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Hey guys, I'll be building my first computer in early 2012 (January-March) and want some second opinions on what I have chosen and how to reduce costs.
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Computer Build
Case: NZXT Phantom Extended - £150
CPU: Intel i5 2500k - £170
GPU: Palit GTX 580 3GB - £450
MoBo: ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 - £140
PSU: Corsair 850AX Gold - £140
Boot Drive: Crucial M4 64GB - £70 (Might not)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - £50
Optical Drive: Samsung 12x BD Player - £45
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB/16GB - £45/£90
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - £70
Heatpaste: Arctic Silver 5 w/ Cleaner - £10

Peripherals and Other
Mouse: Razer Deathadder Respawn - £45
Keyboard: One of Razer brand, not mechanical with blue backlight
Monitor: BenQ XL2410T - £270
Other: Goliathus Mat/Canned Air - £15/£3

Total: - £1600-£1700
My January Estimate (10% decrease): - £1400-£1500
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Any recommendations on what would be better or cheaper. I will be playing at 1080p, possibly in 3D and I would prefer to be able to keep games above 50-60fps at all times. Thanks in advance.

Note- Sorry if this is in the wrong category, I had a look and thought this was most suitable - I don't really use these forums regularly.
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The PSU is a bit overkill if you are just using a single GTX580 but leaves you room to SLI in the future. You can also try work in a 60gb SSD for a boot drive. They can be found for around $100 easily. The rest looks awesome!
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The PSU is a bit overkill if you are just using a single GTX580 but leaves you room to SLI in the future. You can also try work in a 60gb SSD for a boot drive. They can be found for around $100 easily. The rest looks awesome!
I will be overclocking though, if I do SLI I will be getting a new PSU altogether because I really need to save money right now. What wattage of PSU would you (or anyone else) recommend for me to take? 750w? Not sure I can manage a SSD but I might get a RAID 1 for faster load times.

Edit- Any big difference between SATA III and SATA II for a boot drive and regularly used programs?
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I will be overclocking though, if I do SLI I will be getting a new PSU altogether because I really need to save money right now. What wattage of PSU would you (or anyone else) recommend for me to take? 750w? Not sure I can manage a SSD but I might get a RAID 1 for faster load times.

Edit- Any big difference between SATA III and SATA II for a boot drive and regularly used programs?
If you SLI with another GTX580, the current AX850 will be plenty even with overclocks on everything. If you want to save money towards an SSD, a quality 650W PSU by Seasonic, Enermax, or FSP is all you need for a single GPU.
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By January-March the Hardware and Prices are going to significantly change. But I do see you already thought of that (10% decrease).

Mobo:
I have heard good thing about the Asus P67 Pro, but also have heard better things about the ASRock Extreeme4 Gen3. You may want to look into that as well.

PSU:
Yes your PSU is overkill, but imo I like having overkill incase of future upgrades, like a second GTX 580! the 850W will be plenty for SLI 580s with overclocks and increased voltage.

SSD:
As for an SSD I will highly agree with getting one. It is lightning fast and you can get a 64GB M4 for about $100 USD and the prices are only dropping. The SSD isnt really for game load times, as you can only fit a few games on it, its more for your OS load time. You should highly consider getting an SSD, but do not jeopardize the components of your build for it

Cooler:
The Noctura cooler is a very nice cooler. And probably one of the best you can get. With it being one of the best, it is a little overpriced.Something else might be to consider for the future is a custom water cooled loop. So, maybe getting a CM 212+ while waiting to build the loop might be a better option. The 212+ is a very nice inexpensive air cooler with a slightly higher temps than the Noctura D-14.

RAM:
Go with 8GB for now, you can always upgrade if you need more
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I personally recommend the Corsair H series CPU coolers. They're very easy to install and have great cooling. They go anywhere for $60-120. Also no maintenance water-cooling

Edit: Also consider a 120hz monitor if budget allows. I also second getting a SSD (The M4 Series)
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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post
By January-March the Hardware and Prices are going to significantly change. But I do see you already thought of that (10% decrease).

Mobo:
I have heard good thing about the Asus P67 Pro, but also have heard better things about the ASRock Extreeme4 Gen3. You may want to look into that as well.

PSU:
Yes your PSU is overkill, but imo I like having overkill incase of future upgrades, like a second GTX 580! the 850W will be plenty for SLI 580s with overclocks and increased voltage.

SSD:
As for an SSD I will highly agree with getting one. It is lightning fast and you can get a 64GB M4 for about $100 USD and the prices are only dropping. The SSD isnt really for game load times, as you can only fit a few games on it, its more for your OS load time. You should highly consider getting an SSD, but do not jeopardize the components of your build for it

Cooler:
The Noctura cooler is a very nice cooler. And probably one of the best you can get. With it being one of the best, it is a little overpriced.Something else might be to consider for the future is a custom water cooled loop. So, maybe getting a CM 212+ while waiting to build the loop might be a better option. The 212+ is a very nice inexpensive air cooler with a slightly higher temps than the Noctura D-14.

RAM:
Go with 8GB for now, you can always upgrade if you need more
Wow the Gen3 is that cheap? I thought it was like Republic of Gamers kind of expensive! Definitely has IB support and PCI-e 3.0 so it's worth it. The chances are I wont go SLI so I might drop the PSU further, if I want to SLI it will be at least a year away. I will end up putting my OS onto a SSD but to begin with I'll just use my F3 and when I have the money delete it and get it on the SSD (will that same SSD support SSD caching with Z68)? I think I will stick with Noctua but I may just do a smaller overclock and get a Hyper 212+ I will check out the CM one you linked too though. Getting 8GB to start off with that's definite then adding another 8GB as soon as possible (I <3 RAM). Thanks all of you +Rep for you guys.

Edit- B-Rock I'll give the H series a miss their best one is H100 I believe and it performs marginally better than the Noctua but it is noisier, I do want a quite PC after all. Also the monitor I have selected a 120Hz monitor (BenQ XL2410T) it seems to be the very best one out there, it has everything although it's expensive.
Edited by lewiswatt1997 - 10/27/11 at 2:08pm
    
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