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New gaming build £600 - ~£700

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November 14, 2011 2:56:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week. (is buying components before xmas a bad time though?)

Budget Range: £600 - ~£700. I had intended my budget to be between £500 and £600, but I wasn’t planning on getting an SSD, so I wouldn’t want to spend any more than my current suggested build.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer, Scan, Aria, Dabs and any other reputable UK site.

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Possibly ATI graphics card for future CrossFire compatability.

Overclocking: Yes a little, nothing extreme.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200.

Additional Comments: I not concerned about aesthetics, just the performance/functionality.


MSI Z68A-GD55-G3 - £120
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor - £166.97
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card - £138.27
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £38.87
Xenta SATA TO IDE Dongle (Connect IDE Drive To SATA Controller) - £4.74
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - £26.92
OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Semi-Modular PSU - £69.99
Casecom K5-9388 Black Case with Red LED 120mm Front Fan - £27.99
Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD 2.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Read = 550MB/s, Write = 510MB... - £130.00
Startech 4 Pin P4 CPU Power - Extension Uk - £2.07
Total: £725.82

I’m thinking I’ll be able to get a cheaper graphics card in a couple of years time for CrossFire, which will give me a good performance/price payoff, although I realise I won’t be able to have future games on high detail/res, but that’s fine. I won’t be able to afford a new graphics card every couple of years, so that’s why I’m thinking about CrossFire, but if it works out to be false economy or is advised against, how about the Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSU? http://www.ebuyer.com/159918-antec-truepower-new-550w-m...

Would you recommend I get the power extension cable with this case and (either) PSU?

Any suggestions on case fan sizes and their locations?

Are there any known compatibility problems with the components I’ve chosen so far? Eg, case, fan, memory dimensions/locations etc. Correct power leads and length? Etc.

Thanks for taking the time to read and advise :) 

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November 14, 2011 3:09:47 PM

I can't seem to edit, but I forgot to mention I'll be temporarily using an old IDE HDD.
November 15, 2011 10:56:18 AM

Any help would be appreciated if you are able to :) 
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November 15, 2011 12:05:09 PM

You're pretty much good. I don't see any problem with your build.
November 15, 2011 12:08:39 PM

Crossfire is pretty good, but you might want to stick with a good single card and upgrade it every 3years or so.
November 15, 2011 5:44:44 PM

Thanks cutebeans and Silvune :) 

I think I’m about ready to order soon, but I’m still a little unsure on the PSU. Which of these would you go for, bearing in mind dual GPUs and i5 2500k overclocked?

OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Semi-Modular PSU £69.99
5 year warranty, 12v 650W - http://www.ocztechnology.com/res/manuals/OCZ750FTY-Fatal1ty-750W-Sheet_1.pdf

Thermaltake 675W Toughpower XT Modular PSU £62.99
5 year warranty, 12v 764W - http://thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1344&ID=1944

Be Quiet Pure Power 730W Modular PSU £81.99
3 year warranty, 12v 660W - http://www.be-quiet.net/be-quiet.net/index.php?StoryID=17&ProductID=251&websiteLang=en

Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified £71.06
5 year warranty, 12v 636W - http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/enthusiast-series-power-supply-units/enthusiast-series-tx650-v2-80-plus-bronze-certified-650-watt-high-performance-power-supply.html

I think I’ve read the specifications on the charts correctly for the watts, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

As Silvune mentioned, the Thermaltake is cheaper and has more amps on the 12v rail, but it hasn’t been suggested to me as a reliable brand, is it one to avoid?

Is the Be Quiet worth the extra money, or will one of the others be sufficient? I’d rather keep costs down if possible, but I don’t want it to blow up on me either :) 

Just realised the Corsair only has 2 PCIe connectors, so no good for CrossFire?

Any suggestions on size of fans and locations for the case?

At last I’m actually making progress, thanks again for your help! :) 
November 15, 2011 8:37:54 PM

Thermaltake have released a lot of bad units, some people probably hold it against Thermaltake for all these bad units. However most, if not all units, from the Toughpower XT or Toughpower Grand series are high quality; they have high operating temps (50C) and they can deliver what they claim. The only criticism I have read of the Toughpower XT *75 series is that they are overpriced, which is not the case now on ebuyer.
The 12V on the TT XT 675 is 672W btw.

No the Be Quiet unit is not worth the extra as it is overpriced.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/PurePower_L8...

If you wanted to power a build with two 6870s then if you used the Corsair 650TXV2 then you would have to use peripheral to PCIe adapters (which often come with GPUs).

Another option if you don't mind having a non-modular PSU is the XFX Pro 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze £66
http://www.ebuyer.com/241554-xfx-pro-650w-core-edition-...
Which is the same internally as the Corsair 650TXV2, but with four PCIe connectors.

You might be alright with the stock case cooling as it already has an intake (which might not get that much air to the hottest components) and an exhaust fan. But with overclocking and potentially crossfire you might end up putting a 120mm fan as an intake to blow air onto the GPUs and then possibly an extra 140mm fan in the top.
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