New System Build Please Review

Hello everybody,


Buying a new computer for my brother from Scan 3XS. The computer is going to be mainly used for gaming and general browsing.

Here is a spec I had in mind but I was wondering if you guys could give it the once over and see if you can offer any suggestions.


Case: Silverstone Fortress FT01B Black Mid Tower Full Aluminum
Motherboard - Intel Z68 Chipset: Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 Chipset
CPU - Intel 2nd Generation "Sandy Bridge": Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3Ghz Quad Core 6Mb Cache
CPU Coolers: Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro BK016 Performance CPU Cooler OR Corsair H80
Overclocking - CPU: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Sandy Bridge CPU professionally overclocked by our 3XS engineers to 4.7Ghz!!
Memory - DDR3: 8Gb (2x4Gb) Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600Mhz
NVIDIA Graphics: 1280Mb EVGA GTX 570 797MHz GPU 480 Cores 3900MHz GDDR5
Power Supply Unit: 650W Corsair HX Series Modular - (Dual 570's Graphics Cards)
Solid State Drives: 128Gb Crucial RealSSD M4 6Gbs Read 415MB s Write 175MB s
Optical Drive 1 - DVD Blu Ray: LG CH10LS20 - 8x Blu-Ray Reader & DVDRW
Sound Card: *Sound Card Not Required Use On Board Sound*
Case Cooling Fans: Few Blue LED Fans
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - OEM
Monitor: Dell 24" U2410


If any amendments are suggested I shall change it and hopefully place an order tonight !


Thank you for anyone's input in advance !


Regards,
MBizzle
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  1. It is not a bad rig, but at what price? I wouldn't pay any more than $1500 for it, and I know that I could build it for less.
  2. Don't pay them to overclock your system. That's like paying someone to clean your room when you can do it yourself.
  3. the silverstone fortress ft02 is a better case... whether from cooling perspective or appearance.. though it is much more expensive than the ft01...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-fortress-sst-ft02b-black-aluminum-mid-tower-case-with-usb-30-plus-ap181-w-o-psu

    however... if you can accept the look of silverstone raven rv02... then you'll still get a better case than ft01 while save extra money that goes to ft02...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-raven-rv02b-ew-black-full-tower-case-with-usb-30-3x180mm-fans-side-window-11-wide-mobo-s


    also... you wrote that you want to go for dual gtx 570... so i'll suggest to get a good quality 850 watts instead of 650 watts....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-ocz-technology-zx-series-zx850w-un-modular-92-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-
  4. chesteracorgi said:
    It is not a bad rig, but at what price? I wouldn't pay any more than $1500 for it, and I know that I could build it for less.


    Regardless of the price it comes to they charge £125 for my particular setup for building it, no need to argue that building it your self is cheaper as the extra price justifys it my opinion and as I said it comes to personal preference.


    cutebeans said:
    Don't pay them to overclock your system. That's like paying someone to clean your room when you can do it yourself.


    In all of there systems they overclock free of charge, I know that some companies ask ridiculous amounts but Scan do it for free of charge.


    phenom90 said:
    the silverstone fortress ft02 is a better case... whether from cooling perspective or appearance.. though it is much more expensive than the ft01...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-fortress-sst-ft02b-black-aluminum-mid-tower-case-with-usb-30-plus-ap181-w-o-psu

    however... if you can accept the look of silverstone raven rv02... then you'll still get a better case than ft01 while save extra money that goes to ft02...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-raven-rv02b-ew-black-full-tower-case-with-usb-30-3x180mm-fans-side-window-11-wide-mobo-s


    also... you wrote that you want to go for dual gtx 570... so i'll suggest to get a good quality 850 watts instead of 650 watts....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-ocz-technology-zx-series-zx850w-un-modular-92-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-



    In terms of aesthetics I prefer the FT01 personally.

    And I will be going with only the one Evga GTX 570, that's just a copy and paste from the system specifications and they recommend the 650 watt if you go dual 570, so to confirm I will only have one.
  5. So does everything look good guys ?
  6. still... in my opinion everything is looking good except for the casing and power supply... i will recommend getting a 850watts instead... unless you're sure that you will never upgrade to something that chews more power... then it's fine... as for ft01... i really don't think the 180mm fan in front plus another one at top with only a 120mm as a exhaust would be enough to cool... ecspecially since front intake fan is blocked by huge hdd cage...
  7. phenom90 said:
    still... in my opinion everything is looking good except for the casing and power supply... i will recommend getting a 850watts instead... unless you're sure that you will never upgrade to something that chews more power... then it's fine... as for ft01... i really don't think the 180mm fan in front plus another one at top with only a 120mm as a exhaust would be enough to cool... ecspecially since front intake fan is blocked by huge hdd cage...


    I guess having the extra juice wont do any harm. I have seen a ft01 in person I like its build quality and aesthetics, and they now come with silverstones air penetrator fans. :pt1cable:

    Ordering the setup now, I will post pics when it arrives guys !
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