I5-2500k / MSI r6870 Hawk system

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Hey,

So after having experienced laptop gaming for a few years, I'm moving back to a desktop. I've been muddling around, trying to put my own system together and was hoping for any suggestions/advice on what I've scraped together so far. ^^;

I'm probably going to be buying from scan, so I added links for reference. I hope that's alright.

CPU,
Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 95w ~ £163.40
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

GPU,
2x MSI r6870 HAWK (10inch length) ~ £270.44
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-hd-6870-hawk-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-930mhz-1120-stream-processors-2x-dvi-hdmi-mdp

MoBo,
MSI P67A-GD53 ~ £104.99
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-p67a-gd53-(b3)-intel-p67-s-1155-pci-e-20-ddr3-2133-sata-6gb-s-sata-raid-atx-sli-xfire

HDD,
Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 HDD ~ £39.58
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq

RAM, 4gb/8gb ~ £30/60
PSU, 750w(?) ~ £100
DVD, Cheap ~ £15
Case, ??? ~ £50-100 (Fractal Design Define R3, Xigmatek Utgard?)
Additional Cooling, ???

Monitor, ??? ~ £100-130 (1920x1080 20" ish)
Keyboard, ??? ~ £10-20
Mouse, ??? ~ £20
Headset, ??? ~ £20-30
OS, w7 OEM ~ £71

The overall budget being around ~£1,000

Unfortunately, since I've been using a laptop the past few years, I've got nothing to salvage and am going to needing pretty much everything, monitor, keyboard etc.

I've been aiming to get the most out of my money, and the MSI r6870 Hawk seemed like a great card, especially for it's price. I was torn between two polar builds, though. One was built around an i3 with a single 6870, and the other is this.

My rationale was that, if I were going to make the more budget build able to upgrade, like I wanted, I would end up paying a large chunk of what the upgrade to the i5 build would have cost me, anyway. So why not go all the way? The better MoBo, beefier PSU, etc. Does that make sense, or am I nickle and diming myself, with more than I need? It's just, taking in to account the total cost, the performance gain vs the proportional cost of jumping to a crossfire setup seemed good value.

It would primarily be a gaming system, gw2 (eventually, possibly primarily), bf3 and whichever other peripheral games my friends pick up.

Opinions/criticisms very welcome, and don't be afraid to bash to budget, if it's overkill. :)

- Thanks anyway.




 

rvilkman

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Looking pretty good.

Make sure the memory is 1.5V memory. Since it's cheap 2x4GB CAS9 1600Mhz kit will have you all set for quite some time.

PSU: XFX 750W or Corsair 750W will do nicely.

Fractal Design Define R3 is a nice and quiet case. I believe the case comes with 2 fans so you might want to add one or two.
If you run into any issues that is, to begin with they should be ok.

The bang for buck for the 6870 crossfire is quite nice, it easily beats the £270 single cards.
 

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i would reccommend this board:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+Z68+%28B3%29/Gigabyte+GA-Z68A-D3+Intel+Z68+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=45463

or atleast this:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+P67+%28B3%29/MSI+P67A-G45+Intel+P67+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=44075

the F3 series can be quite noisy, i would reccommend the caviar black or green series (i prefer the green series for low noise and low power consumption, but still high performance):
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/SATA+%28Serial+ATA%29/500GB+to+1TB/500GB+Western+Digital+Caviar+Green+Hard+Drive+-+HDD+?productId=42715

4GB 1600Mhz corsair vengeance ram:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/4GB+Corsair+Vengeance+Blue+%282x2GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+-+CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9B+?productId=45498

if you need a modular PSU then this would be a good option (modular is better for cable management):
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/Modular+700-950W/750W+XFX+Black+Edition+80PLUS+Silver+Power+Supply+?productId=45337

but otherwise this PSU would be great:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/700-950W/750W+XFX+Core+Edition+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45334

i'd reccommend this CPU cooler:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans%2C+Heatsinks%2C+Coolers/CPU+Coolers/Coolermaster+Hyper+TX3+CPU+Cooler+?productId=39657

i'd reccommend this case:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Antec+300+Three+Hundred+Gaming+Midi+Tower+Case+-+Black?productId=31087

or this:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Coolermaster+Sileo+500+Silent+Midi+Tower+Case+-+Black+?productId=35133

or this:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/BitFenix+Shinobi+Black+with+Window+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?productId=44844

this monitor:
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/22%22+BenQ+G2222HDL+Widescreen+LED+Monitor+?productId=39722

for a bit more this monitor is also a great option:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Monitors/24%26quot%3B+Monitors/24%22+HANNS-G+HH241DPB+Widescreen+LCD+Monitor+?productId=43024
 

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Hmm, okay.

May I pick your brains as to why you suggest what you suggest, especially for the Mobos. Am I paying extra for unnecessary features? ^^;

Also, as far as monitors go, I'm having a very hard time trying to find reliable reviews of what options are available to me. I don't want to end up with a 'great deal' only to find out after the fact, that I'm stuck with an extra 25ms of input lag. :(

Will the cases listed adequate cooling for crossfire 6870s? I'm not intending to overclock, only possibly the cpu, if/when it ever becomes a bottleneck.

Thanks again, by the way. :)
 

rvilkman

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Well the MSI P67A-G45 is actually less expensive than the one you had listed yourself. It will pretty much do the same stuff as yours.
The Gigabyte one is no good for you though, not sure why he suggested that. It doesn't support Crossfire cos it only have 16x and 4x PCIe's

Don't go with a green drive, they are not as fast as the 7200rpm drives like the Samsung Spinpoint F3.

The antec 300 atleast has enough cooling as long as you add two 120mm fans as intake fans to the front.
 

ps3hacker12

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the gigabyte board supports crossfire at x16/x4... read the product specification, i reccommended that because its based on the Z68 chipset and the 6870 Xfire would only lose about 3-4%~ in performance compared to a much more expensive Z68 x16/x8 or a x8/x8 board.

the spinpoints are awefully noisy, well the recent revisions that ive been receiving anyway, the caviar green series are much more silent for lower performance, so i geuss the caviar blue and black drives would be a better option for slightly more i geuss. and anyway the caviar green drives run at 7200RPM and spin down when not in use.
 

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How about this as a screen,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001TH77I6/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

£30 over i know but as you've budgeted £100 for your PSU and it'll be £70, if you get the XFX PSU like the one suggested above:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-p1-750s-nlb9-pro-core-edition-80-plus-bronze-85-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-135mm-fan

although i would suggest getting the 850w for £5 more:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-xfx-p1-850s-nlb9-core-edition-80-plus-bronze-85-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-135mm-fan

It is also a 3D compatible screen with good reviews:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/samsung_2233rz.htm
http://www.digitalversus.com/samsung-syncmaster-2233rz-p357_4495_36.html

Also how about this as a keyboard:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logitech-media-keyboard-600-wired-usb-11-20-black

It seems to have everything you'd need, unless macros are really important to you.
 

3pounds

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Hmm, definitely food for thought! :)

I like the monitor, though the extra cost is a little bit daunting. I was hoping perhaps squeeze in an SSD, if I could, you see. :p
Also, the keyboard looks fine. I don't really use macros when gaming, anyway.

By the way, I'm surprised at the spinpoint f3 sound issues. As far as I could tell, it seemed universally recommended across the internets, but this has me second-guessing.

Oh, and may I ask the advantages of the z68 boards over the p67?

Thanks again. ^^;
 

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That's what I thought. I wasn't sure if there were other factors that would warrant the cost for cost downgrade, since I don't think I'd be making use of either of those z68-specific features. :/
 

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