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    Fenon

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    My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:51 pm

    Ok lets say I'm looking to spend between £500 to £1000 on a gaming tower what should I be looking at to get the best I can for that price/

    What about over cooked pcs, is there a danger to them i.e. burning out quick?

    Graphics cards etc confuse me quite a lot with all the blah blah blah that means nothing to me after their name.


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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:00 pm

    Ok this for £839 or so

    CPU: NEW! Intel Core i5 760
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Motherboard: Asus P7P55-M
    Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (4x 2GB)
    Hard Drives: 1TB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Case: Xigmatek Asgard
    PSU: 500W PSU
    Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty


    Or this for £1,754.65


    * CoolerMaster Storm Scout Case
    * CoolerMaster 1000W Silent Pro M1000 Modular PSU
    * ASUS P7P55D-E: 2x Rear USB3.0: 6x Rear USB2.0: 2x Front USB2.0: 1x Rear Firewire
    * Intel® Core™ i7 860 4x 2.8GHz 8MB Cache
    * Corsair H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - *Overclock*
    * Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    * Corsair Force Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 285MB/s Read 275MB/s Write
    * 1TB 7200RPM SATA II
    * Internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Combo Drive
    * Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    * ATI Radeon 5870 1GB
    * Built-in audio
    * 802.11g WiFi PCI adapter
    * 2 Year Parts & Labour Return to Base Warranty Includes 2 Year Free Collect & Return
    * Norton Internet Security 2010

    Are they both capable of playing new games at their highest settings or really not good enough?

    I'm thinking I may have to spend a bit more than I first hoped.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Briisace on Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:31 pm

    The one at £839 looks fine to me. I've got a Dell xps with an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33 Ghz (whatever that is), 3 gig of ram and an ATI Radeon HD 4800. I'ts hardly cutting edge but it plays wow and Dragons Age at a pretty decent rate.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:59 pm

    What I'm wanting to run is this (video below) at its best settings, I'm a bit tired of making do with whatever I can scrap together on my laptop.




    * CoolerMaster Storm Scout Case
    * CoolerMaster 700W Silent Pro M700 Modular PSU
    * ASUS P7P55D i5: 8x Rear USB2.0: 2x Front USB2.0: 1x Rear Firewire
    * Intel® Core™ i5 760 4x 2.8GHz 8MB Cache
    * Corsair H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - *Overclock*
    * Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    * WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATAII 10,000RPM Hard Drive
    * 1TB 7200RPM SATA II
    * 22x DVD RW Black SATA
    * Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    * nVidia GeForce GTX 480 1536MB
    * Built-in audio
    * 802.11g WiFi PCI adapter
    * 2 Year Parts & Labour Return to Base Warranty Includes 2 Year Free Collect & Return
    * Norton Internet Security 2010

    £1,519.70 inc VAT


    If you want to try and pick out something better/cheaper here's the link:

    http://www.powerc.com/uk/ps/iBUILD%20Intel%20i5%20Gaming/1/code/cs-i5-exi/act/gpage#
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:21 pm

    Got a new mouse today and I freaking love it, its really tiny which isn't good but its a laser mouse and I can use it on the sofa without any trouble, the last mouse needed a none reflective flat surface and was a bit of a pain for makeshift mouse mats (Like a piece of A4 paper on a book). Also the old mouse had to be able a meter away from the TV and this new one can be 10m away and has a power saving sleep function so if I walk away and forget to turn it off which I sometimes do, the battery isn't being wasted. So I'm one step closer to a perfect set up, just need to save up for that PC.

    Anyway, I'd like to know what specs everyones pc's are, Darkstone and Vis's mostly.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:24 am

    Got the cost down to £1370 was around £2000

    Here's the spec I'm thinking about, may change when I actually buy it.


    overclocked Krypton i7 920 2.80GHz @ 4GHz

    Corsair XMS3 (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel

    Corsair CWCH50-1 Cooling Hydro Series H50

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or Asus P6X58D-E (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard

    evga gtx 460 1gb (lots of different versions of the 460 got to work out which is the best to get, may also upgrade it to sli at some point)

    corsair 850w

    windows 7 64 bit

    Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM SATA-II 16MB Cache (May upgrade this to the 600gb, 32mb version)
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:08 pm

    Changed the title of the topic, thought this might be better.


    This is the PC that I'm fairly sure I'll be getting and *gulp* building myself.

    Intel i7 930 2.80ghz overclocked to 4ghz
    Corsair H50-1 High-Performance CPU Watercooler
    Corsair XMS3 (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache (Going to upgrade to a SSD later next year)
    Corsair HX 750W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply
    Gainward GeForce GTX 460 GS 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (I'll buy another one and Sli them a few months after buying the PC)
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    Coolermaster Storm Scout Gaming Case
    OcUK Value 300Mbps Wireless-N PCI Adapter
    40" HDTV 3D Ready 1920 x 1080 rez

    £1,218.95 the TV isn't included in the price or it would be close to £2100 and nor is the SSD or the second graphics card. I'm waiting for the 3rd gen of SSD's to come out before I buy one. I'm not getting a sound card yet either, I'm told that the onboard sound has improved a lot and that I should try it first. Might get more fans as well when I attempt to Sli.

    The graphics card supports stereoscopic 3D as well so I'll be able to play 3D PC games, its not something I planned but hey if you have it why not. It seems Phantasy Star Universe is 3D Ready... yay... But maybe PSO2 will be and thats a YAY YEAH!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Warhammer 40K DoW (So is DoW2 but thats a meh) is 3D Ready as well. So are Napoleon TW and Empire TW (Perhaps Shogun2 will be).

    The spec may change based on whats around at the time I buy this, if I can get something better for the same price I will.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:51 am

    Hmm slight change, the bundle I'm getting has changed itself, anyway it appears I'm getting and overclocked 4ghz i7 950 cpu instead of a i7 930 overclocked to 4ghz cpu. No idea what the difference is other than the number, I suppose it must be better, if anyone knows the difference please let me know. I didn't choose to have this cpu, but I suppose I shouldn't complain, its I guess better and the same price.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:29 pm

    Another change:

    Krypton Black OPS Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz @ 4.20GHz Original Edition Overclocked Bundle:

    Bundle Specification
    - CPU: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz @ 4.20GHz
    - Motherboard: Asus X58 Sabertooth (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
    - RAM: Corsair Dominator (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Triple Channel
    - Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems CPU Cooler w/ x2 Akasa Apache Black 120mm Fans
    - Artic Cooling MX-3 Thermal Compound


    EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    Corsair TX 850W ATX SLI Compliant Power Supply

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

    Cubitek Tattoo Fire Midi-Tower Windowed Case (If when it comes out it gets good reviews, really nice looking though)

    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache

    OcUK Value 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

    Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black)


    Total: £1,279.56 with next day delivery.

    Could still change I've been convinced to wait till Feb and there are still a few new graphics cards coming out the GTX 560 weaker than the 570 but it's more affordable to get two 560's. And the ATI 6900 series which will likely be too expensive for me.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:56 pm

    Crap... Windows 7 is about £13 cheaper than usual today (Only 18 or so copies being sold at that price though) I was going to buy it but there's no free postage... and with the cheapest postage it's only about £6 cheaper.

    I'm sad now.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:04 pm

    I was going to buy the PC today but none of the parts are available on the site... I'm annoyed...

    Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer...
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Briisace on Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:49 am

    I've just got a 23" monitor. I thought it was a bit much at first but I've got used to it now. Wow looks great and my PC seems to handle the bigger resolution fine. I've hooked my 360 up to as well and that looks great too. Smile
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:46 pm

    I have a 40" but actually because I'm sitting so far back its actually a smaller screen than the 23", my laptops screen is about 13" and that sometimes looks big compaired to the TV. I think after a few months I may get a smaller more personal monitor, the TV is more of a social gaming thing, which isn't really what PC's are for, except over the net. I do like sitting on the sofa gaming though.

    When I first read 23" I thought that sounded small but I took out a tap measure and it really is big.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:04 pm

    God I hate ordering expensive things, I just ordered my PC. My pulse is racing, I don't enjoy spending that much money.

    Final amount: £1259.90 with next day postage (Getting it Monday though, needs at least 24 hours to do the overclock or something).


    Here's what I'm getting:

    Krypton Black OPS Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz @ 4.20GHz Original Edition Overclocked Bundle
    Palit GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    XFX Pro 850W Core Edition Power Supply
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
    Coolermaster CM-690 II Advanced Dominator Case - Black
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 (1 User)
    OcUK Value 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter
    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black)
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 (1 User)


    I'm glad I've finally ordered it but I'm pooping myself. I get buyers remorse.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:19 pm

    Delivery people are screwing with me today, had a package arrive this morning which was from my point of view the same shape as the PC case turned out it was something else... Then a few hours later a delivery van arrived, thought it might have been one of those supermarket home delivery things first but then I stood up and saw it was delivering packages. It pulled up next to where I live and... went next door... I checked the order tracking and it looks like it will arrive between 2:30 and 3:30, which sucks but at least I don't have to look out the window every five minutes. What does suck is that I won't be able to start working on it till I get home from work at nearly 9pm... Chances are by the time it's all been put together I'll have to go to work again.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Visage on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:35 pm

    Well?? has it come???

    Have spent all morning trying to spec a family desktop for under £400 have given up, best I can do is this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225760 but I’ll need to swop out the psu for something descent and I’ve not even looked at gfx yet.


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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by DS9 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:51 pm

    yes don't keep us in suspenders


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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:42 pm

    Oh sorry yeah it arrived, it was like Christmas for me last night, sorry I've been using all of my time trying to put it together, I was working on it till 2am last night and started again at 7:30 this mornin. When I went to sleep last night I had finished installing the parts except the CPU cooler, this morning I installed that then started wiring it up which was the hard part because I watched loads of videos about installing the bits but nothing about the wiring, I had no idea what I was doing and by the time I was finished with everything I had to go to work again, so I've only just been able to test and see if it works. It's guts are still hanging out the back of the case because I didn't want to try cable management before I was sure it worked (Didn't want to undo it all).

    Anyway got back tonight and finally got to turn the power on, ... nothing happened... so I looked at the back of the case and found that the PSU was off, I must have had it on before and turned it off by mistake, I tried again and it started and is working perfectly! That is except for the overclock I was supposed to have had, it doesn't show me as having one. I'll need to look into that, maybe I just need to turn something on in the BIOS. If thats not it I'll be contacting Overclockers to find out whats going on. I've installed Windows 7 which looks like Windows XP to me, I think I like the look of Vista more and right at this moment my PC is updating, the security and anti virus, after that I may install a game and see how it runs with something like that. I'll have to manage those cables too and try out the 3D function and get directx 11.

    Vis try Overclockers I've found them to be fairly cheap.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Briisace on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:44 pm

    You had to build it yourself?
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:46 pm

    Yeah, an interesting experience, not sure I would want to repeat it, but at least I know whats everything is. The CPU was supposed to have been overclocked for me to 4.2ghz but I'm not seeing that yet.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:47 pm

    I'll take some photos of my crap handy work.

    Oh palit included a stupid mini-hdmi to hdmi adapter with the GTX 570, I can't plug it into my graphics card because it's too wide and the case is in the way, I'm going to write a review on Overclockers about it, I had to order one off Amazon and I'm borrowing one right now.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:34 pm

    I hate the noises Windows 7 makes, really annoying!
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Darkstone on Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:17 am

    Fenon wrote:I hate the noises Windows 7 makes, really annoying!

    Well turn system sounds off then lol!
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:47 pm

    Never! I shall continue to be annoyed until Microsoft cave in and change it.

    I called Overclockers today and yeah my CPU is overclocked, it just doesn't show the overclock in CPU-Z untill you are actually doing something the multiplier went upto x24 and the cpu speed? or bus speed? went up to 4205 Mhz which I suppose is the 4.2Ghz overclock.

    I still haven't got S3D to work, except briefly with RoM which just messed the screen up, dividing up some parts but not all. I thought it was a kick ass new effect at first.
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    Re: My planned PC

    Post by Fenon on Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:33 am

    I ran 3dMark Vantage today on the free trial and got a P25823 3dMark. I don't know what it means... I saw a guy doing it when he reviewed graphics cards. I'm going to have a go at overclocking my graphics cards and see what difference that makes to the score.

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