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hi lads and lassies
its the same old questions nothing new . here goes building a gaming pc mid range just want to run it past u guys to make sure i am not doing anything stupid like going OTT on one component and not enough on an other [i could also be missing out on something essential]any suggestions would be most appreciated.cast your eyes over this lot and see what u think .Asus Intel Ultimate Bundle (Includes P8P67 Motherboard, Intel Core i5-2500K & 8GB DDR3 Memory) .Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer OEM .Seagate 1TB Barracuda Green SATA-600 64MB 5900RPM .Corsair 850W Corsair Modular PSU .Corsair Memory Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case .icrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit 1pk. sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 6950 HD 800MHz 2GB PCI-Express HDMI (Includes Dirt3). Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 - Keyboard - USB - 18 keys - black - UK. Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive.my budget is 1400 euros thats 1229 sterling
thanks in advance Matt
You have some very good components chosen, but that HDD is not a very good choice for a system drive, especially in a gaming rig of this budget.
850W is overkill unless you are planning a Crossfire setup, you can save some money on a 700W or even 650W PSU if you only want the one card
The motherboard has onboard 8 channel (7.1) HD audio so you really don't need the sound card, unless you are working with HD audio you will not notice the difference.
If you were to get a different system drive and make that an SSD, which will make a noticeable difference for gaming, maybe have a look at Z68 boards to utilise the SSD caching facility to make it even faster.
other than that you have a good solid system there.
Yeah good build there mate! get a lesser PSU unless you do plan on linking them in the future! You should be looking for a 7200rpm HDD or better! get a SSD because you have the budget!
Some components to tickle your fancy,
Keep the CPU and RAM
As above :p th X-fi card is only needed if you have the audio setup to match, and also either you made a typo in your post or you are showing sign's of a bad past :p using .icrosoft instead of Microsoft :D
Also 2gb GFX card is only really needed if running 3 monitors
Much the same comments as everyone else.
The Ultimate Bundle is excellent but if you have the leeway go with a Z68 board with the i5 2500K. If you are looking to overclock the CPU then you will need a third party CPU cooler. The Corsair H80 (http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-cooling-hydro-series-h80-high-performance-cpu-cooler-7JSP.html?q=%22Corsair%20Memory%20Cooling%20Hydro% 20Series%20H80%20High-Performance%20CPU%20Cooler%22) seems a popular choice.
I should say, though, that I do have a bit of a concern about the RAM that comes with the bundle. The description says that it is specifically designed for Second Generation Intel Core CPUs (and that is Patriot's own description) but the power rating is 1.65V. For Sandy Bridge, RAM should be 1.5V so these modules would need to be undervolted to conform. Bit of a strange choice for Dabs really.
The HDD is not the best. Firstly it is an eco thing that runs slower than "standard" drives. The Samsung HD103SJ (http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-1tb-spinpoint-f3-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?q=hd103sj) is around the same price and would be a better choice. If you go with the Z68 motherboard you can then get a small SSD and, coupled with a large HDD, use the caching facility which offers a massive increase in speed.
The PSU is massive overkill for a single GPU system. If you are likely to stick with one card, go with 500W to 600W. Modular is a good idea if only to keep your cabling tidy. If you plan to add an extra GPU at any stage, stick with the 850W.
The soundcard is unnecessary. It would take quite a sound system to notice any difference over the onboard sound.
alright lads thanks for the and suggestions so here is round 2.http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-p8z68-v-pro-lga1155-intel-z68-ddr3-atx--usb-3-0--7HDT.html.http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-120gb-force-series-3-sata-6gb-s-2-5--solid-state-drive-7HT6.html.http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-3-30ghz-lga1155-6mb-79Q8.html.http://www.dabs.com/products/patriot-memory-8gb--2x4gb--division2-g2-series-1600mhz-ddr3-7B2M.htmlCorsair Memory Cooling Hydro Series H80 High-Performance CPU Cooler.http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-oem-64-bit-1pk-68YS.html.Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 6950 HD 800MHz 2GB PCI-Express HDMI (Includes Dirt3) .http://www.dabs.com/products/logitech-gaming-keyboard-g510---keyboard---usb---18-keys---black---uk-.7460.html.http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-600t-graphite-series-mid-tower-gaming-case-73KL.html.i pretty much bowed down to superior knowledge as you can see. I am not that interested in 3 screen gaming so any suggestions on the graphics card front would be appreciated thanks again for all the help by the way i can spell icrosoft I just choose not to