View Full Version : Gaming PC build, what to use and what not to use?
So i have approx £800 to build a gaming PC with. My current one is an off the shelf acer which is struggling to do anything worthwhile anymore.
I have picked the folowing components and would like feedback on if these items are compatable and if anything should be changed and why.
List of components are as follows
Thermaltake M9 Black mid tower 9 bay case.
Intel Core i5 2500 and Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard Bundle
Corsiar Vengeance 4 gb 1600mhz memory 1.5v
Gigabyte Geforce GTX560Ti 900mhz 1gb PCIe HDMi overclocked
Corsair Memory airseries A70 High performance dual fan CPU cooler
Corsair Memory TX650W PSU ATX
Hitachi 500gb Ultrastar 500gb SATA 300 7200rpm 32mb HDD
DVD-RW - Suggestions please.
Could someone with more hardware knowledge than me please let me know if these items all work togeather. Also any alternatives that work just as well for Online gaming are welcome.
These items will be bought in 2-3 lots over the next 2months.
Due date is unavailable for the case, I have yet to discover what that means, I won't recommend another as it's really down to personal tastes, but check some reviews and make sure it will allow good cooling, especially as it will be a gaming case. For budget levels I like the Coolermaster Elite 430 (not available on Dabs)
Pay the extra few quid and go for the unlocked 2500K version of the CPU to add extra longevity and good overclocking should the need for extra power arise. Board is a good choice, and next to the Deluxe the Pro seems to be a very popular choice in the mid range level.
The memory you need to be careful with as it has very high heatsinks so just make sure the A70 doesn't extend beyond the memory sockets or you may find the memory will not find beneath the cooling fan on the CPU. I think the A70 just stops short of the first socket, so it should be ok. Something like the Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow are definate no go's for this memory. The GTX560Ti is a very good choice of graphics card as is the PSU. You might also want to consider that this is one 4GB stick so you will not be taking advantage of the dual channel that a 2x2GB or 4X4GB kit will allow.
If you wish to use SLI in the future though, you would be better going for the top end Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 which will allow two x16 lanes instead of 2 x8 lanes that the mid range will allow, and I would also beef up the PSU a bit as well. If you are pretty certain you have no need for SLI in the future then stick with the board you chose as you will get the x16 with only one graphics card.
Hmm dual channel RAM needed, excellent PSU and graphics card, 2500k would be better well this is all covered above so I would just mention the odd thing :p. Graphics card I would go for the Superclocked version at 1ghz, I know that it would be easy to just manually adjust the overclock on the 900mhz but well after 2 modern cards failing on me in some way or other recently I like my warranty and well as Everest will show you the card logs everything you change. Other thing is I do agree UD7 is better if going for triple SLI in Standard SLI 8x/8x is more than enough, negative effect of 8 lanes on graphics card has yet to be shown. Oh and apparently (not tested) the Silver Arrow will fit over Dominator RAM (not sure I believe it but it looked ok in pic's even some light getting between the fan and top of the RAM) :p the cooler height is about 12mm more than the noctua but of course the A70 is more than enough on Sandybridge cores they run so cool.
Just thought I'd add after a little looking at graphics bandwidths on PCI-e bit of bad news PCI-e 3.0 :p yep USB3 and SATA3 are becoming the norm and now just a little while after releasing Sandybridge, PCI-e 3.0 will start showing up soon not so bad for those who bought the mid range boards but ouch for those who bought UD7 or Maximus IV :D.
Personally I don't see the need for these constant revisions of the graphics slots when they continually fail to achieve the maximum potential on each preceding slot, other than the obvious reason of selling more motherboards of course. It will take a good year or so for the PCI-e 3.0 to take over anyway so I don't think it will upset my upgrade path in any particular way. USB 3 and SATA 3 isn't a problem, I already have some of those and nothing to go in them anyway. To be honest though, if I go for a GTX560Ti in a few months, that will be the last upgrade I will be doing for a couple of years. My next major purchase after that will be a DSLR I think.
PCI-e 3.0 will completely remove the dual 16x or dual 8x issues though graphics cards are going to take a long time to match PCI-e 3.0 bandwidth speeds even now the best graphics card are just on par with 8x, but I think the thing that looks the most fun and if I had an unlimited budget I'd be playing with is the PCI-e 3.0 designed Revodrive with expected speeds of 2gb/s which would actually make the BIOS seem considerably slower to respond that the main Os :p