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Build Advice £700 Sandy Bridge Gaming PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Erm..., 27 Jan 2011.

  1. Erm...

    Erm... Witty Title.

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    Hey !

    I'm new to this forums but regularly visit Bit-Tech and I'm a avid reader of Custom PC.

    Anyway, this would be my second build (I'm only 12).

    Budget: £700
    Main uses of intended build:Gaming
    Parts required: Everything ! :D
    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    Monitor resolution: 1920 by 1080
    Storage requirements: 640GB
    Will you be overclocking: Yes (First Time)
    Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): None
    Extra information about desired system: Wireless card please.

    CPU:

    Obviously the i52500k !

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-socket-1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

    Motherboard:

    Asus P8P67

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+P67/ASUS+P8P67+Intel+P67+%28Socket+1155%29+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=42938

    Graphics Card:

    MSI GTX 560

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-560-ti-twin-frozr-ii-oc-40nm-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-shader-1760mhz-384-cores

    RAM:

    Corsair XMS3 4GB

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%282x2gb%29-corsair-xms3-ddr3-pc3-12800-%281600%29-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-165v

    Hard Drive:

    Any suggestions ? As I said 640GB is fine for me.

    Case:

    Not decided yet but here's what I found browsing round the forums.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-cm-690-ii-lite-black-mid-tower-case-w-o-psu

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/xigmatek-utgard-pure-black-gaming-mid-tower-case-w-o-psu

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-300-three-hundred-black-midi-tower-ultimate-gaming-case-w-o-psu

    I'm open to any more suggestions.

    PSU:

    No idea yet. Again any suggestions ?
    (Can you start to see why and made an account specifically for this ? :sigh: )

    Cooler:

    Gelid Tranqullio

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gelid-tranquillo-4-heatpipe-plus-pwm-silent-120-fan-s775-1366-1156-1155-amd-754-939-940-am2-am2plus-

    Optical Drive:

    Cheapest anyone can find !

    If I've forgotten anything please let me know and if the budget goes over it's not a disaster !
     
  2. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Welcome to the forums!

    That looks like a great build, everything you have chosen looks great. I would make the following comments:

    Motherboard: The one you chose only has an x4 second PCI-E slot. If you want th eoption of a second GPU in the future, go for the Pro version. This is more expensive however and there is a cheaper option in the Asus P8P67-M Pro. This is a micro ATX board but does have a x8 second PCI-E slot. Whilst you would have fewer PCI & PCI-E x1 slots, it is cheaper.

    Hard drive: We are big fans of the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB here, it is under £40 @ Scan and is fantastic value for money.

    Case: This is personal choice really, all the cases you have linked are very good. The Antec 300 is a bit pricey now compared to what it used to be and, in my opinion, is not good value for money any more. The Utgard is a good case and we also like the Advanced version of the CM 690. The Lite version has fewer features but is still a very good case. The Fractal Define R3 is another favourite here but is a bit more expensive than your choices.

    PSU: I would suggest the best quality 500w-650w PSU you can afford. If you are thinking of a second GTX560 in future, you would be better off with at least a 750w PSU as the GPU you have chosen draws 300w under load. If you are not thinking of a second GPU, I would suggest an Antec 520w High Power Gamer for £57, a Corsair TX650 for £63, an XFX 650w Core Edition for £65 or an Antec TruePower New 650w Modular for £69. If you want the option of a second GPU in future, I would suggest an XFX 750w Core Edition for £76, an XFX 750w Black Edition Modular for £89, an Antec 750w High Current Gamer for £92 or an Antec TruePower New 750w Modular for £100.

    On a side note, now that you are a forum member, you can qualify for free next day delivery from Scan and CCL Online, simply by having 20 posts or more. See the following threads for details:

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=186923

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/forumdisplay.php?f=124
     
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  3. murraynt

    murraynt Modder

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    Fingers66 has seemed to answer everything.
    I'll fill you in about the PSU.
    I would be going for the Antec Truepower
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w...bronze-82-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-120mm-fan
    You could get away with a 450watt one but this will allow for future upgrades.
    #EDIT: Forgot to say hello. Hello, no wave smiley so this will have to do...:rock:
     
  4. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Lol, you ninja'd my edit with PSU suggestions. I love the Antec TruePower New 650w Modular, I have two of them!. However, if the OP wants the option of two GPU's in future, it might struggle with two GTX560's each drawing 300w under load once the rest of the power draw is taken into account.
     
  5. murraynt

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    Are the 560's that high?
     
  6. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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  7. Erm...

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    Thanks for the response !
    I don't plan do install a second GTX 560 (I would only use this for light gaming !) and so, based on Custom PC's and Bit-Tech's review on the P8P67, I think I would choose that motherboard.

    I would however like the board to be fairly quite. Is this hardware quiet and which case would be best for this ?
     
  8. Erm...

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    Also, just thought, I would use the CPU for o/c and maybe even the GPU, would this be alright for 650w ?
     
  9. lil chris

    lil chris What's a Dremel?

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    I wouldnt worry about the pcie x4 lane to much I am running crossfire on my P8P67 and its not much slower,but having said that if your choosing the green team(GTX 560) you do need the pro version if you want to SLI in the future. And also you would need at least a 750w psu for those greedy nvidia cards.I intend to update my psu this weekend,a trip to scan is on the cards.
    Good luck with your build,I love mine its so Fast.
     
  10. Chris_Waddle

    Chris_Waddle Loving my new digital pinball machine

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    Some excellent advice given there.

    As for a case, most are in the eye of the beholder. I have just built a couple of systems using the HAF912. It's an excellent case and extremely quiet. I would recommend an extra fan for the roof, but it's not really necessary. If you can live with the looks (I actually like it a lot), it is an excellent choice and easy to work with.
     
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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Correct, I should of mentioned that in my post, thanks for putting it right. Getting out my calculator, you are right, a 650w should be sufficient on a SB build with 2 560's.
     
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  13. ak_2020

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    As suggested above, the Antec Truepower 650W is a perfect choice for you (and at a great price).

    As for HDD, I would go for the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Nowadays, its pretty much the 'go to' HDD...its fast, great value etc. It may be a bit bigger than you specified in your OP, but you'll only save a few pounds if you go for a smaller drive..and since when has "too much space" been a problem?

    Case-wise, any of the three you have mentioned would be a worthy choice. My favourite is the Coolermaster (it looks better than the Xigamatek, and has better cable management than the Antec), but you can't really go wrong with any of the three.

    As for HSF, the Gelid is a great choice. For optical drive, just go your retailer of choice and select the cheapest OEM model they have.
     
  14. Judderman

    Judderman What's a Dremel?

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    As some one who just built the same build recently, the only change I might suggest is swapping the MSi for this

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253958

    It is overclocked a little further andwill save you a tenner, so doesn't really have a downside as far as I can see.
     
  15. Erm...

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    Bit-Tech has made a review of the MSI card and I can't find any reviews of the other card. So, I'm going to go with the MSI card.
     
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    If I used the current system with the Coolermaster case, will the build be quiet ?
     
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    It will be quite but if you want true silence look at the fractle R3. Superb case.
     
  18. Erm...

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    Good!

    Anytips for the overclocking apart form the Custom PC and Bit-tech guide (It's my first time) ?
     
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    Overclockers.net forum

    Have step by step guides and it's where I would start and did a long time ago
     
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    Would the Gelid Tranquillo give sufficient cooling for a 4.5 GHz i5 2500k ? And would it be loud?
     

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