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July 15, 2012 2:08:56 PM

Hey this is the first time building a PC for me and before I buy the components, I want to know that they will all work together. I may overclock but don't have any plans to at the moment.

Here is the parts list, it is an Amazon wish list all parts are in it though :) 

CLICK HERE FOR PARTS LIST!

Regards
- Harry
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 2:50:20 PM

Howdy, a couple things

1. You can't overclock that CPU. You need to buy a "K" processor to overclock an Intel CPU or a "Black Edition" for an AMD CPU (Which almost all of their CPUs are)

2. The power supply you've picked is a very, very bad choice. Its low quality from a no-name brand.

3. The video card is a little on the weak side for a gaming system.

It would help if you filled out this form to get an idea of what you're looking for, but strictly speaking, yes all those parts are compatible, I just don't think you'll be very happy with the result.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
July 15, 2012 3:06:56 PM

nekulturny said:
Howdy, a couple things

1. You can't overclock that CPU. You need to buy a "K" processor to overclock an Intel CPU or a "Black Edition" for an AMD CPU (Which almost all of their CPUs are)

2. The power supply you've picked is a very, very bad choice. Its low quality from a no-name brand.

3. The video card is a little on the weak side for a gaming system.

It would help if you filled out this form to get an idea of what you're looking for, but strictly speaking, yes all those parts are compatible, I just don't think you'll be very happy with the result.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...


Thanks for the advice, the fact that i can't overclock doesn't bother me and I agree with the power supply I was currently looking for a better one and as fr the graphics card, I THINK (not sure) that is will be fine because I mainly play games such as MW3, L4D2, TF2, Minecraft and Runescape I am not looking for a computer that can run Crysis on ultra-high :) 

One more thing, here is that form you asked for:



Approximate Purchase Date: Aprox 1 month

Budget Range: £400-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching YouTube/Movies, Video Editing (Sony Vegas), Programming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but do not include that in the price as I have set aside money for the monitor as I already know which one I am buying.



Parts to Upgrade: Not re-using anything, need all parts

Do you need to buy OS: Yes but the one in my parts list (I think) is fine so inc. that?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk or another UK website.

Location: Kent, ENGLAND, UK

Parts Preferences: Intel I3 Sandybridge (Can't afford I5), Same RAM as in my parts list because I know it is good.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - Need machine to be able to run with two monitors, but I think the graphics card can do that?

Your Monitor Resolution: 720p +

Additional Comments: Doesn't need to look good as will most probably be hidden, If it was quiet it would be nice but isn't really a problem for me

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am currently running Mac OSX and have decided I want another gaming PC.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 3:20:05 PM

Ah for those games, yea the video card would be fine, however you could still do better for the same price (and I would just for the sake of system integrity) The 6770 is actually an older generation, and stragely enough the 7770 which replaced it is actually cheaper on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-HD7770-Graphics...

Although, keeping you in the same price range, you could get a stronger video card than both of them, in a 6870, if you're running a dual monitor setup, I would go with the 6870.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11179-09-20G-6870-GDDR...


As far as decent PSUs go, at minimum, this would fine:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-EA-380GREEN-380W-EarthWat...

OR

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-430CXV2UK-Builder...
July 15, 2012 3:24:53 PM

nekulturny said:
Ah for those games, yea the video card would be fine, however you could still do better for the same price (and I would just for the sake of system integrity) The 6770 is actually an older generation, and stragely enough the 7770 which replaced it is actually cheaper on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-HD7770-Graphics...

Although, keeping you in the same price range, you could get a stronger video card than both of them, in a 6870, if you're running a dual monitor setup, I would go with the 6870.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11179-09-20G-6870-GDDR...


As far as decent PSUs go, at minimum, this would fine:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-EA-380GREEN-380W-EarthWat...

OR

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-430CXV2UK-Builder...


Thanks :)  I am now on track to getting it! I went with your idea to get the 6870 vid card, also that first PSU You mentioned is only 380w, I was questioning wether that would be enough..

Jw but would this PSU be good? :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACE-750W-PSU-12cm-Red/dp/B006FUTT38/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3MJOJHLNAEAKU&colid=NXNOEACOTHW2
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 3:34:52 PM

You're welcome. BTW, if you do want to overclock at some point, you might consider a Phenom II 965, I checked Amazon.UK and they're actually a little bit cheaper than i3-2100s.

Yes the Antec 380 Earthwatts is enough for an i3 and a single 6870.

As far as that other power supply, its a brand I've never heard of, and it seems awfully cheap for a 750 watt power supply, it has no 80+ energy certification, which means its never been independently verified that it actually can do what it says it can in terms of output. I wouldn't buy it personally. The problem with cheap PSUs is not only can they kill themselves, but they often will take out your CPU and motherboard with it.
July 15, 2012 3:44:57 PM

oh okay then i am going to go with the second PSU, the Corsair, thanks all for your advice :D  One last thing is the Phenom II 965 better than the I3-2100 because it looks as though it is!
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 4:08:16 PM

They're about the same honestly. The i3-2100 has stronger individual cores than the Phenom II, but the P II can be overclocked, which for gaming results in about a 1-5FPS difference depending on the game (which is pretty much nothing). Although, overclocking on the stock fan, you're not going to get much further than 3.6-3.7GHZ. On a decent aftermarket cooler 4.0-4.4GHZ.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 4:10:59 PM

As far as specific games. I used to do runescape myself, any CPU is fine for that game.

MW3 multiplayer I was actually doing a couple minutes ago, server I was on was giving me 60-70FPS

For video editing since you did mention it. actually the Phenom II would do better than the i3 for that kind of stuff.
July 15, 2012 4:15:47 PM

okay thanks I am sorry to keep bothering you aha but I am new to PC building, do you know of any decent aftermarket coolers but not too expensive?
July 15, 2012 4:19:02 PM

Don't worry about the cooler, I think I have found a good one :) 

It is a CoolerMaster Hyper N520
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 4:23:11 PM

Yea.. If you decide to change to a Phenom II build, you also have to change motherboards, so you know.

This is a decent one but the price difference from the board you picked would make the price the same as the i3:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-970-EXTREME3-Extreme3-Mo...

This is probably the best bargain CPU cooler on the market, yes it works with both Intel and AMD CPUs

http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C...

This one is a little bit cheaper
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CAFA50-Series-Performan...
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 4:23:33 PM

Quote:

It is a CoolerMaster Hyper N520

I have a hyperN520. Its not bad, the 212 evo is a little better.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 4:52:21 PM

It should work out pretty well yes. You could save yourself a few bucks, you really don't need that Coolermaster Excalibur fan. The Thermaltake case comes with fans, if you had something like dual GTX 580s than maybe the extra fan would be worth it, but just for a single video card, you're fine. 6870s don't produce enough heat to really cause a problem.
July 15, 2012 4:57:05 PM

Well I have increased my build cost by about £110 but all-in-all I think it will be well worth it! Thanks for all the help, don't think I could of done it without your expert advice aha :) 

Regards
- Harry
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 5:05:48 PM

You're welcome. And well, you got yourself a little bit better CPU to do video editing with, and a stronger video card out of the deal, and a computer that should play all the games you're looking to play. In the beginning you said you weren't looking for a video card that would max out a game like Crysis, a 6870 actually probably would @ 720p lol.
July 15, 2012 5:09:16 PM

Wow well I have never played crysis for the reason my computer can only handle like min graphics but now I can play with decent detail, I might actually look into it :) 
Well once again.. Thanks :D 
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 5:20:53 PM

I play on a 720p monitor as well, I never played the first Crysis, but Crysis 2, I get about 50-60 FPS average and my 550 TI isn't as good as a 6870, so yea, you shouldn't have a problem.
July 15, 2012 5:25:54 PM

Okay thanks :) 
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