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June 28, 2011 2:36:54 AM

So I want to make a gaming computer myself for the first time, I study IT but follow the Software side.

So I browsed through some hardware and I ended up with this configuration, using only the limited teachings about hardware that I know... I would really appreciate if you could help me by telling if these parts would match and what you recommend on these settings, my budget is a max of thousand pounds.

Personal Preference from high to low : GPU, CPU, RAM, Cooling, Motherboard, Case, Hard-Disk


GPU :
XFX HD6950 Dual Fan (HD-695X-CDFC) (2x DVI, HDMI, 2x Mini-DP, CrossFireX)
Based on the AMD Radeon HD6950 Chip
has over 2048 MB GDDR5 Memory, 256 bit wide interface.
111 x 38 x 256 mm



CPU :
Intel Core i5-2500k
4x 3300 MHz
4x 256 KB Level 2 cache
6144 kB Level 3 cache



RAM :
Ripjaws G.Skill 2x4 GB DDR3-1600 MHz



ASRock P67 Extreme4 (B3) (FW, RAID, Gb-LAN, Sound, ATX)
More Info...



Power Supply :
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W (1x PCIe, 1x 6+2-pin PCIe)
150 x 86 x 165 mm



Case :
Aerocool Vx-e
Five 5.25" Bays
Supports Large High-End VGA Cards Up to 290mm
Includes 4 sets of 5.25" Adapters for HDDs & FDD
I/O Panel Includes USB, Audio, and Mic
Up to 5 Fans
196 x 452 x 539 mm



Hard Drive :
Western Digital WD1002FAEX (SATA 600)
1000 GB
7200 rpm
4,2 ms
64 mb cache
102 x 26 x 147 mm



DVD-Writer
ASUS DRW-24B3ST (12x DVD-RAM)


All together this is about 850 pounds.


1) Are these a good hardware configuration to be able to build a pc myself? I think so but somehow I still have doubts.

2) the RAM cards sound promising, but are pretty cheap, are these bad ones or are RAM cards just cheap at the moment.

3) What would these configuration be good at and where would it fail in?

I am sorry that my English isn't perfect and I am sorry if I give redundant information. I am not sure what some of this information means and what exactly is important.
I really appreciate your time to help me so thanks in advance!

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June 28, 2011 2:57:19 AM

Added images, which I hope helps.

Also, notice how I chose an intel processor and a AMD graphics card... As far as I know they are compatible with the motherboard. Is that okay?
June 28, 2011 3:21:37 AM

Get a 2500K processor, for sure. The i7-900s are outdated and overpriced; the 2500K would be $50ish cheaper and would perform better too. This would put you on a P67 motherboard, probably.
The RAM should be OK. I don't think it would perform quite as well as some other models, but with 8gb it really won't matter.
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June 28, 2011 3:23:51 AM

you are good at gpu,
cpu, really a 1366, better go with an i5 2500k, ruins the i7 960 in games and is cheap.
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
and mobo
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ram, you sure you want a 1066 mhz ram.
better go with 1333 or 1600 mhz, they overclock well.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
great value ram and has cl7 timings which will really help in gaming

for hdd,
go with a samsung f3 1 tb drive, fast and cheap

you psu is fine

if you like that case, its fine

Good Luck
June 28, 2011 12:04:39 PM

Okay thanks for your advice guys, I have changed some components, Do you think this will do?

Processor :
i7-960 --> i5-2500k

RAM :
Kingston ValueRAM 2x4 GB DDR3-1066 --> Ripjaw G.Skill 2x4 GB DDR3-1600

Motherboard :
ASRock X58 Extreme --> ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional (B3)


Motherboard seems a bit overkill for 200 quid, but if I'd buy the ASRock P67 EXTREME4 for 130 quid then I would need an IDE-controller I think...


As soon as you guys say this will fit and work, I will purchase it
June 28, 2011 12:24:44 PM

Yes it will work, I just finished exactly same build with just i7-2600k and 4x4GB ram and its working flawless.
As far as i know Fatal1ty is only board that support 10xSata (10 internal sata ports was intant buy reason for me as i needed 8+ and didn't want to buy additional controller) and 1x Ide ports. Mybe 200 is expensive, but still cheaper then similar equipped boards from other brands.
June 28, 2011 12:53:56 PM

Yes, that's what I figured, but I thought I might leave it up too the pro's.

You think I'll need a fan?
June 28, 2011 1:22:35 PM

Xelight said:
Yes, that's what I figured, but I thought I might leave it up too the pro's.

You think I'll need a fan?

Which fan you mean ? CPU cooler ? Heatsink you get with CPU is fine unless you want high overclocking.
For myself I have issue with high temperature in my room (AC unit installation planned but will take few weeks), so I went with watercooling :) 
June 28, 2011 2:50:29 PM

If I'd buy a new dvd-writer that doesn't use IDE, instead of using my old one, then I can use the much cheaper motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4 (B3) which is 60 quid cheaper.

I think I'll go with that.
June 28, 2011 3:23:55 PM

xrodney said:
Which fan you mean ? CPU cooler ? Heatsink you get with CPU is fine unless you want high overclocking.
For myself I have issue with high temperature in my room (AC unit installation planned but will take few weeks), so I went with watercooling :) 


A friend of mine said the cooler might not fit with the case, googling about the cooler found me some overclocking websites which told me that the cooler that comes with i5 is bad and is better off with a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B for a huge performance boost, But I don't know if that one is smaller or bigger and I don't know if its maybe better to pick a bigger computercase for that matter then. Since its not that important to me.
June 29, 2011 7:35:45 AM

Your friend maybe referred to some huge aftermarket coolers that could have issues with some small cases, but more likely you would run to problems with collision to some other components like GPU, ram etc.
Anyway stock cooler is sufficient to run not overclocked CPU just fine and it can also handle some overclocking at cost of temperature and higher noise, of course you can get better quality aftermarket cooler to get it run cool and quiet.
June 29, 2011 7:55:29 AM

I made a build with the same price range (total i managed to spend £850) but im pretty sure my build is of a higher quality than the one you posted.

i5-2500k (same CPU)
Gigtabyte GTX 560 Ti OC (better than 6950)
Arctic Freezer 13 (after market CPU cooler)
XFX 750w Black Edition PSU (better than 600w PSU)
Samsung Blu-Ray Drive (better than DVD drive you posted)
1TB SATA III HDD (same)
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM (same more or less)
ASUS p8Z68 mobo (more features than P67 boards)
Cooler Master Scout Case (more by personal choice than anything)

Total build from ebuyer.com - £850
July 1, 2011 2:24:30 PM

560 better then 6950? thats definetly arguable

Anyway I wanted to thank you guys for all your help, I have build my computer and it looks really cool. Powering it on when it was finally finished was scary!
July 1, 2011 4:03:19 PM

good luck with your build
!