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Hey guys and girls, long time lurker, first time builder.

Planning on putting together a gaming rig in the next few months, mainly for TF2 (+other Source games), FFXIV, GTA4, Just Cause 2 and COD4. Looking forward to it, and hopefully it should go smoothly as I've been using PC's long enough (15+ years, I'm 19) and I started a IT fundamentals/competence and technician course earlier this year and have learnt way more in depth than I had with previous home experience.

My current machine is 4-5 years old and is obviously way out of date, unfortunately at the time I didn't really have a say in what I wanted: Some random MESH case, Asus P5L-VM 1394, Intel Core Duo E4400, nVidia GeForce 8600GT 512MB GDDR3 (Core 540Mhz, 4GB DDR2 Dual Channel RAM, not sure of PSU to be honest.

What I plan to build for under ~£1000 is:

£100: Antec 902 (BOUGHT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec...window-w-o-psu

£75 (including VAT, Saturday delivery) (BOUGHT)
PSU: Be Quiet 680W Modular Power Supply
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=44495

£123 (including VAT, Saturday delivery) (BOUGHT)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3), Intel P67, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 2133, SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX, SLI/ XFire
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=44074

£44 (including VAT, Saturday delivery) (BOUGHT)
RAM: Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=37570

£55 (including VAT, Saturday delivery) (BOUGHT)
HDD: 1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5"
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=37726

Together the HDD, RAM and Motherboard cost £202 (instead of £222) as cheaper in a bundle due to combined VAT and delivery.

Price: £222 (including VAT) (BOUGHT)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=43214

Price: £256 (including VAT)
MSI GeForce GTX 570 Twin FrozR III Power Edition 1284MB GDDR5

£57 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=41063

I can't wait to see the final thing. I'm likely not going to overclock any of the parts initially (I know! Shock, horror, a user on OverClockers who ISN'T doing OC'ing) but may delve into that at a later stage and when I'm more confident with the new parts and BIOS as well as the heat the parts produce together.
Edited by Zippyduda - 9/26/11 at 7:11am
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Sounds like it's gonna be a killer rig. Welcome to OCN.
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Welcome in terms of your build - 850W for that build would be overkill, but the HX series is great if you really want peace of mind.

I'd also spend a bit more on a graphics card if you're wanting to play newer games.
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If you can save just a little more and get a 560ti then you would be able to play all the newer titles as well as the ones that are scheduled to come out later this year. As for the psu only if you are going to sli later then get the 850w but if not you can get buy with less.
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Welcome to OCN!
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Welcome to OCN! Looks like a very nice build. One exception, I'd get rid of that Hitachi "Death"star in favor of a Samsung F4. Much better drive overall.
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Originally Posted by reaper~ View Post
Sounds like it's gonna be a killer rig. Welcome to OCN.
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Originally Posted by picool_cs View Post
Welcome to OCN!
Thanks

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Originally Posted by fluxlite View Post
Welcome in terms of your build - 850W for that build would be overkill, but the HX series is great if you really want peace of mind.

I'd also spend a bit more on a graphics card if you're wanting to play newer games.
That's the thing, I don't have the need to play many newer games. The recommended card for FFXIV is the 460, and I've read a hell of a lot of reviews ( as well as being recommended it by 5+ friends who have one) about it being one of the best cards in terms of performance, overclocking, heat and reliability. Like I said in the intro, I definitely have other options if I can afford them And thanks for the advice.

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Originally Posted by KorgothOfBarbaria View Post
If you can save just a little more and get a 560ti then you would be able to play all the newer titles as well as the ones that are scheduled to come out later this year. As for the psu only if you are going to sli later then get the 850w but if not you can get buy with less.
I was recommended by a few on here (including Alias) that a Modular PSU is better as it makes for fitting/taking wires out a lot easier. I was originally just going to get a 650/700 but I'll have to look into the power consumption of my parts first (only thing I've not done yet) to see what is needed.

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Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop View Post
Welcome to OCN! Looks like a very nice build. One exception, I'd get rid of that Hitachi "Death"star in favor of a Samsung F4. Much better drive overall.
Thanks, and yeah I know a lot of people have been worried about that drive. The reason being is the HDD market is a bit weird at the moment. I wanted either a 5900/7200RPM 1TB HD that is under £100 but they're all "green", 5400rpm's/weird spin speeds, 500-750GB's or not cheap as they should be.
Speak of the devil, £40 for a 1TB Seagate/£60 for a 2TB Seagate that runs at 7200RPM:
1TB Seagate Barracuda 32MB Cache
2TB Seagate Barracuda
However I have heard 7200RPM's are quite the power hog.


The reason I need a big drive is because I edit videos a lot, and recording at 30+ FPS (using TGA which = 90MBps = 5+GBpm) means the size is needed, plus it'd be nice to finally not be reliant on a 500GB external to store my TV shows/films/music. Want it solely for backups, transferring data to other places, testing Virtual Machines and any other big HD eaters. I like not having to clear my HD all the time and not worry.
Edited by Zippyduda - 4/25/11 at 4:01pm
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Man, didn't realise what a ***** VAT and delivery charges add on to the cost of your PC. Wish I was self employed now for VAT off. Had to look around and wait a little for prices to alter.

If anyone can link me to these same parts (not including my already purchased case) with VAT and Saturday delivery as that's the only day I'm free for cheaper (miles away from depot, don't have a car or relatives that do), I would absolutely love you forever

£123 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3), Intel P67, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 2133, SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX, SLI/ XFire
ttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-p6...-atx-sli-xfire


£172 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=43216


£44 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
RAM: Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%...-9-24-xmp-165v


£55 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
HDD: 1TB 1TB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=39369


£196 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin FrozR II OC 1024MB GDDR5
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=43660


£106 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
PSU: Corsair 650W Modular Power Supply
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-...-12v-120mm-fan

£57 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=41063


£32 (including VAT, Saturday delivery)
CD/DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223C 22x Internal DVD±R/RW SATA Drive
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=44494
Edited by Zippyduda - 5/17/11 at 1:39pm
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Hey guys and girls, long time lurker, first time builder.

Planning on putting together a gaming rig in the next few months, mainly for TF2 (+other Source games), FFXIV, GTA4, Just Cause 2 and COD4. Looking forward to it, and hopefully it should go smoothly as I've been using PC's long enough (15+ years, I'm 19) and I started a IT fundamentals/competence and technician course earlier this year and have learnt way more in depth than I had with previous home experience.

My current machine is 4-5 years old and is obviously way out of date, unfortunately at the time I didn't really have a say in what I wanted: Some random MESH case, Asus P5L-VM 1394, Intel Core Duo E4400, nVidia GeForce 8600GT 512MB GDDR3 (Core 540Mhz, 4GB DDR2 Dual Channel RAM, not sure of PSU to be honest.

What I plan to build for under ~£800 is:
£42: Antec 300 (maybe 902)
£90: MSI P67A-C43 Intel P67 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express
£164: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz
£36: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz
£60: 2TB Seagate Barracuda
£100: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
£120-150: One of the following: Saphhire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic or MSI GTX460 1GB Hawk or EVGA Geforce GTX460 1GB FTW or Palit GeForce GTX 550Ti 1048MB GDDR5
£125: 850W Corsair HX Series Modular ATX2.2 or Corsair 650W
£40: Thermaltake Contac 29 (or the Frio)
£17: DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223C 22x

Really excited to get the parts and put them together. Due to financial constraints I'm going to be buying it part by part on a weekly bases (when I'm paid), but I can't wait to see the final thing. I'm likely not going to overclock any of the parts initially (I know! Shock, horror, a user on OverClockers who ISN'T doing OC'ing) but may delve into that at a later stage and when I'm more confident with the new parts, technologies and BIOS as well as the heat the parts produce together.

If you want to advise on my build my friend made me a thread the other day which I'll start posting/replying on, any advice is much appreciated

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...se-please.html
You really want to stay away from Seagates. They made absolutely terrible drives about a year ago, and even though they reportedly improved, I'd still stay away from them. Try WD or Samsung. For GPU, go with a brand name like eVGA. Less problems later.
As someone said, 850 W PSU is a big overkill. Find yourself a deal on a 600W - especially if gaming is not your priority.
Spending that much $ on CPU cooler is a little silly. Can you find something a bit cheaper?
    
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