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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:56 am Post subject: Idea Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

So I've finally managed to be able to afford a new PC after 8 long years of 'running' on a P4. Hopefully I've picked everything out well, I've been doing my research for a month or so now, I'm sure Aras will have something to say after last time  Embarassed  but I've done much more research this time and have a much better grasp on PC components in general (aka I'm not so much of a newb).

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CPU:  Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler:  Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard:  MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory:  Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Hard Drive:  Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card:  MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card
Case:  Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply:  Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

A few notes;

    I managed to pick up the GPU for £175 from Aria when it was on offer a few weeks ago, obviously something like the Twin FrozR III or Sapphire Dirt 3 GPU would've been better as I'd have been able to unlock to 6970 but I'm more than happy with this card for the price I paid.

    I realise the white 600T is a bit of a marmite case but I found most cases ugly so thought I'd spend a bit extra on this as it'll last and I'll be happy with it sat there for a few years.

    the 750w PSU is overkill I know but it helped me get my order on Dabs up to £400 which meant I could save £25 so it ended up cheaper than the 650w I was planning on buying. The main reason is so I can Crossfire in the future.

    EDIT: I already have a hard drive which I forgot to include in this post originally and Gates pointed out.

Add in a copy of Windows 7, an optical drive, a few cables and some thermal paste and the final total for my build comes to around £850.

Hopefully everything will tun up today/tomorrow and I'll spend the weekend getting it up and running. I'll be sure to share some pictures once I'm done!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:12 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

obviously I don't know what you're going to install on this computer but after having a 128gb ssd for about 2 years now they aren't anywhere near big or fast enough to warrant the price. a seagate barracuda 1.5TB would be far better in the long run for the same price as the ssd
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:17 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

I checked my post about 5 times and I still managed to miss something!

I already have a 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 after I bought one as a replacement for my dead HDD earlier in the year. I plan on buying something a bit bigger once the prices drop again. Will edit my post now.

Oh and it's mainly to play games really, just a luxury buy  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:25 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

all good just should of went for better cooler , ram with 1600mhz as they cost pretty much the same, and maybe with z68 motherboard.

also well you have 500 gig hdd with your ssd ,but be ware hdd prices already increasing they going to double in half of the year if not more . so ur not see hdd droping prices anymore , ssd should completely replace them in round 1 year.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:40 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

Glad you approve. It'll be nice to play TF2 with more than 20fps and pixelated graphics finally! Also got BF3 ready for when I'm all set up.

The Hyper 212+ is pretty well recommended and this being my first build I don't plan on OCing too much yet.

I did look into Z68 but didn't find any of the features really beneficial over what I need from P67.

Yeah I probably should have gone with 1600mhz memory but the differences are pretty negligible as far as I'm aware.

As for the HDD, I doubt I'll fill it up and I have an external one I could use too anyway. The prices are high at the minute because of the flooding in Thailand. But yeah SSD prices are constantly dropping, my 64GB drive was £68.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:37 pm Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

I would have recommended waiting for the new LGA2011 socket coming out in mid November for quad channel memory and native support for 1800mhz ram
along with considerably better options in the form of multiple GFX cards

but it would be a tad more expensive (im saving up to upgrade me PC too)

otherwize good luck with the build
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:17 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

I am jealous
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:40 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

Got everything last weekend and had it up and running by Saturday afternoon. For my first build I think everything went well, there were no real issues at all and everything is still doing what it should be now.

Haven't got round to overclocking anything yet as I'm happy with how snappy everything is right now but will look into it more in the future.

You can see a few pictures here.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:55 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

christophe wrote (View Post):
You can see a few pictures here.


Nice rig, christophe Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:57 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

you updated straight to the latest motherboard Bios I hope Razz
If not it's best todo so and you'll probably need to before you consider overclocking at all.

Nice looking built, I like the cable management in that case.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:49 am Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

Yup, didn't even bother with the CD, just downloaded everything before I got started then installed it all from USB. You could say I was prepared...

Yup cable management was simple, this video helped a ton and gave me a good idea of what to put where.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:43 pm Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

You do love pink don't you Chris Wink

Ohhh suit you sir  :lol:

Case looks epic to me Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:16 pm Post subject: No icon Re: Finally ordered everything for my new PC Reply with quote

Haha was waiting for someone to mention that. It's my girlfriends room so nothing to do with me!
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Yeah yeah mate,

Don't be in denial  Laughing
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Shh!  Wink
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