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March 23, 2011 9:38:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: With in a month

Budget Range: £1000 - £1500
Obviosly the cheaper the better, if you can find the parts cheaper on other sites:p 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming and surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer, Scan, Amazon, Overcolocker Uk

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge

Overclocking: Most Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on

Monitor Resolution: I dont know much about monitors so cant give you this information :/  but would like a nice 20" ish size :) 

Additional Comments: Would like it to be quiet, but wouldn't spend lots on making it silent

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Parts i have looked at so far

CASE & PSU: Coolermaster HAF X with Coolermaster GX 750W PSU - £164.99
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache - £247.61
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/252535

MOBO: Asus MAXIMUS IV EXTREME Rev.3.0 Intel P67 Express Socket 1155 Motherboard - £296.00
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-maximus-iv-extreme-...(oc)-sata-6gb-s-raid-e-atx

GPU: MSI GTX 560 TWIN FROZR II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card - £200.64
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/255699

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £39.84
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240501

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - £43.01
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

SSD: Crucial 64GB Real SSD C300 2.5" - SATA 6Gb/s Interface - Read 355MB/s Write 75MB/s - £86.46
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225804

OPTICAL: Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - £11.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English - £83.48 / I do have a coppy of vista already is the money is needed.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Heatpipe CPU Cooler - £14.83
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157

MONITOR: Benq G2222HDL LCD LED 21.5" DVI-D Monitor - £108.76 / I dont know to much about monitor's so am open for suggestion. I would like to be able to use my PS3 through it.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177132

KEYBOARD: Tt eSports Challenger Pro Keyboard - UK Layout - £49.98
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244447

MOUSE: Tt eSports Black Laser Wired Gaming Mouse - £27.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244444

Any help or information you could give me will be aprciated lots.
Thank you for you time and will look forward to you responses :) 

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March 24, 2011 12:10:35 AM

for gaming and surfing the net, you could easily save money and get a cheaper motherboard, and by opting for the i5 2500k you loose very little gaming performance. By a cheaper motherboard i mean something like the p8p67-pro from asus or any from this review by toms:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-rou...

Also I would recommend the ati 6950 over the 560ti, plus if you buy the 2gb version it can be flashed (not guaranteed but good chance) to a 6970.
The 6950 in crossfire has better performance than the 560 ti

from toms: "AMD dropped half of the Radeon HD 6950's onboard memory to give us this 1 GB model, and the price dropped accordingly. At $250, the existence of this card makes us question why anyone would save a mere $20 to purchase an inferior Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce GTX 560 Ti."

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...
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March 24, 2011 12:27:43 AM

amirp is right about the CPU, you gain virtually nothing from hyperthreading in games, you would need to be doing other things more processor intensive to justify the extra cost.

I also wouldn't spend £300 on a motherboard, but it seems like you are still under budget, so you could resort to considering cutting back there if you find that you are over budget or want to cut costs a bit.

I wouldn't choose the HAF X for a quiet build, but that's personal choice.
The power supply really is crap tho.
Here are some options:
XFX Pro 750W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze £70
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241552

Adata HM Series 750 80Plus Bronze Modular £83
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261367

Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80Plus Silver Fully Modular £107
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-silverstone-strider...

NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular £124
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-power-m...

Seasonic X-750 80Plus Gold Fully Modular £120
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-m...

I'd recommend a better heatsink than the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, which is very cheap for a ~£1000 budget and overclocking in mind (so is the Hyper 212 Plus).
Thermalright MUX-120 Black £35
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-mux-120-bla...
Known for being quiet.

Thermalright Archon £45
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-archon-120-...
One of the best air heatsinks around. Quite tall tho, so if you do reconsider case you will have to check (or ask here) if it will fit.
March 24, 2011 2:47:19 AM

This build down below contains dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI. These cards have beaten that MSI 560 in every benchmark posted so far. They are clocked higher, with room to spare. I didn't add the keyboard, mouse, etc.. seeing how those are personal items.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227150 Now £108.83 inc. vat Free Delivery
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case - No PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241552 £70.36 inc. vat Free Delivery
XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU - Single Rail 9x SATA 4x PCI-E

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261255 £131.43 inc. vat Free Delivery
Asrock P67 EXTREME4 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Proc... £160.79 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans%2C+Heats... £19.99 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247676 £40.67 inc. vat
Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Module CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/S... £38.70 inc. VAT
1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CD%2FDVD+Driv... £12.83 inc. VAT
Sony Optical DVD Writer, AD-5260S-0B, SATA, Black, OEM

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Giga... £179.99 inc. VAT
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Giga... £179.99 inc. VAT
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syste... £72.60 inc. VAT
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - OEM

Total: £1,016.18 inc. VAT

*** Top of the line gaming monitor... 120hz refresh rate, LED, NVIDIA 3d, 2ms response time, etc... this monitor has got it all and then some.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-benq-xl2410t-widescre... £269.09 Inc VAT
24" BenQ XL2410T LED, 3D, 120Hz Monitor

http://www.benq.com/products/product_detail.cfm?product... <----- BENQ XL2410T monitor

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/monitors-and-pr... <--- review on that monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- more pics, specs, and customer reviews on that Antec DF-85 case

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard

*Cheaper yet decent monitor...

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Monitors/22%26quot%3B+Mo... £140.39 inc. VAT
22" Samsung SyncMaster BX2235 Widescreen LED Monitor
March 24, 2011 10:00:31 AM

If you are overclocking forget the Arctic cooling cooler and get a coolmaster hyper 212+
March 26, 2011 4:31:21 PM

CASE: Coolermaster HAF X - £125.45 - Ebuyer

PSU: FX Pro 750w Core Edition Power Supply- £73.99 - Overclocker

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3hz Socket 1155 Retail Boxed Processor - £160.79 - Aria

MOBO: Asrock FATAL1TY P67 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Mobo - £187.99 - Overclocker

GPU: (x2) Gigabyte GeForce GTXTi OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £179.99 (Each) - Aria

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £39.84

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - £43.01 - Ebuyer

SSD: Kingston 64GB SSDNow V100 2.5" - SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive - £77.99 - Aria

OPTICAL: LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials - £11.99 - Ebuyer

OS: A Coppy of Vista that i have at home - £0.00 - Home :D 

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - £19.99 - Aria

MONITOR: 22"Samsung SyncMaster BX2235 Widescreen LED Monitor - £140.39 - Aria

KEYBOARD: Tt eSports Challenger Pro Keyboard - UK Layout - £49.98 - Ebuyer

MOUSE: Tt eSports Black Laser Wired Gaming Mouse - £27.99 - Ebuyer

TOTAL: £1,319.28

I think i wili be buying this setup, any last advise?? :) 
March 26, 2011 4:40:05 PM

disequilibrium said:
CASE: Coolermaster HAF X - £125.45 - Ebuyer

PSU: FX Pro 750w Core Edition Power Supply- £73.99 - Overclocker

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3hz Socket 1155 Retail Boxed Processor - £160.79 - Aria

MOBO: Asrock FATAL1TY P67 V3 1155 Socket 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Mobo - £187.99 - Overclocker

GPU: (x2) Gigabyte GeForce GTXTi OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £179.99 (Each) - Aria

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £39.84

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - £43.01 - Ebuyer

SSD: Kingston 64GB SSDNow V100 2.5" - SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive - £77.99 - Aria

OPTICAL: LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials - £11.99 - Ebuyer

OS: A Coppy of Vista that i have at home - £0.00 - Home :D 

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - £19.99 - Aria

MONITOR: 22"Samsung SyncMaster BX2235 Widescreen LED Monitor - £140.39 - Aria

KEYBOARD: Tt eSports Challenger Pro Keyboard - UK Layout - £49.98 - Ebuyer

MOUSE: Tt eSports Black Laser Wired Gaming Mouse - £27.99 - Ebuyer

TOTAL: £1,319.28

I think i wili be buying this setup, any last advise?? :) 


Other than your choice of motherboard, everything looks good imo :) 

down below is a link I posted up above...make sure to read that last page on it.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e...
March 26, 2011 5:47:47 PM

I have desided to use the other Asrock motherboard like you siad, thanx for all the information and im about to order :) 

Many thanks

DisEquilibrium-
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