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New High End Gaming PC - Help/Advice Appreciated

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July 10, 2011 11:52:16 PM

I had made a previous thread but as I cannot edit any of my posts I thought I'd start a fresh one as I've made quite a few changes.

Heres my current build.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO... - Monitor - Dell U2771 £639.98

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596 - CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K £162.59

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267313 - Mobo - Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 £141.55

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...!+?productId=43097 - Graphics Card - x2 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £406.80 (£203.40 each)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY... - Memory - G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz £69.98

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222943 - Case - Cooler Master HAF X £130.76

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... - PSU - 850W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply £79.99

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD... - Hard Drive - Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache (HD103SJ) - OEM £40.99

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS... - CPU Cooler - Corsair Hydro H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler £79.98

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190838 - Optical Drive - LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black £14.49

Total = 1767.11

Any advice whether its opinion or fact is very welcome. I'd like to know if people think there's a better way of spending £1800 which is a budget I'd preferably not break but am willing to if necessary.

FYI - I already have Windows 7 Professional 64bit. I chose to go with CF 6950's over my previous choice of a singular 580GTX due to reading from several sources that for 2560x1440 resolution it is better to go with cards with a higher VRAM and best value/performance currently is CF 6950's.

It is pretty much solely for gaming with the odd movie here and there.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

July 11, 2011 2:45:43 AM

If nobody sees any problems with this build then it looks like I'm set to order it tomorrow? xD
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July 11, 2011 3:04:24 AM

No problem with your build, but I think that the Hydro H 80 is a bit overpriced. If you compare the Antec H20 920 you may see that it is comparable and a bit cheaper. Same for the case, a solid choice but a little overkill.

Why no SSD?

Are you going with the on board sound chip or adding a dedicated sound card? It improves gaming by taking the load offf the CPU.
July 11, 2011 3:29:26 AM

TY for reply.

1) The only place I could actually find that Antec H20 920 for sale was overclockers.co.uk, where coincidentally it is out of stock and the same price as the Corsair H80. The H80 is actually £5 cheaper due to a deal this week

2) I'm going to use onboard sound.

3) No SSD - Its really because I don't really know how much I need one. My accumulated knowledge of SSD's remains very low. I understand that they have crazy read/write speeds but I don't really know the full extent of how much this is worth the £££ cost.

I also don't know how much I truly need to spend on one to get a suitable/useful size and quality SSD, £200+ on top of my build for a decent SSD jumps my build up into the £2000 area which feels like a big price addition for, as far as I can tell, faster loading times?

If I'm completely wrong please tell me. It'd be useful to have a decent SSD suggested to me and what benefits I will gain from it.
I ask for this advice because as cool as it is for example booting Windows 10x as fast. I do that once a day whilst I;m making breakfast. Worth £200?

Clearly there is more to it so someone please enlighten me.
July 11, 2011 7:18:22 AM

That much fire power it seems a shame to get a monitor with a slow 6ms response time and 60hz refresh rate for gaming. Nice monitor, but it's no gaming monitor. This monitor down below has a 120hz refresh rate, it's LED and it has a 2ms response time. It's a gaming monitor.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/243897 £270.18 inc. vat
BenQ XL2410T LCD display LED Backlight 24" HDMI Monitor-3D Ready, Height Adjustable

http://www.benq.us/products/product_detail.cfm?product=... <----- BenQ XL2410T

http://apcmag.com/first-look-the-benq-xl2410t-.htm <----- Review of that monitor

http://www.techtree.com/India/Reviews/BenQ_XL2410T_Moni... <----- Review of that monitor

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/monitors-and-pr... <----- Review of that monitor
August 28, 2011 12:18:11 PM

My quick 2 cents....

I went from raptor drives to ssd. Actually a 300gb Max Iops. There is a difference. All programs and OS functions on ssd run way faster. Today most CPUs are fast enough and it's the hard drive slowing down the experience/user interface. Everything loads fast and OS functions are sweet now. It's more then just boot time. It's everything time. Something are purely CPU processing based however.

There is something to be said about reliability though. SSDs have gotten better but don't all seem to be completely off shaky ground yet.
I
took a risk and went with one of the fastest SSDs on the market. No problems to date. Go with a highly reviewed and well rated one. You won't see the difference in speed between SSDs. So pick the reliable one. Intel I know has the best reliability. After that read some setup/install tips and ur off.

In my book ppl spend so much in all their parts and just choke the entire experience with lame hard drives. Here's a weak metaphor.

One may have a fast capable brain (CPU) but without a match and eager heart (hard drive) supplying it they become the lesser of their their parts.
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