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Old 06-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default My first build: suggestions/problems?

Hi, so this is my first build for reasonably high-end gaming pc. My budget is £1000-£1500, however I'm also getting a laptop so any money I save here would be great.

I've put together a build but I don't know whether it's any good, or whether the parts are even compatible. It would be a great help if you guys could check it out and give me suggestions or point out any problems. It would be great if any new parts/suggestions could come from www.scan.co.uk, as that's where I'm getting my other stuff. Thanks!

Build:

Motherboard:

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1066/1600/2000, SATA II, ATX £202.60

Hard drive:

2 x 320 GB Western Digital WD3202ABYS RE3, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms £51.36 (£102.72 for both)
CPU:

Intel i7 920, Socket 1366 (B), Nehalem, 2.66GHz, Cache 8MB £212.95

GPU:

1GB PowerColor HD4870, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 750MHz, 800 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ HDTV, HDCP £211.44

Power:

620W Corsair HX Series Modular SLi PSU, ATX, EPS 12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty £91.56

Monitor:

22" Neovo H-W22 Widescreen LCD, Thin, 1680x1050, DVI, 2000:1, 300 cd/m2, 3 ms, Speakers, DVI Cable £130.99

Keyboard:

Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard, USB 1.1/2.0, Wired, Silver/Black Retail £43.11

Mouse:

Logitech G9 Laser Mouse, 3200dpi, USB2, 5 Buttons, Black, Retail £42.26

Memory:

6GB (3x2GB) CorsairXMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24 £77.17

Optical drive:

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM £16.96

I'm missing a case, as I have no idea what I need. I have space for a tower, so could you make any suggestions (please from www.scan.co.uk)

Grand price total: £1131 (including VAT but not case)

Thank you for any comments, they would really help me!
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:02 PM   #2
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Looks like a good build to me.

Hmm. . . You do have a case listed. It's the first item in your post.

I'm curious, why two hard drives instead of one large one?
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Default Re: My first build: suggestions/problems?

you could use the antec 1200, antec p180/p182, or cooler master cosmos 1000 for ur build (i couldnt find it on that site, but i know u could find it elsewhere)

atomic, maybe he wants to RAID 0 it?
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Just realised case is in list, so will remove it (no longer supplied by that shop). If I decide to change shops for the case, can anyone suggest a reputable shop in the UK that does delivery?
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overclockers, novatech, scan computers, ebuyer.com should all work
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Here are a couple:

Ebuyer.com

Misco.co.uk
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stealing mine, eh atomic... i know your game
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Nope, you just posted a bit quicker.
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yeah...ok

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Default Re: My first build: suggestions/problems?

Ok so it looks like I'm getting this build today or tomorrow. What OS would you suggest? My current machine, which sucks, is using XP. I have no personal preferences other than it can play games. Vista obviously has more problems than XP, but it can use all the RAM I have, whereas XP can't. I would have no problems switching to Linux, as long as it's pretty straight forward and I can play any game I want.

Please do NOT start a massive OS flamewar, I just want to know what would go the best with my build and needs.

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