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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi there,

I'm currently building a PC after growing tired of Apple's astronomical prices for the kit. Because of this I am fairly clueless when it comes to building a PC.

Could any of you check my build and tell me your thoughts and/or recommendations?

My build:

  • Intel i5 3570K
  • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance
  • Zalman Z9 Plus case
  • Coolermaster 600W Silent Pro Modular PSU
  • 128GB Crucial M4 SSD
  • 2 x 2TB Samsung HD204UI /F4

Haven't decided upon GPU yet, so would appreciate your thoughts on this. I will be gaming on this rig, but not overly fussed if it wont run games on max settings. I was thinking about the Radeon HD 6850? My budget for the GPU is around £100.

Thanks in advance!
Edited by Bomster - 5/8/12 at 9:54am
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post #2 of 8
The build looks pretty good man! I have a 6850 in my gaming box/htpc and it is great for the money! I can't really tell the difference between the 6850 and my 560ti! You might even be able to get a 6870 for £100 if you look hard enough smile.gif
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post #3 of 8
looks great so far. 6850 is an excellent mid range card, and crossfire performance is outstanding if you ever think you need more get up and go.
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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Will my PSU be okay to power two cards in Crossfire?

Also, do you think my rig would handle over clocking? If so, would you recommend over clocking, does it make things snappier?
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post #5 of 8
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One more thing, does anyone have any top tips when it comes to putting this thing together? Anything you learnt after building that you wished before you started?

Cheers for any responses smile.gif.
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Bomster View Post

One more thing, does anyone have any top tips when it comes to putting this thing together? Anything you learnt after building that you wished before you started?
Cheers for any responses smile.gif.

think happy thoughts when you are closing the tension bracket on the cpu. It nearly scared me to death with the sounds it made but a friend of mine who had put together his build a couple weeks ago assured me that it is supposed to do that. It sort of sounds like cracking plastic and you'll want to stop tongue.gif
post #7 of 8
I'd highly recommend getting a better case, it'll be a pain to do your first build inside the one that you selected. You could go for this case, which offers much better cable management.
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post #8 of 8
I think a good tip is to plugin your 8-pin. I'm an idiot and throughout each of my builds that's the one thing I always forgot to do lol.

But in all seriousness, it's pretty straightforward. Just ground yourself every now and then, and make sure to have a list of everything you need to install from high priority (system security, drivers etc) to low priority (IMs and other general applications).
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