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Build Advice £800 Build

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by therookie, 16 Apr 2011.

  1. therookie

    therookie What's a D.I.S.C.O?

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    Hello everyone here is a build I have so far based on the Hardwware Buyers guilde for March 2011...

    1 x Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor 251596 £137.29 £137.29
    1 x MSI GTX 560 TWIN FROZR II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card 255699 £167.12 £167.12
    1 x Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler 176157 £12.17 £12.17
    1 x Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache 173804 £34.99 £34.99
    1 x LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials 176026 £13.31 £13.31
    1 x Philips Brilliance C-line 226C2SB LCD TFT 21.5" Full HD Monitor 243026 £91.65 £91.65
    1 x Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit 1.65V CL9 169240 £30.83 £30.83
    1 x Asus P8P67-M PRO R3 P67 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard 261052 £95.82 £95.82
    1 x Cosonic CD-723MV Multimedia Headset with Microphone - 2 Metre Cable 3.5mm Jack 125119 £3.32 £3.32
    1 x Xenta Red Cloth Mouse Mat with Rubber Base - 220 x 180 mm 227434 £0.82 £0.82
    1 x Sumvision Black Optical Scroll Mouse - USB/PS2 124780 £3.23 £3.23
    1 x Black/Silver Multimedia Keyboard - USB/PS2 - UK Layout 125782 £3.79 £3.79
    1 x Tenda Wireless-G PCI Adapter 132449 £5.40 £5.40
    1 x Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Case With Elite 500W PSU 235611 £48.49 £48.49

    Total £777.94

    Selecting a PSU seems to be the hardest part for me, I used this site to calculate how much I would need http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp but I know nothing really about what the efficiency % mean aswell as the certificates.

    Let me know what you think because I am willing to change the build around if it makes sence to :D also I'v got to keep it under £800!
     
  2. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    On the plus side you've gone for a great core PC: a huge graphics card and CPU with a solid motherboard, but paired them with a quite a tiny cooler and very cheap keyboard, mouse and TN monitor (and wireless card). It needs some element of balance because your interaction with your PC is entirely through these three (plus sound) so you'll not give the best experience out of your expensive kit at all.

    That multimedia headset will be really pants, and do you really need a mouse mat?

    Maybe swap the CM case for an Antec 300 or 100?

    If you're overclocking then the cooler will limit you a bit - you might as well stick with the stock one until you can spend £10 more and get a Gelid Tranquil for about £25.

    As for PSU: you'll need to spend more than £23 on one - a 500 watter will do, but you'll be looking at £50-60 quid for a decent quality model I expect (it's been a while since I checked).

    I've no idea of the quality of that Philips monitor. Looks like a TN, but at least it has DVI input and is Full HD, although 21" will make that rest feel quite small.

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    Try this: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buyers-guide/2011/03/10/pc-hardware-buyer-s-guide-march-2011/3 but swap the included motherboard for your P8P67-M Pro and save some pennies.

    Then look at how much you have left and do some research on monitors and gaming peripherals :)
     
  3. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    you should pay more attention to your peripherals matey. it's the peripherals that you'll be connecting with directly, ALL the time. Get a better monitor, and solid quality kb&mouse. that headset is a pile of crap, but what do you expect for 3 quid!

    reading your list, it seems as though you started all enthusiastic, then lost interest half way through. 800 quid should get you everything you want, without compromise
     
  4. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    how about this

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 unbuffered
    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB
    Sapphire HD 5850 XTREME 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
    Asus P8P67 R3 Socket 1155 USB 3.0 Bluetooth 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case - With 500W EarthWatts PSU
    Benq EW2420 Full HD LED LCD 24" HDMI
    Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 - BlueTrack
    Creative HS-400 Headset
    TP-Link Wireless-N150 PCIe card
    Cart total inc vat:

    £800.03
     
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  5. therookie

    therookie What's a D.I.S.C.O?

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    Hey, honestly I'm not fussed by a generic £3 keyboard, I'v used them for years they are simple and just work, I'v played on friends g-15's etc and I don't mean to sound like a complete prat but there is not much differance to me (apart from all the fancey stuff you can do with them).

    I have no plans to overclock anything at this point in time so I dropping that CPU cooler sounds like a good idea plus saving me £15 to put towards a better PSU and case for example.

    The monitor looks awesome and seems like a bargain at the price, note I don't plan on playing games in 3D if this would alter a choise in monitor I don't know.

    Hehehe ok I'll look into a better head set as yeah that thing will probably fall apart getting it out of the box xD.

    I'll take what you guys have said on board and tweek the build then post an updated version.
     
  6. Guest-16

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    Wow Great build!! ^^ +rep He can buy an OC heatsink at a later date :)

    You might want to give him some links though :D
     
  7. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    It's all at ebuyer. free delivery too!
     

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