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New Build Compatibility Check and Case Advice (Gaming PC £800/$1300)

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August 6, 2011 3:22:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1st September

Budget Range: Up to £800 which is roughly $1300 (Before Rebates) - this excludes VAT (UK sales tax, 20%) as do the prices given below

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Blizzard games (WoW, SC2, Diablo 3 eventually), web development, other games, office stuff, surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard (Razer Anansi), Mouse (Razer Naga)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Novatech

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: I'm pretty sold on AMD and ATI but not sticking religiously to that or anything.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I need one, 1920+ res

Additional Comments: I've been a Mac user for the last 5 years, but I'm tired of not being able to upgrade much (and getting 11 FPS on WoW) so I'm coming back to PCs. I'd like my PC to be reasonably quiet, and I'd like a sleek looking case that's easy to fit.

Here's what I've got picked out so far:

AMD Quad Core Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 - Retail (£73.32)

MSI ATI Radeon 6870 Twin Frozr II 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe (£120.82)

Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive - Retail (£141.66) - I currently only use about 80GB so this should be fine

Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3L AMD 870 (Socket AM3+) Motherboard (£54.99)

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Single Memory Module x2 (£39.98)

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular Power Supply (£53.32)

Samsung S222AB 22x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM (£13.32)

BenQ G2420HD 61 cm (24") LCD Monitor (£120.86) - I know nothing about monitors, I picked this because it's full HD and 2/5ms

I still need a case and appropriate cooling for it.

Please can you offer any advice on my spec and any suggestions on a nice case for it all?
August 6, 2011 4:27:47 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X4 955 vs Intel Core i5 2500K

You want two sticks of RAM so that your RAM runs as dual channel and not single channel. I didn't see an o/s (Windows) in your build so I didn't put it in this one.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cas... £56.98 inc vat
Coolermaster Storm Scout Gaming Case - Black (No PSU)

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/pow... £74.99 inc vat
Corsair TX 750W ATX2.31 80 PLUS® Bronze certified Power Supply

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/mot... £111.98 inc vat
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/pro... £159.98 inc vat
Intel® Core™ i5 2500K 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/coo... £23.51 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/mem... £36.98 inc vat
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/har... £40.98 inc vat
Samsung Spin Point F3 SATAII 1TB 32MB Cache Hard Drive <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/opt... £16.99 inc vat
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/nvi... £169.99 inc vat
MSI GeForce GTX 560TI Twin FrozR II 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/monitors/22inc... £99.99 inc vat
LG E2240S 22" LED Monitor - Black

Total: £792.37 inc vat

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/software/opera... £79.99 inc vat
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit DVD - OEM - Service Pack 1
August 7, 2011 8:49:26 PM

Does it have to be novatech? Aria, Scan and ebuyer are also good choices
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August 7, 2011 10:41:43 PM

Novatech do finance :-) Looks like Aria does too though so they would be OK.

@Why_Me: Thanks for that, I will consider it but whilst the i5 is much better than the 955, it's also twice the price so it really should be :-D Any views on its i3 equivalent? Although I gather they can't be O.C.
August 7, 2011 10:49:15 PM

niuserre said:
Novatech do finance :-) Looks like Aria does too though so they would be OK.

@Why_Me: Thanks for that, I will consider it but whilst the i5 is much better than the 955, it's also twice the price so it really should be :-D Any views on its i3 equivalent? Although I gather they can't be O.C.

The 1155 i3's can't be over clocked, but they are hyper threaded and a decent cpu. They won't get you the numbers (FPS) that a quad core will like the i5 though.
August 8, 2011 3:44:40 PM

Finance? I think SCAN offers finance packages as well.

This will give you a good idea of how things will be in terms of CPU:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=288

Basically the i5 will trounce the 955 in most cases and it will really get the lead when it's thoroughly overclocked. But it's also about twice the price and AMD motherboards tend to be cheaper as well.

What can you salvage from your macs? i.e. monitors, hard drives, RAM, potentially processor.
August 8, 2011 3:48:31 PM

metal orient said:
Finance?

Monthly payments.
August 8, 2011 4:16:27 PM

Okay so i looked at a build:

CPU: AMD P2 X4 955BE £90 (out of stock but expected on the 10th)
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Pro...

GPU: EVGA GTX 560Ti £167 (Blizzard games work best on NVIDIA from what i hear)
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/EVGA+GeForce+GTX+5...

RAM: Mushkin silverline 8GB 1333MHz CAS9 £35
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

CPUHSF: Scythe Mugen 2 £32
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Scythe+Mugen+2+Rev...

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB £38
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/1TB+Samsung+HD103S...

CASE: Fractal Core 3000 £52
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...

DVD £14
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+...

SCREEN: BenQ G2222HDL £92 (i'm pretty sure these are good screens)

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte 990XA UD3 £89 (Can SLI)
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

PSU: Mushkin 800W £72 (allows for SLI 560Ti's)
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/800W+Mushkin+Enhan...

Total cost (+ P&P) 695.98
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