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Advice On My First Build: £800 Intel Gaming PC

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August 17, 2011 5:19:01 PM

Hey everyone, I'm about to embark on my first build before I go to university, and I figured that before I start ordering parts, I should ask a knowledgable community whether I'm doing it right, so here I am :D 

Without further ado...
 
Approximate Purchase Date: 28th August / Early September
 
Budget Range: £750 - £850 (Flexible)
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, audio editing, downloading, Internet browsing.
 
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site with shipping to the UK
 
Country of Origin: England :) 
 
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, ASUS mobo, NVidia graphics, everything else is up to you guys :) 
 
Overclocking: Yes
 
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe one day
 
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
 
Additional Comments: Noise is not too much of an issue. If I can get my PC up and running without some components from the off, which I can then add later, that would be great, as it leaves me with more money to spend on the most important components (eg. CPU Cooler, Optical Drive?)
 
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These are the parts I have selected thus far, feel free to suggest alternatives, and more importantly, point out compatibility issues. Thanks!

Case: NZXT Phantom White

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

Processor: Intel i5-2500k 3.3GHz 6MB Cache

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA...

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 B3 Revision

http://www.crescentelectronics.co.uk/node/262090

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB

http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=012-p3-1563-k...

RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-4gb--2-x-2g...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM

http://www.crescentelectronics.co.uk/node/346937

Optical Drive:  SAMSUNG Black BD-ROM  DVD-ROM  CD-ROM

http://www.ebuyer.com/240172-samsung-sh-b123l-12x-bd-ro...

PSU: Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/159920-antec-truepower-new-650w-m...

Thanks again! Hopefully someone will read this :p 
August 17, 2011 6:03:39 PM

Ok starting off all of your components are compatible and should work well together. The only item on your build that I would say that you don’t need to have at the start is the CPU cooler. The Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds and temperatures. So if you can wait to overclock the processor you can cut at this cost until you do. Otherwise everything looks good and you should have a good system.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 17, 2011 6:27:21 PM

I've been researching like crazy over the past week or so, and my processor, GPU, hard drive, and cooler have all changed at least once. The PSU was particularly problematic, as I kept on happening to choose brands which were "blacklisted" by the community, so it's a relief to finally know that everything should mesh together well :) 

Just one thing, I was wondering how essential my disk drive is? There are other computers in the house with disc drives which theoretically my new PC could network with, allowing access to necessary drivers which come on discs etc?

I won't be able to afford any games for a while after the build anyway, and I can't think of anything else which I will need the disc drive for.

Thanks for your quick contribution by the way, I've been stressing over long numbers and specifications for a while now haha :) 
August 17, 2011 7:05:02 PM

When you say disk drive are you talking the CD Rom, the hard drive or a floppy drive (which I dont see listed). The CD Rom you must have to load your OS after that I might be able to remove it for a while. The hard drive you need to store your OS (it is possible that you might be able to set up a boot drive off from a usb flash drive). Since the release of Windows 7, floppy drives are largely a waste of money dont brother with it.

I am going to guess that you are talking about the CD Rom drive for that I would guess that you could grab one from another system in the house as long as it was a USB or SATA drive and (or maybe IDE if your board supports it, the one you have selected doesn't). But once you have loaded everything that need to the system change the boot order and take it from there.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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