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June 2, 2012 8:40:32 AM

Hi,

I'm building a budget gaming pc, and have picked some things out:

CPU: - £156.10
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad...

Motherboard: - £89.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-M-PRO-Motherboard-Te...

Graphics Card: - £115.79
http://www.amazon.co.uk/PowerColor-Radeon-Graphics-GDDR...

RAM: - £42 (£21.50 x 2)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9B-DDR3-...

HD: - £53.22
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-SATAIII-...

PSU: - £52.63
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-600CXV2UK-Builder...

Optical Drive: - £18.95
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DRW-24B3ST-Internal-DVD%C2...

Case: - £32.28
http://www.box.co.uk/Cooler_Master_Elite_361_System_Cab...

I'm not too keen on the case, but it looks like it will do the job well, please tell me if everything is comptablible, I'm new to building computers.

Thanks :) 

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June 2, 2012 8:59:22 AM

The case is pretty basic, I would personally want to spend a little more on something nicer, but it'll get the job done yes.

In terms of everything else, yes everything is compatible, for a gaming rig, I'd go with a stronger video card than a 6850, maybe spend a little more on a 6870, definitely worth the extra bucks.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11179-09-20G-6870-GDDR...
Good choice in power supply, hard drive CPU and mobo.
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June 2, 2012 9:02:08 AM

Sweet, if that graphics card is better I'll defintely upgrade, as for the case its basic but cheap - if you have anything better for that price range please link me!

Thanks :) 
June 2, 2012 9:03:43 AM

My budget is pretty low, so the 6870 is good for me, will this setup be good for most games, atleast on medium settings, such as Diablo 3 and Minecraft?
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June 2, 2012 9:07:00 AM

I personally have an NZXT Phantom, its an awesome case, but way over your price range, the nice thing about a good case as an investment however is you can use it forever.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-a...

I'm not too familiar with sites in the UK, but CoolerMaster HAF 912s are pretty decent, they run about $60 bucks US dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its not super pretty or anything like that, but its pretty nice and about what you would expect to pay minimum for a decent case.


I'd also point out something else to you, if you're considering buying 2 of those 2GB sticks, it may be more worthwhile to purchase a single 8GB (2x 4GB) kit instead.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...
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June 2, 2012 9:08:19 AM

jazperr said:
My budget is pretty low, so the 6870 is good for me, will this setup be good for most games, atleast on medium settings, such as Diablo 3 and Minecraft?

Diablo 3 on max settings with a 6870? Piece of cake. Minecraft? Hell my old Acer Aspire with a 1.6GHZ single core Athlon w/ Radeon HD3000 could do that. You'll be pretty happy with the results for sure.
June 2, 2012 9:13:35 AM

nekulturny said:
I personally have an NZXT Phantom, its an awesome case, but way over your price range, the nice thing about a good case as an investment however is you can use it forever.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-a...

I'm not too familiar with sites in the UK, but CoolerMaster HAF 912s are pretty decent, they run about $60 bucks US dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its not super pretty or anything like that, but its pretty nice and about what you would expect to pay minimum for a decent case.


I'd also point out something else to you, if you're considering buying 2 of those 2GB sticks, it may be more worthwhile to purchase a single 8GB (2x 4GB) kit instead.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...


My Motherboard has 4 slots, so surely 4x2gb is the best? OR will 2x4gb be fine?
June 2, 2012 9:15:40 AM

As for the case, as I said its not my main priority, as long as it's well built and does the job I'm happy.
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June 2, 2012 9:21:52 AM

jazperr said:
My Motherboard has 4 slots, so surely 4x2gb is the best? OR will 2x4gb be fine?

It really doesn't matter honestly. By the time a gaming rig needs more than 8GB of RAM, we'll be on DDR4. The only advantage of buying higher capacity RAM sticks is that you can get more memory. (Since obviously you're limited to 4 sticks on the board). I thought I was cool going with 2 8GB sticks since my board supports 32GB, trust me, theres not much of a point.
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June 2, 2012 9:23:55 AM


That wouldn't be a bad choice, the only brand I would say to avoid would be Sentey. I originally had one for the build in my sig, it was cheap. The only complaint I have about CoolerMaster cases is they cut corners by not finishing the inside of some of their cases (HAF 912s for example), but Sentey on the other hand couldn't seem to find enough places to cut corners. Cheap plastic, cheap feeling thumbscrews, cheap, flimsy metal, etc.
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June 2, 2012 9:31:40 AM

I saw you're other thread with the form you filled out, you said you're not interested in overclocking, I'd add another thought, if overclocking is not your concern you might save a couple bucks going with an i5-2400.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2400-Quad-...

Although, I will go on record as saying in 2012 in the world of homebuilders, overclocking absolutely should be considered. Theres very little risk of irreparable harm, and the performance to be gained is substantial.
June 2, 2012 9:40:29 AM

Hmm, if overclocking is a good idea I guess I'll do it.
June 2, 2012 9:41:15 AM

What shall I be overclocking the 2500K too?
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June 2, 2012 9:43:07 AM

Well, with overclocking you'll ideally want a CPU heatsink like a CoolerMaster 212 Evo.

For Diablo III and Minecraft you won't really need to overclock, but a 2500k keeps your options open (the K in the model number denotes overclockability). I'd say leave it alone for now, and if you decide later you want to play with the clock speeds you can buy a better heatsink for the CPU later on down the road.

As far as what you can overclock it to, with a 212 evo, you shouldn't have a problem pushing it to 4.0GHZ, and probably higher.
June 2, 2012 9:46:23 AM

Sweet, yeah I'll probably end up upgrading overtime so sounds perfect. Thanks for ALL your help and quick replies.

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June 2, 2012 9:47:07 AM

No problem, feel free to shoot me a PM if you need any more help!
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June 2, 2012 10:16:02 AM

That build has a Intel i5 2500 Processor. which can't be overclocked you need i5 2500k to be able to overclock bud ;) 
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June 2, 2012 10:18:32 AM

Well aside from the fact that the "fun" is in building your own there are couple things about that pre-built that should be taken into account.

1. The CPU is a 2500 (no K CPU), meaning its locked and cannot be overclocked, furthermore, the motherboard it uses is an H61 board, which does not support overclocking either. H-61 boards (although a couple do, I'd go with a pretty good guess this one doesn't), does not have SATA III nor USB 3.0.

The 6870 and 560 TI video cards are pretty close in their performance, the 6870 is generally substantially cheaper however, at least this is true in the US.
June 2, 2012 10:19:48 AM

I see, and yeah building one looks like fun :) 

June 2, 2012 1:23:35 PM

nekulturny said:
No problem, feel free to shoot me a PM if you need any more help!


Just wanted to check, since I'm new to this, if I buy all of the parts I listed in the first post that's all I will need? Will I need any extra fans, screws?

Also what screwdrivers will I need?

Sorry, I'm a bit of a noob :p 
June 2, 2012 1:33:18 PM

A Phillips screwdiver usually, (X, cross; not flat). Effort required for screwing in fans unless case has mounts where you just slot in the fan; that depends on case though. Have a 6870, get a good brand with good cooling and its great for everything...
Anonymous
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June 2, 2012 1:36:21 PM

Aslong as you have a: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, and OS you should be golden. Some of those things arnt needed.. but good luck using your computer without them :p  and you need a Phillips head screwdriver, a magnetic one would be good so you dont drop the screws by accident.
June 2, 2012 1:46:31 PM

jazperr said:
Just wanted to check, since I'm new to this, if I buy all of the parts I listed in the first post that's all I will need? Will I need any extra fans, screws?

Also what screwdrivers will I need?

Sorry, I'm a bit of a noob :p 


Lol noob, don't worry. We have a set of all sizes and types screwdrivers. Because we're not noobs. ;) 
June 2, 2012 2:07:37 PM

sammey123 said:
A Phillips screwdiver usually, (X, cross; not flat). Effort required for screwing in fans unless case has mounts where you just slot in the fan; that depends on case though. Have a 6870, get a good brand with good cooling and its great for everything...



Hi,

Sammy what do you mean get a good brand with good cooling?

And thanks to everyone else :p 
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June 2, 2012 4:51:56 PM

I would always go for a ATX, for some reason i just stay clear of M-ATX because they seam weak in my head, but thats just me
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June 2, 2012 9:01:25 PM

jazperr said:
Just wanted to check, since I'm new to this, if I buy all of the parts I listed in the first post that's all I will need? Will I need any extra fans, screws?

Also what screwdrivers will I need?

Sorry, I'm a bit of a noob :p 



Looks like most of the people covered the questions you've asked while I was offline, so I'll pretty much be rehashing what they've already said.

In regards to the MicroATX vs the Full Size ATX, I personally am a fan of a full sized ATX, so my answer would be yes, go for it if you can fit it in your budget.

As far as extra things needed, you probably won't need anything beyond a screwdriver. Make sure you use one without a magnetic tip as these can damage components. I don't mean to "call someone out" who mentioned it to you, but its a bad idea. Ideally you want to invest in an anti-static wrist strap to wear when working on the computer or handling the components, although you can periodically touch the chassis and discharge any static electricity on yourself that way.

Anti-static wrist strap:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/JOOX-Anti-Static-Wrist-Groundin...

In regards to extra fans, any case you get should have sufficient fans to handle ventilation, with a single 6870, or even as high powered as a single GTX 680, you shouldn't have a heat issue that would necessitate extra fans than what comes with the case.
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June 2, 2012 9:14:44 PM

jazperr said:
Sweet thanks for the reply, I'll probably end up buying this case: http://www.box.co.uk/Cooler_Master_Elite_Black_430_Comp...

As long as it's compatible.

I think you'll be pretty happy with it, nice to see CoolerMaster actually did finishing on the inside and outside of the case (unlike some of their others), heres a detailed review on it that you can look at to see if its the case for you:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1401/1/
June 2, 2012 9:21:15 PM

Nice, so I should be good on the fans? OR should I buy one more just in case?
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June 2, 2012 9:25:25 PM

Nah, maybe if you ever add a 2nd video card, but even then you probably won't need any more case fans than what comes with the case.
June 2, 2012 9:50:48 PM

Great, looking forward to ordering my parts... I am kinda tempted to get http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharkoon-T28-ATX-Midi-Tower/dp/... - £49.98
:p  - looks good and will last me for any other builds.

Also do I need any parts for my case? like the motherboard screws (i know some don't include them)
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June 2, 2012 10:05:37 PM

Only super dirt cheap cases would skimp on screws. The CoolerMaster case as well as the Sharktoon case come with screws and standoffs.
June 2, 2012 11:46:06 PM

Thanks for all your guys help, especially nekulturny, really helpful.
June 3, 2012 9:05:39 AM

600W PSU is enough for the current set-up? What about if I want to add extra fans in the future?
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June 3, 2012 9:37:48 AM

jazperr said:
600W PSU is enough for the current set-up? What about if I want to add extra fans in the future?
it's still enough ;) 
June 3, 2012 9:50:16 AM

Sweet, I'm going to order a Enermax T.B.Silence fan to put somewhere on my case as my case only has a front fan, whats the best place to put it, or should I order 2 fans?

Thanks :) 
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June 3, 2012 10:06:47 AM

jazperr said:
Sweet, I'm going to order a Enermax T.B.Silence fan to put somewhere on my case as my case only has a front fan, whats the best place to put it, or should I order 2 fans?

Thanks :) 
I would add a rear fan
June 3, 2012 11:55:11 AM

When I say contain, I mean connect to wifi lol
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