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Could you critique my new i5 build please?!

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February 14, 2012 9:03:28 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz - £161.99 inc. VAT
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4 Intel Z68 (REV B3) - £113.99 inc. VAT
MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 2GB - £215.63 Inc VAT (£230 max. on card)
8GB Mushkin Blackline (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 - £35.23 inc. VAT
650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze - £64.79 inc. VAT
120GB SSD Corsair Force Series GT SATA III - 6Gb/s - £135.74 Inc VAT

Total = £565.38


Monitor - 24" Dell U2412M Widescreen LED, IPS Panel Monitor - £234.29 Inc VAT

Total = £799.67

Still missing Case, HDD, DVD-BluRay/RW - But these should be easy enough to figure out... +£150

Is there anything I've missed or anything anybody can recommend. Much appreciated.

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February 14, 2012 9:11:35 PM

That looks pretty good actually. Only change I'd really make is I think I'd swap the SSD for something like a Crucial M4 or Samsung 830.

As far as case goes if you have a particular store you shop from I can make some recommendations.
February 14, 2012 9:13:24 PM

are you planning to overclock, you might want to buy a decent cooler. antec 300 for the case
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February 14, 2012 9:16:50 PM

ali2837 said:
are you planning to overclock, you might want to buy a decent cooler. antec 300 for the case


The Antec 300 is a good choice but it does lack cable management. Maybe something like the Corsair 300R or Cooler Master HAF 912 would be better in that regard.
February 14, 2012 9:20:31 PM

Samsung comes in at £30 more expensive. Costs slowly mounting..
Corsair Fusion seems Ok on reviews, but are there possible issues with stability?

Yes cooling is an issue. Was thinking hyper 212? Price difference in SSD... new there was something I was forgetting.

I'm between Aria.co.uk, scan.co.uk and microdirect.co.uk

I've found plenty of cases for around £50-70, but I feel I could do a little better as most are branded and only provide additional fans.

Possible:
ARIANET Hydra Black Midi Tower Chassis??
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To...

I actually have several left over from an old PC case.
February 14, 2012 9:36:36 PM

EaYaJB said:
Samsung comes in at £30 more expensive. Costs slowly mounting..
Corsair Fusion seems Ok on reviews, but are there possible issues with stability?


Are you talking SSDs? There seems to be a lot of firmware issues with Corsair's driver software. They should have that straightened out - you might want to look at Corsair's support forums before buying.

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Yes cooling is an issue. Was thinking hyper 212? Price difference in SSD... new there was something I was forgetting.


Hyper 212 is an excellent choice - I use one and it works great.

As far as the price difference that mainly has to do more with brand than capacity. Some brands cost more than others do.

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I've found plenty of cases for around £50-70, but I feel I could do a little better as most are branded and only provide additional fans.

Possible:
ARIANET Hydra Black Midi Tower Chassis??
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To...

I actually have several left over from an old PC case.


That's pretty decent. This is the one I'd recommend for the price: http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To...
February 14, 2012 9:49:26 PM

Cooler Master Elite 430 is a great case, can consider Cooler Master Haf 912 too.

Crucial M4/Samsung 830 is a definite, its really stable and fast. Other than that looks good.
February 14, 2012 9:51:25 PM

Even a quick google shows the Corsair's are lacking. The forum is almost embarrassing.. I've heard a lot for the quality of Samsung, might just go with it to save issue, especially using it as a boot device. That or Crucial, price will decide, but I doubt there's much in it.

Like do like the case though. Worth the extra for the window. Always nice to view your system.

Thanks for the heads up.
February 14, 2012 9:55:59 PM

Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive £137 aria.co.uk

Same price with all the benefits discussed above...Yep.
February 14, 2012 9:56:01 PM

EaYaJB said:
Even a quick google shows the Corsair's are lacking. The forum is almost embarrassing.. I've heard a lot for the quality of Samsung, might just go with it to save issue, especially using it as a boot device. That or Crucial, price will decide, but I doubt there's much in it.

Like do like the case though. Worth the extra for the window. Always nice to view your system.

Thanks for the heads up.


I agree the support forums aren't the best but they can be useful just to see what people are complaining about.

And yes the extra window is a good thing to have - always nice to see what you spent money on.
February 14, 2012 10:06:31 PM

Yeah, unfortunately most complaints are in regards new firmware update and its subsequent failure, dated.. last week. So maybe they're not quite up to par just yet. Probably for the best to go with the Crucial for the same price...

The HAF would be nice, but just a little expensive. 430 Elite should offer enough cooling if I can get all of the old fans in there, plus the old fans all have blue LED's, bouns!
February 14, 2012 10:52:20 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz - £161.99 inc. VAT
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4 Intel Z68 (REV B3) - £113.99 inc. VAT
MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 2GB - £215.63 Inc VAT
8GB Mushkin Blackline (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 - £35.23 inc. VAT
650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze - £64.79 inc. VAT
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive - £137.19
Hyper 212 - £23.79
Cooler Master Elite 430 - £39.59

Total = £630.76
February 15, 2012 12:08:57 PM

you just want the evo - its still quiet
I have the elite 430, its a great case, but has no cable-managment, only ties and scratches easliy
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