First time build parts advise

hi my name is simon and im new to the forum, im looking for a bit of help and advice as this is my first build im about to undertake ive done quite a lot of research on the components ive selected but im still a bit unsure about the selection.

Approximate Purchase Date : next week

Budget Range: £500-£600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music production

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, dvd drive, sound card, OS

Preferred Website for Parts: scan.co.uk

Country: UK

Parts Preferences:

Xclio / Meridian Technology Blackhawk Full Black Tower Computer Case

Corsair Gaming Series GS 600 CMPSU-600G UK 600W Power Supply

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard

Intel CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3 Ghz Quad Core Processor

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler

XFX HD 6870 DD cooling 1Gb AMD VGA Card

Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel


Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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  1. How much is the cost so far?
  2. £550
  3. XFX can be quite loud as far as GPUs go.
  4. That's a bit extreme for his budget
  5. do the retail cpu's come with fan and heatsink?

    ddan49 what would you recommend instead of xfx?
  6. Retail CPUs come with a fan and heatsink. That's why the box is so much bigger than the actual CPU ;)

    XFX usually depends on the actual GPU... some editions are loud, others are not. I'd go for any 2-fan GPU (3 fan is great, but rarer and more expensive). Generally, my rankings are as follows:

    1. MSI (Hawk or Twin Frozr II)
    2. ASUS
    3. Sapphire
    4. EVGA
    5. Gigabyte

    Now, the last three are interchangeable... Gigabyte usually has great fans, but on some chipsets they rattle. Sapphire is great although pricey, and EVGA is very reliable.
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