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I am setting up a new build and this is what I've came up to roughly fit my budget.


CASE: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5 2500K Quad Core 3.3GHz 6MB cache LGA1155
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC / Xtremegear Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator (+SHARKOON Eagle SE Ultra Slient Modular Fans, 500-1200rpm)

MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard

Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: 30 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk

MEMORY: 8GB (4x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)

VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD 6950 PCI-E 16X 2GB DDR5 Video Card, Eyefinity 4 capable

VIDEO CARD 2: ATI Radeon HD 6950 PCI-E 16X 2GB DDR5 Video Card, Eyefinity 4 capable

Power Supply Upgrade: Cyberpower 1000watt Gaming Power Supply

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache Hard Drive (Single Hard Drive)

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE.


This set-up is aimed at gaming and occasional movies. Want to accompany it with Dell U2311H.

I would be very grateful for any opinions on this build and ideas on improving/changing it. The build now costs about 1450 GBP without the display - I would really like to stay within 1500 GBP (damn you VAT!).

Bonus questions are:
- Does it make sense to invest in 1600 MHz RAM in this set-up?
- Would this power supply be sufficient and does a brand matter a lot with power supplies?
- Is there any point in getting a bigger SSD (right now I am willing to put OS on 30GB SSD listed and have the rest on a simple 1TB drive)?
post #2 of 12
Yes you might as well get 1600 mhz ram with the cheap prices of ram right now.

Now more importantly yes brand of powersupply matters the most in probably all the components of a computer!


All you need is like a 650 watt powersupply, Corsair or Antec are my recomendations
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Nice. 9.2/10
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Im also pretty sure that ssd is an old one that there is really no reason to waste your money on it.
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post #5 of 12
This is from a custom computer site right?
If you really want to then go ahead with it, but you should build your own if it is.

If you're going SSD start with new technology. A Crucial C300 SATA3 would be great.
Also please please use a quality power supply. A Corsair, Antec (some), and Seasonic are great brands for PSUs
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Thanks everyone for quick replies.

Dwood, iJustin

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Im also pretty sure that ssd is an old one that there is really no reason to waste your money on it.
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If you're going SSD start with new technology. A Crucial C300 SATA3 would be great.
Really want to give SSD a try - will go with SATA3 then.

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Also please please use a quality power supply. A Corsair, Antec (some), and Seasonic are great brands for PSUs
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All you need is like a 650 watt powersupply, Corsair or Antec are my recomendations
Would 650W suffice if I plan on overclocking? Is there a point of going for 800W?
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Originally Posted by exigy View Post

Would 650W suffice if I plan on overclocking? Is there a point of going for 800W?
Where are you shopping if you don't mind mentioning? Is it CyberPowerPC? There are other better places to go in the UK if you must have a prebuilt PC (try ChillBlast.com). Building your own is best with your budget though.


Your PSU question depends on the PSU itself. What brand and model is the unit? A good quality 650W unit will run that overclocked, but I wouldn't trust a "CyberPower" brand.
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 6/14/11 at 2:31pm
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Build your own.
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+1 for a 650 watt Seasonic/Corsair/Antec PSU. Always get a good PSU. An 800 watt PSU, if you want peace of mind for upgrading. 1000 watts certainly isn't needed, and those are expensive!

Other than that, I don't see any problems. 30GB shouldn't be bad for an SSD, as long as you are careful not to put unnecessary stuff on it, which it sounds like you will be considerate of, anyway.
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Originally Posted by Tig Ol Bitties View Post
Where are you shopping if you don't mind mentioning? Is it CyberPowerPC? There are other better places to go in the UK if you must have a prebuilt PC (try ChillBlast.com). Building your own is best with your budget though.
I used CyberPower and Overclockers.co.uk for reference prices and handy build overview - but in the end will be building on my own (my only worries are setting up water cooling - never done that before myself, but well, you have to learn things).

What would be the good UK site to get the parts from (apart from Scan)?

Chroma
Thanks. I think I will go with 750W Corsair in the end to be on the safe side and have some additional, well, Watt-space
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