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Hi! Building my first PC in years for a friend. going for low-medium end gaming (he plays WoW and D3. Total Blizzard lover haha) Just wondering what you guys think about this build, whether you would change anything or if anything will be incompatible. Thanks! (he already has a solid 1tb sata 2 HDD which is why there isnt one on the list).
Graphics card: http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-ati-radeon-hd-6670-2gb-pci-express-hdmi-84TN.html?refs=54140000&src=3
Mobo, processor, RAM: http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-amd-gamer-bundle--includes-m5a97-pro-s-l-motherboard--fx-6100---8gb-ddr3-memory--854Z.html?src=3
Case (Red): http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-777-t-bird-red-gaming-case--no-psu--7WFL.html?src=3
Optical Drive: http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-dvd-rw-sata-black-bare-internal-drive-7QC0.html?src=3
External Fans (Back): http://www.dabs.com/products/xilence-red-wing-120mm-quiet-fan-55PL.html?refs=4294946807-50826&src=3
External Fans (Side): http://www.dabs.com/products/xilence-red-wing-80mm-quiet-fan-55PM.html?refs=4294946807&src=2
SSD housing: http://www.dabs.com/products/startech-com-2-5-hdd-to-3-5-drive-bay-5D2X.html?q=sata%20bracket&src=16
Cables (3x): http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-serial-ata-cable-0-4m----------2MY8.html?q=sata&src=16
Cable Tidy (2x): http://www.dabs.com/products/akasa-cable-tidy-kit-7BPG.html?q=cable%20tidy&src=16
The first thing I'm going to say (which is the first thing I check) is the PSU Value PSU's aren't worth the potential problems it provides the power to all you components and Value ones don't have the safety circuits, I would suggest this (http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-500w-corexstream-series-power-supply-8174.html?refs=55420000&src=3) the wattage is pretty much the same when taking into consideration that the Value PSU is peak power and the OCZ is 24/7 running power. The SSD I would swap out for a Samsung 830 (http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-128gb-830-series-sata-6gb-s-2-5--ssd-basic-kit-819N.html?refs=56350000-427040000&src=3) these work far better with uncompress-able data also be sure to have room for WoW on this drive the difference in how it plays is massive. The SATA cables will be included with the Motherboard, the rest seems fine fans wouldn't be my first choice but doesn't make much difference.
The Samsung was my first choice, but to knock a couple of quid off he asked if there was one a bit cheaper. thanks for the advice on the PSU, will look into it, had a chat with Dunc regarding this and he seemed to think everything looked fine as it is. SATA cables bundled with MoBo? since when? that said i haven't built a PC in a long time. i quite like the fans as they run "silent" (backed up by a lot of reviews across the web) and the colour matches the case. would have gone with a diffo heatsink/fan, but unfortunately they pretty much all come with blue LEDs and that doesn't really match up with the case very well
A couple of thoughts:
Graphics card: Fine. Not going to set the world alight but WoW and D3 should not cause any difficulties
Mobo, processor, RAM: Not a great fan of the Bulldozer chips but, at the price, the bundle is difficult to fault.
Case (Red): Now, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but what on earth are you thinking :D. Joking aside, the spec is a little sparse and does not mention anything about fans / fan slots etc so I would be looking to find out a little bit more about it.
Optical Drive: Fine.
Heatsink/Fan: Is this necessary? The CPU in the bundle will come with the stock cooler which will be fine unless you are looking to overclock.
External Fans: I quite like Xilence. There are better but the price point is fairly reasonable. It would be sensible, though, to find out whether they can be accommodated within the case. The fact that you have opted for different sizes (80 and 120mm) makes me think you have done this already but worth mentioning.
PSU: No no no no no no no no no no no no no no. You get the picture. 2o2o links to a sensible alternative.
SSD: I'm with 2o2o on this also. The 830 is worth the extra pennies.
SSD housing: Not sure whether this will be necessary. Both my OCZ (Vertex rather than Agility) and Intel SSD came with 3.5" conversion kits. Not sure about the Agility though.
Cables (3x): Will come with the motherboard.
Cable Tidy (2x): Expensive! Some might come with the case. If not I would just get some dirt cheap ones rather than spend extra for branded ones.
The graphics card does pretty much all it needs to, the requirements for it were to have HDMI out (which will be his main monitor. don't tell me, i know he's an idiot), and be able to play WoW on max.
like i said above... mobo with cables? since when! if they do now, thats great.
no cooler listed in the bundle, so i thought i'd order a separate one.
will check to see about the conversion kit. the two fans are perfect for the case (i dont really like the look personally, but he loves it :S) the 120 will fit nicely at the back and the 80 will sit against the side to provide general airflow, have already adjusted the build to include the 830 and the OCZ PSU. the cable tidies were the only ones i could find on DABs and havent looked elsewhere for anything as of yet.
I haven't built a PC for over 5 years now, i don't imagine that things have changed all that much to be honest.
Noticed that there is a version of the 830 with the conversion kit, at a cost increase of Â£12, the conversion kit is Â£6. enough said!
looked into it more! CPU come with stock heatsink and fan as mentioned, thanks for that! also the MoBo comes with 2 cables which suits me just fine, the cable tidies are also unnecessary! now looking at the list of required bits and pieces makes me sad that there isn't more to it. haha
Final build!!! its just the quicklinks, hope you guys are OK with that. let me know if i made the right choices in the end xD
Looks good, (well it won't when its all in that case but before then its fine :p) make sure you use the 2 SATA cables that come with the board for the SSD and 2tb drive they are considerably better quality. Shame you couldn't get a case with SSD mounting instead of that ugly tray but you may consider using velcro to attach the SSD somewhere it has no moving parts so won't come loose and lets you hide it away somewhere unseen.
do you think that GC will run skyrim comfortably on Max? havent played it much myself, got bored after 5 minutes and uninstalled, but he plays it
Did some looking into that card. reportedly, it will run skyrim on 720p with med/high settings with good FPS, thats all i needed to know! ordering it all now xD thanks for all of your help guys, it's been epic.
all built and up and running! ace system, boots in about 6-8 seconds (including logon) runs WoW on max everything with highest resolution at about 70 fps on a 32" TV. again, many thanks to everyone who gave advice
Last piece of advice is don't install the proper Network driver just let it use the default windows one :p it will keep it booting quickly.