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March 1, 2013 6:38:40 PM

i am looking into building a gaming pc

i have spent the last two weeks looking into it and have come up with a list of parts:

Aerocool X-Predator Evil Full Tower Gaming Case with No PSU and Green LED Fans
- comes with 2 fans was thinking of buying a third later when i have more money

Powercool 750W 80+ Dual 12V V2.2 High Efficiency PSU

Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Motherboard

Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU
- was thinking of buying a better fan than the stock when i have more money and want to give overclocking a try

60 GB SSD Solid State Hard Drive - for operating system
- will buy an additional 1tb hdd when i have enough money to store media

GeForce GTX660Ti EX OC Graphics Card (3GB RAM, HDMI/2 x DVI/DP PCI-E, 192-Bit)

crucial 1x 4GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800
will buy another in a few months when i have a bit more money

already have a dvd burner from my brothers old computer

have i forgotten anything and any suggestions would be apriciated

thanks jonathan

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March 1, 2013 6:42:30 PM

Drop SSD
Get 2x4gb RAM
Get a non-crap PSU. Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic, 550-650 watts is plenty.
Get a better quality case for cheaper. Antec, Coolermaster, Corsair, NZXT
March 1, 2013 6:43:14 PM

Whats your price range?

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March 1, 2013 6:47:25 PM

i have £740 but can borrow some money would not like to go above £1000
March 1, 2013 7:11:20 PM

I hope you understand a very big chunk of your budget went to the mobo.

For your budget you should honestly be looking in the 100 range..

If you get rid of that you can keep/upgrade your SSd and also grab a storage drive, and not have to worry about storage for a very long time.
March 1, 2013 7:20:41 PM

£210 for the mobo do you have any suggestions as all i have looked at in the £100 range have only 1 cpu fan connector and 2x case fan or is this enough

March 1, 2013 7:35:23 PM

have decided to go with a CoolerMaster Elite 431 Midi Tower ATX case instead
March 1, 2013 7:39:06 PM

tiny voices said:
550-650 watts is plenty


even if i was to over clock?
March 1, 2013 7:40:00 PM

Yes, for any single video card it will be plenty.
March 1, 2013 7:40:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/GPS9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/GPS9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/GPS9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£139.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£71.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£75.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case (£105.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£76.54 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.94 @ CCL Computers)
Other: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller (£19.24)
Total: £816.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 21:38 GMT+0000)

I believe this will do everything you need it to do..(fan controller is to make it look a bit more flashy)
March 1, 2013 7:52:30 PM

ive heard that fan controllers can actualy cause systems to over heat due to poor quality is this true
thanks very much plankingdom
March 1, 2013 7:53:53 PM

tiny voices said:
Yes, for any single video card it will be plenty.


thank you very much
March 1, 2013 8:45:48 PM

jonny_90 said:
ive heard that fan controllers can actualy cause systems to over heat due to poor quality is this true
thanks very much plankingdom



Most any motherboard will handle the fan speeds. I only added it on as an after thought since the original case looked so flashy (thought you might like something that other people don't typically have as a talking point).
I read somewhere that its possible to reconfigure a fan controllers display screen so it shows things other than temp, and fan speeds. If I find it I will post a link (I looked for about 5 minutes after the initial post then got distracted).

The fan controller is completely pointless when paired with a newer motherboard. It would only be used for the visuals it can provide. I apologize for not saying that earlier.
March 1, 2013 8:57:13 PM

plankingdom said:
Most any motherboard will handle the fan speeds. I only added it on as an after thought since the original case looked so flashy (thought you might like something that other people don't typically have as a talking point).
I read somewhere that its possible to reconfigure a fan controllers display screen so it shows things other than temp, and fan speeds. If I find it I will post a link (I looked for about 5 minutes after the initial post then got distracted).

The fan controller is completely pointless when paired with a newer motherboard. It would only be used for the visuals it can provide. I apologize for not saying that earlier.


i see
is the case i was going originally use bad because i thought that it didn't matter what case you have other than fans and aesthetics
March 1, 2013 9:34:42 PM

jonny_90 said:
i see
is the case i originally used bad because i thought that it didn't matter what case you have other than fans and aesthetics


Its not that its a bad case per se, its that there are better cases out there for less money with better features. That particular case has a lot of money in aesthetics that are unnecessary. The Cooler Master case is also extremely customizable internally (mounting features, and cooling mostly).
I personally have purchased a case based solely on looks, but when it came down to putting everything inside I began hating myself for that lack of judgment. The latest computer I built probably has as much, if not more, time looking at cases as I did looking at all the other parts combined. In case you were interested I ended up going with another model in the HAF series.
March 2, 2013 7:54:36 AM

plankingdom said:
Its not that its a bad case per se, its that there are better cases out there for less money with better features. That particular case has a lot of money in aesthetics that are unnecessary. The Cooler Master case is also extremely customizable internally (mounting features, and cooling mostly).
I personally have purchased a case based solely on looks, but when it came down to putting everything inside I began hating myself for that lack of judgment. The latest computer I built probably has as much, if not more, time looking at cases as I did looking at all the other parts combined. In case you were interested I ended up going with another model in the HAF series.


ok thanks for the advice i will definatly take it into account
March 2, 2013 8:40:43 AM

would the coolmaster CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA edition case be a good buy
March 2, 2013 9:39:13 AM

Noob12 said:
At what price? Looks nice to me..

How much cheaper is that case than Fractal R4?


its £83 so about the same price
March 2, 2013 11:37:03 AM

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £161.99

CPU Cooler
Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler £17.36

Motherboard
MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard £84.92

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £39.99

Storage
Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk £69.99

Video Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card £261.19

Case
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA Edition ATX Mid Tower Case £82.43

Power Supply
Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £79.99

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £69.94

total cost £867.80
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