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September 13, 2011 3:02:44 AM

Hello guys,

I have done quite a bit of research into building my first PC setup and feel I have reached the best solution for me. However I am new to this and would like some advice towards the parts I have picked and any alternative parts I should consider. Currently the build is going to cost around £650, I originally set myself a strict budget of £600 but have had to consider stretching it up to £700; so I am not really willing to spend that much more unless it is a significant upgrade.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days, at the very latest I would like the setup to be complete by the 26th September 2011.

Budget Range: £600 - £700.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Website building, 3D Modelling/Rendering, video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk, Dabs.com. I am open to others though.

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: Currently being swayed towards AMD because of the free game offered and cheaper than Intel.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 currently but would like to upgrade in the future

Additional Comments: I am being drawn towards having some kind of LED lighting, and the system being as quiet and cool as possible. I am willing to pay more for an interesting looking case.




Parts

Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-922-black-mid-tower-case-with-20cm-silent-fan-w-o-psu

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3GHz - http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x6-1100t-3-3ghz-black-edition-125w-9mb-78XC.html

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-xmp-79V4.html

Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 900MHz 1GB - http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-radeon-hd-6870-900mhz-1gb-pci-express-dvi-hdmi---2-x-mdp-7G0M.html (Currently seems to be unavailable at this store though.)

Motherboard: Asus M4A88TD-V - http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-m4a88td-v-evo-usb3--amd-880g--am3--4ddr3--dsub-dvi-hdmi--2pci-ex16--raid-usb3---sata6--atx-6ZF6.html?q=ASUS%20M4A88TD-V (Also appears unavailable at the moment.)

Power Supply: Corsair Memory TX750 - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-tx750-v2-750w-atx-enthusiast-series-7CHC.html?refs=55430000

Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint 7200rpm - http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-1tb-spinpoint-f3-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?q=SAMSUNG+Spinpoint+F3+HD103SJ+1TB+7200+RPM

Optical Drive: http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-liteon-24x-int--dvdrw-black-sata---s-w-6M84.html

I would like to know if everything is compatible? How well will it run? How long will it last for gaming before I need to consider an upgrade?

Other concerns are two of the products appear to be currently unavailable(Graphics card and motherboard), so are there any suggestions for a cheaper or same price alternative?

Also regarding the graphics card I am unsure on what is the best 6870 model, currently I have chosen a Sapphire one, but there are others available now for the same price from makers such as XFX, Asus and MSI.

Also I have been told by a friend that the onboard sound and network cards are good enough with this motherboard, although I may purchase them in the future. Also the heatsink that comes with the CPU is good enough so I don't need to buy a separate one for that, although he did say it would not hurt to buy one.

As mentioned earlier I would like the option of adding a second graphics card at some point and doing some overclocking.

That's about it, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You for your time.


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September 13, 2011 4:49:29 AM

Looks good! I'd get a 560TI, it's almost the same price of the 6870 and better by 3% but also comes with a free BATMAN ARKHAM CITY GAME.

Woohhh. the price difference is big. Get the 6870 then
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September 13, 2011 7:28:53 AM

The 560Ti is actually quite alot more expensive than the 6870. Its the same price as a 6950. Although again, I recommend a 560Ti for lasting gaming performance.

The case you have chosen is huge for what you plan to put inside it, unless you really want that case, you could buy a much cheaper mid-Tower ATX case.
HAF 912 £60 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-912-plu...
HAF 922 £83 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-922-bla...

If you dont plan to Crossfire/SLI your graphics card you could also drop down to a 500w PSU.

AM3+ Motherboard here with Crossfire support £72 Asus M5A97 AMD 970 AM3+
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-amd-970-s-am3...(x16)-atx

Gigabyte 560Ti OC £180
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-o...
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