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Hello. So after my current 5 year old PC overheated for about the 10th time, I decided it was about time to build to build a new one. However this is my first time building a PC and I would greatly appreciate any help you can give to aid in selecting components and a case.

As I've said in the title, this PC will be for gaming in particular, hopefully maxing out most games without a problem. Also, I have started to learn Maya and plan to use it much more in the future. However it's very important that the PC is as quiet as possible since I will be using it for other general stuff such as web browsing, etc. Therefore I am not afraid to spend extra for after-market fans or anything else that'll keep it as quiet as possible.

Here's what I'm thinking so far..

1) i5 2500K – £160 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...che-95w-retail

2) 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz - £65 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(...-9-9-9-27-165v

3) Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 S1155 Motherboard - £130 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...-raid-atx-hdmi

4) GTX 580 - £380 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1536m...4mhz-512-cores

5) 2TB - £80 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-h...-cache-8ms-ncq

6) DVD RW Drive - £20 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/pione...ail-labelflash

7) Windows 7 Retail – £115 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/micro...-32-and-64-bit

8) Corsair HX 850 Modular - £125 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-...-year-warranty

9) Fractal Design R3 - £80 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/fract...r-case-w-o-psu

10) Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler - £50 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...source=froogle

Could you please comment on the selection of the components I've made so far. If you know anything better for cheaper please say. Also, keep in mind that I'm looking the PC to be as quiet as possible, so could you please recommend any good after-market fans, etc if you know any. Finally, I want to make sure that the PC is future proof and the components will hold up reasonably well in the future.

Thanks!
Edited by Jasey24 - 6/22/11 at 12:22pm
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- Since it's for gaming an i5 2500k is a better option for you.

- Get any RAM you want that's 1600MHz and ok timings (i.e 8-8-8-24 or 9-9-9-24)

- For a motherboard get a P8P67 Pro or ASRock Extreme 6. Some people might advice you to go for the new Z68 chipset, but based on what your using the PC for, there really isn't much point, might as well save some money.

- You don't need a 1000w PSU (yes i know I have a 1000w psu but I got mine for really really cheap lol). Get any GOOD 500-600 watt PSU if you plan on just running a single GPU setup. If you plan on running SLI in the future then get a good 850w.

- Get a 60 or 120GB SSD, preferably a Corsair force series or Crucial M4

- You'll need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want a quite build, if budget permits get a Thermalright Silver Arrow, if budget is tight then get a Hyper 212+.

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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post
- Since it's for gaming an i5 2500k is a better option for you.

- Get any RAM you want that's 1600MHz and ok timings (i.e 8-8-8-24 or 9-9-9-24)

- For a motherboard get a P8P67 Pro or ASRock Extreme 6. Some people might advice you to go for the new Z68 chipset, but based on what your using the PC for, there really isn't much point, might as well save some money.

- You don't need a 1000w PSU (yes i know I have a 1000w psu but I got mine for really really cheap lol). Get any GOOD 500-600 watt PSU if you plan on just running a single GPU setup. If you plan on running SLI in the future then get a good 850w.

- Get a 60 or 120GB SSD, preferably a Corsair force series or Crucial M4

- You'll need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want a quite build, if budget permits get a Thermalright Silver Arrow, if budget is tight then get a Hyper 212+.

·Thanks for the advice on the RAM and the motherboard. Those are two things I know very little on. Do you know of any resources that give info on motherboards and different thing to look for?

·I should have been more clear in my post, but I want to make sure that this PC is future-proof and can be upgraded easily if necessarily. So I don't mind paying extra for a bigger PSU. It's one of the problems I have with my current PC, I can't add anything new saying as the power supply is too small.

·I'm not really sure if I want to go with SSD. I mean, the prices are huge for such a small amount of storage.

·Thanks for the advice on the CPU after-market cooler.What about the fans on the 580 I linked, are they quiet enough, or should I replace them too?

·Is there a big difference in performance between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k? Or will it not really make a difference. As I said, I want the PC to last a long time.
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Originally Posted by Jasey24 View Post
·Thanks for the advice on the RAM and the motherboard. Those are two things I know very little on. Do you know of any resources that give info on motherboards and different thing to look for?

·I should have been more clear in my post, but I want to make sure that this PC is future-proof and can be upgraded easily if necessarily. So I don't mind paying extra for a bigger PSU. It's one of the problems I have with my current PC, I can't add anything new saying as the power supply is too small.

·I'm not really sure if I want to go with SSD. I mean, the prices are huge for such a small amount of storage.

·Thanks for the advice on the CPU after-market cooler.What about the fans on the 580 I linked, are they quiet enough, or should I replace them too?

·Is there a big difference in performance between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k? Or will it not really make a difference. As I said, I want the PC to last a long time.
- Here is a good link for motherboards for sandy bridge: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...omparison.html

- 850w is PLENTY for any upgrading you will ever do on this platform. You can easily run an SLI setup and anything else with heaps of headroom for overclocking. Bigger power supply doesn't always mean better, I'f you've got a 1000w PSU that's running at below 20% or so of it's output then it won't be very efficient, which is not good.

- SSD's may be small in storage space but the performance gain they provide is huge so they're definitely worth it.

- The Twin Frozr II cooler is a very good and quite cooler, so good choice with that.

- The difference between i5 and i7 is that the i7 has Hyperthreading. Only CPU intensive applications will benefit from Hyperthreading, so if you do a lot of video editing or Folding then you'll notice a performance difference. If your only going to be gaming, browsing and other day to day stuff then the i5 2500k is excellent value and overclocks and performs great.
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- Here is a good link for motherboards for sandy bridge: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...omparison.html

- 850w is PLENTY for any upgrading you will ever do on this platform. You can easily run an SLI setup and anything else with heaps of headroom for overclocking. Bigger power supply doesn't always mean better, I'f you've got a 1000w PSU that's running at below 20% or so of it's output then it won't be very efficient, which is not good.

- SSD's may be small in storage space but the performance gain they provide is huge so they're definitely worth it.

- The Twin Frozr II cooler is a very good and quite cooler, so good choice with that.

- The difference between i5 and i7 is that the i7 has Hyperthreading. Only CPU intensive applications will benefit from Hyperthreading, so if you do a lot of video editing or Folding then you'll notice a performance difference. If your only going to be gaming, browsing and other day to day stuff then the i5 2500k is excellent value and overclocks and performs great.
Thanks again for all the info. Do you know any good quiet 850W PSU's?

EDIT: Oh I should also mention, I've started learning Autodesk Maya - mainly as a hobby. Do you think there'll be a noticeable difference in rendering times between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k?
Edited by Jasey24 - 6/22/11 at 4:33am
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Thanks again for all the info. Do you know any good quiet 850W PSU's?
Here's a good link for recommended PSUs: http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html
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