£1000 Gaming build (UK)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 days. BUDGET RANGE: £1000~

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies/tv, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer, Amazon, Overclockers & BT shop COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Asus mobo (but open to any good gigabyte suggestions).

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (3.4-3.6 region?) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in a year

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quieter the better, although I dont want to compromise on performance.


Thanks for reading the thread. Parts I am thinking of at the moment are:

CPU : Intel i5 750 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755 £150.69

Mobo:Asus Maximus III http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174625 £172.99

Ram: OCZ 4gb 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173108 £104.29

GPU: Sapphire 5870 Vapor X http://www.shop.bt.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-radeon-5870-hd-1gb-pci-express-hdmi-vapor-x-6L5P.html?q=5870 £329.98

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-029-CM £19.99

HDDs: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB (x2) F3 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252 £75.56

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-196-CM £85.99

DVDRW: Sony 24x DVDRW http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165168 £19.15

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161664 £76.74

Total £1035.38

My main queries/concerns are:

1) Will the vapour X GPU fit into the CM 690 II? (I know full tower is probably better, but I dont want too big a case because PC is in my room/additional ££)

2) Is the 750W PSU capable of supporting 2 5870s for future crossfire, and also clean enough to overclock to 3.4-3.6?

3) There is also £90 G.Skill ripjaws 1600mhz cl 7-8-7-24 (£15 cheaper), would you stick with the 7-7-7-20 OCZ stuff? (happy with previous OCZ, never tried G.skill).

4) Is the mobo a good buy? Its actually not much more expensive than the cheapest 8x link mobo i could find, yet has sound card included and seems good quality.

Thanks.
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  1. All looks good the PSU should be powerful enough, but wouldnt hurt to go to 850w model. the vapor x will fit fine, the ram is fine and is a good buy and mobo is also good, go ahead :)
  2. This is of the CM 690 II Advanced with a GTX 260 in it. Pic That card is 10.5" long, and apparently the same length as the 5870 Vapor X. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1120/1/ Remember that the PCI-E connectors will be coming much more from the front of the case, altho I would have thought there'd still be plenty of room.

    Personally I would save myself £15 and get the G.Skill, but nothing wrong with the OCZ.

    Here's a review of the Antec Earthwatts 750.
    I think it will certainly be able to provide enough power for two 5870s and an overclocked i5.
  3. Take a look at the HAF 922 case.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164961
  4. Im going for a similar build but the g.skill ram, the tiny difference doesn't seem worth £15. Btw did you read this thread? http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/269162-13-recommended-builds-usage
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