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June 28, 2012 5:42:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 Month

Budget Range: £900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Surfing Net,Small Video Conversion,General Use.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm Using Scan.co.uk

Country: England

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Either

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?

Monitor Resolution: -

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Hello all, So I'm going to start a build for a home gaming PC, I have got a few parts together from scan.co.uk, Here they are:


Case: Coolermaster Storm Scout Gaming Mid Tower Black Case w/o PSU Refresh Version
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-storm-scout...

CPU: AMD FX 8150 Black Edition, Orochi Core, S AM3+, 3.6GHz, 16MB Total Cache, HT 5200MT/s, 125W
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-fx-8150-black-editio...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-int...(x16)-atx-plusfree-16gb-

Memory: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance LP Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(4x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Graphics Card: 2GB XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 860MHz, 1024 Cores
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7850-c...

PSU: 600W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS600 CMPSU-600GUK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-psu-corsair-gaming-...

Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 612S CPU Cooler 6 HEAT Pipe 120mm Silent Fan 1300rpm
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-612s-...

Hard Drive 1: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, SandForce 2281, Read 525Mb/s, Write 500Mb/s, 85K IOPS
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb-ocz-agility-3-ssd-...

Hard Drive 2: 1TB WD WD10EARX Caviar Green, SATA 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Quiet
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-wd-wd10earx-caviar-g...

total: £862.38

So I'm just looking for a bit of advice before I proceed any further. First of all, is everything compatible? Secondly I'm looking for a quiet, fast running and long lasting desktop, but what do you think of the parts? will it all run smoothly? I'm not very experienced in computers or building them but I'm going to give it a go, and would appreciate any advice you all could give me. And (if you are bored) I'm also open to any build ides you think I could benefit from, like I said just want a super fast gaming PC which will also be used for all general purposes too. Oh I almost forgot, The case comes with 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm, 1 x 40mm, And the cooler i have up there comes with a 120mm fan, is this enough? thanks guys.

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a c 247 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 6:10:38 PM

First off the FX-8150 won't work in a Z68 board, and the FX-8150 is a terrible choice as the i5-3570K beats it in just about every single benchmark out there. I'd probably scrap that whole build since a lot of that stuff isn't needed in a gaming PC and instead of that storage setup - ditch the SSD and go with a stronger GPU, that's where you'll see the most benefit.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£177.11 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.70 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: NZXT 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£95.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£15.02 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £872.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 6:18:53 PM

The Radeon 7850 is cheaper and OCs to GTX 580 levels.
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June 28, 2012 6:30:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
First off the FX-8150 won't work in a Z68 board, and the FX-8150 is a terrible choice as the i5-3570K beats it in just about every single benchmark out there. I'd probably scrap that whole build since a lot of that stuff isn't needed in a gaming PC and instead of that storage setup - ditch the SSD and go with a stronger GPU, that's where you'll see the most benefit.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£177.11 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.70 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: NZXT 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£95.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£15.02 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £872.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



Thanks G-unit, Looks good. I'll definitely get the board, CPU and G - card and probably to PSU and cooler too. But that white case is not for me lol, I like the Coolermaster Storm Scout, I'm guessing everything there would fit in that. Also, the SSD, as you already probably knew it was just going to be used for OS and programs as I heard it was alot faster at booting programs and the OS and I wouldn't mind replacing it after 3 or so years as I heard there not long lasting. And the 16GB RAM is a must for me as i do a little video editing, and possibly some photoshop, they can be quite memory hungry. Just hoping i can keep the price down to 900, But I'm thinking i will have to go to £1000
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 6:34:45 PM

scottswfc said:
Thanks G-unit, Looks good. I'll definitely get the board, CPU and G - card and probably to PSU and cooler too. But that white case is not for me lol, I like the Coolermaster Storm Scout, I'm guessing everything there would fit in that. Also, the SSD, as you already probably knew it was just going to be used for OS and programs as I heard it was alot faster at booting programs and the OS and I wouldn't mind replacing it after 3 or so years as I heard there not long lasting. And the 16GB RAM is a must for me as i do a little video editing, and possibly some photoshop, they can be quite memory hungry. Just hoping i can keep the price down to 900, But I'm thinking i will have to go to £1000


If you need the extra RAM that's fine. As far as the SSD goes - if you want to get something, don't get an Agility 3 as it uses a junk and outdated Sandforce controller which, while fast, is far from stable. Go with a Crucial M4 - it's a bit slower but uses the far more stable Marvell controller.
June 28, 2012 8:46:40 PM

Cheers for reply's everyone, I think I'm going to go with this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £162.43
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £26.65
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard £108.74
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £79.70
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £74.12
Second Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk £83.14
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card £184.99
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case £67.98
Power Supply Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £67.80
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer £17.03

Total: £874.57

P.S, Is building one from scratch as easy as it looks?

Cheers.
June 28, 2012 9:22:19 PM

I'll go with the i5 3570k and z77 chipset as g-unit suggests because it's a better package for the same money. If your a gamer dish the SSD and get a Seagate 1TB platter HDD or the 1TB Velociraptors there are pretty good (there's reviews here about it) and get a better GPU. Just my two cents.
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 9:43:24 PM

theconsolegamer said:
I'll go with the i5 3570k and z77 chipset as g-unit suggests because it's a better package for the same money. If your a gamer dish the SSD and get a Seagate 1TB platter HDD or the 1TB Velociraptors there are pretty good (there's reviews here about it) and get a better GPU. Just my two cents.


The motherboard and CPU in my build are a lot newer than the 2500K and Z68 are and unlock PCI Gen 3 so you'll be able to use that 7850 to its' full extent.

Quote:
P.S, Is building one from scratch as easy as it looks?


Once you get the case hooked up to the motherboard everything else snaps into place.
June 29, 2012 8:16:41 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The motherboard and CPU in my build are a lot newer than the 2500K and Z68 are and unlock PCI Gen 3 so you'll be able to use that 7850 to its' full extent.


Oh *** i thought i did have those on there, i must have changed them by accident while browsing the parts for a video that was posted on there.

@theconsolegar:

What's wrong with the SSD? what's the difference compared with the HDD?

Also what GPU would you suggest? i have been looking at some but there are so many. What would be best for a decent price?

Cheers
June 29, 2012 10:07:10 AM

Put this together on 3 sites:

aria.co.uk
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail
£173.99

dabs.com:
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Quicklinx:7XD5Q200 | Mfr#: ST1000DM003
In stock £64.99 £64.99

XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU
Quicklinx:7NSWQ200 | Mfr#: P1-550S-UKB9
In stock £49.99 £49.99

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD Laptop Kit + FREE Norton Ghost 15
Quicklinx:7SR9Q200 | Mfr#: MZ-7PC128N/EU
Ordered upon request £77.98 £77.98

ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
Quicklinx:80XRQ200 | Mfr#: Z77 Extreme 4

XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Double Layer H.D.T Cooling System
Quicklinx:7KHXQ200 | Mfr#: CAC-SXHH6-U02
Usually shipped in 3 days £34.99 £34.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 980MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI Overclock
Quicklinx:82X8Q200 | Mfr#: GV-N670OC-2GD
In stock £329.98 £329.98

£669.30

amazon.co.uk:

Fractal Design Core 3000 Series ATX Case - Black Pearl - Fractal Design
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004ZH07NO/ref=ox_sc...

Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YG94Y2/ref=ox_sc...

£87.13

Final price with all P&P and VAT: £930.42 (minus £40 from DABS sale gives a value of £890.42)

Only hit you'll have to take is that i only fit in 8GB, if you only plan to do a little video conversion i think you'll be ok (same goes for the i5 recommendation over the i7). I have managed to get you an SSD, 1TB HDD and a GTX 670 in though so I think that will be more noticable in gaming and general use. You won't be able to SLI on the PSU i have put in but the performance of a GTX 670 is more than enough these days.

If you wanted to fit in 16GB you could get a cheaper GTX 670:
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-g...

and then get double the RAM from amazon.
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