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First Custom Build - will this work?

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June 17, 2011 6:29:26 PM

Ok so i have "some" IT experience, mostly home-use and some business too. Ive replaced hardware components of existing machines but have never really done any "upgrades" other than adding some RAM. Building a PC myself will save me a good £200+ from the shelf price and i feel i can get a much better build. I have had a look round the web and sourced a build to fit my needs and budget. As far as im aware all the components will work together without any issues.

Asus P8P67 LE R3 P67 Socket 1155 £105
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 £160
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz £82
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro £20
Coolermaster GX 650W PSU £61
Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 £179
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £42
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW £15
Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case £29

If anyone has any suggestions for different parts (on a £700-ISH budget). The build above comes to about £690 however i will probably buy another fan for the case since its only supplied with 1, thus totaling about £700.

Any suggestions or advice will be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

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June 17, 2011 6:54:26 PM

Yeah sure:

Approximate Purchase Date: (within the next 1 month)

Budget Range: (£600-700) (UK Pounds)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Media/Browsing, Skype, MS Office

Parts Not Required: No peripherals will be required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer or similar UK based company.

Country of Origin: (UK / England)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel System with Nvidia Graphics card, ATX Form Factor)

Overclocking: Maybe - certainly the i5 2500k to minimum OC of 4GHz

SLI or Crossfire: SLI will be nice option for the future

Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050 currently, 1920x1080 when i replace in another few months)
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June 17, 2011 7:04:13 PM

Alright, thanks for that.

The first thing I suggest is a board like this instead: Supports SLI.

Better PSU:

If you don't mind ATI, save a bundle by going with this GPU: Peforms nearly as good as the 560 Ti.

MUCH MUCH better cooler:

Save a chunk of change by getting this ram:

That's it. Tell me what you think!

June 17, 2011 7:19:23 PM

Just spent 15 mins finding this I saw earlier hehe
Gelid 4 fan packs are on ebay for £34 quid, decent fans for decent price (62cfm)
and a few uk sites to trawl for better prices are, (not normally cheapest but sometimes have deals on)
+Feeling the TX650 love :p 
June 17, 2011 7:23:45 PM

Other than the graphics card (id really like to stick with the Nvidia card, the reviews for it seem so much more positive and i hear its a really good card with OC potential if i wanted it), the other changes look affordable :) 

Will the Asus GTX 560 Ti work well with that Gigabyte Motherboard? Or would you reccomend a different 560 GTX such as ? Or would the Asus be ok with that motherboard?
June 17, 2011 7:24:58 PM

Motopsychojdn i think striker posted the same RAM deal :p  but thanks anyway :D 
June 17, 2011 7:33:27 PM

Yup! The asus will work fine. And yes the GTX 560 Ti can overclock well, you should defiantly OC it.

I would like to suggest this PSU instead: the XFX pro will allow you to SLI in the future for only a tiny bit more.
June 17, 2011 7:40:18 PM

I hate how the price slowly creeps up as I increase parts a little haha! Thanks for all the suggestions though, most likely i will go with the build you suggested since it works out only about £10 cheaper than the one i had in mind to begin with. (Big thanks for the cheaper RAM aswell :D )

Final build of:

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Z68 Socket 1155 £109
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 £160
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance £72
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus £26
XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU £72
Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 £179
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £42
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW £15
Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case £29

Sound ok?

+any other case recommendations? The one listed is kind of a random one i found - nothing fancy or specific in mind as long as its big enough to house everything :) 

June 17, 2011 7:48:35 PM

Well actually, the case you picked got the Tom's Hardware recommended buy for 2010! It's under a different name, but if you compare the pictures they are the same asides from small asthetic differences.

There really isn't another case in the same price/performance ratio over there. My best friend has a Challenger, and he loves it. The only downside is not much space in the back for cable management. Asides from that, excellent case.
June 17, 2011 7:51:23 PM

Fantastic, thanks for all the help :) 

Now to actually get paid and BUY the parts! haha :)