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Advice on <£1000 gaming PC

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March 3, 2012 8:36:24 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my system, I need to replace pretty much all of it but the graphics card (ASUS GTX 480) and the PSU (OCZ StealthXStream 600W). Although obviously if these are likely to severely bottleneck the system I might have to think about them too.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: ~£600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet browsing, general use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, GPU (GTX 480), PSU (OCZ StealthXStream 600W)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No specific preferences

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes (I've never done it before but I understand I'd be crazy not to with the i5 2600K?)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Would like to shave a little of the budget if it would not dramatically hurt performance

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I'm currently looking at this as a build:

CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.30GHz
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB
Case: Bitfenix Shinobi
CPU cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO

Additionally if I fit 2 120 mm fans at the front and one each at the back and top that should provide sufficient cooling? or is it worth spending the extra money to fill all the fan slots?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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March 3, 2012 11:48:09 AM

Pretty good build all round.

The Shinobi comes with a rear fan, so that's one less fan you'll need. Frankly I think just filling the two front fan slots will be sufficient.
I would suggest having a look at the Xigmatek Midgard II as that is basically just a modified Shinobi.
I think you should also be checking for more expensive cases which already come with all the fans they need.

Sandforce drives and OCZ drives in particular are criticised for their reliability issues. Intel's drives on the other hand have been praised for their reliability, even when using the same Sandforce controller.
Intel SSD 520 series 64GB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
Samsung 830 64GB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
Crucial M4 64GB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
March 4, 2012 9:27:00 AM

Thanks for the advice Silvune,

The Midgard II does actually look like an excellent choice so I'll probably switch up to that.
In terms of fans I have 2 120 mm fans from my current case that I will be able to use but I'll still have a good scout round the more expensive cases incase something jumps out.

Thanks for the heads-up about the OCZ drives, I'll pick up one from one of the better brands, theres not really a huge price difference after all.
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