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Few final checks, HP PC, will this work?

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August 10, 2012 2:08:29 AM

Ok ive posted before but ive got more of a idea about what I want.
basically I have £600 to work with but dont need to spend it all.
I think its mainly the PSU im getting stuck on and would appreciate some feedback. (see below)
The site I think Ill be getting most of my gear from will be ebuyer but obviously im open to suggestions its just where ive been looking.

This is my PC, check the link for more details and a breakdown of it.
http://tinyurl.com/ctr7puf

HP Pavilion p7-1015uk
Intel Core i3 2100
4GB Ram
500GB internal HDD
600GB external HDD
64-bit Windows Home Premium
Integrated Graphics
Resolution 1920x1080
This is the MoBo, http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

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The upgrade started with the gtx670 and this is the only thing im adamant about but the other 2 mods I really dont mind what I get as long as it works and im after a PSU that is going to make my job as easy as possible as ive never built a PC but have tinkered with parts here and there.

This is what I plan on buying:

Graphics:
Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce - http://www.ebuyer.com/368520-gigabyte-gv-n670oc-2gd-gv-...
- ive researched and 100% want this one. As I believe it will fit and it sounds sweet in reviews and benchmarks.

RAM:
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz Ripjaws Memory - http://www.ebuyer.com/240498-g-skill-8gb-ddr3-1333-mhz-...
- I come to this conclusion as it fits my PC specs and is priced reasonably but am more than well to suggestions but I do want more RAM.

PSU: THIS IS WHERE I GET STUCK
OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Semi-Modular PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/235519-ocz-750w-fatal1ty-series-s...
OR
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/152008-ocz-mxsp-series-700w-80-ps...
- This is where I come unstuck,
will it be easy to fit a PSU first off?
what PSU and power shall I buy?
and will it have all the necessary cables vor will I need to buy more?
and I know the GTX 670 takes these two power connections - 1 - 6-pin 1 - 8-pin




and then, this leaves change, I was contemplation a new case but think that will be a future purchase unless necessary.
What would you do with the change? save it? or spend it elsewhere? If so where.....

More about : final checks work

August 10, 2012 3:10:12 AM

I wouldn't get an OCZ PSU. Go for a Seasonic or Corsair. It'll have enough cables to run that card, but if you decide to SLI you may need to buy a Molex-to-PCIe adapter. Then again, your Mobo doesn't have the PCIe slots to SLI anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

Also, I have serious doubts about whether or not a GTX 670 will even fit in your case. Looking how close the PCIe slot is to the bottom of the DIMM slots, and considering that your case is 16" and the card 11" - and that some room inside will be taken up by drive bays - I'm not sure it'll fit. Best to measure the interior of your case before ordering. You might consider just getting a cheap case like this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Three-Hundred-Midi-Case/d...

Note, I don't like that case, my preferred budget case is the CoolerMaster 912. But looking on UK sites, it seems they might not sell that one (though you can get the CM 912 Plus, it's just pricier).
August 10, 2012 3:24:05 AM

Ive put a tape in the case and between the 2 lots of drive bays I have 2.5 inches to play with and about 14 inches length ways, I chose this card because its about 1.5 inches think and believe it'll go in.

So a corsair will cave the 6 pin and 8 pin connections yeah? Ill check it out what wattage am I looking at, about 700W right?

As for a case ive considered it and have this beast in mind,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-X-Predator-Tower-Gamin...
I know its pricey but I feel in love with it and the case will stay with me thru future upgrades. Only thing is im worried about how easy the sway will be!
The bit that worries me is connecting up all the buttons and dials on the front and the size length of cabling ill need. Any ideas and/or tips?

Thanks for your reply.
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August 10, 2012 3:38:51 AM

That's a nice case, but keep in mind that it's a full tower, and your microATX MOBO is going to look ridiculous in it. I'd say get the big case and get a full ATX board.

Yes, the Corsair PSU will have enough cables to hook up your GPU. My Corsair 650W has a PCIe cable with 2x6-pin and 2x2-pin connectors (or 2x8-pin), so more than enough. I'd probably get 700 or 750 watt to leave room for future expansion.

There won't be any worries with cabling length, the PSUs are built to handle full tower cases, and of course the case's own cables (for LEDs, power buttons, USB ports, and so on) are designed to be long enough to reach the MB.
August 10, 2012 3:50:26 AM

JMer806 said:
That's a nice case, but keep in mind that it's a full tower, and your microATX MOBO is going to look ridiculous in it. I'd say get the big case and get a full ATX board.

Yes, the Corsair PSU will have enough cables to hook up your GPU. My Corsair 650W has a PCIe cable with 2x6-pin and 2x2-pin connectors (or 2x8-pin), so more than enough. I'd probably get 700 or 750 watt to leave room for future expansion.

There won't be any worries with cabling length, the PSUs are built to handle full tower cases, and of course the case's own cables (for LEDs, power buttons, USB ports, and so on) are designed to be long enough to reach the MB.



The motherboard and CPU are my next upgrades but thats a few months away yet as I know what Mobo I want but cannot afford it anytime soon and im not planning on looking inside it much until then.....

So if I buy that case (even tho my current Mobo will look ridiculous) it'll work right? Would it be as easy as unscrewing board, drives etc and unplugging clips and moving it over?
Im worried I'll get stuck somewhere and will have a load of computer pieces on my dinning room table :whistle: 
So I guess what im trying to ask is whats the worst I can come across while making the move over? Im confident I can do it, ive tinkered, watch more youtube videos on building PCs than you care to imagine and have sound advice via skype if need be but im still worried its not as easy as it sounds or looks lol.

700-750W was what I was thinking.

Thanks again.

August 10, 2012 4:04:34 AM

just note that you can generally play max settings at most games probably, except for the cpu intensive ones until you get the cpu changed.
August 10, 2012 4:14:33 AM

Aerocool?. I recommend something from the HAF line. Built to last, not a case where the side panels rattle when you fart.
August 10, 2012 4:37:28 AM

Smeg45 said:
Aerocool?. I recommend something from the HAF line. Built to last, not a case where the side panels rattle when you fart.


Ive looked at HAF and didnt fall in love with them like I did this case, im sure it has its faults but im in lurve.. :love: 

August 10, 2012 6:06:06 AM

jasieboii said:
Ive looked at HAF and didnt fall in love with them like I did this case, im sure it has its faults but im in lurve.. :love: 


The HAF XM is better all round and more flexible. It also looks better in my opinion.
August 10, 2012 2:22:55 PM

Im not a fan, its all cosmetics for me, lame I know but ive gotta look at this machine everyday... Anyway any more feedback?
August 11, 2012 12:02:11 AM

Anyone else have any feedback on this set up? Just want to some last minute opinions from the forums before I commit to it...
August 13, 2012 9:12:34 PM

jasieboii said:
The motherboard and CPU are my next upgrades but thats a few months away yet as I know what Mobo I want but cannot afford it anytime soon and im not planning on looking inside it much until then.....

So if I buy that case (even tho my current Mobo will look ridiculous) it'll work right? Would it be as easy as unscrewing board, drives etc and unplugging clips and moving it over?
Im worried I'll get stuck somewhere and will have a load of computer pieces on my dinning room table :whistle: 
So I guess what im trying to ask is whats the worst I can come across while making the move over? Im confident I can do it, ive tinkered, watch more youtube videos on building PCs than you care to imagine and have sound advice via skype if need be but im still worried its not as easy as it sounds or looks lol.

700-750W was what I was thinking.

Thanks again.


Sorry, didn't see this sooner. Yes, I assume the micro ATX board will function in your case, but if you're not sure look at the website or packaging for it, and it will list the motherboard types it supports.
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