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Author:   paulamahol
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 4:06pm (PST)
Subject:   Building a PC. Could do with some pointers please
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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?







Author:   duneworld
Date:   Feb 10, 13 at 5:37am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a PC. Could do with some pointers please
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Sites I'd suggest:
Amazon
Aria PC
CCL Online / Computers
Dabs
Ebuyer
Microdirect
Novatech
Overclock.co.uk
Overclockers.co.uk
Quiet PC UK
Scan

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

Build suggestion:
Intel i5-3570K (163 @ Aria PC)
http://skinflint.co.uk/761856
Money can be saved on this part if you don't want to overclock/the option to overclock.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H (£96 @ Ebuyer)
http://skinflint.co.uk/749610
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)
http://skinflint.co.uk/854462
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)
http://skinflint.co.uk/862489

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD (£166 @ Amazon)
http://skinflint.co.uk/837790
2x 100mm fans, minimum speed of 900RPM and reaches c. 1920RPM on load. 4 heatpipes.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/geforce-gtx-660-roundup_3.html#sect0
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)
http://skinflint.co.uk/841499

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 (£38 @ Aria PC)
http://skinflint.co.uk/659740

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Dark Black (£86 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/788809
High quality case designed for quietness.

Enermax Triathlor ETA550AWT 550W (£70 @ OCUK)
http://skinflint.co.uk/823688
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)
http://skinflint.co.uk/634022
or
Windows 8 64bit DVD OEM (£63 @ Aria PC)
http://skinflint.co.uk/835946

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)
http://skinflint.co.uk/812617
Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl (£66 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/682129

Enermax Triathlor FC ETA550AWT-M 550W (modular version of the above for £6 more): (£76 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/852500

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.
http://skinflint.co.uk/830688

NZXT Hale90 550W (£78 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/557337
This is very quiet as it's 14cm fan will typically stay below c. 1000RPM.

Cheaper option:
OCZ ZS Series 550W (£53 @ Ebuyer)
http://skinflint.co.uk/631078
Again quiet in idle, and the top speed isn't that high (c. 1200RPM)



Author:   CMNealTan
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 8:31am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a PC. Could do with some pointers please
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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.



Author:   paulamahol
Date:   Feb 14, 13 at 2:58am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a PC. Could do with some pointers please
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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!


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