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Feb 14, 13 at 2:58am

Hey thanks for taking the time to list all that duneworld! It's very helpful. I'll give that a look after work and compare to my other list of parts I've been making. I'll have a look at your site as well, CMNealTan!

Feb 11, 13 at 8:31am

Hi paulamahol!

duneworld has listed down some great specs. If you want to read on more about pc computer builds, take a look at the link in my signature. It also offers great pc building tips.

Feb 10, 13 at 5:37am

Sites I'd suggest:
Aria PC
CCL Online / Computers
Quiet PC UK

Skinflint is my preferred price comparison site for computer hardware parts.

Build suggestion:
Intel i5-3570K (163 @ Aria PC)
Money can be saved on this part if you don't want to overclock/the option to overclock.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H (£96 @ Ebuyer)
High quality, feature rich board. You can get a H77 motherboard if you don't want to overclock the CPU and don't want to have the option to add more than one dGPU in the future.

Thermalright True Spirit 120 Rev. A (£25 @ Aria PC)
Fan speed range: 600-1500RPM. Good minimum speed, max speed isn't too high.

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.35V (£36 @ Ebuyer)

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD (£166 @ Amazon)
2x 100mm fans, minimum speed of 900RPM and reaches c. 1920RPM on load. 4 heatpipes.
Any competitors I've found at this price point have cooling systems which would seem to me to be noisier than Gigabyte's.

Samsung 840 SSD 120GB (£75 @ Amazon / Ebuyer)

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 (£38 @ Aria PC)

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Dark Black (£86 @ Scan)
High quality case designed for quietness.

Enermax Triathlor ETA550AWT 550W (£70 @ OCUK)
Uses a 12cm Twister bearing fan. Fan speed ranges between 500 and 1500/1700RPM, so quiet in idle and quiet enough on load. You should only think about getting more than a 550W PSU if you want the option to add a second GTX 660 at some point in the future, although a high quality 550W PSU, like those I am recommending, would still be able to power such a system.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 DVD OEM (£66 @ Aria PC)
Windows 8 64bit DVD OEM (£63 @ Aria PC)

Total: £821
Not taking delivery costs into account.

The other option for a quiet case is Fractal Design's Define series:
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl (£80 @ Aria PC)
Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl (£66 @ Scan)

Enermax Triathlor FC ETA550AWT-M 550W (modular version of the above for £6 more): (£76 @ Scan)

If Seasonic G-550 comes back into stock at a reasonable price before you buy then get that instead as it has the advantage of higher efficiency, but has a similar fan speed range to the Enermax Triathlor.

NZXT Hale90 550W (£78 @ Scan)
This is very quiet as it's 14cm fan will typically stay below c. 1000RPM.

Cheaper option:
OCZ ZS Series 550W (£53 @ Ebuyer)
Again quiet in idle, and the top speed isn't that high (c. 1200RPM)

Feb 08, 13 at 4:06pm

Hey peeps. I was just reading the beginners guide to building a PC and thought I would follow the advice and post here for suggestions and advice before I go ahead and order parts. I've built a couple of computers a very long time ago while at college and although technology has changed a hell of a lot I'm sure I can still do it.

I will be using my new system to play new games (such as Crysis 3 and SimCity 5) as well as photo and video editing and watching blu ray movies on my new telly eventually.... I'll be leaving it on overnight sometimes so it'll need to be quiet as well.

I would like to build the system around an Intel i5 CPU and and a GeForce GTX 660 GPU. 8GB of ram (What's a decent make of ram these days? Corsair?) and a decentish power supply (650watts?) and cooler. No idea what motherboard to get, so any recommendations on that (and the rest) would be helpful. Preferably one I won't need to upgrade for a few years Oh, and a nice looking and practical case with room for expansion when I decide to buy a blu ray burner, another hard drive and whatever else.

I've done a few price lists on a few sites and it normally comes to about £750/£850 (not including mouse, keyboard or monitor) depending on the site and makes of product they stock. But I'll probably shop around when I have a definite parts list to get the best prices. I'm looking for decent parts at decent prices if anybody can recommend any sites they use.

Anyway..... Thanks for reading and I shall look forward to any input and suggestions you may have. Cheers!

P.S. Pre overclocked CPU? Yes or No?

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