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£1000 Gaming Build - Need a Final Check Before Pulling the Trigger

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June 22, 2010 9:41:32 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime This Week
BUDGET RANGE: Less Than £1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multimedia.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows 7 64-bit
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.ebuyer.com/
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Processors.
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I haven't done much PC Building myself in the past, I figure I'd better man up and take care of it myself. I've been milling over this list for the past couple of weeks and I'm nearly ready to go, I'd just like some pros to take a final look before I do.

* Antec 900 Nine Hundred - Gaming Case http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118268
* Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151477
* Asus P6X58D-E X58 Socket 1366 Gigabit Lan Tripple PCi-E 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/219007
* 6GB worth of Crucial (2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995
* Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
* Corsair 650W TX Series PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514
* XFX 5850 1GB DDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222056
* Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Fan http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157

The Graphics card isn't set in stone - I've been told that a 5850 is the type of card that I should go for, due to my resolution, I'm just not sure which one to go for full stop.

Any help is very much appreciated.

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June 22, 2010 9:48:35 PM

Case wise a HAF 922 is about the same price and a better case.

i7-930 should be about same price a the 920. Though for gaming you're better off using a i5-750. The i7-9xx don't actually game better than the i5-750. All those extra threads are useless for gaming.

Asus P7P55D-E mobo's for P55, Ga x58-UD3R mobo's for x58.

RAM you should go G Skill PI, DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 kit, or G Skill Trident DDR3 2000 9-9-9-24 kit (Tom's got ti to run at 6-7-5-16 at 1600mhz)

CM Hyper 212 plus is a much better HSF for a little bti more.

June 22, 2010 10:13:31 PM

This PSU is a bit cheaper, has higher effficiency and is modular: XFX 650W XXX Edition £70

Are you planning on buying two of Crucial sets? If so that would come out to ~£165, for that amount of money you should be buying either best set of 6GB of memory around or the most overpriced. I'd suggest this set instead: Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory CL7 1.65V. You'll have a hard time finding the sets that banthracis suggested in the UK.

I think that XFX 5850 is a good choice.

If you want to save ~£80 then banthracis' advice about changing to an i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E "Pro" is solid.
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June 22, 2010 10:18:35 PM

So you're Saying I'm better off going:

* Coolermaster HAF922 Windowed Version bundled with FREE Coolermaster TX3 CPU Cooler http://www.ebuyer.com/product/219208
* Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755
* Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory CL7 1.65V http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159927
* ASUS P7P55D-E PRO iP55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio USB3 ATX Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/194854
* XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular PSU - 13.5cm Fan 6x SATA 4x PCI-E http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191826

With these from the initial list:
* Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
* XFX 5850 1GB DDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222056

Can anyone second this motion? Are these parts reliable - The system needs to last me a couple of years, that's why I was thinking about the i7 in the first place.
June 22, 2010 11:01:55 PM

Alternatively, you could easily save yourself some extra cash by getting these instead:

Sapphire Radeon 5850 (different brand, still good) - http://www.alliedsdirect.com/computing/component/graphi...

CoolerMaster GX 650w PSU (they make some good quality PSUs too, maybe not as good as corsair, but I'll take them anyday over OCZ) - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/200491

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ (its waaay better than the Arctic 7 Freezer Pro, and its at the same price) - http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=1095594...


June 22, 2010 11:20:57 PM

Well if you're changing to an i5-750 build a 4GB set: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V as the CPU and mobo work in dual channel.

Yes all those parts will be reliable.

Your choice about the case and CPU cooler, as both options are perfectly fine for non-OCing. Perhaps one with a 120mm fan would be quieter

The GX750 did not get the most positive review from jonnyguru, nor hardwaresecrets - I know that not all PSUs in the same line are always going to be exactly the same. But I know that the XFX 650 is VERY good, so I'd prefer that for only £10 more.
June 23, 2010 4:53:20 PM

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The i5 is better for gaming, the i7 for everything else.
June 23, 2010 6:42:09 PM

Updated Build.

* Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755
* ASUS P7P55D-E PRO iP55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio USB3 ATX Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/194854
* XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular PSU - 13.5cm Fan 6x SATA 4x PCI-E http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191826
* Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
* XFX 5850 1GB DDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222056
* Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278
* Antec 900 Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118268
* Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, 4 Heat Pipes, LGA775/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3 http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=1095594...

This comes to a total of £890, which nicely hits the sweetspot. I've gone back to the Antec 900 - I've heard better things about it than the other case, and honestly I like the look of it a bit more. Is the 8GB worth of RAM overkill right off the bat? Since I could easily order more if I felt I needed to...

Again, any help is very much appreciated. I'd like to get it all ordered sometime tonight.
June 23, 2010 7:00:59 PM

Yea 8GB of RAM is overkill for the vast majority of gaming.
June 23, 2010 11:15:40 PM

Just to let you guys know I've put in my order. Managed to save about £60 shuffling the prices between Ebuyer and Scan.

Thanks a lot guys, you've been super helpful :) 
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