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April 15, 2012 10:55:39 PM

I would first just like to state that living in the U.K, I use Pounds (£). There are some very simple money conversion sites on Google if you're more used to working with dollars, as I know most people are on this site. So here's the template filled in:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 3 months at the most

Budget Range: £400 - £755

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mmorpg and fps gaming, Internet browsing, Microsoft word

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk

Country: U.K

Parts Preferences: I'll list the parts I've chosen after the template.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Undecided- sorry!

The reason I've posted is because I'm a first time builder on a tight budget and I want to get everything right the first time. I've already chosen some parts from Amazon.co.uk, using reviews from that site and from Newegg.com.

Firstly, I want to know if all of the components are compatible with each other; I think they are already but a second opinion could never hurt!

Secondly, I want to know if I'll need anything else to go with the build; extra cables, adaptors, or a dedicated fan for instance.

Lastly, I also want to save as much money as possible, so if any components are "overkill", meaning they are far too powerful for what I want to do or if one component is being held back by another; any other suggestions would be most welcome as long as i can downgrade the price.

Additional comments: I honestly don't care what it looks like as long as it gets the job done efficiently and it runs smooth when i play mid range to high-end games. Also, I've gone for the whole SDD + HDD working in tandem option for my storage; If it's really not necessary and I can stick to mechanical hard drives without losing performance, by all means say!

Components list and prices:

Cpu/Processor: • Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) (Retail Boxed) - £157.97

Motherboard: • Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, DDR3, 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, ATX, LucidLogix Virtu) – £74.13

Case: • Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower

RAM: • Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit (Basically a kit that comes with two sticks of 4GB memory each) - £40.72

Power supply: • OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro – £59.49

DVD Drive: • Asus DRW-24B3ST SATA Internal 24X – £20.33

Gpu/Graphics card: • EVGA NVidia GTX550Ti 1GB 192-Bit 3D Ready Graphics Card - GeForce – £103.10

SSD: • OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-60G Agility 3 60GB SATA III 2.5 inch - £64.34

HDD: • Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer - £75.76

Operating software: • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with Service Pack 1 - DVD-ROM – £69.45

In all, that comes to a price of £755.28 or $1197.35

I know there's probably a lot of useless information in there, but I wanted to make sure you had enough information as possible.

Thanks for your time and patience! (:

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April 16, 2012 12:50:39 AM

Drop the SSD and get better GPU.
April 16, 2012 12:56:43 AM

Thanks for the reply. Can anyone also expand on the other things I specified please? Most importantly I need to know if it's compatible and if i can buy all of that stuff without needing anything else like extra cables or adaptors.
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April 16, 2012 12:59:56 AM

You said you might be overclocking, you're better getting a 2500K or drop the z68 to a h61.

And yes the build is compatible, and you shouldn't need any extra cables.
April 16, 2012 1:08:29 AM

johnpaul182 said:
You said you might be overclocking, you're better getting a 2500K or drop the z68 to a h61.

And yes the build is compatible, and you shouldn't need any extra cables.


Thankyou for the information- it's exactly what I needed to hear. Whilst you're still here, if there's anything else I could do to cut corners on the price, please explain how i can do so. I guess I'll also have to consider overclocking a bit more, too.
April 16, 2012 1:58:58 PM

If anyone can also recommend a better GPU that isn't much more expensive, let me know!
April 16, 2012 2:27:21 PM

Well i got a GTX 570 into your budget along with everything else you need, however the SSD got sacrificed :

Intel 2500K £143.94
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors+-...

MSI Z77A-G43 £76.79
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte #996995 £32.39
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM...

PNY GeForce GTX 570 XLR8 £209.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200 £59.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/1TB+Seagate+ST1000...

650W XFX Core Edition £59.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/650W+XFX+Core+Edit...

LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW £13.66
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/...

Zalman Z11 Plus Black £45.00
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+T...

MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM £68.88
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syst...

Basket Total £ 612.22
Approx. Delivery £ 10.44
VAT £ 124.53

Total £747.19
April 16, 2012 3:40:39 PM

metal orient said:
Well i got a GTX 570 into your budget along with everything else you need, however the SSD got sacrificed :

Intel 2500K £143.94
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors+-...

MSI Z77A-G43 £76.79
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte #996995 £32.39
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM...

PNY GeForce GTX 570 XLR8 £209.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200 £59.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/1TB+Seagate+ST1000...

650W XFX Core Edition £59.99
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/650W+XFX+Core+Edit...

LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW £13.66
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/...

Zalman Z11 Plus Black £45.00
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+T...

MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM £68.88
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syst...

Basket Total £ 612.22
Approx. Delivery £ 10.44
VAT £ 124.53

Total £747.19



Thanks for taking the time out to select parts for me. The build you chose is brilliant. However, I managed to drop the SDD on my amazon shopping basket, which actually put the price just below £700.

The video card is brilliant, but what I have chosen already seems to fit my needs just fine and is a far lower price (:
I may be temped to grab the RAM and the tower case you mentioned though...
April 16, 2012 3:54:31 PM

if you want the build to be cheaper change the GTX 570 to an HD 6870 and the price comes down to £664.93 and has more performance than a GTX 550 Ti
April 16, 2012 4:55:14 PM

I did look at that GPU at one point, but unfortunately it's not available on amazon unless I get the sapphire version which actually ups the price by £20. I want to get it on amazon just 'cause I'd like to get it all in one bundle, plus the shipping is cheaper. It's still an option, though. How much better is it in your experience?
April 16, 2012 7:06:49 PM

Ok, you're really starting to persuade me on this. If I buy either of those, are you sure they'll be compatible with the rest of my build? I'm sure they will, it's just that one includes "AMD" in it's desciption and obviously I'm using an Intel setup. I'm fairly new to the computer scene, so I'm not as well versed as I'd like.

Anyway, would this also be an identically worthy replacement too?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11179-09-20G-6870-GDDR...
April 16, 2012 9:32:39 PM

Yep about as good as any other 6870, Sapphire is a good brand.
April 16, 2012 9:59:30 PM

Brilliant, I've switched over the cards in my shopping cart now.

Just to round things up, this is my new (revised) build. If there's anything else wrong with it, mention it:

•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English DVD-ROM – £69.45

•Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer - £75.76

•Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card £123.00

•Asus DRW-24B3ST SATA Internal 24X DVD±RW Drive – £20.33

•OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply – £59.49

•Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Chassis - £89.99

•Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, DDR3, 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, ATX, LucidLogix Virtu) – £74.13

•Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) - £158.10

•Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit - £40.72
April 17, 2012 8:08:30 AM

P.S.

The haf 912 is 50$ on amazon atm idk if this is relevant or not
April 17, 2012 3:44:13 PM

Thanks metal orient. The PSU seems great apart from that it's 550W whilst the current one is 600W. I think It'll just allow for more expansion if I decide to upgrade if i stick with the OCZ. Plus it's modular, so hey why not?

I'll probably go for that case you suggested though, the price difference is massive and I don't think I'm losing out.

Another quick question. I know It's not much to do with the build, but how would I get Internet connection on my new computer? My modem has wireless capabilities, so should I just grab a wireless adapter to put into one of the USB ports? If so, does it need to be a specific type that coincides with my Internet provider or modem manufacturer?
April 17, 2012 3:45:44 PM

'Fraid not Zeauz. I'm from the U.K, so i use the U.K version of Amazon.
April 17, 2012 4:30:08 PM

The main reason i suggested the XFX is because of its OEM, (Seasonic) which have a great reputation, but sirtec is good as well.

Yeah i think the case will be great, and it comes with 4 zalman fans so even better.

I can't really help you with wireless, my understanding is just plug in a USB and it should just work but you never quite know. I'm looking at getting a PCI one as i think it'll be more reliable and won't stick out of the case.
April 17, 2012 5:08:26 PM

Do you know of any wireless adapters that go directly into the Mobo you can recommend, provided they are available on Amazon?
April 17, 2012 6:28:50 PM

That's the exact one i was looking at actually. It seems fine, but at £9.32 just seems a little good to be true. I'll probably get it anyway, since there's not much else out there.
Would I be right in saying that's just a simple task of slotting it in to a PCI slot right alongside my GPU?
April 17, 2012 6:32:38 PM

a PCIe x1 slot (the smallest one)
April 17, 2012 6:34:21 PM

That's on the motherboard I've selected, right?
April 17, 2012 6:40:20 PM

Unless you have some sort of loyalty voucher to Amazon, I'd go for Aria.co.uk, the parts are usually cheaper and you get these things called AriaBytes which can e used to redeem free items, I ordered all my PC parts from them back in August and customer service is great.
April 17, 2012 9:29:25 PM

If you look at the amperage on the 12V rail (a more important factor in how powerful a PSU is compared to looking at the number on the label) you would see that the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W had 504W combined, while the XFX Pro 550W Core Edition has 528W. So the OCZ is no more powerful than the XFX.
The XFX also has more (9x SATA, 6x 4pin peripheral vs 6 & 4) and longer (55cm vs 45cm) cables than the OCZ, so it allows for more expansion than the OCZ in that regard.
You can still choose the OCZ, but I just had to let you know about these particular things.
April 17, 2012 10:30:17 PM

Thanks for the advice Silvune. I really appreciate it, especially since I'm something of a newbie when it comes to computers.

I've switched over the other PSU now, I'm not going to argue with advice from two PC building veterans.

Unfortunately, the monitor I thought I'd be getting second hand is actually non-existent. Can anyone advise me in what kind of monitor I should go for that's within my budget? Anything £30 or under would be brilliant. Bear in mind I'll be gaming. I'll look up monitors myself, too.
April 18, 2012 8:21:22 AM

£30 isn't going to get you much, really you need around the £80 mark.

Best check ebay for whatever you can find tbh.
April 18, 2012 4:47:25 PM

Cheers, but I'm actually going for the HD 6870 anyway.
April 18, 2012 6:55:36 PM

Would you care to look at those monitors I linked? Just let me know what you think, would be awesome. (:
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