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Building first comuter (intel)

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November 21, 2011 6:04:09 PM

Have lots of questions about all this.

Approximate Purchase Date: Over next few months.

Budget Range: don't really have one as will buy progressively rather than all over one weekend etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game creation/editing ie UDK, blender etc, gaming (mainly single player and hopefully in 3D, 3D movies,

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 but will upgrade to windows 8 when released

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, maybe Overclockers UK if no-one has anything bad to say about them.

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Would like to learn.

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not unless needed.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)
(Have found an I7 2700K for less than a 2600K which i am considering if its worth it?

Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module)

G-Skill 8GBXL Ripjaws X for Intel Sandybridge Platforms DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz 8GB Kit

Asus nVIDIA SLI GeForce GTX 570 DirectCu II Graphics Card (1.28GB)

Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard Disk Drive

OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply - UK

Inwin Dragon Rider Full Tower Computer Gaming Case - Enthusiast PC Chassis Supports ATX & E-ATX Motherboards - No PSU

Asus VG236H 23-inch 3D 120Hz HDMI LCD Monitor with NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit - Bundled

PSU got good reviews on amazon but have read on this forum that OCZ aren't too good so recommendations for decent one?
Would like to watch 3D blu rays. Do I have all necessary hardware and what software will i need?

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November 21, 2011 8:14:20 PM

I presume the silence means its alright then?
November 21, 2011 8:20:39 PM

Looks quite good overall, but you really need to set a budget for us to make useful comments. Without a budget, all we can say is "well, you could add this other more-expensive part." You can always improve a build on an undefined budget.
You'd be fine with a less-expensive case. Cases all work pretty well, and you should choose by stylistic preference. If you like that one, go for it, but you could get an equally well-performing one for £50.
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November 21, 2011 8:34:41 PM

Okay cheers for the advice, i see what your saying. i suppose my budget is about £1200 but if the components are worth it i don't mind going over ie. good value for money. I did kinda go for the case because it did go with my hifi (although i won't actually be putting it next to them for obvious reasons) plus it got good reviews so i don't mind shelling out the extra money.
November 21, 2011 8:52:01 PM

Sure, if you like it.
Let's see about pricing, in order of how unlikely these are to change:
£350 3D
£165 2500K
£40 Ripjaws
£130 HDD ow ow it hurts! Two months ago this would have been £50!
£115 ASRock Z68 Extreme3
£105 Dragon Rider
That's £905 without the GPU and PSU, which depend on each other.
Looks like an EVGA Superclocked 570 at £260 plus a Corsair 600W for £50.
You did a pretty good job of it the first time. I think the more expensive motherboard must have put you over £1200, though.
November 21, 2011 8:59:29 PM

Don't buy your cpu, gpu, motherboard, ssd, and blu-ray before you're ready to build / install them. Parts will either get faster for the same price or cheaper for the same performance. There's no reason to buy and let them set. Save up until you're ready to purchase those parts. Everything else you could probably get away with buying over time without losing money.
November 21, 2011 9:07:14 PM

^This is true, actually. The parts will all be useless to you until you have all of them, so you'd better revive this thread or start a new one whenever you've got the money together and you're ready to build this thing.
I don't think there's any advantage to getting any of the parts now. Nothing should get *more* expensive, and new options may come out that will compete at the same price point for stuff like the case and PSU.
November 21, 2011 9:30:53 PM

Definitely overkill.
I'm not sure about the software. We actually haven't accounted for the BDD, and that'll add a bit of cash. Do you need to write? If not, the drive'll run around £50 (
In what circumstance is a monitor not a necessity? Necessities are things you'll need for the machine to start up. That's, in this case, absolutely everything except the GPU and case, though it'll be quite annoying to get started without either.
November 21, 2011 9:41:13 PM

I have a tv already but i don't have much room near it but i could plug the computer into it using hdmi but its not ideal. No i won't need to write blu rays so that'll be fine thankyou.
November 21, 2011 10:03:40 PM

Oh, that makes more sense. You'll still need around £850 to get going though. You could go £590 without the GPU, but that's bothersome and not useful for gaming.
November 22, 2011 12:00:07 AM

You used an SLI board which presumable means that there's a though of adding a 2nd one in the future. Twin 570's is too much load for a 600w PSU ...... I'd recommend an 850 watter and I'd suggest a better case.

Antec 1200 V3 or DF-85 w/ CP-850

HAF-X w/ HX850

Consider the new hybrid 560/570 coming out on Nov 29
November 22, 2011 5:23:17 AM

I wasn't planning to, I just like to keep my options open.
Will check out the new 560 when it comes out.
November 22, 2011 7:21:10 AM

hapkido said:
Don't buy your cpu, gpu, motherboard, ssd, and blu-ray before you're ready to build / install them. Parts will either get faster for the same price or cheaper for the same performance. There's no reason to buy and let them set. Save up until you're ready to purchase those parts. Everything else you could probably get away with buying over time without losing money.

I agree and just wanted to add that if you have any problems with faulty parts you need to replace them as soon as possible. Just take the money for your system and hide it in a locked box somewhere until you've got enough to buy it all at once.

The only time I would buy things in advance is something like a case which doesn't really need to be tested, last year there was a killer Christmas deal for the case I got but wasn't ready to build a whole new system just yet. That's one of the rare exceptions I would buy parts before you're ready to do a full build. Speaking of X-mas deals, it might be worth while to wait a few more weeks to see if any good deals come up.
November 22, 2011 9:10:50 PM

@kajabla why did you pick the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 over the mobo i picked originally? Not trying to be argumentative just curious as to what to look out for in a good mobo ie is it just because its cheaper or more reliable etc?
@aaron88_7 I'll wait to see if there's any good deals over christmas, if not i'll probably buy in the new year.

Anyone know when the new Ivy Bridge processors are due to come out?
Also is it possible to use a laptop hard drive up to a pc to transfer programs, music etc?
November 22, 2011 10:31:17 PM

It's cheaper and good enough. If it's got the features you want, it's not usually worth £50 more for the slim possibility of a higher overclock. You won't need to push your 2500K as far as it can go anyway.
Yes; the type of drives that you're transferring data between doesn't matter.
Ivy Bridge will be coming soon, but the 2500K is a golden CPU. It's plenty for your needs, and IB probably won't be cheaper at the same performance point. If it is, great, but the 2500K is a great value already.