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December 14, 2011 11:10:52 PM

I'm planning on getting the following parts to build my first homebuilt gaming pc, hopefully before Christmas (planning on purchasing this week). Since it's my first, and because it's a lot of money for me, could someone please check over the parts and assure me they are all compatible and reasonable for this build?

The parts are the following:

- Casecom shiny black mid tower case with front 120mm led fan (£21.48)
http://www.ebuyer.com/160914-casecom-shiny-black-mid-to...

- Arctic Power 500W PSU (£29.99)
http://www.ebuyer.com/124922-arctic-power-500w-psu-p2-a...

- Asus P8Z68-V LX socket 1155 onboard graphics output 8 channel audio ATX MOBO (£81.39)
http://www.ebuyer.com/281367-asus-p8z68-v-lx-socket-115...

- Intel Core i5 2500 3.3GHz socket 1155 6MB cache retail boxed processor (£161.69)
http://www.ebuyer.com/251597-core-i5-2500-3-3ghz-socket...

- G-Skill 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 1600MHz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 1.5V (£35.72)
http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160...

- PowerColor HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DP out PCI-E Graphics card (£114.99)
http://www.ebuyer.com/248746-powercolor-hd-6850-1gb-gdd...

- Seagate 500GB 3.5'' SATA-III 6GB/s Barracuda hard drive 7200RPM, 16MB Cache (£64.98)
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii...

-LiteOn iHAS124-19 24xDVD+RW DL&RAM Sata optical drive - OEM black (£14.20)
http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-...

-Microsoft Windows 7 home premium w/SP1 -License and Media- OEM - 64bit (£70.65)
http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-p...

- All in 1 internal Card reader plus one USB2.0 Port - 3.5'' bay (£6.57)
http://www.ebuyer.com/108453-all-in-1-internal-card-rea...

The whole build would come to £602.

I hope that's enough information. Some of the questions I have been wondering are the following:
- Is the case large enough to fit everything in?
- Will everything connect with the mobo?
- Have I completely forgot about any important parts?
- Does the PSU have enough power?
- Are any of the parts much too 'overpowered' or 'good' compared to the rest?
- Do any of the parts seem overpriced?
- Any ways of making the build slightly better without spending much more, or alternatively, how can I save some money without losing much performance?


These are just some example questions, I've been researching this whole topic for a while now, and have tried to answer as many questions as I can myself. I figured before actually purchasing I'd ask some people with more experience than myself though, just to be sure.

I appreciate any advice or suggestions,
Thanks

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December 14, 2011 11:20:20 PM

ALSO, lol. Your psu seems cheap. You don't want to buy a cheap PSU. Honestly..
December 14, 2011 11:24:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm guessing you meant software4student, and not vice versa? (student4software didn't exist). On that website the Win7 is an 'upgrade version', does that mean I need to already have an older version or something?
December 14, 2011 11:26:12 PM

Yes it does. My mistake, I forgot about that catch
December 15, 2011 3:05:11 PM

I'd really appreciate any other comments or advice, before ordering either today or tomorrow, anyone?
December 15, 2011 3:40:20 PM

How about this:

Using the HDD and Motherboard you listed from ebuyer for £145.98.

Then from www.aria.net get:

intel i5 2500k £162 (in a deal)
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i5-2500...

8GB Excelleram 1600 £30
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/8GB+Exceleram+Whit...

XFX 6850 1 GB £100
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD+...

Corsair CX500 PSU £47
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

Bitfenix Merc Alpha Case £30
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/BitFenix+Merc+Alph...

DVD/RW £12
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/LG+GH22NS70+22x+DV...

Windows 7 OEM £69
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Microsoft+Windows+...

Totalling (From aria) with postage £457.84
With Ebuyer added on £603.82

Abit more than you spent but with a more reliable PSU and a better case.

December 15, 2011 3:49:44 PM

I hadn't heard about ARIA before, I just knew ebuyer were relatively cheap and have excellent service. Is that something I can also expect from aria.co.uk?
And yeah, I've been looking at other PSUs, and am now thinking about upgrading to 600W, just so i'd still have enough for a second GPU, a second hard drive and a bluray optical drive. Or would 500W still be enough for that? Thanks
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