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Please check my £2000 i7 930 build before I pull the trigger

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July 7, 2010 12:04:12 PM

Hi can you guys please have a look at my parts list for my new PC before I go ahead and buy. Any suggestions/tips/experience are much appreciated as this is my first homebuild.

Things i will be using the Pc for:
- Some gaming
- Photo (and a little video) editing
- Some fairly serious multi-tasking, downloading, webbrowsing, media etc
- a base for a HTPC (possibly with a 3d projector somewhere down the line...)
- Quiet!! i really want this PC to be as quiet as possible.

OS:
Windows 7 Professional - OEM 64-bit - £111.90
is it worth getting retail version?

Optical:
LG BH10LS30 10x BD-RE & DVD±RW £112.99

Monitor:
Dell U2410 UltraSharp 24" £455.31
tough choice between this, HP LP2475W (hard to find), HP ZR24W and NEC 2490Wuxi

CPU:
Intel i7 930 2.8GHz £231.49

Mobo:
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R £164.59
thought about ud7 but dont think the extra features are worth the extra £100 to me

Input:
Logitech Wireless Desktop Wave Pro £79.99
Anyone got this?

Cooler:
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 £17.95
Thinking about WC in future but for now just want a cheap quieter cooler

SSD:
Intel 80GB X25-Mainstream £169.99
have a little spare budget so tempted to up the capacity here but may just get another one at a later date if needed

Storage:
Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB OEM £97.98
One for now, looking to buy another if performance is good

RAM:
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory CL8(8-8-8--24) £159.98
Not really a well considered decision but heard 1600MHz+ is good and dominator line seemed well regarded

Case:
Antec P193 Mid tower case £121.15
Quiet case, fits GPU and doesnt look like a UFO/christmas tree

PSU:
Antec CP850 850W Modular PSU - £87.87

GPU:
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 725Mhz 2GB PCI-Express 2.0 HDMI (Black Edition) £490.67

Total: £2299.31 inc VAT £1956.85 ex VAT

Also, i am planning to buy from ebuyer.com, simply as it seems to have decent prices and availability for most components. Has anyone here bought from them before?

Many thanks
July 7, 2010 12:59:51 PM

Yes, ebuyer is a great place to buy from, i got the majority of my rig from them.
Scan.co.uk and overlockers.co.uk
Looks, good, a few things i would change though, an i'll explain.

CASE - Fractal Design R2 - £82.29
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190866

This case is newer than the antec, and more importantly has loads of sound deadening foam inside, which the antec does not.
The review explains it all, but if you want the best cooling, it is imperative that you fill it with fans, then you get a cool and quiet case.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/01/15/fractal-des...
(with extra fans)
http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2010/01/25/fractal-design-...
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/120mm-Fractal-Design-100...
get the same fans, really quiet

Becasue the case is different, you can get a better power supply

PSU - Corsair 850W HX Modular PSU - 80plus Silver Certified Efficiency - £134.88
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164951
I know its more expensive, but getting a cheaper case means you can get this fanastic unit, and its one of the few that are silver rated, meaning its really efficient.

I would change the ram, as although the ram is great, the super tall heatpreaders make fitting nearly all tower cpu cooler impossible.

RAM - Kingston 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz - £149.17
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169248
still great ram, lower profile heatspreaders, and same timings, and slightly cheaper too

HDD - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB - £49.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
The wd drive, although big, is only 5400 rpm, and so you will really notice the difference in speed when copying large files. My suggestion, get two of the best 7200 1tb drives

COOLER - Akasa Freedom Tower - £28.98
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/204416
The arctic cooler, although cheap is not the best, and more importantly, a bit loud, as it has a small fan. the freedom tower is great at this price

80Gb is a bit small for a boot drive, and lots of apps, my suggestion is if you can afford it, get a bigger one.
Atm, the only drive better than the intel series is the crucial c300 set

SSD - 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 - £296.08
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/128GB-Crucial-RealSSD-C3...

Review here is for the larger version, but the speeds are almost the same for the smaller one
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/07/07/cru...

Hope this helps!
July 7, 2010 6:49:53 PM

I think the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro will be fine if there isn't going to be overclocking. And when you're approaching £30 for a heatsink, you might as well stretch for one that is on SPCR's recommended heatsink list, such as the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet £35.

I think the Antec P193 is a good choice for a quiet case as it derived from the very quiet Antec P180 and isn't it basically just a larger version of the Antec P183? Which is on SPCR's recommended case list, as is the Fractal.

I also think an 80GB SSD is adequate atm for the OS and a few programs.

For RAM you could also get this: Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-20) 1.65V £165 Which will be a bit faster than both the Dominator and HyperX sets due to the lower latency.

And I've bought from ebuyer on five separate occasions and they were all simple and smooth affairs for me.
July 7, 2010 7:14:06 PM

Silvune said:
I think the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro will be fine if there isn't going to be overclocking. And when you're approaching £30 for a heatsink, you might as well stretch for one that is on SPCR's recommended heatsink list, such as the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet £35.

I think the Antec P193 is a good choice for a quiet case as it derived from the very quiet Antec P180 and isn't it basically just a larger version of the Antec P183? Which is on SPCR's recommended case list, as is the Fractal.

I also think an 80GB SSD is adequate atm for the OS and a few programs.

For RAM you could also get this: Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-20) 1.65V £165 Which will be a bit faster than both the Dominator and HyperX sets due to the lower latency.

And I've bought from ebuyer on five separate occasions and they were all simple and smooth affairs for me.


I guess it boils down to personal preference again huh :) 
For me, and 80GB SSD wouldnt be enough, so just weigh up how much you need

Happy building!
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