wondering if you guys wanted to take that monitor into consideration and base the resolution behind that :) 

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=40813 £59.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Storm Scout All-Black Midi Tower Gaming Case - Black

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=41847 £70.99 inc. VAT
XFX Pro Series 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Single Rail

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261255 £131.43 inc. vat Free Delivery
Asrock P67 EXTREME4 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=43216 £155.99 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=39577 £19.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech [...] 8gbxl.html £84.98 inc vat
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

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/173804 £41.99 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=43660 £189.98 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Sof [...] ctId=38272 £72.30 inc. VAT
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - OEM

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/215 [...] 01-250cd-m £87.85 Inc VAT
Acer S221HQLbd FullHD 21.5" LED Monitor

Total: £931.04 inc. VAT


Thanks a lot guys :) 

Edit: Sorry about the aria links. I found this card http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MSI+... how does that fair? Aim is to run BF3 on High (not ultra) graphics with a smooth fps, and play WoW on the highest.

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June 16, 2011 3:40:02 PM

To fix the links, go to the post from which you are trying to copy. Hit the BBcode button at the top and then copy the links.
That is a lovely build :)  However, I can only feel that you can do better with such a budget. I realize you need a mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS, but I think at the minimum we can squeeze in a better graphics card.

I suggest you go GTX 570: http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... It's only 40 more and has quite a bit more performance.

Here's some cheaper ram, same stuff really. http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D... £70


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June 16, 2011 10:13:06 PM

Okay matey I was considering getting the 570 :)  thanks for the recommendation. And that RAM will fit in well with the rest of the build then? :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2011 10:17:49 PM

Yup! Any more questions?
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June 16, 2011 10:42:39 PM

Only that if the build all looks okay and I've got everything I need and ready to purchase, do you know of any good bundles or decent gaming mouse, keyboard, mousemat and possibly speakers that wont break the bank but give a decent performance? Looking myself but I'm sure you know more places and more about these things ten times more than I do :p 
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June 16, 2011 11:59:54 PM

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To... £59.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Storm Scout All-Black Midi Tower Gaming Case - Black

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £70.99 inc. VAT
XFX Pro Series 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Single Rail

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261255 £131.43 inc. vat Free Delivery
Asrock P67 EXTREME4 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte... £155.99 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans%2C+Heats... £19.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/mem... £84.98 inc vat
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

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/173804 £41.99 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... £189.98 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syste... £72.30 inc. VAT
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - OEM

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/215-acer-s221hqlbd-led-f... £87.85 Inc VAT
Acer S221HQLbd FullHD 21.5" LED Monitor

Total: £931.04 inc. VAT
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a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2011 2:54:18 AM

I thought you were gonna change the ram and GPU..... The ram is a prominent line, Mushkin makes great ram if that's what you were worried about.
And I HIGHLY suggest you go GTX 570. Much more performance. http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Pali... Not much more. And it can be overclocked quite a bit.

Also, that monitor link doesn't work.

And for the mouse/keyboard, I don't like it. You really only need a "gaming" mouse. A gaming keyboard won't give much advantage unless it's like a G19, which are very expensive.
This is an AWESOME mouse: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142740 And old keyboard will work. I like the "slim style", but your opinion may differ.
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June 17, 2011 8:37:52 AM

Yeah I am going to with that RAM and the GPU you linked in the first post :)  Okay i'll consider getting that mouse then since its old but still good and on the cheap :D 

I think I'm in the hunt for monitor now then suitable for 570 gpu :)  don't want it too big a nice 22/23 would suit.

Thanks ;D And yeah I'll just get a normal slim keyboard then :) 
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June 17, 2011 9:26:33 AM

Thanks a lot :)  You've been a great help striker I'll get cracking with ordering my parts in the next week ;]
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June 17, 2011 9:26:49 AM

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June 19, 2011 2:46:27 AM

sorry for revisiting, looking for the help one final time. i'm looking to downgrade the psu as im only going to be using one card and it seems a bit excessive. I'd like a good brand with the required wattage and that complies with the rest of the build :) 
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June 19, 2011 4:50:53 AM

Umm, then I suppose something like an Antec Earthwatts 500 or a Corsair CX 500 should fit the bill. Just make sure it has 2x6pin PCI connectors.
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June 19, 2011 11:27:22 AM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999 that one is the corsair one you suggested says it has the connectors. This would fit in fine with the rest of the set up? And Should i spend the extra cash on a better cpu cooler or case? Or not bother? I'll only be overclocking to 3.8-4ghz. Thanks
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June 19, 2011 5:16:57 PM

Yup that'll work.

And ha, the CM 212+ can easily go to 4.5GHz.... Best bang for buck cooler right there.
If anything, spend the money on a game. Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the ultimate test for this setup. A great game, great graphics, great match ;)  (Plus, gotta get ready for BF3 :D )
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June 19, 2011 10:46:09 PM

Okay guys lots of thanks for all the help. This is how the build looks:

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To... £59.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Storm Scout All-Black Midi Tower Gaming Case - Black

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999 44.97

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261255 £129.05 inc. vat Free Delivery
Asrock P67 EXTREME4 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte... £169.99 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans%2C+Heats... £18.74 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D... £69.95


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/173804 £41.99 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... £240


http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syste... £71.75 inc. VAT
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - OEM

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/22%2... £98.99

Total including the logitech gx518? well the mouse you previously linked, a keyboard, mouse mat and some small 25-35 pound logitech speakers equals around £1050

Dont think there's anything i can squeeze out of the cost unless i got a cheaper motherboard since i wont be sli'ing or i downgraded to a 560ti but im excited to get the 570 ;p You've been amazing, easily the best forum for this business on the web :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 20, 2011 12:21:56 AM

Nice build! It looks good.
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