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October 17, 2011 12:19:41 PM

Hi Guys planning on ordering a pre built system my total budget is £1400 (Monitor needs to be included in this price)

(Please note I am pre building a system as I am not able to build myself)

The below system is coming in at exactly £1400 my top budget any advice or comments are much appreciated before I place my order on Friday.

The system will be used for
Gaming (WoW Cata / Dawn Of War Series / Starcraft 2) Wish to play these at maxed out settings (Ultra)
Downlaoding Movies - Streaming to 50" tv via HDMI connection
Burning DvD's / CD's
Watching Blu Rays via HDMI to TV
Itunes
Microsoft Office 2010 (have my own retail copy)
Web browsing

Here are the details of my system:

Cooler Master Elite 430 Case

Processor:
Intel Core i7 2600K Processor Overclocked to up to 4.6GHz

CPU Cooler:
Corsair A70 Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

Thermal Paste:
Generic thermal paste

Motherboard:
Asus P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard

Memory:
16GB PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Memory (4 x 4GB sticks)

Graphics Card:
ASUS DIRECT CU II RADEON HD6970

1st Hard Drive:
120GB Corsair Force 3 Solid State Drive

2nd Hard Drive:
2000GB IntelliPower Hard Disk

1st Optical Drive:
Samsung Blu-Ray ROM / DVD-RW Combi Drive

2nd Optical Drive:
Sony 24x DVD-RW Drive

Power Supply:
Corsair TX 750W PSU

Sound Card:
Onboard High Definition Audio

Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Monitor:
27" Asus VE278Q Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor

Thank you in advance!
October 17, 2011 12:34:18 PM

I would suggest you to drop the CPU to an i5-2500k since your usage won't make use of the HyperThreading in the i7-2600k.
Ram could also be dropped to 8 gig as it is plenty for your usage

The money saved from there can get you a nicer case :) 

It is a nice build overall though
October 17, 2011 12:37:17 PM

For your use I5 2500K would serve you just as well. The extra thread capabilities of the I7 would come in play if you ran multihreaded rendering or editing programs. Just saying if you want to save some money.
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October 17, 2011 1:47:27 PM

It will only save me an additional £50 to downgrade to the i5 thats why I thought I may as well leave it as is in regards to future proofing the system should I wish to use it for more demanding tasks in the future

I can change the ram from 16 GB 1333 mhz to 8 GB 1600 mhz for no cost but not sure if I should do this or not?

I will also be including an additional 2 x blue led case cooling fans for additional cooling to the build.

Another option is reducing teh monitor to a very similar ASUS 24 inch for a £25 saving however i liked the thought of a 27 inch monster but not sure it would be better for gaming it may be worse due to being so close?

Just really liked the thought of a super big screen but like i say it may be a mistake???
October 17, 2011 1:48:12 PM

Forgot to mention I will also have a SSD caching configuration
October 17, 2011 2:19:18 PM

On a second thought I could get the below for £1000 and save myself £400 do you think this configuration would be better as my needs are not so demanding:

Summary:


Cooler Master Elite 370 Case

Processor:
Intel Core i7 2600K Processor Overclocked to up to 4.0GHz

CPU Cooler:
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler
Price: £15.00

Case Cooling Upgrades:
2 x led blue case fans

Motherboard:
Asus P8Z68-V LE Motherboard

Memory:
8GB Corsair PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 4GB sticks)

Graphics Card:
ASUS Direct CU II AMD Radeon HD 6970 2048MB Graphics Card

1st Hard Drive:
40GB Corsair Force Solid State Drive

2nd Hard Drive:
1000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk

SSD Caching Configuration

1st Optical Drive:
Samsung Blu-Ray ROM / DVD-RW Combi Drive

2nd Optical Drive:
Sony 24x DVD-RW Drive

Power Supply:
Corsair Ultra Low Noise 600W PSU

Sound Card:
Onboard High Definition Audio

Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Monitor:
24" Asus VS247H Widescreen LED Monitor



October 17, 2011 2:47:41 PM

This second build is much closer to what you need, but you should still drop the processor down to an i5-2500k.

A 4.0 GHz OC on either the i5 or the i7 is very insignificant. If they are charging you extra for this overclock, drop it and OC the machine yourself. You can EASILY get it over 4.0 GHz just using an automatic overclocking program. Check out the recent article that Tom's did. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/automatic-overclock...
October 17, 2011 2:54:52 PM

Hi thanks for your reply
There is no charge for the overclock if I wanted to overclock to 4.5ghz they will charge £19 + vat but I also have to upgrade the cpu cooler at £32 + vat which I am considering.
The only other thing im considering is upgrading the power supply to a 750 watt Corsair for £35 + vat
October 17, 2011 3:16:18 PM

No, dont bother upgrading the PSU. 600W is plenty for what you have.

On the other hand, if you plan on doing Crossfire and adding another 6970 to the build later I would upgrade to at least an 850W PSU.
October 17, 2011 3:22:17 PM

Hi again thanks for your reply,

no i wont ever crossfire or sli the only thing ill probably do in teh future is replace the GPU with a better one once mine becomes old

will a 600 watt PSU be enough?

Also for what I will be using the pc for will a 4ghz overclock be enough or would you recomend me getting the 4.5ghz overclock for what ill be using the system for ?

Dont suppose you know if this configuration will max out world of warcraft on the 24 Inch monitor by any chance do you?
October 17, 2011 3:37:37 PM

600W is enough for your computer specs with plenty of headroom.

Dont bother paying for the additional overclock, you should be happy with 4.0 GHz and if you arent, you can always download an automatic overclocking program that will OC with the click of a button.

Your build will easily max out WoW. I play on a 27" screen with an older processor at 4.0GHz and a HD6950 and play on ultra settings at around 130 FPS.
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