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January 9, 2011 11:15:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks


Budget Range: £1100 but will go a bit over if needed


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, a bit of photoshop


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com


Country of Origin: UK


Parts Preferences: 24" 1080p monitor, going for a sandy bridge build


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:

CPU: Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Box Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

MB: Asus P8P67 Socket 1155 USB 3.0 Bluetooth 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248960

GFX: Sapphire HD 6950 2GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250396

PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514

Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

HD 1: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225415

HD 2: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

RAM: 2x Crucial 2GB DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory CL9 1.5V I am not sure about the ram
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159919

DVD: Sony Optiarc24x DVD±RWL & D SATA Optical Drive - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220986

OS: Windows 7 Home

At the moment this comes £939.09

Monitor: I was going for this Samsung SyncMaster P2450H 24" Monitor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174584 but the price jumped £40 over night, so i am not sure what to do.

With monitor it comes to £1153, I don't mind paying that, but if you can come up with a better monitor for less, that would make me very happy.

Thanks

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January 10, 2011 6:01:45 PM

The XFX Pro 650W Core Edition is a better power supply than the Corsair TX650, as it is more efficient, has more PCIe connectors and you know that the OEM is Seasonic, whereas atm Corsair is transitioning to a new Seasonic platform for the TX series, via CWT, so you don't really know what you're getting.

I'd save £4 and get a pair that should have been binned together:
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit CL9 1.5V £42
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/234976

There are well priced RAM sets here, if you don't mind the extra delivery costs:
GeIL VALUE PLUS 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800C9 1.5-1.6V £39
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

You might also want to look at the newer, cheaper, better designed Antec 300 based, Antec 100:
Antec 100 £43
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/246639
January 12, 2011 10:43:35 AM

Thanks for the reply

CPU: Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Box Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

MB: Asus P8P67 Socket 1155 USB 3.0 Bluetooth 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248960

GFX: Sapphire HD 6950 2GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250396

PSU: XFX Pro 650W Core Edition
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241554

Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

HD 1: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225415

HD 2: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

RAM: G Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Cas9 Dual Channel Memory
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240501

DVD: Sony Optiarc24x DVD±RWL & D SATA Optical Drive - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220986

OS: Windows 7 Home
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

I think i will get monitor at a later date

I have changed the ram and PSU

Is there any major difference between the Asus P8P67 and the pro version?

One more question, if i am not overclocking, do you think i need a after market CPU fan?

Thanks
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January 12, 2011 11:01:47 AM

Biggest difference between the Asus Pro and the one you picked is the ability to XFire/SLI. The non Pro mobo can only really use one Graphics Card, the Pro has 2 PCIE lanes running at 8/8 so you can use two cards if you need to in the future.

I personally always prefer an after market CPU because they tend to be quieter, easier to attach and allow for the option of Overclocking if I need to in the future - and at £23 (for the Hyper 212+) I consider it worth it. But no, you don't need it.

I guess it depends on how long you intend to keep the computer, but personally I would be willing dump the SSD for the better motherboard so that I can XFire in the future, or even dump the SSD in order to afford a nice monitor. But then, I am a believer that SSDs are overrrated, for me the important factor of a PC is gaming performance, having a monitor to help things look pretty or the ability to add a second card are more important than loading things faster. But others swear by SSDs
January 12, 2011 11:39:35 AM

Choices choices, i hate choices

what monitor would you recommend instead, i was going for:

Samsung SyncMaster P2450H 24" Monitor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174584

but the price went from like £170 to £216 :cry: 

If i did buy the Hyper 212+ would if fit the case, cos i heard it was big and do i need paste?

Thanks
January 12, 2011 12:02:07 PM

I am probably not the best person to answer for monitors - I really am not fussy, as long as they are 22-24 inch and HD res I am a happy man, I have no special requirements.

23 inch LED LCD from LG - £151.40
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-lg-e2340s-led-monitor...

23 inch LCD from LG - £158
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-lg-w2361v-pf-black-wi...

There are long lists at scan to look at and decide upon, then you can see if it is cheaper else where.

I actually got the wife a 24 inch Acer monitor which is still going strong after a few years without issue, that was about £150 then, I think it is now about £165 + shipping from Amazon (not sure if it is exact same model)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003V6FKWS/ref=asc_df_B003V6...


As for the Hyper, not sure if it fits, I would assume so as it is a popular cooler and the Antec 300 is a popular case and I am fairly sure plenty of people have bought both, but I don't know for sure as I use a HAF 912+ case which is crazy wide :) 
You don't need paste, like a stock cooler there will be some on the Hyper
!