Hi guys, I've been using Tom's Hardware for a while, but have only just made an account
I'm planning on build my second custom build (my first custom build was over 4 years ago) and I'd be really grateful if you guys could check this build (I'm from the UK, and I find that scan.co.uk generally has the best prices... I hope you don't mind working in pounds) :
A few things you guys should know:
- I am a full time student (generally need to do data processing and word processing - so I don't think I need floads of RAM) and find it much easier to work if I have two monitors, yet I still wish to have a good enough pc to be able to boot up BF3 or Skyrim or whatever when I get a free weekend.
- Overclocking: Yes
- In the future I would like to SLI.
- I've had a lot of trouble with slow hard drives, and so I'm going to try out RAID 1 (Data-backup is not really an issue)
- I bought the case a while ago, and I'm not including that in the cost.
I'm not 100% sure whether I've made a good choice for the GPU. Since this card is the "Top" edition, it does do very well in benchmarks for a comparatively low price, however I'm unsure whether I should be aiming to get more than a GTX560 Ti..
I think I've made a very bad choice on RAM here, I chose this RAM a while ago, but I'm not entirely sure how I justified spending so much on 4GB. Is 4GB enough nowadays?
Also, I have gone for a comparatively expensive pair of HHDs to RAID with, do you guys think this is a good idea?
That RAM looks hideously expensive to me. 4GB is enough but i would get 8GB since it's pretty cheap. That i5 can only go up to 1333Mhz anyway i think so Corsair XMS3 is fine. You can get 8GB of XMS3 for like £45. Also i think RAID 1 is for data backup, you want RAID 0 for disk performance. Also many here will claim that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is faster than the WD Black 1TB. It is also a lot cheaper. Maybe try this build:
That build is a similar price and i'm pretty sure those HDD's are faster. The RAM is going to be equally fast except you have 8GB which will be an improvement. The GPU should be much better, put in an 850W PSU to cope with GTX 570 SLI. You also get 2ms monitors. The mobo pretty much does the same job but Z68 has a few more features. The one thing youre losing is the better CPU cooler, the Hyper 212+ is still a really good cooler though.
EDIT: Just realised, this gives you 24'' monitors too! Hope this helped.