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Need Mobo, CPU, RAM and GFX for new system

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August 18, 2012 11:04:48 AM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Dawn of War 2, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2. Want to get the Mass Effect series when there is a cheap boxed set. Maybe Battlefield 3. Also do DVD conversion with Handbrake and general browsing etc.

Parts to Upgrade: Motherboard, RAM, CPU, Case, GPU
(Planning to get a 6850 first to run on my current system while I save for the rest of the parts, but if someone can recommend me something better for now and future i'll get that.)

Case must be extreme minimalist - something like the Corsair 300R - must have dust filters, good cable management and be quiet.

Not Required: Operating System, Display, PSU, DVDRW, HDD. I have a Corsair 500 CXV2 sitting spare that i bought new from a friend, but I don't mind buying new If i have to.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Any UK based vendors Amazon No1, then Novatech or Scan).

Location: Edinburgh, UK

Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1366x768
Additional Comments: I want something quiet. And futureproof
Why I'm Upgrading: No real upgrades for my current system. I want something that I can upgrade to keep up in the future, So having a good upgrade path would be good. I want to spread the cost so I'll be buying parts on a month by month basis. Will hopefully have the box built by Christmas.
Approximate Purchase Date: Spread over the next few months.

My current machine:

AsRock 2CORE1333 motheboard
Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200
2 GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
XpertVision 8600GT 256MB

The Killer? Budget £350-450
August 18, 2012 9:43:49 PM

I quite like the look of this. Thoughts?
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August 18, 2012 10:16:14 PM

go with mine. you cant do crossfire anyways since the cx500w isnt enough wattage (it can only output 400w).

my i5 3450 is higher performing than the i3 2100. there is no need for a cooler since the i3 cant overclock

the memory voltage is too high for intel systems. use memory thats 1.5v or lower
August 19, 2012 7:40:48 PM

I don't want the H77 chipset. No overclocking and limited expandability. I want to be able to futureproof my system so that in a year or two's time I can overclock to keep up, or replace the CPU, PSU and add another gfx card to upgrade.
August 19, 2012 8:02:46 PM

well, yours cant overclock either way
August 20, 2012 1:28:14 PM

Does anyone else have any suggestions? I'm totally confused by all the intel chipsets. AMD is nice and easy to understand, and I can make a good budget system with AMD stuff, but I fear I may be missing on on performance versus intel.

As I mentioned in the original post - futureproofing is important to me. I want to be able to replace/expand components and overclock in the next few years, rather than having to go all out on a new system again.

Also, could my Corsair 500W run a 6950 if i went for intel? Their chips draw a lot less power.
August 20, 2012 1:51:30 PM

an i3 2100 cant overclock. only k models such as the i5 3570k can overclock.

not really since the corsair unit can only output 402w max on its 12v rail which most components draw power from. you cant crossfire with it. single gpu maybe

i personally find amd chipsets comfusing. like whats the difference between a 970 chipset and a 990 and a 990fx.

intel its like h##=no overclocking and p/z#7=overclocking. the rest dont matter
August 20, 2012 4:21:34 PM

How is this? Good potential, and expandibility.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £169.97
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case £59.16 Inc VAT

I have a Zalman CNPS9500 which, after a clean, will go into this machine to cool it for overclocking. I found that there is an adapter for £2 that will enable it to go onto SandyBridge motherboards.

Will also get a Radeon HD6950 to go with this build.

August 20, 2012 5:27:22 PM

you probably can fit a 6950 but i suggest teh 7850 instead
August 20, 2012 5:28:50 PM

1x4gb is dumb. you have to run memory in sets of 2. buy packages that have 2 sticks as they are binned to run together
August 20, 2012 9:56:48 PM

TheBigTroll said:
1x4gb is dumb. you have to run memory in sets of 2. buy packages that have 2 sticks as they are binned to run together

OK, thanks for the tip. I am a bit out of this game so didn't know that. Dumb is a bit harsh though. :non: 

7850 is a bit expensive. Maybe when prices come down a bit.
August 21, 2012 12:05:56 AM

im sorry then :( 

im pretty sure that the 7850 will come down in price after nvidia launched its 660ti which gave the 7870 and the 7950 a run.