I am just looking for final opinions and advice from other people, for my new build in the UK. I am hoping to start purchasing witin the next few days if possible. At the moment i wont be SLI/Xfireing and may overclock in future. Here it is:
Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard
Zalman Z11 plus
OCZ Technology PSU, ModXStream Pro, 500W PSU
Then later on, i will buy a proper graphics cards with more fundings. I have the rest of the things required/other parts are not included in budget ie. OS.
For just the Motherboard, processor, case and power supply, i think i will definately want to keep it under £400.
Let me know what you guys think, or if i have missed anything, and your opinions.
I added the PSU to the list. yes, i have the monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS. I wil buy a GPU later on.
I have a lot of problem especially choosing a PSU. For about £50 i can get a Corsair 600W, but the ModXStream Pro has some good reviews and is mostly modular, so that'll help in cable management. They are about the same price, but i chose the modular one anyway, even though it has only 500W. What do you guys think?
also, simmilar dileama's with the Case. I chose the Zalman Z11 plus because it has 5 preinstalled fans and IMO looks quite good too. But there are so many in the price range. I was looking at the antec 300, and also the Xigmatek asgard III. So many choices
I have a small hard drive for programs, and will store files etc. on an external HDD. If you guys dont think modular PSU's is not required, i will go for that Corsair one then. I don't plan on Sli/xfire anytime soon, but thanks for letting me know those options will be open. I do however later plan on getting a nice GPU for about £200 if that's any help but ill choose it later, because there allways new ones coming out!
ah ok, thanks for the link.
I read about a few problems wit the Z11 case, and mainly it was the lack of internal USB 3.0 support, which to be honest doesn't seem to bad to me, but there were quite a few other problems on top of that too. Ill have a look around, thanks.
Ok. Thanks. Yeh, i probably will go for the Z11, but apparantly the expansion slot covers aren't re-usable. But otherwise, i am probably going to buy it. Might also get some external to internal conector thingy's for the pass through's.
Just a quick question. Is the voltage on the 12V rails the only power required, and in this case, would this mean the more voltage on the 12V rails the better, and so disregarding the wattage number altogether?
yeh, i saw lots of people reccomend that. Why though? It has 44A vs the OCZ 50A. The XFX one has 5 years warranty though, and OCZ has 3 years.
I was hoping to find something over 45A (to possibly Xfire in future) and have a 5 year warranty, so it's pretty even for me. So, yeah, let me know why you prefer the XFX
XFX is better because: it has a better OEM is the same price and has a longer warranty, while the OCZ does have more amps on the 12V line it also has more ripple (fluctuations in voltage) than XFX does so your PC will be less stable, also If you want to Xfire while it is doable on 550W a 650W would be safer.
Yeah The gigabyte board is better IMO, you get a better back panel selection, an mSATA port and the nice SATA ports (horizontal rather than vertical), as well as a slightly better PCI selection and slightly better fan header selection. Cheaper too!
You do miss out on ASUS FanXpert which is the only regret I ave had not going with them.
lol, ok. I was going for the Asus Mobo and 3570K bundle, but the Gigabyte board and CPU separately is also at a simmilar price, so ill go for that. I probably won't Xfire, so ill just get the XFX 550W.