My shiny new £1000 build??

Tawhak1

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Hi all,


This will be my first build, I would appreciate any opinions about compatibility, better parts but only if comparably priced as I am right at my budget limit!!


Usage: Gaming (Crysis mainly), General surfing etc, Little (occasional) graphics rendering & 3D modelling.

Budget: £1000 - currently my parts total £996 :D

Location: UK

Purchase Date: Looking to start buying parts as soon as.

Key Points:
- Must be RAID 1 (I lost a drive once >> too painful to go through again)
- The wife says it must be quiet, as the current one in noisy
- Would like to be set up for O'Cing in future, don't think I'm ready yet.


Parts not buying:
- Monitor
- Keyboard & Mouse
- Speakers

- SSD:
I will buy one later, so SSD compatibility is important - I chose mobo with SRT, is there anything else to consider?


My Proposed Build:

Case - Fractal Design - Define R4
Mobo - Z77 Gigabyte UD3H
CPU - Intel i5-3570K
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr III
RAM - Corsair Vengance 8GB(2x4) - DDR3 (1600mhz)
HDD1 - WD Black 1TB - WD1002FAEX
HDD2 - WD Black 1TB - WD1002FAEX
OPTD - Sony AD-5280S-0B
PSU - Seasonic x650W
OS - Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Any help or comments or things I have missed welcome.


Cheers
 

Hilo1222

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Hmm, do you need both HDD's? You are in the sweet spot for gaming with your ram. Looks like a very good rig, you do plan on playing with only one screen right? But, overall seems to be a good rig.
 
Two things. First, don't get the TwinFrozr III on a 660. There's really no point - a reference cooler would keep it cool after overclocks.

Second, you really, really want a SSD. Even just a 128GB one for Windows and programs. It's the single largest upgrade you can do at this time to make a computer feel more responsive.
 

Tawhak1

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Thanks for responses guys.

Yes only 1 screen.

I need two HDDs for RAID 1.

Re TwinFrozr, I was thinking about the slightly "overkill" GPU cooler keeping it quiet rather than the temperature wise..? It doesn't seem to make a large price difference.

With regard to SSDs I have to re-consider... Hmm to go over budget or not? .... :(

Ta
 

Hilo1222

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SSD will make your system noticeably faster, I mean that's not what made me go over budget, but any modern gaming setup should have one if they can. Well have fun.