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About to buy and build my first system, last minute help?

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August 22, 2011 2:58:52 PM

Hey guys, quite new to this whole building computers thing, but after a few months of asking around, reading through Toms hardware forum and general research I'm coming to the end of what I want my system to be. However I am still unsure on certain aspects of the build and generally putting it together, hence I'm posting here.

So anyway this is where I'm up to so far, please feel free to give constructive feedback and alternate suggestions to the build. Money is not really a problem but roughly aiming for around £1000.

Case + PSU -
Processor -
Motherboard -
RAM - Undecided but been recommended
Graphics - HD 6950 (although currently debating getting something lesser to then crossfire it as ~£240 is a lot for one graphics card)
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3
Drive -
Keyboard - Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition
Mouse - Razer Lachesis All ready own
Monitor - Samsung SyncMasterP2050 All ready own
Thats how far I have got. Still have to consider CPU cooling ect which I'm quite out of my depth on.

Thanks in advance, McNab
August 22, 2011 4:06:21 PM

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August 22, 2011 7:24:50 PM

Come on guys could do with some help here! Was told this was the place to come for help, but evidently not...
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August 22, 2011 8:55:24 PM

Ram - Got recommended this?

Cpu cooler - Looks quite nice and is very cheap, was also looking at the cooler master v8 which is a monster! What you think?

Gpu - Looks pretty cool and is a lot cheaper, not really read up on many other cards, whats the pros and cons of it?

Only reason I was getting that Psu was because it was on offer with that case, so you recommend getting something different then eh? Will OC and CF so maybe will have to look at a better psu...

No worries the more replies the better rather you post more than none at all. All help is appreciated, I am very grateful!

August 22, 2011 10:20:42 PM

Just been looking up cooling systems, whats the general opinion on hydro cooling systems? Notably this - Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Liquid cooling system

Looks pretty sweet to me.
August 23, 2011 12:07:00 AM

The H60 will be on par with good 120mm air coolers (both on noise and cooling ability), so it's a question of:
  • Price (which is often where the H60 falls short by a margin)
  • Space clearance (most 120mm are 150-160mm tall)
  • Just plain personal preference

    Some high-end air coolers will actually cool better and be quieter than the H60, but cost an equivalent price.
    August 23, 2011 12:29:22 AM

    Indeed, price isn't really an object although I would prefer to keep it from being a ridiculously expensive build. I have been informed that liquid cooling isn't recommended for a novice such as me, so looked into the Corsair A50/70, but as you said space is always the key, and not sure how well it will fit into the CM storm scout case?
    August 23, 2011 1:09:30 AM

    Double-check, but I'm pretty sure that case wouldn't be that popular if it couldn't house a 120mm tower HSF :) 
    August 23, 2011 2:52:45 PM

    The h60 would be a fairly easy install just as easy as any other cpu cooler, its not a complex liquid cooling system. Plus it'll definitely fit in your case and its got lots of good reviews.

    The 560ti and 6950 are around the same level, the one I picked is a factory overclocked one so it'd perform better and be cooler. And just check that they fit in your case.

    And if you are planning on cf or sli in the future I would pick a better psu and a bigger case, read some reviews of the cm scout and they say it can get tight for space especially with crossfire, non modular psu and a large cpu cooler. Didn't check the dimensions but someone said it couldn't fit a 6970

    And that ram you picked should be fine, not the best but good for the price, I just like higher quality ram that can overclock better
    August 24, 2011 10:00:53 AM

    Cheers for the great response, I definitely like the look of the water cooler and in theory it should be quieter right, as thats what im going for.

    Thats ultimately the problem eh, case space! Can never be simple can it.

    Hmm was planning on cf in the future whats wrong with the current psu then?

    The ram was there because a mate of mine has it and said it was cheap, not 100% on it, what else would you suggest?

    Embarrassingly enough that cart doesnt work im afraid, just comes up with it being empty :/  is it possible to give me another link?

    Thanks in advance,
    August 24, 2011 2:24:33 PM

    Its just that if you plan on going crossfire in the future they'll be pushing that psu to the limit, you'll want a beefier psu from a better brand, high qulaity psu's are important. To me anyway, don't want them blowing up on me.

    Ok here's a list of the stuff that I've in the cart. Link work's for me though

    MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti OC Twin FrozR II

    Intel Core i5-2500K

    Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68

    Corsair HX 750W ATX Modular

    OCZ Agility 3 60GB

    Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB

    Corsair Hydro H60

    Antec 600 Six Hundred V2 Ultimate Gaming Case

    Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP 12x BluRay

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB

    Hope these links work, all comes to under 1000. Obviously you can change some stuff to your liking, just a rough guide on what you can get. There's loads of cases out there, its more personal preference as long as its large enough for everything and has decent air cooling
    August 30, 2011 4:02:44 PM

    Thanks looks great. So why do you recommend GTX 560i over the HD6950 then? Is there a massive difference?

    Also the asus mobo over the asrock? Any reason why? Thought the asrock one looked pretty good.

    Also think I shall be going for a larger SSD for the system but other than that that all looks pretty good!