£1200 1st build. Anything I should change? Just seeking a bit of help.

So this is what I've gone for: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/A4m5


Decided on building it myself. Just getting opinions from as many people as I can. But is there anything I should change? I'm just a little bit nervous as this is my first build and I don't want to *** it up. Thanks.
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  1. I only have two changes for you.

    MSI mobo's are not known for their reliability. The best boards are Asus, Gigabyte, and Asrock.

    Second change is your RAM. That RAM looks really cool, but the high heatfins can interfere with your CPU cooler. Take a look at these suggestions.

    http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-m5a97-le-r2-0-am3--amd-970-ddr3-atx-87T0.html?utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00?ReferrerID=tb&utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007TG8QRW/?tag=pcp0f-21

    If you have any questions, ask.
  2. zared619 said:
    I only have two changes for you.

    MSI mobo's are not known for their reliability. The best boards are Asus, Gigabyte, and Asrock.

    Second change is your RAM. That RAM looks really cool, but the high heatfins can interfere with your CPU cooler. Take a look at these suggestions.

    http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-m5a97-le-r2-0-am3--amd-970-ddr3-atx-87T0.html?utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00?ReferrerID=tb&utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007TG8QRW/?tag=pcp0f-21

    If you have any questions, ask.



    Cheers dude. Switched them around so something like this is what you recommend? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/A7aM

    And after that change, I should be a-ok? Well I also plan on buying DVi cables, thermal paste and I've already got an anti static wrist band. But after those things, I'm good to go?
  3. You look like your good to go. The only thing you have to be careful with is static, but you said you got a band so you should be good.

    Cheers mate.
  4. Thanks so much. I'll be ordering them end of month so it'll be nerve racking till then and also building it but thank you for helping. It is much appreciated.
  5. Any time mate.
  6. For the money something like this would be far better than what you have there,

    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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.76 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.32 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£257.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£80.31 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£17.63 @ CCL Computers)
    Monitor: Asus VW228TLB 21.5" Monitor (£133.43 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: Asus VW228TLB 21.5" Monitor (£133.43 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£32.99 @ Novatech)
    Mouse: Saitek CCB437030002/04/1 Wired Laser Mouse (£34.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1250.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 23:01 GMT+0000)
  7. EasyTransfer said:
    For the money something like this would be far better than what you have there,

    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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.76 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.32 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£257.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£80.31 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£17.63 @ CCL Computers)
    Monitor: Asus VW228TLB 21.5" Monitor (£133.43 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: Asus VW228TLB 21.5" Monitor (£133.43 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£32.99 @ Novatech)
    Mouse: Saitek CCB437030002/04/1 Wired Laser Mouse (£34.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1250.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 23:01 GMT+0000)



    That seems like a very nice list but any reason why it would be better? I'm assuming due to mainly the intel vs amd processor. But when gaming, apparently the AMD is better. As shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE

    Plus it goes a little over the budget I've got. And just out of personal preference I like the mouse I chose as the one you recommended looks like it's had sex with a beetle. And keyboard was my personal choice and also the speakers as well.

    Also the monitors I original chose have IPS in them which I don't really know much about but I have read it's better to have them. And I don't need that big of a SSD or an internal hard drive. Plus I like the whole 16GB of ram rather than 8.

    I know I've kind of just thrown your post down, but I'm thankful you commented. And I'm interested to know your response. Sorry if it comes across as me being rude.
  8. 16gb of ram is not necassary for gaming, the monitors the mouse, keyboard and speakers are just your preference, it is more of the build that is better.

    Intel is better than amd when it goes to gaming, trust me I have had both several times and intel has always been better.

    And if it is just over budget like you said, than you can lower down the hard drive and ssd.

    And I chose a 750w psu just to leave room for another gpu in the future if you ever want to crossfire.
  9. In modern games, any half decent CPU will do just fine. The big issue with CPU's is gaming at the lowest settings. Everything above that is pushed onto the GPU, so you want to have as much money into the GPU.

    The difference between an amd and intel CPU in games is no more than a few fps.
  10. I would like 16GB though as I do edit videos here and there. However even with everything you suggested on the intel, even lowering down the storage, it still comes out more expensive. So I appreciate your input greatly however I think I'm going to stick to the AMD build.
  11. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£71.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£83.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£209.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.99 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Other: TT ESPORTS KB-CHU003UK Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard (£61.80)
    Other: HARMAN KARDON SoundSticks III 2.1 PC Speakers (£89.99)
    Other: Razer DeathAdder (£46.97)
    Total: £1172.66
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 15:44 GMT+0000)

    this will be better :)

    Total: £1172.66
  12. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ah1p/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£71.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£83.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£209.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.99 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Other: TT ESPORTS KB-CHU003UK Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard (£61.80)
    Other: HARMAN KARDON SoundSticks III 2.1 PC Speakers (£89.99)
    Other: Razer DeathAdder (£46.97)
    Total: £1172.66
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 15:44 GMT+0000)

    this will be better :)

    Total: £1172.66



    I see. Any reason in the change of motherboard, SSD and case? I can see the reason for the graphics card. But just out of curiosity.
  13. yes, in price, and quality. of the components.
  14. iceclock said:
    yes, in price, and quality. of the components.


    Hmmm I see. I may stick with the Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk though but I'll keep what else you've recommended as it looks good.
  15. sounds good buddeh :D
  16. iceclock said:
    sounds good buddeh :D


    Just a quick question though. If I do get that graphics card and 2 monitors. Which DVi cables would I need to get?
  17. er.

    this is the following connectors for that card.

    2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort

    probably 1xdvi 1x hdmi.
  18. Yeah I seen it had 1 x Dual Link DVI-I & 1 x DVI-D connector. But can I just get 2 DVi cables and it'll work or is there a specific cable for a DVI-I and a DVI-D?
  19. those have 2 different cables, there both dvi but require different cables.

    u can get adapters too, but a cable for each be simpler.
  20. So something like this for one cable? http://amzn.to/WwrMCU

    But I'm having a hard time finding a dvi-i dual link to dvi-d single link cable. Or would it be best to have it as a dvi-i dual link cable and then get an adapter that's dvi-i dual link to hdmi? Something like these two? http://amzn.to/VvCdZM & http://amzn.to/UCK9Wi
  21. whynot just use 1xhdmi and 1xdvi lol
  22. Ha, yeah I realised in the shower how stupid I was. Oh well, I'll be getting 1x Hdmi and 1xdvi cable then. Thanks for the help iceclock.
  23. no problem anytime :D stupid no. confused yes :D
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