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post #1 of 21
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Ok, just so you guys know, im currently working as a graduate java developer but i have almost no experience in the hardware side of computing (apart from replacing RAM and basic parts). So whilst i am familiar with computers, i must admit i am kinda lost when it comes to hardware.

I have around £1000 to build my new rig (although im not opposed to it being cheaper tongue.gif). It will be used primarily for gaming. I have put together a basket of what my small amount of research has shown to be decent components. If any of you gurus could take a look at these parts and just let me know what you think i would be extremely grateful.

Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Socket 1155 DVI VGA HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £146.97
Intel Core i5 2550K 3.4GHz Socker 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £177.94
Palit GTX 560 Ti 448 Core 1280MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £184.98
NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case £103.30
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V £40.00
LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW with DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black £13.96
Corsair 600W GS Series PSU £60.28
WD 1TB Caviar Green Hard Drive - 3.5" SATA-III - 64MB Cache - WD10EZRX £74.91
Black 3.5" Bay Internal Card Reader with SIM and IR £5.45
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler £14.57

Total of £822

Now i already have a 23" monitor and i know the keyboard i want (£40). The information im looking for is really:

1) Are these components good enough for high-end games?
2) Are there any of these components which you would advise against? or consider improving? (e.g. would you take 2gb 560 ti non 448 or the 570 instead of the 560 ti 448?)
3) Are these reasonable prices? Are these all compatible with each other?


Lastly, as i am a COMPLETE beginner in regards to assembling, is this all i need? Would i be able to set this up and get it running if i followed the appropriate videos?

ANY info would be great!

Thanks
Dale

p.s. the case is totally an aesthetic call tongue.gif
post #2 of 21
Hmm it looks like a nice build you have put together. It should run most games pretty well. The only thing i see is im not too sure on the 1280gb graphics card. If you have any more room in your budget, maybe bump that to a 2gb card. Also that cpu cooler looks ok for the money, but if your planning on overclocking I would maybe spend a little more and get a Prolima Megahalems with 2 fans for push pull. Otherwise if not overclocking that cpu cooler should be ok. Hopefully some more people will chime in, so we can collaborate and help you on your build. thumb.gif
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The only input I can see would be possibly flipping the cooler to a Hyper 212 since you should be able to find one for the same price. As far as choosing a case, don't forget to consider silence (chassis thickness, rubber grommets, mounts, fan speeds, etc) when choosing one. I don't know anything about your case, but also look into if it comes with enough fans or if you need to buy more. Make sure you leave room in your budget if you do need to buy additional case fans. other than that, your parts look good, so just look for sales and combos to bring the price down. Lastly, don't hesitate to buy a used video card or used memory if the warranty in your country is the same as here in the states. Here, nearly every stick has a lifetime warranty, so buying used is just as good as buying brand new.
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post #4 of 21
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Wow, thanks for the quick reply! This is why i decided to come here first btw, you guys seemed the most helpful.

So maybe i could get the 560ti 2gb (non 448)? Whats your opinion on this card? I will likely get another in a few months.

If it would be safer, i guess i will upgrade the cooling smile.gif

Also, to go back to my newbie question, could i just assemble all this? Or do i need any extra cables etc?

Thanks again for the reply!
post #5 of 21
Since you are waiting for a few months why not get a 660ti or 670 equivalent? Also go for a 7200 rpm hard drive at the very lest.
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post #6 of 21
OK ..couple of revisions I'd suggest..
1) wait..on cpu..or get 2500K...
2)Get the Samsung ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147096 Will do however much chipset/cpu allows
3)Rosewill green 630> whatever PSU you have there..
4)Terrible cooler.. look @ this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214023&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-CPU+Cooling-_-Enermax-_-35214023

or hyper 212,silenx effizio 120..mugen3..noctua nh-d14...silver arrow

bah..I don't air cool nemore tongue.gif

And that hdd is notsogood..better off with wd blue 500gb
What about ssd?
 
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post #7 of 21
Another thing that might help is if you are going to wait for a few months why not wait for the new intel cpus to come out (ivy-bridge) and then see what they are offering compared to sandy-bridge. Also then i would believe the 2550k will drop in price significantly so its probably a good idea to consider.
Edited by Dominik - 3/29/12 at 5:17pm
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post #8 of 21
hi gdub259, the build u listed is very similiar to my sig rig. The White Phantom is really pretty to look at and is a great case for beginners like you and me to start off with. Id also second that you get a better cpu cooler since you really cant skimp on cooling your expensive i5 2550k! I personally have a H100, but alot of people like the Noctua NHD14 or Hyper 212 +.

WIth the 560TI 448 cores you can play alot of games at ultra settings, such as Batman: Arkham City with no problems. But if i were you id invest in the newest video card from NVidia, the GTX 680 which just came out.

Im not familiar with euros so i cant advice you on the price, but hopefully you get some cheap components. Overall you have a great rig for gaming thumb.gif
post #9 of 21
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The case has 3 120mm fans and 1 200m. Ive read a few reviews and its seems very good. I will check out the cooling advice!

sccr - great advice, thank you

arch - is that the upcoming gpu? I meant i would probably double up on the 560. Im looking to get this comp done in the next few weeks. Will make sure on the hard drive advice! thank you
post #10 of 21
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Great advice guys, thank you very much! Im loving all this information biggrin.gif

In regards to ssd, i was going to wait a few weeks until i can save some more money and then invest.
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