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£1000~ new pc - need advice on a couple things.

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September 23, 2011 5:35:46 PM

Hey everyone, building a new gaming pc next week and Its pretty similar to the one I built last month for my GF, but have got a couple of questions.

Approximate Purchase Date: next week friday

Budget Range: £1000~

Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse/monitor/windows

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Aria.co.uk (unless can find all parts cheaper elsewhere.)

Country of Origin: England

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Additional Comments:
What I have so far:
https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/k2ryRG-OoEyRde3d7eG62w,,

What I'd like advice on:
1. Will the 800W Mushkin PSU be enough to power 2x 560TI and a overclocked i5 2500k CPU?

2. Is this SSD still a good choice for its money?

3. Can someone advice me on which GFX 560TI card to get. There are several on Aria.co.uk but have no idea which ones are better. If there are better ones on other websites, please let me know. The one I bought for my GF's computer got discontinued.

4. Any tips on overall tweaking of my system?

Thanks very much for your time guys, you really helped us out in the past!
September 23, 2011 7:11:57 PM

I think you made excellent decisions when it comes to components.

I'd recommend

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

The asus DirectCU cards are the best out there. High headroom, great cooling, and quality components.

If you plan on overclocking, this is your card. If you don't, this card will run much cooler than the other cards.
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September 23, 2011 8:05:46 PM

Here's a few alternatives. That Antec case is a bit small for dual cards and a decent size cpu cooler.

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T... £64.79 inc. VAT
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Midi Chassis

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli... £67.19 inc. VAT
750W OCZ ZS Series ATX2.2 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+... £24.14 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/... £44.39 inc. VAT
8GB G.Skill RipJawsX (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Kit - F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MSI... £179.99 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin FrozR II OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card w/ FREE Steam Voucher Batman: Arkham City!

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa... £114.98 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0
September 23, 2011 8:23:58 PM

Build looks good, while the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that iwll work fine at stock speeds if you are going to overclock the processor you are going to want to pick up a good 3rd party HSF.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
September 23, 2011 8:26:30 PM

Ill be choosing between the Asus and Gigabyte card.

Also, thanks for suggesting the alternatives, probably will be getting that Coolermaster case and CPU cooler.

I'll also read up a bit on the motherboards you mention. So many specs on those, very confusing for a newbie like me hehe.
September 23, 2011 8:27:57 PM

Sorry for double post (cant seem to edit), just wanted to thank everyone for their suggestions!

And yea, thanks IntelEnthusiast, totally forgot to add a CPU cooler :) 
September 24, 2011 12:58:58 PM

I've updated my list and this is probably exactly what ill be getting.
https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/k2ryRG-OoEyRde3d7eG62w,

One last question though. The HAF 912 case has a 1x 120mm rear fan and a 200mm fan blowing inwards on the front.
Should I get another 200mm fan on the top or would that only be overkill and make unnecessary noise?

September 24, 2011 2:39:27 PM

Gothams Finest said:
I recomend going for this CPU cooler too
Also I highly recommend the Crucial M4.

Thanks Gothems, I totally forgot I hadnt added a ssd. Was only choosing the CPU cooler because I bought it for my gf last month. I'll be changing to the one you guys have recommended.
September 24, 2011 5:06:59 PM

Your welcome mate :) 

Also to answer your question about the case fans its difficult to say, but I would recommend seeing if the fans that come with the case are sufficient, then if they are you've saved your self some money and cut back a little on noise, but if not its no big deal to add more fans later.
September 24, 2011 6:28:33 PM

joostlobe said:
Ill be choosing between the Asus and Gigabyte card.

Also, thanks for suggesting the alternatives, probably will be getting that Coolermaster case and CPU cooler.

I'll also read up a bit on the motherboards you mention. So many specs on those, very confusing for a newbie like me hehe.


I was going to go for a Gigabyte, but read that the factory OC can be unstable to the point where it has to be brought back (clock speed). Whereas the Asus seems fine and has better cooling.
September 24, 2011 7:14:21 PM

Doctor_Den said:
I was going to go for a Gigabyte, but read that the factory OC can be unstable to the point where it has to be brought back (clock speed). Whereas the Asus seems fine and has better cooling.

Thanks very much for the tip. I think I'll opt for reliability and cooling.
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