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Building my first PC

MBeeching Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
I know HUKD is home to many experienced system builders, so I was hoping someone may be able to cast their eyes over the components for my first ever build:

Pixmania
Intel Core i5-750 - 2.66 GHz - £ 137.90
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 - £105.00
Discount code for £8 Off a £200 spend @ Pixmania - PIXMASUK81
Delivery:£ 9.40 Inc. VAT

Ebuyer
Corsair 650W HX Modular PSU -£87.98
ATI 5770 - £118.98
Delivery: Free

Scan.co.uk
640gb WD Caviar Blue - £42.67
Titan Fenrir Special Edition CPU Cooler - £35.06
4gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (1600mhz) - £80.49
Delivery £6.99

Total: £617.52

SFF Case (approx £130): http://www.lan-gear.com/products.php

I've tried to do as much research as possible on components and price but I'm bound to have missed a trick somewhere. Although I would prefer a Maximus Gene III motherboard I don't think I can justify the extra £40. I'm also aware that I failed to budget for a monitor, but I'm hoping to borrow one temporarily.

Many thanks.
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
what is the system for?
#2
All sounds good to me,:thumbsup:
#3
Jetpac;7210444
what is the system for?


A fair amount of gaming. I'd prefer an ATI 5850 but can't afford the difference and they're OOS or heavily overpriced. Thought I'd crossfire the 5770 in the next 6 months instead. This also restricts my choice of motherboard as the cheaper MATX boards boards cannot handle PCIe 8x/8x.

It would be far cheaper to base a system on a q9550 or AMD Phenom processor but I'd be tied into old technology with limited scope for future upgrades.

The i5 750 appears to be excellent for overclocking if I need the extra speed, so doesn't seem worth spending even more on an i7.
#4
If you went with the AMD Phenom II's that is new tech & you will have chances to upgrade in the future & it can work out a bit cheaper than a i5

Whats your ideal budget?
#5
mrfun1981;7211001
If you went with the AMD Phenom II's that is new tech & you will have chances to upgrade in the future & it can work out a bit cheaper than a i5

Whats your ideal budget?


My initial (and probably ideal) budget was £700. These things of course get out of hand :-D
#6
Do you specifically want that style of case or would you look at tower cases as well?
#7
By looking at what graphics card you are looking at im guessing you going to do a lot of gaming on the system,

Do you have a case already or would you want to buy a new one as didnt see one in your OP & do you need to include a cost for a copy of windows?

This thread might give you some ideas on specs for your budget.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18060182

You can even start your own thread on there & tell them what you want the system for & they will post some other systems for you.

Iv quickly looked on the overclockers web stie & you could get a system i5 overclocked @ 3.6ghz. for around £740, which is a bit more than your budget.

Having it overclocked maybe a bit over kill depending on what you use the system for.
#8
Those cases are relatively large full sized mATX ones, not shuttle-sized or ITX SFF cases.

Your system looks good to me, are the fans included in the cases good enough and do you already have a copy of Vista/7?
#9
putting a i5 in a small case is not a good idea, unless you fancy toast..
#10
emasu;7212019
Do you specifically want that style of case or would you look at tower cases as well?

I'm pretty determined to go down the small form factor route as it's going in the living room as a laptop replacement.

EndlessWaves;7213253
Those cases are relatively large full sized mATX ones, not shuttle-sized or ITX SFF cases.
Your system looks good to me, are the fans included in the cases good enough and do you already have a copy of Vista/7?


I bought Windows 7 in the HUKD Tesco deal earlier this year so that's sorted. Will just put XP back on my laptop.

The case has been tested with both the higher performance ATI 5970 and i5 Processor (plus crossfire 4850) so it's looking good.
I particularly like this case as I can chat with the manufacturer: http://www.hardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1455817

maddogb;7219532
putting a i5 in a small case is not a good idea, unless you fancy toast..


The CPU cooler should keep temps nice and low and the power requirements are fantastic. The case layout is also excellent for this kind of setup.

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