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Morning all,

Firstly, Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a fantastic day!

Secondly,

I'm looking at creating a bedroom gaming pc, that I can use as a blu-ray player as well.

I've put a list of components that I think will work well together,

Was just wondering if anyone had any advice on what would work best, and any recommendations etc.

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-074-BX&campaign=pcm/googleshopping/PUP_Cases/BitFenix/CA-074-BX&pup_c=gs £64.99

Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-i-deluxe-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-dvi-i-mini-itx £146.12

Processor Intel Core i5-3570K http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40GHz-Technology/dp/B007RUZKK6 £165.14

Cooler

RAM Corsair 16GB 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Kit http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007TG8QRW/ref=nosim/?tag=hotukdeals-21 £55.00

SSD OCZ 240GB Vertex Plus SSD http://www.ebuyer.com/339606-ocz-240gb-vertex-plus-ssd-oczssd2-1vtxpl240g £90.00

HD WD Caviar Green 2Tb http://www.ebuyer.com/264274-wd-2tb-green-desktop-drive-wd20earx £80.00

GPU XFX HD7950 Double D AMD/ATI Graphics Card - 3GB http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7950-double-d-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-800mhz-dvi-dvi-hdmi-mdp £215.75

PSU Corsair TX650 Already own.

Optical Drive Pioneer BDC-207DBK 8x BluRay ROM / DVDRW SATA-II Optical Drive - Black (OEM) [DBC-207DBK http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD-083-PO&groupid=701&catid=10&subcat=314 £49.99

Coming in at about £900 when I add in a cooler. Not sure on what would work best here.

Any advice would be much appreciated, and I thank you for any feedback,

Thanks biggrin.gif
post #2 of 5
i would suggest you pick a different SSD.

the vertex plus and agility series had really high failure rates.

just get an intel 330 or samsung.
     
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Intel i5 4670K Asrock Z87 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard Asus HD7970 G.Skill TridentX 2400MHz 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Intel 520 240GB SSD Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD Samsung 840 120GB SSD  Bitspower CPU Block Summit EF (Intel) (Acrylic... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC7970 Swiftech MCP355 XSPC DDC Acrylic Pump Top Bitspower Compression Fittings 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC RX240 Radiator Danger Den Rad Reservoir  Windows 7 Home Premium ASUS VG278HE 144Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX Brown Cooler Master GX 750 Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Zowie FK 
Mouse PadAudio
PureTrak Talent Razer Tiamat 7.1 
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A few thoughts for you.

You understand that you will have to buy Blu Ray playback software, right? It is usually cheaper to buy a budget stand-alone Blu Ray player than it is to buy the drive and software. Plus, the stand-alone player will have a remote.

Is the ASRock Z77E-ITX motherboard available for you? Here in the USA the Asus board costs 33% more, but I haven't read any reviews where it actually overclocked a single MHz better, where the same reviewer used both boards.

Is the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB kit available to you? It is better than the Corsair Vengeance because it only needs 1.35V, is CAS 9 and here in the USA costs a couple bucks less. Also, it is super low profile, meaning it will fit under any heatsink you choose. Not saying the Vengeance is bad RAM (it is actually pretty good) but on an ITX motherboard where the RAM is next to the CPU the big RAM heatsinks may get in the way.
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Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Well the Blu-Ray player that I selected comes with the software included for the price. And the thing is I want an AIO solution, saves me buying more and more tech! Lol.

Yeah it is, it's about £40 cheaper too. The only thing I'm worried about is the space between it and the GPU slot? Looks pretty close to me, but I might be wrong.

Yeah that ram is actually about the same price, so I'll swap that in.

I'm looking at using the Corsair H60 cooler as I think for the space and the cooling it gives would probably be the best bet?

All in now, I'm looking at about £860 which I don't think is too bad at all.

Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated.
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Yeah it is, it's about £40 cheaper too. The only thing I'm worried about is the space between it and the GPU slot? Looks pretty close to me, but I might be wrong.
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I'm looking at using the Corsair H60 cooler as I think for the space and the cooling it gives would probably be the best bet?

Perfect! Yes, space between CPU and GPU are tighter on the ASRock ,but if you use one of those all-in-one liquid coolers (which should fit great in the Bitfenix Prodigy you choose) it shouldn't be an issue.

One potential problem is that on some of the AIO coolers, the backplate interferes with the mSATA slot on the bottom of the ASRock motherboard. The quick solution is to trim a teeny tiny bit off one corner of the backplate. Literally need to take off 1-2mm of material. Alternately, some of the backplates can be adjusted so that it doesn't interfere.

from this thread


See how the backplate needed to be twisted into a parallelogram instead of the default square? Some other backplate designs will need some trimming. The black thing in the upper left is the mSATA slot that I am talking about.
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Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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