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February 7, 2012 4:16:55 PM

Country: UK

Budget Range: £700 approx.

Preferred Websites for Parts: aria.co.uk, amazon.co.uk and ebuyer.com

So this will be my first build, I've done a fair amount of research into this, chosen from what I can see in reviews and forums, components from the more reliable brands. There is still a great deal I don't understand so plain English would be nice. Also, I don't plan to overclock, all I want is a good, solid system capable of running new and upcoming games and I'm hoping you guys can tell me if this set up will be able to do that and whether or not it's all compatible. Please give alternatives if you disagree with something I've picked, any recommendations will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Dale :) 

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Unlocked Processor - Retail
Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
8GB Corsair Vengeance Black (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9
Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU PCI-E 2

Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Corsair 600W GS Series PSU
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache
Sony AD-5280S-0B DVD±RW 24x SATA Drive



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February 7, 2012 4:39:12 PM

Looks pretty decent. The CM690 II is a decent case, the HAF 912 is far better for the same money. Try this: HAF 912

As far as the PSU goes - I normally like Corsair PSUs but I haven't heard a lot of good things about the GS series. If you can get the TX or the HX that would be far better. Try these: Corsair TX 750, XFX Core Edition 650W.

And then the RAM - you do not want to get the tall heat spreaders. Not only do they not do anything but they will make installing any coolers you want to use extremely difficult. Here's the same thing in a low profile version: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile.

And then get an aftermarket cooler if you're getting the 2500K - something like this: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
February 7, 2012 5:17:05 PM

Quote:
Looks pretty decent. The CM690 II is a decent case, the HAF 912 is far better for the same money. Try this: HAF 912

As far as the PSU goes - I normally like Corsair PSUs but I haven't heard a lot of good things about the GS series. If you can get the TX or the HX that would be far better. Try these: Corsair TX 750, XFX Core Edition 650W.

And then the RAM - you do not want to get the tall heat spreaders. Not only do they not do anything but they will make installing any coolers you want to use extremely difficult. Here's the same thing in a low profile version: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile.

And then get an aftermarket cooler if you're getting the 2500K - something like this: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo


Thanks a lot for the reply, I didn't look into the HAF case all that much so I guess I'll go have a good look now. As for the RAM, I'll definitely get the low profile version, I wasn't even aware that existed.

Thanks again for the reply and all the suggestions :) 
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February 7, 2012 5:18:06 PM

Dale_ said:
Quote:
Looks pretty decent. The CM690 II is a decent case, the HAF 912 is far better for the same money. Try this: HAF 912

As far as the PSU goes - I normally like Corsair PSUs but I haven't heard a lot of good things about the GS series. If you can get the TX or the HX that would be far better. Try these: Corsair TX 750, XFX Core Edition 650W.

And then the RAM - you do not want to get the tall heat spreaders. Not only do they not do anything but they will make installing any coolers you want to use extremely difficult. Here's the same thing in a low profile version: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile.

And then get an aftermarket cooler if you're getting the 2500K - something like this: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo


Thanks a lot for the reply, I didn't look into the HAF case all that much so I guess I'll go have a good look now. As for the RAM, I'll definitely get the low profile version, I wasn't even aware that existed.

Thanks again for the reply and all the suggestions :) 


Yeah the tall heat spreaders on the Vengeance RAM you originally chose are kind of a gimmick - they're not needed and they'll make installing coolers extremely difficult.

I have an HAF 912 and I really like it.
February 7, 2012 6:27:39 PM

If this is a gaming build and you don't plan on over clocking then look at making these changes here. It's all about Frames Per Second in regards to gaming.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Mid-Tower-Scout-Case/dp/B... £59.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cm Storm Mid Tower Scout Case

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £46.79 inc. VAT
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/... £74.39 inc. VAT
MSI Z68S-G43-G3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/processor... £143.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D... £35.87 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Blackline #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MSI+... £159.95 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Two more cards worth taking a look at if it's in your budget.

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Powe... £176.99 inc. VAT
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6950 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/nvidiagef... £199.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Novatech GeForce GTX 560Ti 448 1280MB GDDR5
February 7, 2012 7:22:09 PM

Quote:
If this is a gaming build and you don't plan on over clocking then look at making these changes here. It's all about Frames Per Second in regards to gaming.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Mid- [...] 243&sr=1-1 £59.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cm Storm Mid Tower Scout Case

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=45457 £46.79 inc. VAT
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=46929 £74.39 inc. VAT
MSI Z68S-G43-G3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 52400.html £143.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=44336 £35.87 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Blackline #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=47973 £159.95 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Two more cards worth taking a look at if it's in your budget.

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=48169 £176.99 inc. VAT
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6950 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 60448.html £199.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Novatech GeForce GTX 560Ti 448 1280MB GDDR5


I've decided to drop the CM 690 II case, now I'm torn between the HAF 912 plus and the one you suggested, although I'm more inclined to go with the HAF mainly after looking at the reviews and comparisons of them both. Good thing is the money I save on the different case means I can invest in a better graphics card, the Radeon 6950 you linked is a good option. When it comes to the PSU though, I'm a bit wary of OCZ, I've seen a lot of bad things written about them.

Thank you for the reply, you've given me a lot of things to consider. :) 


February 7, 2012 7:38:40 PM

Dale_ said:
Quote:
If this is a gaming build and you don't plan on over clocking then look at making these changes here. It's all about Frames Per Second in regards to gaming.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Mid- [...] 243&sr=1-1 £59.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cm Storm Mid Tower Scout Case

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=45457 £46.79 inc. VAT
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=46929 £74.39 inc. VAT
MSI Z68S-G43-G3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 52400.html £143.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 - Retail

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=44336 £35.87 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Blackline #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=47973 £159.95 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Two more cards worth taking a look at if it's in your budget.

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=48169 £176.99 inc. VAT
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6950 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 60448.html £199.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Novatech GeForce GTX 560Ti 448 1280MB GDDR5


I've decided to drop the CM 690 II case, now I'm torn between the HAF 912 plus and the one you suggested, although I'm more inclined to go with the HAF mainly after looking at the reviews and comparisons of them both. Good thing is the money I save on the different case means I can invest in a better graphics card, the Radeon 6950 you linked is a good option. When it comes to the PSU though, I'm a bit wary of OCZ, I've seen a lot of bad things written about them.

Thank you for the reply, you've given me a lot of things to consider. :) 

I would have never purchased an OCZ power supply either up until last year. OCZ bought out PC Power & Cooling two years ago and PC&P has more to do with making those new OCZ "Z Series psu's" than OCZ does. OCZ just markets them, they don't make them...thank god for that. Read up on the reviews on those Z series psu's at sites like Johnny Guru and you will see they are well recommended.

That HAF 912+ is a dandy of a case. I wish they sold them here in the US. Lots of room to work with in those cases. 560 ti, 6950 six one way and half a dozen the other...you can't go wrong with either card imo.
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