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Building PC £1500-2000 budget, first time builder

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January 22, 2012 2:42:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: £1500-2000(rebates?)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games Games and more Games

Parts Not Required: Monitor think i can get away with using an old one for now

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, will use newegg for reference

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: Don't care about brands, just needs to work

Overclocking: Yes but not right now

SLI or Crossfire: Yes maybe not right now tho

Monitor Resolution: Don't know yet hope to get a 30" 2500x1600

Additional Comments: Hmmm i like the colour blue? :) 

Ok so now thats out of the way, i here to seek advice on building my first PC. I have pretty good idea what i want to go far and some parts buts others.....not so much, here is what im thinking of going with.

Motherboard: OR
CPU: Not sure on this will explain below
Video Card: Looking at one or two 7970's Not sure on this again will explain below
Ram: Clueless, really need help here
Memory: x 2 will add a mass storage drive too
Power supply:Need help here too

For the CPU i want to get an ivy bridge, so im not sure if i should wait to get that or try and find a used 2500k from somewhere. For the Video cards like i said above i looking at the 7970's but Invidia have not released their new cards yet im interested to see if they are going to be better. If there's only going to be a few frames between them at the same price point i guess i'll stick with the 7970's because i have been waiting for the last 4-5 years to build a computer already :(  . Any advice you guys could give would be great thx.

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January 22, 2012 3:20:53 PM

It seems like you are in between wanting parts that haven't been released and wanting to build a computer now and if you are not careful you may want to think about whether or not you want to wait untill Ivy Bridge and Kepler are released so you can make a definitive decision on what parts you want. I was a little surprised that the new released 7970 waas close competition to the GTX 580 and I was expecting this card from AMD to be in competition with kepler and it looks like Kepler may be a lot more powerful than the Southern Islands and if not then I would be dissapointed all around and will stick with my 580's.
So having said that it comes to what would your decision be and if you build now then you want to make sure that you will be happy with the 7970 and Sandy Bridge.
I looked at the case you chose and I'm wondring why such a large case and expensive.
There is a wide choice in price between the two MB's ?
January 22, 2012 3:59:13 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$199.99 and a $20 rebate
This is a huge case and you would be able to fit anything and everything inside of it.

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
By going with the Sandy Bridge-E you could forgo the Ivy Bribge and wait for a few more releases from Intel before upgrading.

CORSAIR H70 Core High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
The Sandy Bridge-E doesn't come with a cpu cooler so you have to get an after market one.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

XFX Black Edition FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I don't know if you can aford this beast of a gaming machine but it will make you forget about upgading for a while and htere may be cheaper solutions available but the choice of the components will be yours to make.
The monitor listed below is a 27" but has a recomended resolution of 2560x1440 and you don't have to get the more expensive 30" to get that resolution.

DoubleSight DS-275W Black 27" 6ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 350 cd/m2 1000:1
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January 22, 2012 4:13:56 PM

This the reason why i choose that case was so that i could upgrade and not worry if stuff would fit. I also heard that the new sandy bridge E was for CPU intensive stuff like 3D modeling and rendering etc.
January 22, 2012 5:04:40 PM

Also gaming! The new cpu provides 40 Pci-e lanes so you can have two actual x16 slots and not have to settle for x8 ,x8 when two video cards are used. If you look at the spec's of the Saber Tooth you will see three pcis-e slots and they are x16 , x16 and x8 and those will be no matter what is put into those slots so you can have real x16 slots for both video cards in SLI.
January 22, 2012 5:08:21 PM

I have a similar cpu with the Intel 980x and it is six cores and a similar amount of lanes and I strictly use it for gaming.
January 31, 2012 10:42:32 AM

Hello, ok so i did some major rethinking, decided to change somethings this is what ima go for.


mother board

CPU (will be upgraded to ivy bridge)


Video card (will be upgraded to ati7*** or Nvidia 7**)

Hard drives x2 got 1 already

Power supply

windows 7 OS and some anti virus

Total cost just under £1200

What do you think?