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January 6, 2012 5:13:35 PM

Hello, everyone! Looking for some help with this build, advised to repost with the correct / prefered format

Purchase Date: This month (Jan 2012)

Budget: £500 - £1000 max would be prefer lower of course

System Usage:
It will be gaming 1st (SWTOR, RIFT, AOC) Browsing, Streaming movies and the accounts don't care if this bit won't work hehe.

Parts Not Required: Monitor (1280 X 1024) may upgrade this in next few months cash dependent. Also I have a Radeon 5 series and am thinking of waiting for series 7 before upgrading this. Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers and Optical drive

Country: England

Parts Preference:

The Processor

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) £167.40

The Motherboard

Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module) £158.10


Preferred website: Amazon.co.uk or any UK shipping Website (trusted)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI/Crossfire: Maybe would like the option

Monitor Resolution:
1280 X 1024

Comments:
This build below is where I am at now but wanted to check it was all good and compatible and also fine to simply add the GPU 7 series upgrade at a later date without other modifications.

All comments greatly appreciated.


The Processor
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) £167.40

The Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module) £158.10

The Case
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Midi Case Support Multiple Graphics Cards including NVIDIA 3-Way SLI, Cable Organizer Sits Behind the Motherboard Tray £88.94

The RAM
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit £68.00

The Graphics Card
Have a Radeon HD 5800 series already

The Hard Drive(s)
Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 Inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - 3 Year Warranty - OEM £102.99

The SSD(s) For the OS and the flavour of the months games
Corsair CSSD-F60GBGT-BK Force Series 60GB Solid State Drive £89.99

The Power Supply
Antec CP-850 - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 850 Watt - active PFC - United Kingdom £101

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) £73

Total with all: £849.42 (based on Amazon.co.uk)

All advice greatly appreciated

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January 6, 2012 5:37:47 PM

well you seem to know what you want so the only advice i will give is shop around for prices

www.scan.co.uk
my favourite and 2 day delivery

www.ebuyer.com
worth a look to compare prices

theres a great magazine from uk called custom pc that has great reviews and some real good advice, or alternitevily on the web,

www.bit-tech.net

A uk based website, but don't stop coing here as well as there is alot of great advice to get from some very helpful and experienced people.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 6:41:27 PM

Some more uk sites (I use quite often and trust)
Dabs.co.uk
Aria.co.uk
Overclockers.co.uk
Ebuyer.co.uk
Pixmania.co.uk
Box.co.uk
Theres more but I'm on the netbook and don't have my full 'favourites' list sorry

The build looks all shiny to me as is, especially with your intended gfx/psu upgrades planned, I do wonder if you'll use 16Gb of ram but its your call :) 
Moto
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January 7, 2012 5:18:03 PM

Thanks very much for the help and confirmation.

To clarify these will all work fine together?

The PSU will fit in the case?

I will be able to upgrade the GPU later without changing anything else?

And the monitor will be fine initially?

Thanks again for the sites very helpful.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2012 7:48:46 PM

According to JG, no, that case will need modding up some for that Psu http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... unless you own one of three cases, Quote,
**Now, before I get started on the review proper, I just want to clue you in on one important detail: there are only three Antec cases right now that will take a CPX power supply. Those cases are the Twelve Hundred, the P183, and the P193. Any other case will need modding, assuming there's enough space.**

It also has one 8pin and one 6pin pcie lines so make sure you don't need more than that on your future gfx card/cards or you'll be finding adaptors :) 
and yes, monitor will manage till you get a better one, at which point your eyes will explode with glee :p 
No probs man,
Moto
January 8, 2012 8:17:11 AM

Thanks for spotting that moto!

Being very 1st build really don't want to create extra work or mistake opportunities. Added the bigger case V3 confident this doesnt matter (crosses fingers).

So..... assuming all other stuff is compatible?

Will give it a few days then start the hunt for good deals.


I did see this on e-bay.

Intel Quad Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz - ASUS P8Z68-V LX Motherboard Bundle £264.99 (£60.51 saving)

i can only see that it is not pro/gen3 but LX, is there a big difference am I losing much?


As I stand now:


The Processor
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) £167.40

The Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module) £158.10

The Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 £118

The RAM
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit £68.00

The Graphics Card
Have a Radeon HD 5800 series already

The Hard Drive(s)
Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 Inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - 3 Year Warranty - OEM £102.99

The SSD(s) For the OS and the flavour of the months games
Corsair CSSD-F60GBGT-BK Force Series 60GB Solid State Drive £89.99

The Power Supply
Antec CP-850 - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 850 Watt - active PFC - United Kingdom £101

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) £73

Total with all: £878.48 (based on Amazon.co.uk)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2012 8:53:09 AM

http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/as...
first thing I notice on the closing page is your sli/crossfire options are nerfed, you want a board with 16/16 pcie lanes, x8/x8 at the least,(like the Asus gen3 you've chosen)
that board's second slot is x4, a real killer for multiple card performance,
if you only have one card it should be a bargain, but if you want more cards in future I'd leave it, stick with the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 you listed
Moto
January 12, 2012 9:43:13 AM

Morning guys,

Wanted to give an update and ask 1 more question.

I have ordered all the following and am awaiting delivery.

The question I have is regarding the remaining 2 parts.

The SSD and the HD, I have not ordered either (yet)

On my present PC I have used less the 300GB of a 500 GB hard drive (5 years old).
I run Windows XP and have a few games installed WOW, SWTOR, AION stuff like this.

My concern is (money) do I really need a SSD for Windows 7 and maybe 1 game at a time (60GB).

or

Stick with a HD maybe 1TB.

Any comments / advice would be great.

Ordered so far;

The Processor
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) £168.70
Brought Amazon

The Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module) £149.98
Brought Amazon

The Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 £134.98
Brought Amazon

The RAM
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit £68.50
Brought Amazon

The Power Supply
Antec CP-850 - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 850 Watt - active PFC - United Kingdom £105.92
Brought Amazon

Operating System
Microsoft windows 7 Professional £92.02 (picked up on e-bay full copy)

Total So Far : £720.10


Thanks for viewing
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 9:50:00 AM

I would say go for the ssd, its the one thing I left out of my build and need to rectify :p 
you can always add another mechanical hdd later for storage
Moto
January 12, 2012 10:06:06 AM

So get both?

The old HD ... I didn't build it would need to be replaced I assume (think its at least 5 years old)

Thanks for your quick response
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 10:46:37 AM

If you can afford to get both now then yes,
I meant if it was an either or situation then get the ssd, because you can always reuse hdd's you have lying around for storage until you bought a new one, and put the O/s onto the ssd at install, less messing around later on :) 
Moto
January 12, 2012 10:57:23 AM

Okay...

Thanks for the clarification.

Will have to make the decision in next few hours as the rest of the stuff is due next week for a weekend build....

Getting exciting

Enjoy your day / weekend
January 12, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Just ordered;

OCZ 2.5 inch 60GB Vertex 3 Series SATA III Solid State Drive £83.97

From Amazon

Will try to re-use the old HD if it becomes to messy will have to do a quick dash to a shop and get an another.

Fingers crossed
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 11:42:33 AM

Nice one :) 
Moto
January 14, 2012 12:21:00 PM

Morning,

Still awaiting delivery of a few bits to start the build.

But just a quick update, as I am going to re-use the old HD I decided to go for glory.. hehe

Just ordered;

ASUS VE247H 24 inch LED Widescreen Full HD 1080p Support with HDMI 2ms

£147 on Amazon.

And to quote Moto.... 'at which point your eyes will explode with glee :p  '

Enjoy your afternoon folks
a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2012 12:49:45 PM

For the true effect, load up your favourite game on your old monitor, assess the picture then throw the new one on there and see the difference, glad you got one so soon man, :) 
Moto
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