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Building my first pc, need help and advice!


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An SSD is a good idea as the boot drive together with the Samsung second HDD. Read through this tutorial again. > http://www.overclock...e-for-ssds-hdds

The Gigabyte Z77 udh5 is a top brand board and has everything you require for your build.


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Hi again all! Its getting closer to the time I buy this thing so thought id show my build just for a last compatibility check and make sure its ok! The budget has crept up and have chucked a monitor in there as well. I would appreciate hearing what you think!


http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/hmtv
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Sorry for the delayed reply Boozerbiz this was due to me not receiving a notification of your reply #17 :unsure:

The build is all good but I would swap the monitor for a less expensive Samsung that also has a faster response time of 5ms as opposed to the selected Dells 8ms http://www.ebuyer.co...medium=products also available from amazon http://www.amazon.co...ASIN=B0050SIJIC
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Thats alright! Thanks for replying, good to know the builds ok. Cant believe I missed that monitor in my searches, will get that one instead, thanks for your help! Ill let you know how I get on, should be getting the parts in a week or so :thumbsup:
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I will look out for an update and meanwhile any questions please feel free to ask.
A tip for you is while you are waiting for your parts to arrive download the manuals for them and familiarise yourself with them, this will prepare you better for the build and give you a chance to post any questions that you may have.

You are welcome BTW :thumbsup:
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Hi,
Here we go with a spoke in the wheel. Please understand that I am not trying to shoot your selection down, your build will work perfectly but I feel that you are not utilizing your money for the build, given usage outlined in your first post.

You do need an SSD, it may give you faster load time and can help with game play display, in every day use it brings almost nothing to the party. Capacity is still somewhat limited so you need to be very frugal in the amount of programs you install, the OS also need some tweaking to get the best performance. A larger OS drive and the numberer of drives is going to be more important for you buildin the future.

You have selected a mid tower with less controllable fans/airflow/filters The Antec I feel is better, a full tower, controlable fans, especially over the HDDs, full whashable air filters..

Motherboard, same specs as your selection but includes WiFi and Blu Tooth.

For comparison of specs only, >http://www.newegg.co...^13-128-545-TS

GPU Same specs as your selected but with 4G memory. Not only would this ensure you did not run out of VRAM when performing heavy video/photo editing, it would allow you to add another, or two, monitor/s for your tool/plug ins/browser.

For comparison of specs only, > http://www.newegg.co...5E14-130-824-TS

Monitor, Although the Samsung is a very good one, slightly cheaper, it is a TFT panel as against a IPS, 250 cd/m2 against 300 cd/m2, No HDMI or Display Port, No input/output USB.

This is my recommended build, > http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/hzeY 1311.00

Plus Antec PSU, > http://www.dabs.com/...737L.html?src=3 99'00 Total build , 1410.00

Use this site to do your final search for prices. > http://www.staticice...850w PSU&spos=3

Missing from all build,
Optical drive.
Speakers.

Edited by iammykyl, 15 September 2012 - 07:19 PM.

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Hi again, not a spoke at all! This is why I posted again before buying! Im always open to suggestions and advice!

I understand what you are saying about the SSD, I remember what you have previously said about the number of hardrives and do intend on adding to them over time, I know I should drop the SSD but its just knowing that extra bit of speed I could have on booting, it will annoy me not having it even if its not really helping :confused: I suppose its something I could add in the future if I get into gaming alot on my PC, then at least its doing more.

As for the case, I have been switching between the two for a while and the Antec would still fit nicely in the desk I have built, and of course with more control I can keep those temps down!

Motherboard is definatly worth it!


Agreed on the GPU as well, I had considered it!

I did notice that about the samsung after looking at it properly, quality will be important for what Im doing and the reviews on the dell are great.

Already have speakers and already have an optical drive!

Thanks again! I think its about time I built the thing now! Im glad I waited and did the research, and the help from you guys on here has been reaaaaaly good!
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Apart from the faster boot times there are a couple of reasons why I would choose an SSD now as opposed to later;
You will not need to unnecessarily reinstall your OS and all of the subsequent updates.
HDDs are less expensive than SSDs and so adding additional drives later will be less of a financial outlay/burden.

The case I`m afraid I have a bias towards Antec and in particular the 900 and 1200.

Fully understand the choice of screen :thumbsup:
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Phillpower2 has very valid points, so if you can manage the extra cash, drop one of the mechanical drives and get a SSD.

Dell monitor, searched with Static Ice, 14 pounds cheaper than CPP free shipping
> http://www.aria.co.u...productId=45875

phillpower2 said,

A tip for you is while you are waiting for your parts to arrive download the manuals for them and familiarise yourself with them, this will prepare you better for the build and give you a chance to post any questions that you may have.

A how to build, Thanks to Troy & Artellos

>http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/


Edited by iammykyl, 16 September 2012 - 10:25 PM.

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I do have the money for an SSD so I will get one! I will also add to the hardrives as money becomes available.

i think its going to be the antec 1200!

Thanks iammykyl for the very helpful links and Phillpower2 for the advice about the manuals.

I am ordering the parts tonight so the next time you hear from me will be when i tell you how easy it was and how well it went........ i hope :lol:

Ill keep you posted, cheers!!!
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You are welcome Boozerbiz :thumbsup:

Any questions along the way do not hesitate to ask and one of us will reply asap.
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Some infor,
Check to see if your case come with a internal system speaker like this, > http://www.cwc-group.com/casp.html Not essential, but very useful as it gives beep codes at POST, indicating success or a problem.

Please insure,
You have changed the I/O shield that may be installed in the case with the one supplied with the Motherboard.

There are only the same number of standoff screwed t the Motherboard mounting plate as there are screw holes in the Mobo, no extra ones.




Edited by iammykyl, 22 September 2012 - 05:52 AM.

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Hi.
How are you progressing? An update would be apprieciated.

If you have got to the stage of installing software.
Update the OS.
Update drivers.

If possible, before installing heaps of programs, use windows7 built in tools to create an image of the OS drive. Then create an emergency disk.
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Hi again! I haven't actually started building yet! The psu is being delivered tommorow and then im set to build on friday!
Cheers for the software tips, I definatly will create the emergency disk.

I must have watched a good 8 hours of computer building videos on youtube this week so feel pretty confident! I quite like the Newegg 3 part tutorial on there, is very in depth, ill keep you posted on how it goes, thanks for checking in! :thumbsup:
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OK, and your welcome.

When your up and running and done your backup, just use windows firewall for the moment, try to use only 1 browser, I will give you some links to optimize the SSD Play with the computer for a week. Do Not DOWNLOAD OR USE, REG EDITORS, CLEAN UP TOOLS, OPTIMIZERS OR NETWORK ENHANCERS. nearly all are rubbish and often cause damage to the performance of the computer. Nearly every tool you need to keep window7 running smoothly comes with the OS.
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