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January 21, 2012 7:48:21 PM

Hey guys,

This is my first time building a computer and need some help.

Currently on the 'Planning' stage and hope to start building next week and I'm stuck on which brands (etc) I should get, here is what I have my mind set on;

CPU: Intel i5 2500k
GPU: x2 GTX 570 (Should I wait for the GTX780? If yes, what's the price range it'd be around?)
RAM: 8GB/12GB (Which would benefit me more 8GB or 12GB?)
PSU: 750w (Would this be enough?)
SSD: Looking for Suggestions
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM (Would it be possible to install my current HDD aswell as this one? Current HDD is Samsung HD103UJ)
Mobo: Looking for Suggestions
Monitor: I was thinking about picking 2 of these up locally; http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-s22a350h-22-full-h...
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (saw good reviews about this, open to changing though)
Optical Drive: Looking for Suggestions

Do I plan on Overclocking? Possibly in the future
SLI - Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon/UK Websites
Budget - £800-£1000

I also plan on getting a few LEDs and was looking for a good link to get some.
Sorry if I have forgot anything just ask if you need more information :) 

Thanks in advance

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January 21, 2012 8:23:36 PM

It looks good.
1. I would go with the build now, I doubt the Nvidia 600's series is worth waiting for, if you have the money, go with the AMD radeon 7970:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-Graphics-GDDR5-PCI-...

2. You should also go with 8GB of RAM (2 x 4GB sticks) since 12GB of RAM consists of 3 sticks of 4GB RAM, which would be optimal for triple channel memory, which LGA1155 is not.

3. May I ask what 750W PSU you're looking at? Don't just go with the cheapest or coolest sounding PSU, some 600W PSU will be better than a 1000W PSU because the 600W is more reliable and gives more power (I know you're like WHAAT?!?! but trust me), the labeled wattage, in this case 750W is the MAXIMUM the PSU can output, most times, it never even gets to the wattage that it specifies. Also, the PSU is the "heart" of your computer, if it fails, the whole computer fails, which would not be good. This is a good PSU that is decently priced:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Current-Gamer-Power-Suppl...

4. Depends on what SSD you want, check Tom's review here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...
If you don't mind storage space, this 64GB Crucial drive seems to be good:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT064M4SSD2-64GB-M4-SSD...

5. Yes, I believe you can use both drives at the same time.

6. The HAF 912 is cheaper and still a great case, it's almost the same size, but has smaller fans, which imo, doesn't really make a difference:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-HAF-Plus--SATA/dp...
January 21, 2012 10:06:14 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
It looks good.
1. I would go with the build now, I doubt the Nvidia 600's series is worth waiting for, if you have the money, go with the AMD radeon 7970:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-Graphics-GDDR5-PCI-...

2. You should also go with 8GB of RAM (2 x 4GB sticks) since 12GB of RAM consists of 3 sticks of 4GB RAM, which would be optimal for triple channel memory, which LGA1155 is not.

3. May I ask what 750W PSU you're looking at? Don't just go with the cheapest or coolest sounding PSU, some 600W PSU will be better than a 1000W PSU because the 600W is more reliable and gives more power (I know you're like WHAAT?!?! but trust me), the labeled wattage, in this case 750W is the MAXIMUM the PSU can output, most times, it never even gets to the wattage that it specifies. Also, the PSU is the "heart" of your computer, if it fails, the whole computer fails, which would not be good. This is a good PSU that is decently priced:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Current-Gamer-Power-Suppl...

4. Depends on what SSD you want, check Tom's review here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...
If you don't mind storage space, this 64GB Crucial drive seems to be good:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT064M4SSD2-64GB-M4-SSD...

5. Yes, I believe you can use both drives at the same time.

6. The HAF 912 is cheaper and still a great case, it's almost the same size, but has smaller fans, which imo, doesn't really make a difference:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-HAF-Plus--SATA/dp...



1. I completely forgot about the 7970, cheers.

2. Ah aight, Lol I would have probably bought 12 without knowing (overlooking details is my specialty ;D)

3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusi...

4. Thanks will have a look.

5. Awesome, Was hoping that would be the case since it saves time backing all the data up.

6. Same as #4

Thank you for the reply man, was extremely helpful.
January 21, 2012 10:10:25 PM

Yes, the Corsair PSU is more than enough, it is one of the better PSUs to buy, I would definitely go with that one.
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