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MATX Build - Budget ~£600

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December 28, 2011 3:54:27 PM

Hi guys, looking to build a Micro ATX system (or an ATX system that doesn't exceed 46cm in height due to desk restrictions).

I'm not a big PC gamer but would like something relatively future proof, usually the graphics card is something I tend to cheap out on but have set a budget of around £75 to £115 for it this time which I'm hoping will be more than adequate for my needs (media centre, graphics design, maybe some occasional gaming).

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP.
Budget Range: Approx. £600 but can go over if necessary.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphics/web design, Internet surfing, media centre, gaming
Parts Not Required: Monitor (24" LCD Full HD), speakers, keyboard, mouse, Power Supply (Trendsonic Eye-T 650w Modular), HDD's (2 x 2tb hard drives), 3 x 120mm Nexus"Real Silent Case Fans".
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: eBuyer.com, Amazon.co.uk, Scan.co.uk, Dabs.com, Other established UK sites
Country: United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Would prefer an Intel build, and I usually go for Asus motherboards, but open to suggestions.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I also have a projector hooked up to my current machine (1920x1082) which is used for the majority of the media viewing (XBMC, via Xbox as Media Extender, Liveonlinefooty etc.). Will need graphics card capable of handling 2 displays. Looking to build a fairly quiet PC, not interested in anything flashy looking. I'm going to need to purchase another PSU to put in my old PC to sell it on, so I'm open to upgrading my current PSU if it's necessary.


Here's what I have put together so far, any alternatives or suggestions welcome:

Fractal Design Define Mini Case - £69.88
http://www.cclonline.com/product/62353/FD-CA-DEF-MINI-B...

Asus P8H67-M PRO R3 H67 mATX Motherboard - £74.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004O9WT16

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500k Core i5 (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) - £167.30
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/

Corsair Memory 120GB Force Series 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (Read 550MB/s, Write 510MB/s) - £122.98
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-120gb-force...

G-Skill 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 1333 Dual Kit - Red - £32.94
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002X578GE

XFX ATI Radeon 6770 HD 850MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI - £74.98
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-ati-radeon-6770-hd-850...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler - £14.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002G392ZI

= £558.05


Any alternative suggestions, particularly on the Motherboard, Graphics Card and SSD would be helpful.

Thanks,

Jason

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December 29, 2011 2:01:40 PM

I've made a few changes, decided to change to a Z68 motherboard and stick with the integrated graphics for now, maybe get a dedicated card later on if my needs change.

Here's what I have in mind now:

Fractal Design Define Mini Case - £69.88
http://www.cclonline.com/product/62353/FD-CA-DEF-MINI-B...

Asus P8Z68-M PRO S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 mATX - £109.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-p8z68-m-pro-s1155-int...

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500k Core i5 (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) - £166.90
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/

Corsair Memory 120GB Force Series 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (Read 550MB/s, Write 510MB/s) - £122.98
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-120gb-force...

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) Memory Kit 1600MHz DDR3 - £32.91
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=141...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler - £14.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002G392ZI

= £517.65


Any thoughts?
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