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May 31, 2011 8:41:33 PM

Hello guys, over the past few days i have been designing a computer which will primarily be used for gaming, but also just browsing the internet, watching streams etc. The list below is the components that i have come up with for the computer that i am goingto get built.

If anybody has any surgestions on any parts that i could change which are around the same price by may improve the over all system (Changing the graphics card is my main concerns). Also on another forum people said that as i am not overcloaking the system that i wont need the CPU cooler, could anybody give me an opinion on this?

Also im trying to keep this built to around £600 so im looking for similar priced components.

Thanks :) 


Motherboard: £65 - ASUS P8H67-M PRO B3 Revision - motherboard - micro ATX - LGA1155 Socket - iH67 - LGA1155 Socket

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&xhr=t&q=asus+p8h67-m&cp=10&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1366&bih=610&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4446481412619191327&sa=X&ei=SUvkTamkE42YhQfQ5LXzBw&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQ8wIwAA

Processor: £153 - Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NNW/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1306807890&sr=1-1

RAM: £50 - Corsair XMS3 8 GB: 2 x 4 GB Memory = 8GB

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=corsair+xms3&sqi=2&cid=9174858276159659283&os=sellers#scoring=p

GPU: £130 - XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=XFX+HD-687A-ZNFC+Radeon+HD&cid=12267726839512274230&os=sellers#scoring=p

OS: £40.00 - Microsoft Windows 7, 64Bit

http://www.software4students.co.uk/?gclid=CKWz45LXkKkCFQNP4QoddmU1kA

CD/DVD: £11 -Sony Optiarc AD-7260S

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=dvdrw+drive&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1366&bih=610&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=17461086742038514834&sa=X&ei=HFjkTYr8N5G3hAfg3pzzBw&ved=0CGEQ8wIwBA

HD: £27 - WD Caviar Blue 320 GB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=300gb+HDD+7200+rpm&sqi=2&cid=2523509138201755052#scoring=p

PSU: £64 - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=CORSAIR+Enthusiast+Series+CMPSU-650TX&sqi=2&cid=4958141699736337048&os=sellers#scoring=p


CPU Cooler: £22 - Coolermaster Hyper 212 PLUS

http://www.internetct.co.uk/coolermasterhyper212pluscpucoolersocket11561366775am3-p-747.html

Case: £39 - Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Midi Tower with Window - Black

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-RC-430-KWN1-Elite-Window/dp/B003OEDJTI/ref=pd_cp_computers_0


Total: £601

More about : 600 gaming computer

May 31, 2011 8:50:27 PM

Hey Voozy, welcome to the forums.
Nice job! That's a very good system. You made a good choice by choosing the Sandy Bridge platform, as Intel currently Dominates the gaming arena.

However, there are a few changes I suggest.

The first thing is that I would drop the processor down to an i5-2400. It's the same processor, just underclocked a tiny bit.
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=i5+240...

The second change is grab a Samsung Spinpoint F3. These will stop being manufactured soon, and are pretty much the best value for an HDD out there.
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=samsung+spin...

I would also like to point out that the URL's are broken on the Case and PSU. No need for URL tags unless adding a label.

Overall, very nice build. It should serve you well.
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May 31, 2011 9:03:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Trying to order this as soon as possible so i can get it made in about a week.


Budget Range: Around £600 + what ever my friends dad will chage for building it.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, genral college work.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, screen, wireless adaptor, headset.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:p lease could somebody advise me on a good website that ships to uk that may have the majory of these parts, if there isnt one (something similar to newegg) then i will just us amazon.


Country of Origin: West Sussex, England.


Parts Preferences: i5 Processor, (My old computer used an Nvidia Grapics card which served me well for 5 years before going on me, but i could use a different graphics card if its better for the price.

Overclocking: Maybe, the current processor / MoBo wont allow overcloaking and it will add £50 on to the budget if i do want to overclock.


SLI or Crossfire: ?


Additional Comments: Need the computer not to over heat and cause my graphics card to fry again.


^ Forgot to add in this info in OP.
May 31, 2011 9:45:40 PM

Any orders over £50 @ ebuyer's is free shipping.

I might do something like this as far as changes go.

First off the 2400 & 2500 run almost identical in benchmarks so I would save a few quid and go with 2400.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2400-Quad-... £144.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Intel Sandybridge i5-2400 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.10GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Seeing how you don't plan on over clocking...drop the after market cpu h/s (stock intel h/s will do ya just fine).

Now for a single card set up look at any decent 500+w psu.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999 £44.97 inc. vat
Corsair 500W CX Series PSU

No need for 8GB of RAM unless you plan on doing something like professional video editing.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262579 £36.27 inc. vat
Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Module CL9 1.5V

Save some more on the mobo...

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261401 £59.23 inc. vat
Asus P8H61-M Intel H61 Motherboard mATX Revision 3.0 90-MIBF20-G0EAY0GZ

Here's a faster and larger H/D....

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 £41.79 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
May 31, 2011 10:50:31 PM

Alright, il put some of these changes into place, wont have to pay the £25 for the heat sink, and il be saving about £40 on the Processor. Im not sure about the psu as i want to make sure it will have enough power to be able to run if i update the graphics card in a few years, so a few more opinions may be needed on that, although this would save be around £30.

I may be doing a a bit of video editing in my college classes, and the 8gb ram will help for gaming + its only £20 more from 4gb to 8gb so i think i will keep the ram.

One last thing, is with all these saving its means that i would be able to spend more on a graphics card i guess, does anybody have any graphic card recomendation for around the £170 range.
May 31, 2011 10:56:57 PM

Voozy said:
Alright, il put some of these changes into place, wont have to pay the £25 for the heat sink, and il be saving about £40 on the Processor. Im not sure about the psu as i want to make sure it will have enough power to be able to run if i update the graphics card in a few years, so a few more opinions may be needed on that, although this would save be around £30.

I may be doing a a bit of video editing in my college classes, and the 8gb ram will help for gaming + its only £20 more from 4gb to 8gb so i think i will keep the ram.

One last thing, is with all these saving its means that i would be able to spend more on a graphics card i guess, does anybody have any graphic card recomendation for around the £170 range.

This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic and is an excellent psu imo. It will power a gtx 570 (which is a power hog of a vid card).

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264380 £51.32 inc. vat
XFX Core Edition PRO550W - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC

Here's a vid card worth looking at for more fps and decent o/c capabilities.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267865 £153.05 inc. vat
Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB 256bit Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
May 31, 2011 11:11:16 PM

Alright thanks for that, il get together a new build and repost it on this thread, so somebody may be able to help make sure they are compatable etc. Thanks for the help so far though :) 
May 31, 2011 11:31:11 PM

Voozy said:
Alright, il put some of these changes into place, wont have to pay the £25 for the heat sink, and il be saving about £40 on the Processor. Im not sure about the psu as i want to make sure it will have enough power to be able to run if i update the graphics card in a few years, so a few more opinions may be needed on that, although this would save be around £30.

I may be doing a a bit of video editing in my college classes, and the 8gb ram will help for gaming + its only £20 more from 4gb to 8gb so i think i will keep the ram.

One last thing, is with all these saving its means that i would be able to spend more on a graphics card i guess, does anybody have any graphic card recomendation for around the £170 range.

8gb wont help for gaming games dont even use 4. i use 4gb to do a little video editing and i think it is fine. also the 6970 and the 570 ate good choices for a card around 170
June 1, 2011 12:19:44 AM

Cooler Master does not make the best PSU's. They are ok, but not the best. The PSU is not something you want to take a gamble on. Go with the XFX 550, it's an excellent PSU.
June 1, 2011 12:33:10 AM

Ok thanks i will includ the XFX 550 for my PSU then, could you recomend a decent case from ebuyer or will any coolmasters case do fine ?
June 1, 2011 12:59:15 AM

Alright with the that case adding about £20 on to what i expected im a bit over budget, but thats alright considering im getting a better graphics card. Below is pretty much how the final build is going to look like.

Few last questions will i need a heat sink for this computer, as i dont think im going to be overclocking.

There are so many differnt processors when i look and im not sure of the correct one to go for on ebuyer, are you able to give me a link please. And then possibly a link to decent 4gb ram, as i guess it is a bit stupid on getting 8gb, and i can always upgrade anyway if i need more later.

Heres my current build, i wont update op just so i can look back at any item links.

Motherboard: £60 - Asus P8H61-M Intel H61 Motherboard mATX Revision 3.0 90-MIBF20-G0EAY0GZ

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261401

Processor: £153 - Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500-Quad-...
RAM: £48 - Corsair XMS3 8 GB: 2 x 4 GB Memory = 8GB
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=corsai...
GPU: £153 - Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB 256bit Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267865

HD: £42 - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

PSU: £52 - XFX Core Edition PRO550W - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264380

Case: £54 - Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239757
CD/DVD: £15 - Sony Optiarc AD-7260B 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220988
CPU Cooler: (Might not be needed)
£22 - Coolermaster Hyper 212 PLUS

http://www.internetct.co.uk/coolermasterhyper212pluscpu...

OS: £40.00 - Microsoft Windows 7, 64Bit (Have a XP disk)
http://www.software4students.co.uk/?gclid=CKWz45LXkKkCF...


June 1, 2011 1:09:24 AM

The stock Intel h/s and paste that comes with the cpu will work fine. If you want to save some money then drop down to the 2400 (the benchmarks on those two cpu's are almost identical).

That build looks good. :) 
June 1, 2011 1:34:52 AM

You want the 2x2 kit, aka the black stuff. The reason for this is so your ram will run in Dual Channel, which is faster than a single stick running in Single Channel.
June 1, 2011 1:42:05 AM

Alright thanks for your help striker, i have changed the list now and have come up with my final build. Il prob post it to see if somebody could help me check if all parts are compatable with each other and i have not made any stupid mistakes, and if not il prob order these tomorrow all with next day postage for a total of around £610 + £25 for my friends dad to build it.

Motherboard: £60 - Asus P8H61-M Intel H61 Motherboard mATX Revision 3.0 90-MIBF20-G0EAY0GZ
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261401

Processor: £149 - Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz Socket LGA 1155 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251595

RAM: £39 – Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Kit CL9
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262587

GPU: £153 - Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB 256bit Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267865

HD: £42 - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

PSU: £52 - XFX Core Edition PRO550W - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264380

Case: £54 - Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239757

CD/DVD: £15 - Sony Optiarc AD-7260B 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220988

OS: £40.00 - Microsoft Windows 7, 64Bit (Have a XP disk)
http://www.software4students.co.uk/?gclid=CKWz45LXkKkCF...
June 1, 2011 2:11:16 AM

Going to change the 500W PSU to a 650W PSU recomended by a friend for an extra £10, will help with future builds if im going to update my graphics card. Now as long as these are all compatable with each other then its time for me to start ordering the parts :) 

Thanks for the help guys!
June 1, 2011 2:45:11 AM

Not bad. I would like to point out that the GPU is a GTX 560, not a 560 ti. Very confusing, but the 560 ti is much stronger than the normal 560.
Also, what is the PSU? Brand names are important, they often can tell us the quality of the product.
June 1, 2011 8:43:52 AM

The 650W PSU is PSU: £69 – Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/257232
As the product is Corsair and this PSU has decent review i think its alright.

With the GPU i may have to find a diffent one for £150

June 1, 2011 2:48:52 PM

A GTX 560 (no ti) performs roughly the same as a 6870. Either one would be an excellent choice for your build. I would opt for the 6870, but if you want to OC go with the 560 FOR SURE.

Also that PSU is just dandy. 750w might be a slightly better idea if you wish to overclock.
June 1, 2011 3:40:25 PM

im gona go with this GPU, been recomended it by someone from another forum, im not sure if i want to overclock parts or not, but the 750w psu will mainly be for if i choose to change the graphics card in a few years.

GPU: £185 - Gigabyte HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual DP Out PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251205
June 1, 2011 3:43:06 PM

Oh wow, excellent deal. Definitely pick that card up. You might also want to look into bios flashing/shader unlocking in the future. And yes, the 750w is if you ever wish to crossfire. For a few euros more, it's not a bad idea to grab a 750w just in case.
June 1, 2011 3:49:18 PM

Ye, it will save me the £70 difference if i wanted to upgrade the computer in the future. Im just doing final checks before i order all of the parts trying to work out if they are compatable with each other but i dont really understand what im ment to be looking for :/ 

June 1, 2011 5:00:53 PM

If possible is anybody able to tell me if the following parts are compatable with each other, i am so lost on what to lookfor.

Motherboard: £60 - Asus P8H61-M Intel H61 Motherboard mATX Revision 3.0 90-MIBF20-G0EAY0GZ
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261401

Processor: £149 - Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz Socket LGA 1155 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251595

RAM: £39 – Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Kit CL9
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262587

GPU: £185 - Gigabyte HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual DP Out PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251205

HD: £42 - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

PSU: £69 – Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/257232

Case: £54 - Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239757

CD/DVD: £15 - Sony Optiarc AD-7260B 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220988

OS: £40.00 - Microsoft Windows 7, 64Bit (Have a XP disk)
http://www.software4students.co.uk/?gclid=CKWz45LXkKkCF...
June 1, 2011 6:38:57 PM

Yes, they are all compatible. You are good to go!
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