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November 20, 2011 2:04:36 PM

Hey

Im sorry I know you get loads of these type things but I could really do with some reccomendations on a system im planning on buying.

I'm a student so budget is pretty tight on what I'm planning. I will use the Pc for gaming but also working so im hoping for it to be very quiet at idle.
I won't need any HDDs or DVD drives as im upgrading. Im British but I know this is a US site so i'll use dollars.
Budget is $750 (£550)

CPU - Intel i5 2500k (seems the best at the moment and I might overclock slightly though I've never tried it before) $225

CPU Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (looks good any other reccomendations welcome must be quite quiet) $26

CASE - Could do with some advice. Was looking at Fractal Define R3 (http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products
/pc-cases/fd-definer3) but other reccomendations welcome

GPU - Maybe a GTX560 (or ti) or a Radeon Equivalent (thoughts?) $190 - $220

PSU - Not sure what ill need don't plan on SLI or crossfire but may overclock

MOBO - Any reccomendations please like I said I dont need sli/crossfire. ATX form factor but whats the difference vis a vis P68/ Z68? $130-$160

CASE FANS: Not sure how many i'll need, but need to be quiet. Any ideas?

MEMORY - 8GB DDR3 - Was thinking corsair vengeance?

Thanks in advance guys ! J

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a b 4 Gaming
November 20, 2011 2:11:20 PM

This is actually a German site lol :D  (not sure)

A good GPU in your price range would be a GTX 560ti/ATI 6950

Don't plan to SLI. A good 500w would be good enough but if you plan on moderate OC then a good 600w would be recommended.

The best right now is G.skill Ripjaws X (2x4gb) 8gb

This would be a good motherboard. It can support SLI and is pretty cheap for the quality. Get a z68, it's a newer model.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a CM Hyper 212 EVO <-- Better.

This is a really great case for the price. It's mostly up to you though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 20, 2011 2:13:18 PM

Thanks alot man appreciate it x
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November 20, 2011 2:58:28 PM

Ahh a Brit, always nice to see another one here. FYI are you in the UK?
November 20, 2011 3:12:15 PM

Yeah N.Yorks... suprised at difference in hardware costs over here when I was looking at New Egg and comparing dollars to pounds... we get it poor haha
November 20, 2011 3:39:45 PM

Why don't you save yourself some more cash and get an AMD quad core? For gaming, AMD CPU's perform extremely well and I can attest to this since I use one in mine. It will also save you 50% off the cost of your CPU so you can use it towards a better video card for the same budget. This setup gives you SLI, no need to overclock since the cpu goes into turbo mode by itself for extra performance. You can also do triple monitor if that's your thing later on.

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNZ43GX - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 134.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 34.99

BIOSTAR A55MH FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 89.99

SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 179.99







November 20, 2011 3:45:51 PM

Thanks for your thoughts tekmage i'll look into it. Not really interested in mutliple monitors or crossfire but the AMD seems like decent value for money.
November 20, 2011 4:01:03 PM

£510 Build below (includes delivery to UK address):

i5 2300 £138
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i5-2300...

MSi p67 G45 £72
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/MSI+P67A-G45+Intel...

8GB 1333MHz RAM £34
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

ASUS GTX 560 Ti £165
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Asus+GeForce+GTX+5...

OCZ ZS 650W £58
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

Xigmatek Asgard case £31
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...

The only things i'd imagine you'd not like are the i5 2300 and the case there is money to sort them out if you want though.
November 20, 2011 4:08:51 PM

Good build Metal Orient thanks. Is the 2500k not worth the extra money though seen as I would like this build to last a little while?
November 20, 2011 6:19:58 PM

AMD builds are great for gaming, however I think Metal Orient has a solid build also. It really comes down to your budget. I don't think the premium on the intel processors justify the performance difference.
November 20, 2011 6:22:55 PM

I just noticed I missed the case. I would probably do a Antec midtower with Antec psu. I have found that they are the most reliable when it comes to that and I've built computers for over 20 years.
November 20, 2011 6:42:12 PM

Tekmage, may i ask, is that video card in your build Hybrid x-fire-able? In looking for my info...Im wondering how I would try and evaluate when I would stop using that feature and upgrade past it for a single video card?

really not trying to threadjack, and I apologize if its taken that way.
November 20, 2011 7:34:17 PM

JammyRaven said:
Good build Metal Orient thanks. Is the 2500k not worth the extra money though seen as I would like this build to last a little while?


It is worth the extra money as it will let you squeeze more life out of it when you find the stock clocks too low, But at the same time i wonder if you'll need the power provided by it as most games are GPU limited and work stuff i assume to mean Microsoft office and internet.
a b 4 Gaming
November 20, 2011 11:22:47 PM

He already has an i5-2500k + 560ti build in plan.
November 21, 2011 12:21:38 AM

newbhtpc said:
Tekmage, may i ask, is that video card in your build Hybrid x-fire-able? In looking for my info...Im wondering how I would try and evaluate when I would stop using that feature and upgrade past it for a single video card?

really not trying to threadjack, and I apologize if its taken that way.


np, Yes on the hybrid Crossfire. I picked the parts for what JammyRaven said he needs now, and future upgradeability. If he needs more power for gaming later on, he can turn the Crossfire on, get more memory, upgrade CPU, etc. I like building them so you can make incremental adjustments as needed and as funds come in. Crossfire / SLI are still kinda underutilized still so I think it will be a while before they optimize it and developers really build for it. Perfect example of it is Skyrim. Poor support for it out of the box, well as a lot of other games as well.