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First build - £1250 ($2000) - please advise

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September 13, 2012 2:01:45 AM

Hey, I’m doing my first ever PC build and I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve chosen. I’ve filled in the forum template and then listed my choices so far. Let me know of any recommendations of different parts, cheaper places to buy and most importantly any compatibility issues i.e. cpu doesn’t work with that memory. I’m new to this so I could easily have missed something.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: £1250 ($2000) before shipping, rebates not relevant in the UK.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, movies, ms office

Are you buying a monitor: I already have a monitor, I’m just building the computer itself.

Parts to Upgrade: All, this is a build from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes – Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, I want the option to change mobo etc in the future

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site which delivers to the U.K., such as amazon, ebuyer etc

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: I would like to overclock the CPU in the future, so I need a case and motherboard capable of doing this. I will use the stock CPU cooler for now.

SLI or Crossfire: I am only going to use one GPU for now, but I intend to use SLI in the future, so rig needs to be capable of this.

Your Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a case that is stylish, no lights or windows, sleek, cool and quiet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is having overheating problems and can’t play the latest games, so I need a new PC

This is what I have currently selected:

CPU Intel Core i5-3570k £177 ($285) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...

OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit full disc version £101 ($163) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Windows-Home-Premium-...

Mobo ASRock Z77 Extreme6 £129 ($208) http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=Z77%20EXTREM...

GPU Gigabyte Geforce GTX 670 2GB £318 ($512) http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=GV-N670OC-2G...

Memory Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz DDR3 £34 ($55) http://www.cclonline.com/product/61774/CML8GX3M2A1600C9...

HDD Seagate 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA III Green HDD £74 ($119) http://www.ebuyer.com/319641-seagate-2tb-barracuda-inte...

SSD OCZ Vertex 4 256GB £155 ($250) http://www.techdna.co.uk/ocz-256gb-vertex-4-sata3-2.5-s...

PSU Corsair AX850 £145 ($233) https://www.pricelover.com/product/Corsair_Professional...(850_Watts)/CMPSU-850AXUK/

Optical Drive Sony 24x DVD RW drive £14 ($23) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Multi...

Wifi adapter TP-Link PCIe 802.11n card £12 ($19) http://www.ebuyer.com/278132-tp-link-tl-wn751nd-wireles...

Case ???? I have about £90 ($145) left in my budget and I’m not sure about this yet, recommendations welcome. If you think I only need a £50 case and the rest can go on something else then let me know.

Thanks for any help.

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September 13, 2012 4:47:04 AM

This case down below comes with a multi channel fan controller, large 200mm side fan, LED on/off switch, dust filters, etc... it's sleek looking and arguably the best case in it's price range.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Carbide-microATX-Tower-... £90.30 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Corsair Carbide 500R ATX Mid PC Tower Black

http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-ca... <---- another look at that case



This psu down below is manufactured by SeaSonic just as that Corsair AX 850w you have up there is also. 850w is big time over kill for dual 670's in SLI. 750w gives you plenty of headroom to work with. That psu down below is semi modular meaning the only cables that are hardwired are the ones your going to need no matter what.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Edition-Power-Supply-blac... £88.26 + £2.99 UK delivery
Xfx 750w Black Edition Power Supply Unit (black) (Manf Part Code: P1-750B-UKB9)

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... <----- A review of that psu with benchmarks


This Sandisk SSD down below utilizes an SF Toggle NAND controller which is about as reliable as it gets. That and OCZ is a rotten company with even worse support and drivers/firmware.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDSSDX-240G-G25-240GB-E... £129.58 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive



This cpu h/s down below is by far the most recommended mid range cpu cooler on here. It's solid, comes with a small tube of excellent thermal compound not to mention it runs a lot quieter than the stock Intel cpu h/s.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-120mm/d... £24.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)


If your gaming on wireless it doesn't get any better than dual band and 5Ghz.

http://www.dabs.com/products/tp-link-450mbps-wireless-n... £28.98
TP LINK 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter (TL-WDN4800)

http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?categoryid=... <----- another look at that card


The router to match that wireless adapter. As with any wireless router, make sure you update to the latest firmware.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-Wireless-Gigabit-450Mbp... £69.85 + £2.99 UK delivery
TP-Link N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, 5GHz 450Mbps, TL-WDR4300

http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?categoryid=... <----- another look at that router

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1983/1/ <----- review of that router
September 13, 2012 5:12:26 AM

The fan controller on the 500R only helps with noise. It does nothing to change temps.
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September 13, 2012 5:20:17 AM

fire r a g e said:
The fan controller on the 500R only helps with noise. It does nothing to change temps.

It does what any fan controller does...it controls the RPM's of the case fans.
September 13, 2012 5:24:44 AM

Then why not just leave them at their lowest speed?
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