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July 25, 2011 2:35:11 PM

Hi Folks,

I am new to the forum so kindly excuse if I am posting in the wrong area.
I am looking to build a new gaming rig with a budget of approximately 1500-2000 GBP.

Below are the details. Opinions and suggestions are always welcome.

Approximate Purchase Date: within 3 months

Budget Range: 1500 - 2000 GBP

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly Gaming 

Parts Not Required: All needed, including keyboard,mouse and monitor 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: scan.co.uk, amazon.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences:

1. Case - Antec DF-85
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-dark-fleet-df-85-b...
or Cooler Master HAF X
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-HAF-extended--SAT...

2. Processor - Intel core i7 2600K
3. Motherboard - Asus ROG Maximus IV Extreme
4. RAM - 2 X 4Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3
5. CPU Coolers - Corsair H80 Hydro Series.

All above 4 are available together for approx. 700 GBP
http://www.scan.co.uk/3xs-overclocked-bundles

6. Graphics Card - Thinking about EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper.

7. PSU - Silverstone Strider 1500W Modular
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1500w-silverstone-stride...

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Thanks,
Nikhil
July 25, 2011 4:52:07 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Tecmo34
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July 26, 2011 5:57:20 PM

Guys ...any suggestions would be welcome !!
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July 30, 2011 1:50:05 PM

Hm..no posts till now ...guys could you kindly assist ??? Posting this again to get the topic to First page
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July 30, 2011 4:23:40 PM

Dual gtx 580's in SLI. That Asus board down below is a 12+2 phase board and has front 3.0 usb headers.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Full+To... £101.92 inc. VAT
Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Chassis w/ USB3.0

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £161.99 inc. VAT
1050W Corsair HX Series Modular ATX2.3 SLI/Crossfire Compliant Power Supply

http://www.ebuyer.com/268480-asus-p8z68-v-socket-1155-8... £132.84 inc. vat
Asus P8Z68-V Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz... £163.29 inc. vat
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.ebuyer.com/195165-noctua-nh-d14-dual-radiato... £66.13 inc. vat
Noctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator and Fan Socket LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM3, AM2+, AM2 CPU Cooler

http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160... £51.08 inc. vat
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.ebuyer.com/173804-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-... £40.98 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

http://www.ebuyer.com/220986-sony-optiarc-ad-5260s-24x-... £14.99 inc. vat
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... £371.99 inc. VAT
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card [015-P3-1580-ER]

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... £371.99 inc. VAT
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card [015-P3-1580-ER]

http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-p... £73.52 inc. vat
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

Total: £1,550.72 inc. vat

http://www.ebuyer.com/189926-microsoft-sidewinder-x4-ke... £33.87 inc. vat
Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - USB UK Layout

http://www.ebuyer.com/174418-logitech-g500-gaming-mouse... £45.58 inc. vat
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse USB

http://www.ebuyer.com/252754-corsair-gaming-audio-serie... £44.96 inc. vat
Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1A Gaming Headset - 3.5mm Connection

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO... £284.99 inc VAT
Benq XL2410T 24" TRUE 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor - Black

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

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6... <------ more pics, specs, and info on that Asus board
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August 1, 2011 2:28:11 PM

Hi "Why_Me", firstly i would like to thank you for your revert back and providing me with some help. However, could you kindly review the list below and let me know if there is something wrong or not compatiable. I have seleted the HDD, monitor and Graphics Card that you had mentioned. At the moment though I would like to buy only 1 Graphics card and add on another maybe in 3-4 months.

Also I don't need Windows 64-bit OS as I got msdn subscription.
Could you kindly suggest a blu-ray player R+W ?

Below is the list :-

Coolermaster HAF X Black Tower Computer Case
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-x-black...

Corsair Memory Dominator 12GB DDR3 1600 Mhz CAS 9 DHX XMP Fan Triple Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/12gb-%283x4gb%29-corsair...

Coolermaster RSA00-80GAD3-UK Silent Pro Gold 1000W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1000w-coolermaster-silen...

EVGA GeForce GTX 580
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...

Asus ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z Z68 S1155 Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-rog-maximus-iv-extr...

Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge *OEM*
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i7-2600k-unlo...

Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-h80-hydro-series...

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/157858razer-black-widow-...

Razer Deathadder ReSpawn Mouse
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3razer-deathadder-respaw...

24" BenQ XL2410T LED, 3D, 120Hz Monitor
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-benq-xl2410t-widescre...

Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spin...

Total = 1950 GBP pending Blu-ray player
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August 1, 2011 3:06:46 PM

You need dual channel RAM not triple channel. Anything over 8GB seems pointless for gaming.

I'd get the corsair HX1050 over the CM Silent pro.

Since you're buying almost everything from scan why not buy the graphics card there as well?

Motherboard is OTT to say the least. Get the ASUS P8Z68 Pro, even the vanilla one Why_Me suggested.

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August 1, 2011 3:30:36 PM


£239 i7-2600k
http://www.ebuyer.com/252535-intel [...] 623i72600k

£380 (x2 = £760) Gainward GTX 580 Phantom
http://www.ebuyer.com/261107-gainw [...] 18336-2098

£41 Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3
http://www.ebuyer.com/173804-samsu [...] he-hd103sj

£280 Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
http://www.ebuyer.com/267772-asus- [...] 8z68-v-pro

£51 (£102) G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-ski [...] cl9d-8gbxl

£74 Corsair Hydro Series H70 High-Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] ntent=Q200

£135 HAF X
http://www.ebuyer.com/222943-coole [...] c-942-kkn1

£1463 Total

+

£48 Blu-Ray Drive (could replace with cheaper DVD drive if wanted to)
http://www.ebuyer.com/242243-samsu [...] b123l-bsbp

£172 Corsair 1000W HX PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/143019-corsa [...] u-1000hxuk

£1856 total

You could swap out the i7-2600k for an i5-2500k in order to leave more spare cash for Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and OS if you need it.



These prices AREN'T the cheapest, have a look around DABs, SCAN and Ebuyer + Maybe even AMAZON to see where you can grab the best deals. Use this build and pricing as a guideline though.
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August 1, 2011 5:36:16 PM

Thanks a lot for the reply guys.. Changed the memory to Dual channel ..difference is only 10 pounds between 8GB and 12 GB ...but here you go.

Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 8GB DDR3 1866
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-...

Graphics card would be buying from other website as Scan doesn't have the EVGA version of 580 X which i was interested in !


Now my question is basically what is the difference between the motherboard of ASUS ROG that i seletected and the one suggested by Why_Me. I am just trying to understand ...no disrespect to any of the suggestions above !!

Thanks again guys for all the help in assisting me with the selection. O and lastly , this is going to be my first build ever for a PC ..how do you rate the difficulty of it ?

Changed to Corsair HX1050 over Coolermaster
Corsair CMPSU-1050HXUK Professional Series
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1050w-corsair-profession...
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August 1, 2011 6:32:02 PM

Well you lose a very small amount of functionality for a good decrease in price.

I'd avoid 1866MHz, again for price/performance. The kit i selected was the cheapest 1600MHz at 1.5v (on scan), but at the same time you're spending £2k so saving £10 is pretty insignificant.

Also make sure you get an SSD, at the budget you're working at i'm very surprised no-one else has suggested it.

Also if you'd like a cheaper but no worse screen: (saves about £100)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-lg-w2363d-full-hd-120...

review:http://www.digitalversus.com/lg-flatron-w2363d-p357_810...
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August 1, 2011 7:19:11 PM

Thanks for the suggestion Metal Orient.
I have modified the LCD monitor and added SSD. Below is the screenshot of my final configuration. I will stick to the mother-board as it's got very good reviews.

Final two questions :-
1. Is the configuration chosen compatiable.
2. How difficult would it be to assemble them all - considering it's gonna be my first time.


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August 1, 2011 8:03:09 PM

Everything fits, yes.

I'd have thought fairly easy as the case you're working in is very large.
The only problems i can think that you'd have are that the PSU cables may not reach, but that is intrinsic to all PSU's in large cases.
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August 1, 2011 8:17:08 PM

All right . Thanks a lot Metal Orient. You been a great help !
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August 11, 2011 9:50:02 AM

Best answer selected by nhanda.
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October 6, 2011 5:42:14 PM

Hi Guys... now i know why it is recommended to post only when you are about to buy a PC rather than before ..coz you get confused a lot. Above was the configuration that I had selected , but now there is a lot of things that I would like to change. But firstly, i am not sure whom to ask but is there anyone from London, UK here who can help me with the build of my pc ?? I mean personally help me with the assembly of the PC.
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October 6, 2011 5:49:49 PM

Wow, 2 months? There are a lot of videos on the web you can watch to help you with your build. I'm not in london so can't help you personally.
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October 6, 2011 6:24:33 PM

metal orient said:
Wow, 2 months? There are a lot of videos on the web you can watch to help you with your build. I'm not in london so can't help you personally.

Thanks Metal..I was hoping someone might put his hand up saying he would be interested. The only reason i don't want to opt for a build from scan.co.uk is pricing and I would miss out on the excitement of unboxing and assembly, if you know what i mean !
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October 7, 2011 2:50:42 PM

Hey guys, just got a question...How easy or convenient it is to have the above mentioned build performed on your own or shall i opt for the scan's 3xs service to have the build done. Basically i have never performed a build on my own.
Also i would be changing my case from Haf X to Silverstone TJ07B-W Black Aluminium Full Tower Case with Window.

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October 7, 2011 2:57:41 PM

nhanda said:
Hey guys, just got a question...How easy or convenient it is to have the above mentioned build performed on your own or shall i opt for the scan's 3xs service to have the build done. Basically i have never performed a build on my own.
Also i would be changing my case from Haf X to Silverstone TJ07B-W Black Aluminium Full Tower Case with Window.

I would suggest building it yourself, you'll get some more knowledge about how to build, building is the most exciting part about buying you computer and it will be like a fun "experiment" if you will.

It is also easy to assemble and you can always ask Toms for help ;) 

Good luck :D 
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October 7, 2011 3:16:54 PM

I agree completely with you shaqxolotl, which is why i was confused. Now you have given me another reason to built...But if you could have a look , can you let me know whether i need water cooling ... I would not be able to built it if that's the case !!
Another thing, the monitor I listed is no longer available on scan, can you suggest another one ?
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October 7, 2011 3:35:59 PM

nhanda said:
I agree completely with you shaqxolotl, which is why i was confused. Now you have given me another reason to built...But if you could have a look , can you let me know whether i need water cooling ... I would not be able to built it if that's the case !!
Another thing, the monitor I listed is no longer available on scan, can you suggest another one ?

No, you will not need water cooling, and it will be really easy for you to build with fans. I would suggest this monitor http://www.scan.co.uk/products/236-asus-vh242h-black-wi... it has 20,000:1 contrast ratio, massive 23.6", 1080p and has a fast 5ms response time.

Good luck with your build and I hope all goes well :D 
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October 7, 2011 3:49:56 PM

Thanks shaqxolotl for recommending the monitor. Added that to the list.
One another thing, for the Silverstone TJ07B-W, do i need to order another set of fans as well ?? Or shall the default case fans be sufficient ? I am asking coz a lot of scan's built add fans like Akasa apache !
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October 7, 2011 4:01:23 PM

nhanda said:
Thanks shaqxolotl for recommending the monitor. Added that to the list.
One another thing, for the Silverstone TJ07B-W, do i need to order another set of fans as well ?? Or shall the default case fans be sufficient ? I am asking coz a lot of scan's built add fans like Akasa apache !

Why are you changing case anyway, I like the HAF X better and its design. Anyway, the fans they have included in there are fine. You can always decide to purchase more fans in the future, but it good how it is.

Good luck :D 
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October 7, 2011 4:20:40 PM

nhanda said:
Shaq - it seems we both were typing at the same time. Another question (I am sorry to be bombarding but it's better to be safe than sorry)

What's the difference between the two :-
1. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i7-2600k-unlo...

2. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i7-2600k-unlo...

I can't believe I didn't see this but don't get the 2600k, for about 75 euro cheaper you can get this CPU http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo... that performs almost the same, there is NO NEED to get the 2600k. Save the money and spend it somewhere else like a SSD or better GPU. Also the difference between the retail and OEM version is that you don't get the heatsink in the OEM version, but that doesn't matter since your buying an after market one.

Good luck :D 
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