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First Time System Builder In Need of Some Advice


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AliL

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Hi everybody, it sure has been a while since I was last here, probably about 2 years! Well, I'm still using my age old laptop (it's just had it's 8th birthday) and to be honest I'm in need of a newer and better system. So, I've decided on a desktop as portability isn't an issue anymore (with the possibility of maybe getting a netbook in the future, I've not decided on that yet) and have been saving up for a while and now have a very healthy budget of £1100! :) As you probably guessed, with this budget I'm after a mid/high end gaming system as I obviously have been missing out with my laptop and my flatmate's computer has got me back in the game :). I've been looking at parts for a while and so far this is what I've come up with:

Case: Antec Three Hundred
Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD3R
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3 PC-12800 (1600MHz) CAS 8-8-8-24
GPU: XFX Nvidia GTX275 896MB
HDD: WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache
DVD: Samsung SH-S223L
Wireless Card: D-Link DWL-G510
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit / Linux (Probably Ubuntu)
Screen: Samsung SM2333SW 23" 1920x1080 5ms DVI
Keyboard: Logitech 350

You'll probably have noticed that there is no PSU in that list, for the main reason that I simply cannot understand them! :) For example I've heard that Corsair PSUs are the best and so I looked on their website and they had a form to see what was best for my system and they said that I want between 550 and 750 watts. Simple enough you might say, but the graphics card requires 2 6-pin connectors which that PSU doesn't seem to have :) despite the form not throwing up any error when I plug the details of my potential system in :) . And I've been informed that multiple "rails" are better whatever they mean...although I just don't get them. So could anyone offer me advice there?

Finally, I've already got a mouse and a good enough sound system set up already so I don't need those upgrading yet, and I've decided to stick with the stock CPU cooler at the moment as it should suffice, but at some stage in the near future I will probably want to overclock my system so I guess a more powerful PSU is required.

Can anyone see any glaring problems with this potential setup? Will the case need more fans? Will everything run on linux?

Lol, I know this seems to be twenty questions but I really don't want to get this wrong as I'm sure you can imagine :)

Many thanks guys/girls,

Al
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Multiple rails are not necessarily better than is a single rail. Linux should run fine with a bit of tweaking.


Around £135
http://www.corsair.c...50/default.aspx
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