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October 1, 2011 9:05:14 AM

Hey guys i am going to be making my first PC.
This is what ive came up with:
What do you think? any parts i should change?

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932 Black/ Titanium Tower Computer Case (£99.58)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf932-black-high-air-flow-tower-case-w-o-psu


MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 (Version B3) Intel P67 Express Socket 1155 Motherboard (£99.20)



OR SHOULD I GO Z68 for MOBO?

CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor (£167.98)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

GPU: MSI HD 6870 HAWK AMD Radeon Graphics Card with Twin Frozr III fan - 1GB (£150.82)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-hd-6870-oc-hawk-with-twinfrozer-iii-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-930mhz-1120-stream-processors-dvi-hdmi


PSU: Antec True Power New 650W Modular Power Supply PSU 80Plus Bronze SLi (£69.18)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-antec-truepower-new-modular-82eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx


RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Red 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop (£56.16)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-racing-red-pc3-14900-%281866%29-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-15v


SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB - Solid State Drive - CT064M4SSD2 (£77.57)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-crucial-realssd-m4-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-507mb-s-write-290mb-s-new-version

HDD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - HDD (£44.38)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq


DVD: DVD PLAYER - SATA 22x DVD Writer SAMSUNG SH-S222AB/BEBE (£13.86)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s222ab-bebe-22x-dvdr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oem


TOTAL COST: £776.95" target="_blank">


GPU: MSI HD 6870 HAWK AMD Radeon Graphics Card with Twin Frozr III fan - 1GB (£150.82)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-hd-6870-oc-hawk-with-twinfrozer-iii-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-930mhz-1120-stream-processors-dvi-hdmi


PSU: Antec True Power New 650W Modular Power Supply PSU 80Plus Bronze SLi (£69.18)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-antec-truepower-new-modular-82eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx


RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Red 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop (£56.16)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-racing-red-pc3-14900-%281866%29-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-15v


SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB - Solid State Drive - CT064M4SSD2 (£77.57)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-crucial-realssd-m4-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-507mb-s-write-290mb-s-new-version

HDD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - HDD (£44.38)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq


DVD: DVD PLAYER - SATA 22x DVD Writer SAMSUNG SH-S222AB/BEBE (£13.86)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s222ab-bebe-22x-dvdr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oem


TOTAL COST: £776.95

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October 1, 2011 9:23:35 AM

That board you have in your link is meant for a single card set up. It runs dual cards @ x4. You want a board that runs dual cards @ x8 like this board down below.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68a-d3h-b3-...(x16)-vga-on-board-at £106.42 Inc VAT
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68A-D3H-B3 Motherboard
October 1, 2011 9:27:55 AM

I see, i will get that one instead, also what PSU do you think i would need if were to add another 6870?
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October 1, 2011 9:36:21 AM

dont get a gigabyte board they run the old BIOS. there are Asrock boards out with UEFI and 8x/8x lanes, the Asrock z68 extreme 3 gen3, thats what I would get as a budget crossfire board. It will also support intels Ivy bridge CPU's and pcie 3, which is another bonus over the gigabyte. If this is a gaming PC i would trade the SSD for a beefier graphics card. The 650w PSU you picked is very good and will run 2 x 6870's and even 2 x 6950's. Start off with a good vid card like the 6970 and dont bother with the ssd, if you really get frustrated with load times then get an SSD later on.
October 1, 2011 9:42:26 AM

mmsmm said:
I see, i will get that one instead, also what PSU do you think i would need if were to add another 6870?

That Antec 650w psu you have up there will easily push two of those cards.
October 1, 2011 9:47:58 AM

So you think i should get a 6970 instead then maybe add another GPU at a later date.

And you don't think i should get this motherboard?


Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68A-D3H-B3 Motherboard
October 1, 2011 10:14:28 AM

850w for dual 6970's

750w for dual 6950's

650w for dual 6870's


Also what's your budget, do you need Windows 7, and do you plan on doing all your shopping at scan, or can other sites like Novetech and ebuyer uk be used?
October 1, 2011 10:19:02 AM

I get windows 7 pretty cheap cause im a student.

i would like to do it all there to keep things simple.

what would be better single 6970 or dual 6870s?
October 1, 2011 10:28:49 AM

mmsmm said:
I get windows 7 pretty cheap cause im a student.

i would like to do it all there to keep things simple.

what would be better single 6970 or dual 6870s?

6970
October 1, 2011 11:11:50 AM

What Do you guys think of this new build?

Case: Coolermaster HAF X Black Tower Computer Case (£133.67)



MotherBoard: Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68A-D3H-B3 Motherboard (£106.42)



CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor (£167.98)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail


GPU: XFX HD 6970 2Gb ATI AMD Radeon Graphics Card HDMI/DVI+ (£287.63)



PSU: Antec True Power New 650W Modular Power Supply PSU 80Plus Bronze SLi (£69.18)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-antec-truepower-new-modular-82eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx


RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Red 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop (£56.16)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-racing-red-pc3-14900-%281866%29-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-15v


SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB - Solid State Drive - CT064M4SSD2 (£77.57)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-crucial-realssd-m4-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-507mb-s-write-290mb-s-new-version


HDD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - HDD (£44.38)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq


DVD: DVD PLAYER - SATA 22x DVD Writer SAMSUNG SH-S222AB/BEBE (£13.86)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s222ab-bebe-22x-dvdr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oem


+ Windows 7 - 64Bit

TOTAL COST: £956.85

ALSO would i need any extra fans or anything?
October 1, 2011 11:29:07 AM

1 x 4pin ATX 12V
9 x 4pin Molex
2 x 6+2pin PCI-E Power
2 x 6pin PCI-E Power
1 x 8pin CPU +12V
1 x FDD Power
9 x SATA Power

also are they all connections i need for psu?
October 1, 2011 11:34:55 AM

Yes, those are all you will need.
October 1, 2011 11:37:07 AM

So you think i should go ahead with all that?
October 1, 2011 11:41:41 AM

That build looks solid. :) 
October 1, 2011 11:43:08 AM

:D  now time to order products and spend hours watching videos and articles to build a PC :) 
October 2, 2011 3:48:33 AM

No aftermarket cooler? 2500k is meant to be overclocked... ;) 
October 2, 2011 9:20:56 AM

I am bit of a beginner atm so don't want to be overclocking yet.

Also how about this case instead


Its a lian-li case, i heard it was better quality.


October 2, 2011 5:19:45 PM

heh. It's a gfx card link you provided... :pt1cable: 

Cases are more personal preference so very hard to say. I didn't go with HAF because it's just butt-ugly in my eyes... ;) 

I've heard Lian-Li cases are very good and made of light-weight aluminum. Then there's their lower end Lancool series that are steel, heavier and a bit cheaper. I heard the Lancool Dragon Lord series are good, and was something I was considering too at the time I was fishing for a case.

I ended up with a Raven 2 Evolution case and I built my brother's comp with a Corsair 600t (both of them are the white editions). But in all honesty, I like the 600t because it's cable management is a bit better, smaller and lighter. But I like the look of the Raven more over the 600t. So, it's more personal preference.

As for an aftermarket cooler, you can get one now and don't need to worry about it later on if you decide to OC in the future. It'll also help keep your cpu cool too, which is not at all a bad thing. You can go with a CM 212+ (the most popular budget oriented cooler that does perform well).
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