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Advice on first build. Lost on mobo

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July 24, 2012 8:13:58 PM

Hi guys

Am planning to build myself a desktop (first time build) and have been compiling information on components for my system which are listed further below. I'd like your advice in regards to all the components. Particularly the motherboard. There are so many and I am lost as to what I need exactly.

What I need is a desktop that will still be usable after 4+years.
Things I'll use it for: internet, music, videos, CAD software and the occasional gaming (Total War games, Skyrim). As it's my first build I am not to keen on OC just yet but it is definitely something I am interested in.

What I have so far: All in all it comes up to around 900 quid for everything

CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced (ebuyer) £79
Asus P8Z77-V LE (ebuyer) £115
Coolermaster GX 650 (ebuyer) £65
Intel i5 3450 (ebuyer) £148
Corsair 8GB 1600MHz Vengeance(ebuyer) £40
Crucial M4 64GB (ebuyer) £59
Seagate 1TB barracuda (ebuyer) £63
Gigabyte GTX 560 OC (ebuyer) £132
LiteOn iHAS124 SATA DVD Optical Drive | OEM £15 (ebuyer)
Logitech K300 compact keyboard (amazon) £9
Samsung S22B300HS (amazon) £115
Windows 7 home premium 64bit (ebuyer) £72

total cost is 912 quid. prices are not up to date. any other sites in the uk who sell the components cheaper? suggestions for the build? particularly the mobo I am lost on. what do i need. a friend of mine told me he's spend most on the mobo and less on other components... but won't it be out of date later on anyway?

Your replies are much appreciated.
Thanks
Stephan

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July 24, 2012 8:23:03 PM

That Asus board is fine. I'd personally be inclined to suggest a system like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£83.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.00 @ CCL Computers)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£181.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£65.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED 24.0" Monitor (£145.93 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£71.77 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £884.06
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-24 21:22 BST+0100)

Add whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you're good to go. The difference between the two motherboards is that H77 doesn't have access to the multiplier - if you're not going to overclock it doesn't make sense to pay the extra money to buy a Z77 motherboard.
July 25, 2012 12:13:01 AM

ASUS makes the best motherboards. They hold the wold record for overclocking on both Intel and AMD systems. Plus they have some of the most forgiving RMA policies.

If you want a AMD sudjestion repost and Ill give you one.
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July 27, 2012 1:57:41 PM

thanks for the replies and the great link. good way to see where to get it cheapest.
Have decided to go with the mobo that you suggested.
I am thinking of buying a gtx 560 which is slightly cheaper. question i have now, is it compatible with the board?
July 27, 2012 4:10:25 PM

shefuk14 said:
thanks for the replies and the great link. good way to see where to get it cheapest.
Have decided to go with the mobo that you suggested.
I am thinking of buying a gtx 560 which is slightly cheaper. question i have now, is it compatible with the board?


Yeah it will work but the Radeon 7850 is a much better performer and far newer than the 560TI is.
July 28, 2012 11:39:08 AM

i know that. only thing is that i don't want to spend more than 150 pounds on a video card. Deciding between the gtx 560, radeon 6850 or radeon 6870. performance wise the latter is the better performer according to videocardbenchmark.net.
which should i pick and why? all have fairly good price performance marks.
July 29, 2012 5:49:45 PM

shefuk14 said:
i know that. only thing is that i don't want to spend more than 150 pounds on a video card. Deciding between the gtx 560, radeon 6850 or radeon 6870. performance wise the latter is the better performer according to videocardbenchmark.net.
which should i pick and why? all have fairly good price performance marks.


If you're going for budget the Radeon 6870 is the best choice. But if you pick the build I suggested you won't have to compromise on video card performance and it still comes in under budget with monitor.
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