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April 10, 2012 3:30:21 PM

Hey all.

I have a budget of around £1000 (can go a bit higher if needed) and I have come up with the build below, but I am not experienced with pc builds so i'd like some opinions/advice on whether or not my build is good... e.g. maybe theres a much better PSU for £20 more that you know of? any input would be greatly appreciated :)  ...i'd also like to know if i've chosen a reliable/cheap site to purchase from.

I'm from the UK, using www.scan.co.uk at the moment and would prefer a UK based store if possible, although everyone recommends Newegg...aren't they based in America? i'd go with Newegg but if I had any problems with a component it's a lot of hassle to ship it back to America for replacement/repairs etc..

Just noticed the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO isn't in stock at the moment and i've heard thats a great one for its price, can anyone recommend one just as good or better? similar price would be nice.

PC build on Scans website (Saved basket): http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/43c293fd88774fa1be560...

Cheers for any input/advice. :) 





April 10, 2012 3:47:54 PM

Great choices, especially if you're not experienced at piecing together a build.
I don't see anything I would change that would make much difference from what's on that site. That ASUS motherboard is on the lower "budget" end of their Z68 boards but still a solid board.

The HyperTX3 or TX3 EVO are comparable coolers, similarly priced.
April 10, 2012 4:05:02 PM

ryrai said:
Hey all.

I have a budget of around £1000 (can go a bit higher if needed) and I have come up with the build below, but I am not experienced with pc builds so i'd like some opinions/advice on whether or not my build is good... e.g. maybe theres a much better PSU for £20 more that you know of? any input would be greatly appreciated :)  ...i'd also like to know if i've chosen a reliable/cheap site to purchase from.

I'm from the UK, using www.scan.co.uk at the moment and would prefer a UK based store if possible, although everyone recommends Newegg...aren't they based in America? i'd go with Newegg but if I had any problems with a component it's a lot of hassle to ship it back to America for replacement/repairs etc..

Just noticed the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO isn't in stock at the moment and i've heard thats a great one for its price, can anyone recommend one just as good or better? similar price would be nice.

PC build on Scans website (Saved basket): http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/43c293fd88774fa1be560...

Cheers for any input/advice. :) 

Dabs.com isnt bad and thats owned By BT sso have a look on their as well.Ok are u looking a gaming pc or what cause i7 are only useful for video editting,multitasking if so gowith a i5 3570k when it comes out later this month that will save u a few bob. Maybe Buff the PSU up a bit so u can sli at a later date.Rest looks fine atm.
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April 10, 2012 4:07:21 PM

if u want to sli u will have to upgrade ur Motherboard tho
April 10, 2012 4:07:29 PM

Hey! Welcome to the forums.

First off, could you put this template in your original post? It's lacking some crucial information, such as what the build will be used for. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... It'd really help if we had some more information. For now I'll assume it's a gaming rig.

Another note, here's a few other stores in the UK that sometimes have better deals.
http://www.ebuyer.com/
http://www.aria.co.uk/

Anyway, onto the build.
-If this is a gaming rig, I would drop the 2600k in favor of the 2500k. It's just as fast in games (read: Identical) but is much cheaper.
-As noted above, that's a pretty feature stripped board. Look around at a few more boards, I prefer Asus ASRock and Gigabyte.
-the GTX 580 is NOT a good buy right now. The cheaper and MUCH more efficient 7870 performs at the same level, with an advantage in highly tessellated games.
-The Antec 902 is a good looking case but it lacks in cable management. Look at the Antec 1100, HAF 922, Corsair 400R and NZXT Phantom. They are all cases in that price range that offer good looks and great cable management.
-If you want to do Crossfire in the future, look at a 750w PSU if just for the connectors. This PSU can be had for the same price: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-ocz-technology-... but offers more connection options. If you want modular, this PSU is quite good: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-ocz-zt-series-fully... Why am I recommending OCZ? Great featureset, high quality and low price.

Everything else looks great OP :) 

April 10, 2012 4:58:40 PM

sharkbyte5150 said:
Great choices, especially if you're not experienced at piecing together a build.
I don't see anything I would change that would make much difference from what's on that site. That ASUS motherboard is on the lower "budget" end of their Z68 boards but still a solid board.

The HyperTX3 or TX3 EVO are comparable coolers, similarly priced.


Cheers for your input, I will have a look at them coolers and maybe a slightly better board :) 
April 10, 2012 5:00:47 PM

torchwood_3 said:
Dabs.com isnt bad and thats owned By BT sso have a look on their as well.Ok are u looking a gaming pc or what cause i7 are only useful for video editting,multitasking if so gowith a i5 3570k when it comes out later this month that will save u a few bob. Maybe Buff the PSU up a bit so u can sli at a later date.Rest looks fine atm.


Thanks for your reply, sorry I forgot to put that I will be using my PC mainly for gaming :) 
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