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January 30, 2013 3:51:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: End of February

Budget Range: £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly used for gaming, but it will also be used to play movies of Blu Ray uality

Are you buying a monitor: No, i will be using my 52" TV but when i have more money saved i plan to buy an additional two monitors and have all 3

Parts to Upgrade: Im starting from scratch, these are some of the parts i think im going to go for, please let me know if there is anything that wont be compatible although im fairly confident its ok.

MotherBoard selection: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-SABERTOOTH-Motherboard-CrossfireX-Supports/dp/B007KZQEHQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359337754&sr=8-2

CPU: Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core CPU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006WVVA28/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Case
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0055Q7BR4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

PSU: Corsair TX850 Enthusiast Series TX 850W
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-TX850-Enthusiast-Series-Bronze/dp/B004O0P9XK/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1359339305&sr=1-1

RAM: Corsair CML8GX3M2A1866C9R LP Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz CL9 DDR3 Memory
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8GX3M2A1866C9R-Vengeance-1866MHz-Memory/dp/B006E065O0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1359339814&sr=8-3

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-500GB-Solid-State/dp/B009LI7CEE/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1359340086&sr=1-3

HDD: Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-ST31000524AS-Barracuda-7200rpm-Buffer/dp/B004HBAGSO/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1359340262&sr=1-2


Cooling:

Corsair Hydro Series H100i All-In-One 240mm Digital High Performance Rad Liquid Cooler for CPU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-H100i-All-In-One-Digital-Performance/dp/B009ZN2NH6/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1359341426&sr=1-6

I understand there is still Graphics and Sound cards to decide on but i was hoping i could get some advice on that.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Im happy with any where that is cheapest but at the moment i have been using Amazon for quotes

Location: Leeds, UK

Parts Preferences: I would prefer to stick to intel. Otherwise im easy aslong as its compatible and reliable

Overclocking: Yes but no experience so far, hence my Motherboard option.

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a fast starting PC that can run any PC game to the highest quality

And Most Importantly, Its just that time again and my laptop just cant handle what i want it to these days.


I undersand there are somethings still missing such as Blur Ray driver and CD/DVD Rom drive, but i dont think i need to be too concerned about these parts for the moment. Please let me know if im wrong :) 

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January 30, 2013 4:13:02 PM

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I undersand there are somethings still missing such as Blur Ray driver and CD/DVD Rom drive, but i dont think i need to be too concerned about these parts for the moment. Please let me know if im wrong :) 


No - don't pay money for a BD-R drive as watching movies on the PC is more of a hassle than it should be.

The original build needs to be changed quite a bit - that motherboard won't work with that CPU. That motherboard is ridiculously overpriced for what you get and you don't need an i7 for gaming. Invest that money in the GPU. I also wouldn't pay money for the H100 either.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£37.06 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£150.45 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.59 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£289.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£124.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1126.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 18:12 GMT+0000)

Then with the difference add whatever monitor and peripherals you want. I leave those open ended as that's mainly a personal preference thing.
January 30, 2013 5:16:40 PM

Thank you very much, As you have probably realised im quite new to this, I have a few more questions on the build.

If i were to add more monitors would i require more Video Cards?
Will this be an easy machine to upgrade in the future?
Also i chose the original case due to the amount of fan mounts, is this not necessary bearing in mind i do run alot of applications at the same time.

Thanks again
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January 30, 2013 5:43:23 PM

ianhussey said:
Thank you very much, As you have probably realised im quite new to this, I have a few more questions on the build.

If i were to add more monitors would i require more Video Cards?
Will this be an easy machine to upgrade in the future?
Also i chose the original case due to the amount of fan mounts, is this not necessary bearing in mind i do run alot of applications at the same time.

Thanks again


1. A single card will support up to 3 monitors. If you need more than that or you want to run higher resolutions yes.

2. Yes.

3. Read this about setting up air flow: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
January 30, 2013 9:50:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£48.49 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£150.38 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£46.51 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.87 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£309.98 @ Novatech)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£96.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£15.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1118.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 23:50 GMT+0000)
January 30, 2013 10:19:00 PM

You recommended a different SSD but i would prefer a large memory just for peace of mind. I use my PC for all sorts and i end up with a lot of programs. This wouldnt have be a problem would it?

Thanks for the link by the way, i couldnt find part 2 though :( 
January 30, 2013 10:50:16 PM

ianhussey said:
You recommended a different SSD but i would prefer a large memory just for peace of mind. I use my PC for all sorts and i end up with a lot of programs. This wouldnt have be a problem would it?

Thanks for the link by the way, i couldnt find part 2 though :( 


The SSD I recommended is faster than the Kingston drive and is based on a new proprietary controller. Between both builds there's an £400 difference and you can definitely use that however you like, if you want a bigger SSD get it. This is what I would recommend: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive...
January 30, 2013 11:07:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The SSD I recommended is faster than the Kingston drive and is based on a new proprietary controller. Between both builds there's an £400 difference and you can definitely use that however you like, if you want a bigger SSD get it. This is what I would recommend: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive...



Thanks for the help mate, i know what im buying now and some of its already ordered.
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