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November 12, 2012 11:52:10 AM

Looking to build up my first medium/high end PC

- LG 24" IPS (Already bought this for PS3 anyways)
- GIGABYTE - GA-Z77-D3H (ATX)

- i5 3550

- Antec Eleven Hundred Desktop - XL-ATX
(Max Mainboard Size XL-ATX
Supported Mainboards ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX, XL-ATX)

- RAM - I'm not too sure
Board can support 1600MHz - DD3-SDRAM so any suggestions? Crucial RAM?

- Graphics Card
- I may play games such as Counter Strike Source / Call Of Duty on "medium" so any recommendations for a fair price?

Am I missing anything else?

Thanks a lot!

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November 12, 2012 11:56:48 AM

Well for MoBo i think AsRock Extreme4 could be best for price.
and for RAM Corsair vengance 8gp(2x4) low profile is good.
November 12, 2012 12:00:21 PM

Mmatuu said:
Well for MoBo i think AsRock Extreme4 could be best for price.
and for RAM Corsair vengance 8gp(2x4) low profile is good.


Is that better then the GIGABYTE - GA-Z77-D3H ?

Which graphics card?
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November 12, 2012 2:43:29 PM

set a budget and we will pick the best parts for you :) 
November 12, 2012 2:44:57 PM

£700-800 GBP
November 12, 2012 2:58:04 PM

of course you will not be purchasing from newegg so do you have a website in uk that you prefer , cuz i am not from UK , and go with my link below ( how to ask for new build )
November 12, 2012 3:08:18 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
of course you will not be purchasing from newegg so do you have a website in uk that you prefer , cuz i am not from UK , and go with my link below ( how to ask for new build )


scan.co.uk
ebuyer.com
pcworld.co.uk
amazon.co.uk

It doesn't matter to me really as long as it's a good build, I will take time and find the best deals through trusted sites and sites like HotUkDeals to see best prices as long as it has a EU model available

Will edit OP with the build info
November 12, 2012 3:15:57 PM

Looking to build up my first medium/high end PC


Approximate Purchase Date: End of friday - ready to build on sat/sun

Budget Range: £700 - 800 excl shipping - $1200ish?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Medium quality) / Monitoring Servers via win application / photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Completely new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 8 64bit seems best option & cheaper then w7?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any - I can look up each part and find best deals - major UK dealers for PC components (ebuyer.com & scan.co.uk)

Location: City, State/Region, Country: UK - England

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel Proc pref

Overclocking: No past experience so preferbably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 LG IPS Monitor

Additional Comments: Quiet preferred
Already have a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB (Hybrid SATA+SSD Drive) - 2.5"
So would maybe like an 1TB SATA III drive for backups
Will only use ~400GB
November 12, 2012 6:20:22 PM
November 12, 2012 6:26:02 PM



Think the 128GB would be too small, think an RE4 drive be better 1TB?

Does the case have 1 x 2.5" or more? Can't seem to find info on that in case in future I want 2 x RAID1 or so
November 14, 2012 2:50:52 PM

Thanks a lot! Here is the setup I went for, got carried away and spent a bit more.

CPU:
Intel i5 3550

Motherboard:
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

RAM:
Corsair(R) Vengeance LP Jet Black 2x4GB DDR3

Case:
NZXT Phantom 410 White

GPU:
Gigabyte Overclocked Radeon HD 7970 AMD Graphics Card - 3GB

PSU:
Corsair TX650M

Hard Drive:
1 x Samsung 840 256GB
2 x 500GB WD Caviar Black

Windows 8 64Bit - OEM

I'm thinking of setting up RAID1 or RAID0 for the WD, what do you think is best? (Software RAID)

What'd you think of the setup?

Thanks!
November 14, 2012 4:49:42 PM

having a z77 chipset board without overclocking is useless !! unless you jump to a 3570k and overclock it. about the raid0 and raid1 am honest i really dont have the experience in these things am just hardware guy :)  but overall the build is perfect
November 14, 2012 4:56:55 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
having a z77 chipset board without overclocking is useless !! unless you jump to a 3570k and overclock it. about the raid0 and raid1 am honest i really dont have the experience in these things am just hardware guy :)  but overall the build is perfect


As long as it's fairly quick it's fine for now, hopefully this is future proof? Ie. can upgrade to i5 / 7 and over clock it if I need the extra performance

Is this all I need or have I missed anything out? I have speakers and so on not sure

Any ideas on making it look better? Water cooling / led fans and so on? Case:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-phantom-410-white-p...
November 14, 2012 5:16:55 PM

What cables would I need for Front Internal 2x USB 3.0 headers, 2x USB 2.0, audio and microphone input to work?

scan.co.uk
November 14, 2012 6:26:09 PM

all the cables you need included with the case , screws , zip tights , front usb and audio cables.
- this case with blue led fans will be freaking sexy.
- wahh water cooling !! the stock fan that will come with the 3550 will do just fine , if you change your mind and go with any intel k series and overclock option then you should look for aftermarket cooler and anyway water cooling is not the best option nh-14 is best cooler in the market now.
November 14, 2012 6:33:07 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
all the cables you need included with the case , screws , zip tights , front usb and audio cables.
- this case with blue led fans will be freaking sexy.
- wahh water cooling !! the stock fan that will come with the 3550 will do just fine , if you change your mind and go with any intel k series and overclock option then you should look for aftermarket cooler and anyway water cooling is not the best option nh-14 is best cooler in the market now.


Awesome! Thanks a lot!

I already have my motherboard, psu, ram & optical drive delivered. Getting case, gpu, ssd & 2xSATA HDDs tomorrow

So will probably build it tomorrow and mess around with installing Ubuntu and wait for my Windows 8 to arrive on fri/sat

I have no idea but for quick reviews why I went with the Corsair TX650M for PSU, what is the difference between modular / non modular? Modular supports SLI or is there more to it?
November 14, 2012 6:46:53 PM

there is no difference between modular and non modular psu except that the non modular psu have all the cables attached to it which will make the case a lil bit messy and hard to make the cable management , while the modular psu is better because you just connect the cables that you will use which will make a clean look inside your case.
November 14, 2012 6:56:45 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
there is no difference between modular and non modular psu except that the non modular psu have all the cables attached to it which will make the case a lil bit messy and hard to make the cable management , while the modular psu is better because you just connect the cables that you will use which will make a clean look inside your case.


Ah ok great!

Just remembered I need a keyboard & mouse lol! (As i'm a laptop guy and have owned only laptops & MacBooks)

Guess I will have to see it running on Friday, surprisingly there's many videos on how to setup the case so will follow that and should go fine hopefully.
November 14, 2012 7:12:31 PM

for a mice buy : razer deathadder or gigabyte gigabyte m8000x.
keyboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

don't you ever spend a lot of money on keyboards i bought a lot of expensive gaming keyboards and they are useless , but i recommend not to go cheapo on mices. search for one of the keyboards up in the UK and they will do just fine
November 14, 2012 7:24:47 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
for a mice buy : razer deathadder or gigabyte gigabyte m8000x.
keyboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

don't you ever spend a lot of money on keyboards i bought a lot of expensive gaming keyboards and they are useless , but i recommend not to go cheapo on mices. search for one of the keyboards up in the UK and they will do just fine


Wanted an wireless keyboard / mouse, any idea on good wireless mouse?
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