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My first home build - advice please

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April 14, 2012 9:08:43 PM

Hi -

Would appreciate expert advice on the compatibility / overall thinking behind this setup. Hoping to order / build within the next 2-3 weeks.


Case £130 Cooler Master HAF X Ebuyer
CPU £220 Intel i7 2600K Amazon
Cooler £40 Zalman CNPS9900-MAX Amazon
Motherboard £140 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Amazon
PSU £70 OCZ Technology 700W MODXSTREAM PRO Amazon
HDD (SS) £110 Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Amazon
HDD (Spindle) £90 Seagate ST2000DL003 Barracuda 2TB SATA 6 Gb/s Drive (64MB Buffer,5900RPM) Amazon
Memory £40 Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit Amazon
GPU £185 Saphire HD 7850 Dabs
Optical £15 Sony DVD-R Amazon

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April 14, 2012 9:12:09 PM

Sorry - should have stated: UK build, budget c.£1K.
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April 14, 2012 9:24:15 PM

Check right before you order if IB and Z77 is out where you're buying. You may want a 7200rpm HDD... it's better. That RAM is very expensive. Also, an i5-2500k will suit gaming needs perfectly... any higher is really impractical.

If you used the format stickied at the top of this subforum, we'd be able to help you out more.
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April 14, 2012 10:29:54 PM

That OCZ 700w isn't one to be recommended. That particular line of OCZ psu's are manufactured by Sirtec for OCZ and they are pretty much junk. Here's some idea's to look at.

Ivy Bridge cpu's are due out April 29th. £97.60
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case (Black) <----- A better look at that case £62.39 inc. VAT
750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

or... £70.24
OCZ ZS Series 750 W PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZS750W-EU) £109.99 inc vat Free Delivery
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard £167.99
(inc. VAT)
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz £29.99 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler £259.99
Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7870 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

or... £262.79 inc. VAT
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £72.00
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Hard Drive (7200rpm) SATA 64MB (Internal)
April 15, 2012 8:08:32 AM

These are great replies - thanks a million.