View Full Version : My first desktop! please advise! :D
Hey guys i would love some feedback on this pc build as i want to order it in the next few days, if you have any advice on changing these components that would be MUCH appreciated :D thank you!
TOTAL: Â£830 (roughly)
Nothing wrong with this spec at all.
The only thing i might add is a small SSD for Z68 caching as you have a pretty solid budget. this would only really be recommended if you are using this for gaming but i suspect you probably are, also if you are looking to overclock i would fit the Corsair H80 (http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-cooling-hydro-series-h80-high-performance-cpu-cooler-7JSP.html?q=h80) watercooling kit but this is really only personal preference.
[Edit] i have just noticed that the HDD is a "green" HDD but i cannot find the spin speed, if this is, as i suspect, a 5400rpm drive then it will not be best suited as a system drive in a gaming rig.
Looks like a nice system your going to have there :)
Personally I would swap the RAM for the Kingston HyperX (http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-8gb--2-x-4gb--hyperx-ddr3-1600mhz-dimm-240-pin-cl9-xmp-7N58.html?refs=468550000-354710000-419490000) version and that will save you Â£5. I only recommend it because I was very impressed with the feel of it compared to my OCZ sticks, probably means nothing :)
What is the PC going to be used for? It's quite a serious peice of kit your building there :) How much is the budget? If it's not too tight I would certainly be tempted to stick an SSD in there for the boot drive, to offset that slightly you could drop to a 1TB HDD with it.
The case is nice, i've the 900 and my Mrs has the 300, both great cases although changing the cooler can be a pain as there is no CPU cutout in the motherboard tray.
So basically i'm no help, but there is a little input for you :)
My case has a CPU cutout but it doesn't line up with the CPU so they aren't really much help.
Basically you have to install the CPU and heatsink before installing the motherboard but this is a good idea anyway.
For a CPU cooler around the price you have I would go with a Noctua NH-U9B SE2
Thanks alot everyone for your advice and input!
Cmdrx3 is there any other recommendation for coolers for around the same price that could fit my motherboard a bit easier? thanks for your suggestion and i will consider it but its a bit more and may tip my scale a bit to far at this moment.
Also BurningFeetMan will be doing that! thanks.
Thanks for the water cooler advice but i prefer the old fashioned route :P
This pc is mostly used for 3D development and unreal work and of course some nice gaming :D
Thanks again for the feedback.
Looks like a good build. Just to mirror a few of the comments above, getting a small (say 30GB) SSD would compliment the Z68 board by enabling you to use the caching facility.
I wouldn't recommend either version of RAM mentioned above. For Sandy Bridge a maximum of 1.5V RAM is recommended whereas both mentioned are 1.65V - it does seem a little strange that the Patriot RAM specifically states it is designed for Sandy Bridge! The ones mentioned above will work but it would be sensible to undervolt to 1.5V. Personally, I would just go for this Corsair Memory (http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-8gb--2-x-4gb--ddr3-1333mhz-240-pin-dimm-cl9-7JJL.html?refs=468550000). It may only be 1333MHz - as opposed to 1600MHz - but you won't notice the difference.
For the HDD, as Altair says, you have chosen a mamby pamby eco thing which will run more slowly than more standard 7200RPM drives. That said, it is very keenly priced for a 2TB drive so you will need to compromise either on price or speed.
For your CPU cooler, it all rather depends on what you are planning to do. If you are not looking to overclock then stick with the stock cooler that comes with the CPU. If you are planning a mild overclock (say 4GHz) you will be OK with something in the price range you mention. For anything over that you will really want to be looking for better cooling. With the exception of the Noctua and the Corsair Hydros, I am not sure which of those available on Dabs I would recommend.
Erm..... basically here i repeat everything above except....
The cooler I would be looking at near your current price range is the Antec H2O 620 (http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-kuhler-h20-620-water-cooler-7FWY.html?refs=4294946720) it's a good performer and will allow good overclocks.
Good call on the Kuhler. Various reviews I've seen put it marginally behind the Corsair H80 but at a more sensible price.
Can't fault the kuhler 620, you'll see from my sig that I have one. Soon to have the 920 also :)
As he appears to be an Air man then around that range I would have a look at the Corsair Air Series A50 at Â£32
Don't forget though, send an email first to Dunc at email@example.com with your list first and he will probably give you a better price for the items, which will probably allow you to get the Noctua. I'm a big fan of Noctua as they are whisper quiet and excellent cooling especially on an overclock.
Thanks for the great feedback everyone will be recommending these forums :)