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£900 Editing/graphics PC

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August 8, 2011 7:34:46 PM

Hello everyone, my names connor. I am not a noob at PC hardware but I would really appreciate some needed advice on this build. So as the title says £900, that is my max or top limit on how much I can spend on the PC.
Main aspecs on the build is generally good performance when editing in cs5 eventually maya 3D. It needs to be pretty damn quiet and not flashing full of lights.
These are the parts/hardware I have come up with so far that just hits the max on the budget...

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 600W Modular £92.99

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Case £74.31

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £164.54

CPU Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1 Socket £42.99

CPU Thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Thermal paste 3.5gram £6.57

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 560 DCII OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £154.21

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard £119.99

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - OEM £71.99

RAM:8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Sniper Series (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel Low-voltage 1.25V £53.86

Optical Drive: Sony DRU-880S 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - Retail Box Black £19.12

Storage: 1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive £38.99

Wireless Connection card PCI:TP-Link Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter £18.94

Peripherals Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 Keyboard and Mouse Set £19.99

Any advice on this would be great! This comes to about £893? I cant remember as I am pretty tied :( 

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August 8, 2011 8:26:54 PM

What site are you using? I can't check the prices of the parts that I'm suggesting :p 

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 600W Modular £92.99
Change the power supply to either XFX, Antec, or Corsair. They're not all modular but I'm sure XFX has semi-modular. Cooler Master makes good cases but I can't say the same for their power supply. I would stick with the ones that are already known for their reliability and quality.

CPU Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1 Socket £42.99
The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is what I would go for. Here's some of its specs:
RPM 600 - 2000 RPM
Air Flow 21.2 - 76.8 CFM
Noise Level 13 - 32 dBA
Another alternative to that is the Mugen 2 [Scythe SCMG-2100?]

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £164.54
If you plan to be working with 3D, I think hyperthreading will come in handle. That will bump you to a i7 though which is going to cost you more :/ .

You can try finding OEM optical drive with good reviews to save money. Other than this, everything looks good.

August 8, 2011 8:35:40 PM

What part were you looking at for the sites? I am using around 3 different sites becasue of the prices.

With the CM PSU, I was told to try and go for the more expensive GOLD psu's because they are supposed to be the heart of the PC. But I actual was contemplating going with another PSU :)  would this be okay?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-P1-650X-NLG9-Modular-Power-...

Another thing I was trying to go for was the PC being pretty quiet. would the case be able to keep the noise pretty minmal with good air flow with that PSU?

Right that CPU Cooler. Its just about the sound but I will take you word for it bud!

The reason I said Maya 3D was only because I am going to graphics for 2 years as I have just finished secondary school and want to expect for the worst really.

What does OEM mean? I was told it doesnt come with any cables or wires? etc :/  I only went for that optical drive because it didnt say OEM.

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August 8, 2011 8:52:19 PM

oh and if I am NOT planning to do anygaming (diablo 3 on low at the most if that is ever to come out) is the gtx560 OC DCII overkill?
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August 8, 2011 9:39:18 PM

Just go for a Sapphire Radeon 6870 in my honest opinion, It'll do everything and it's reasonably cheap...

For your power Supply... That XFX one is very good, it's made by seasonic but xfx rebrands it. Or go for the Corsair HX650 or TX750M (750m is cheaper and modular)

You don't need any cables with that Optical drive... I think
August 8, 2011 11:38:00 PM

OEM is an abbreviation for Original equipment manufacturer. In the case of computer hardware, when it says OEM next to the product, it means that nothing but the main item is sent to you and it comes in usually quite basic (but sufficient) packaging.
The cable that you will need for it will come with the motherboard and mounting mechanism will be provided by the case, so unless the drive comes with software which you can't get otherwise, there's no reason to get a retail drive as it just adds cost, even if it is only ~£5.

Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/159920-antec-truepower-new-650w-m...
Very similar to that XFX in functionality and performance, but a bit cheaper.
SPCR tested the 750W version if you want an idea of SPL numbers, they might also have audio recordings of the fan in the unit which you could listen to to see if you think it will be quiet enough. The 650W version probably uses the same fan so they would be comparable, if not identical.

The Hyper 212 Plus is not really the best choice for a quiet heatsink.
The Be Quiet or Scythe Mugen are probably better choices for ones which comes with quiet fans, but you could just replace the fan on the Hyper 212 Plus if you don't want to spend ~£40.
Another alternative:
Gelid Tranquillo Rev 2 £24
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gelid-tranquillo-rev2-he...

I agree about getting a 6870 as I believe they outperform GTX 560s (whereas the GTX 560 Ti outperforms a 6870), altho you won't be saving any money to get a 6870 with the Asus DirectCU cooler:
http://www.ebuyer.com/254404-asus-graphics-ati-hd-6870-...

The case will definitely be good at keeping the noise down. Nothing in your build is a massive heat producer so you shouldn't have any problems with temps, but you can always open up one of the ModuVents if you aren't happy with temps and hope it doesn't compromise the noise too much.
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