£1250 - Gaming/Simulations+general computing.


Sep 11, 2011
Hi there. I'd be glad if someone could spare the time to offer some guidance/suggestions please.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible, but whenever.
Budget Range: £1000 max-ish - £600~ currently allocated for CPU/RAM/MOBO/GPU/optical drive
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/simulations, HD/3D entertainment & general computing usage.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor [LG 23" 3Dready], OS [Windows 7 32/64], hard disk drives [2x external WD 2TB & 1x Corsair 60GB Force 3 SSD]
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com
Country of Origin: England
Parts Preferences: Coolermaster, Corsair, Nvidea GPU
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments:

So it's time for a whole new system. I have already ordered some parts, and I'm hoping they'll do the job okay.
The parts that I have already ordered are:

Coolermaster Silencio 550 Case - £70 - I want a quiet PC, but I'm just hoping this won't cook the hardware inside. Will I need to install additional fans/cooling solutions?

Coolermaster High Air Flow Turbine Master 120mm Fan - £10 - Got one of these for now just in case more airflow will be required...

Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU - Single 12V Rail with 50A - £83 - Will this be suitable for the prospective parts below?

Coolermaster V8 Socket 1156,1155, 1366, 775, AM2+, AM2, 940 Processor Cooler - £51 - I may have been too hasty in buying this before settling on the CPU. Nevermind though, I could return upon arrival and re-order. Should i have gone with the Corsair H100 instead? Would it have fit? Would it be any quieter? Hmm... i dunno.

And so the parts I have in mind to complete the build, and which I'm specifically looking for advice on, are:

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition 3.3 GHz Socket AM3 6MB - £153 - I was very close to ordering this, but after some further research & due consideration I figured I won't be multitasking that much to utilise all 6 cores. Which would be the only point in having 6 over 4 cores, correct ? I went with AMD just for the change, but i'd be happy to stick with Intel, and spend more if there's a better choice to be made in regards to price/performance. Have you any ideas ?

Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance Blue Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £95 - Looks sweet, but 16GB is excessive no? All style no substance? Only 20 left in stock... how about it ?

MSI 990FXA-GD65 Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard - £113 - I did have this on order, but now I've cancelled it as I'm totally doubting my choices!

MSI GTX 560Ti TWIN FROZR II 1GB GDDR5 - £176 - This should be fine...?

LG BH10LS30 10x BD-RE with DVD±RW SATA Blu-Ray Drive - £70 - and this should be fine...

Not sure how well all that would've gone together had I of ordered! Any major compatibility problems glaring out at you that I missed (apart from the cooler+CPU pairing) ?
Anyway, If you can answer the above questions, then please do! You'd really be helping me out.

Thanks in advance.

That CM V8 is not a good cpu cooler, that RAM is over priced and that CM psu isn't one that you would see recommended on here.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/motherboards/intel1155z68chipsetmotherboards/asrock/z68extreme3gen3.html £114.98 inc vat
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/memory-pc/ddr3-pc3-12800/1600mhz/g.skill/f3-12800cl9d-8gbxl.html £44.99 inc vat
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i52500k £159.77 inc. vat
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cooling/cpucoolers/coolermaster/rr-b10-212p-gp.html £22.00 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusiast-serie-cmpsu-750txv2-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fa £79.97 Inc VAT
Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-750TXV2UK 750W Power Supply (PSU)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 supported by Ivy Bridge

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/IntelZ68/index.asp <----- Z68 Features


Sep 11, 2011
Alright, thanks for that, you have helped.

For what reason would the CM PSU not be recommended? The thing that sold me on it was the 'Silent Pro' label. Yeah ... marketing works :sarcastic:

Glad I didn't jump in & get the X6 CPU & MSI board now. I'll look into the Intel i5 range some more. And the Z68 looks like a wise choice indeed- thanks for that recommendation. Also bookmarked.

But the Hyper 212... a bit on the cheap side, and also a bit on the loud side (32db compared with the V8's 21db).
Does the V8 not cool things down enough? Am i being too fussy with the noise and trying to 'brand-match' too much? Maybe. I am willing to spend more on the cooler, so long as it's quiet as possible but still does a good job... i realise that's probably a trade-off though isn't it.

Thanks again.

x Heavy

Aug 16, 2011
I am running a V8 in my HAF X full tower case. Keep in mind that I stuffed the case with many fans and just about filled the interior with cold. No hot spots anywhere. When doing maintenance while building and updating my i7 2600 CPU runs 42 C at 4.2 OC speed.

If I find in the future that the V8 is inadequate, I will have no issue putting in a larger, more massive cooler because again the HAF X provides the space.

Also the HAF X is pretty quiet until I crank the monster Lightning Extreme cards fans to high for gaming.

The CM V8 wasn't a top tier cpu cooler when it first came out. A lot of peeps purchased it for size and they thought it looked cool. But when it came to benchmarks it was middle of the road yet it was still expensive. For a quiet cooler than look at the Corsair H50 hybrid water cooling.

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6727 <---- this cpu cooler is due to hit the shelves in the UK any day now. It's gotten great reviews

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&safe=off&site=&source=hp&q=cooler+master+hyper+612s&oq=Cooler+Master+Hyper+612S&aq=0&aqi=g3&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=2926l2926l0l7369l1l1l0l0l0l0l696l696l5-1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=ad22561d38e22c32&biw=1440&bih=775 <----- reviews of that cpu cooler