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First build. Future proof gaming/music recording system. Around £850.

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July 22, 2011 2:44:04 PM

Hello guys! I'm new to the website. Please could I have some help on a system I am hoping to make.
It has to be relatively future proof, and have room for upgrades. Also it has to be fast not only for gaming, but for music creation also (programs such as ProTools, and Sonar). Also it has to be able to encode video at a decent speed (Vegas and After Effects), but I guess this will come in with the same speed as the music creation.
I'm in the market with about £850, about $1400. And if there is some parts that need a serious re-think then I guess that I could go a bit up from that price.
Here are the parts I have picked:

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD53
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261288

CPU: Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

GPU: Gainward GeForce® GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267587

RAM: Corsair 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MHz-Vengeance-Memory/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=dp_cp_ob_computers_title_2

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

PSU: XFX Pro 850W Power Supply Unit P1-850S-NLB9
http://www.cclonline.com/product/43468/P1-850S-NLB9/Power-Supplies/XFX-Pro-850W-Power-Supply-Unit/PSU1237/

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP 1 64-bit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended-builders/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1311204307&sr=1-1

Case: NZXT Classic Series M59
http://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-Classic-M59-supply--SATA/dp/B002OEBILK/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1311203594&sr=1-1
The whole system comes to roughly £836.

Notes:
1. I originally picked an 'ASUS P8P67 EVO'. But I settled on the MSI because it looks good with roughly the same specs and It is £50 cheaper. I have heard bad things about MSI but also heard bad things about ASUS. I'm not too sure what to go for as I am no expert in this area haha.
2. I need a motherboard with firewire. Or I need firewire capabilities at least for certain music recording interfaces. I'm not sure whether it is best to go for a motherboard like this that has firewire ports on it already. Or to buy a seperate firewire card to add in a PCI slot. I'm not sure what is best basically, for performance and money.
3. I picked an 850w PSU because I want to have room for upgrade when it is needed, and with a lower wattage I might have to upgrade the PSU when I upgrade other things. So I thought it be best to simply buy it now.
4. I went for the 570 gtx because it is a bit crazy, and over the price range I was primarily looking at. But it will surely support everything needed. It runs BC2 on around 70 fps and should hopefully fun BC3 on at least 50 fps. That's what I'm going for.

Thank you in advance guys! I just hope that everything in this system plan would work together. As all things have good reviews and hopefully should all connect together just fine. I've done a lot of research and this was what I concluded.

Thank you everyone in advance :D 

Edit: I have seen a lot on this forum the Asrock P67 motherboards. They seem to be highly esteemed. They are quite dear, but are they worth it? :)  thank you again guys.
July 22, 2011 3:38:36 PM

nice rig overall, and yes asrock p67 really worth it imo
July 22, 2011 3:44:31 PM

Could you fill out this form, that would be great:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-adv...

I notice you're buying from ebuyer, CCL and amazon. Have you looked at SCAN? i find they tend to be cheapest, especially when using their today only offers. (Today is VERY good for your build)

I assume you plan to overclock in which case you'll want a new heatsink. Coolermaster 212+ is a good choice, but is getting pricey because of demand.

You could think about doing crossfired HD6870's, they would chew through any game out for a while, Scan has the excellent MSI Hawk for £135.....
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188

Asrock i thought is good, apparently ASUS's budget line and i have been considering the Extreme 4 P67, but it seems to have fallen off the UK market which is a shame as it was around £100, i.e. your MB budget.

Just some thoughts for you
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July 22, 2011 3:54:39 PM

Very nice build :)  Id stick with it :) 

July 22, 2011 8:23:13 PM

Okay then, thank you very much for the quick reply guys!
If I swapped the motherboard for the Asrock P67 Extreme4. For only £3 more, and several people prefer it.
I would need a wireless network adapter, is it best to go for a USB or for a PCI adapter? Does anybody know of any good ones? Thing is I dont have the capability to put a wire to my computer (despite the wired connections superiority), because of the position of my computer, and the layout of my house.
By the way, do all of the parts I have chosen now, including the new motherboard all work together? From what I can deduce, that is the perfect system for me at the moment. I'm just hoping everything will work together. :) 

Note about XFX graphics: I would go for crossfire 6870s, but doesn't the 570 run better overal with the 2500k processor? And for a future upgrade wouldnt it be more cost effective to go for getting a second 570, than getting the crossfire 6870s now?

Thank you again everyone! :) 
July 22, 2011 9:05:19 PM

Since the GTX 560Ti will overclock to give the same performance as a 6970, that would suggest the GTX570 will overclock even higher thus being the best overall performance so id stick with the 570 :) 

The components are all compatable, the only issues sometimes is the RAM but the sticks you have selected are 1.5v so they will work fine :) 

As for wireless, i cant really advise there as ive always had a HUB which i can wire straight into (really not a fan of wireless internet devices other than phones :p )

Other than that i hope you enjoy your build :)  Im sure you'll be very impressed with it.

July 22, 2011 9:33:07 PM

Brilliant! Thank you very much AdrianPerry :) 
I was actually looking at the MSI 570, I'm not sure if the MSI one or the EVGA one is better though. People say that EVGA is amazing, and I think that the MSI one looks better personally :) 
For my first system I think I did a decent amount of research :D 
I'm very glad I joined this forum, thank you so much for the help everyone :) 
July 22, 2011 9:51:02 PM

alech said:
Damn it. I would hate to ask too may questions, but which PSU is better between the one I chose and this Corsair one:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-corsair-enthusiast-850txv2uk-tx-v2-series-85-eff-sli-eps-12v-80-plus-bronze-140mm-fan

A lot of people say that Corsair is the only way to go for PSU, but the XFX one looked good. What do you guys think? :) 

XFX and Corsair psu's are both manufactured for them by Seasonic...which is as good as it gets imo. You can't go wrong with either one.
July 22, 2011 11:02:49 PM

Brilliant, thank you Why_Me
So I guess I'll go for the XFX as it is cheaper haha. Does everything look like I should go full steam ahead? :) 
!