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February 4, 2012 2:16:44 AM

currently have a budget of around £550 ( yeah sorry £) , Ive got a 680Watt PSU from a previous build a family member made as well as a ASUS gaming case with a rediculus amount of fans. Currenty been looking at:



Intel i7 2600k unlocked quad core - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad... (£240)

ASUS 1155 P8P67-M PRO REV 3.0 M-ATX - http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-1155-P8P67-M-PRO-M-ATX/dp/... (£95)

MSI nVIDIA GTX560Ti OC 880MHz 4200MHz 256Bit DDR5 TWIN FROZR II Graphics Card (1024MB, PCI-E, 2xDVI, 2xHDMI) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004K8R8AI/ref=asc_df_B004K8... (£180)

OR

Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560 TI DirectCu II TOP Graphics Card (1GB) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-TI-DirectCu-TOP-Graphics/d... (£185)

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH... (£40)



I have a 250GB HDD which I will be replacing with a small SSD and a 1TB HDD in the future when funds arise , will be overclocking the i7 when I get a heatsink , I also have a 680 Watt PSU from a older system ( Thermaltake PurePower 680W PSU) and a older case ( will be replacing both in the future)



Would be forever gratefull if somone would be able to offer advice on if these are compatable , it theres enough wattage , if theres anything better than can be suggested for similar funds :p  I look forward to your replys :D  Thanks

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February 4, 2012 2:24:27 AM

What are you looking to do with this build? if you are just gaming, go with the i5 2500K and a 570. And I would recommend the CM 212 evo heatsink, its pretty cheap and the stock intel one is pretty bad.

You have enough wattage for the setup, although thermaltake aren't known for making very good power supplies.

I'd also recommend a z68. They have the most extras as most companies have stopped designing p67 boards
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February 4, 2012 2:32:19 AM

You will also need a new PSU. Your TT PSU is an old design with a heavy 5 volt rail (50 amps) and light 12 volt rails (30 total amps at best). You CPU and GPU are going to pull 22 - 25 amps alone.

For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
February 4, 2012 2:34:10 AM

was wanting to get the i7 so that i dont have to upgrade it in the future, is the i5 better for gaming or is it just a steep price to pay for not much return in the i7? and whats the main differences between the z68 and p67? sorry Im not very knowlageable and would it be better if i replaced the PSU with a alpine 700Watt PSU? are the graphics cards okay / what one would be preferable? cheers for the help and advice , it makes me very happy xD
February 4, 2012 2:34:51 AM

and cheers for the threads and PSU advice :) 
February 4, 2012 2:35:57 AM

and although this is my first buiild Ive had to take my friends apart to migrate it to a new case and all went well :) 
February 4, 2012 2:41:20 AM

The i7 provides a lot of benefits in professional multi-threaded applications. It provides zero benefit in gaming.

Technically, the added benefits of z68 aren't that great, being able to use the HD3000 graphics and ssd caching.

Most newer z68 boards have more sata 6gb ports, usb3, can be flashed to support ivy bridge, have gen 3 pci and so forth. more extras and goodies.

p67 will work fine, but you won't be able to upgrade to ivybridge in a couple years, you "should" be able to with a lot of the z68 boards.

The alpine isn't any better. Brands such as seasonic, corsair, antec, xfx, pcpc are all great brands. PSU is the one area to NEVER skimp on.
February 4, 2012 2:48:41 AM

are there any Z68 boards youd recomend? I heard in the near future gaming will start to benefit from the multithreading in the i7, is this definatly not true? ill invest in a better PSU aswell :)  , anyone got any comments about the GPU's? not sure if im on the right lines :/  cheers
February 4, 2012 3:06:20 AM

as far as your gpu's, both are very similar. I THINK the asus version pushes more out the back of the case while the msi forces more by the fans. Both would work well and in the future, you could SLI them for a powerhouse gaming machine
February 4, 2012 3:08:41 AM

and as far as near-future games benefiting from the i7, i would be surprised. most are coded to work for both consoles and computers and there is no way a console would work well with a multi-threaded coded game.

But that is just my speculation, there has been talk for a long time, but no developer has mentioned anything as far as i know.
February 4, 2012 3:11:38 AM

cool , thanks , youve been very helpfull :D  i5 ftw , if anyone els has any other suggestions ill still be here :D  , I love the look of the motherboard i picked out... I know it sounds stupid xD and the PSU is perfect! cheers! really wanted a modular one , so much less mess , thanks for all your help!
February 4, 2012 3:44:27 AM

I picked my mobo based partly on looks as well ;) 
February 4, 2012 4:00:31 AM

timmehhd said:
are there any Z68 boards youd recomend? I heard in the near future gaming will start to benefit from the multithreading in the i7, is this definatly not true? ill invest in a better PSU aswell :)  , anyone got any comments about the GPU's? not sure if im on the right lines :/  cheers

It will probably be in the distant future.. I like the GPU. It should run great. If you want, though, you can get the 6870 for similar performance and less power usage.
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