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nikolay_b

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Hi, I'm planning on building my own desktop due to the fact that it comes out much cheaper than pre-made desktops. Currently I have the following components in mind and would like to know if they are all compatible with each other, if not could you please suggest what they could be changed with yet not increasing the price. Also if you know any pc component selling website that offer their part cheap could you let me know thanks.
The components are as follows:
  • Casecom KSM-7288 Piano Black Mid Tower Case - 2x USB2.0 on Front Panel
  • Casecom 500W 12cm Fan PSU - 20+4pin, ATX12v, 4x Molex, 1x SATA - Retail Box
  • MSI Z77A-GD65 Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
  • Corsair Hydro Series H40 Hydro AMD Socket AM2 AM2+ AM3 AM3+ FM1 Intel 775 1155 1156 1366 Processor Cooler
  • Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V Ballistix Sport UDIMM 240pin
  • MSI GT 610 2GB DDR3 VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
  • Liteon Ihas124 24x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive (internal Black)
  • Xenta All in 1 Internal Card Reader Plus One USB2.0 Port Black - 3.5" Bay
  • Arctic Cooling F12 120mm Case Fan
  • Xenta 8 Channel PCI Soundcard with SPDIF and cable included
  • Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache

I also have Windows 7 in mind and a keyboard and mouse. This all comes out to £658.09 using http://www.ebuyer.com/
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Gday nikolay_b, Posted Image
Please tell us the main purpose for the rig. We can then tweak your list to give you the best options for both cost and performance.

Some observations.
Your PSU does not have the nec connections for the build.
If the budget will allow, go for a better case with more controllable air flow and filters.
You do not need water cooling or a special sound card.

I have made a start at the link below. Possible another member will come in on the topic, as I am off to my bed, but will post again in the morning.

> http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PJfT



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The rig is intended mainly for graphic design, using illustrator, photoshop and similar software. I do however want it to be able to run games if i decide to play something. I wont be needing a 1tb or more hard drive as I have a 1TB external therefore 500GB should be more than enough. Ohh and my budget is up to £700. Thanks
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Gday,
Some info so you are aware.
Where a CPU from both AMD and Intel, supplied in a retail box with a heat-sink/fan solution, and you install an after-market one, and damage is caused to the CPU, you will void the warranty. This also applies to overcloccking, even though the CPU/board manufacturer supplies software of switches to do so.



PSU Review. > http://www.jonnyguru...Story3&reid=225
Update, > http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/QaeI £697.59
Antec GX 700 case, .> http://www.okobe.co....-700/1000182240 + £ 48.82 Ttoal £746.41
This site to look for prices UK wide. > http://www.staticice...c GX 700&spos=3

Closest I could get to your budget for a balanced system, still considerer it a little weak on the GPU side.

The below will give you a good idea of what is required for a workstation, some of the hardware is last generation but the configuration still holds today.
NB. your system would benefit with an upgrade, when possible, to more HDDs.
> http://www.hardware-...-december-2011/
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Thanks for the advice. I found a pre-built desktop which seems to good to be true :D here's the link http://www.amazon.co...#productDetails could you please let me know whether this would be any good to me?
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If I may chime in with some input while iammyky is away.

The prebuilt system has it`s merits but it also has a couple of downsides.
The MB is an older platform.
There is no OS so you need to add circa £99.99 to the cost for that.
The system would benefit from a better quality/brand PSU.

The parts that iammyky has selected would be a better build and if I was to add/change anything it would be the 500GB HDD for an SSD for faster boot times, this based on the fact that you already have a 1TB external HDD and as already mentioned by iammyky you will need to add more HDDs in the future as your data collection grows.

Installing the OS to an SSD now will avoid possibly having to do it further down the line if you change your mind http://www.novatech....gn=PCPartPicker
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Gday Phillpower2.
Just pipped me, Thanks for the info, missed the older MB, would need to be looked at for the number of SATA ports. Will leave my post as is for the moment.
Gday.nikolay_b

That seams a good deal, Looked around and could not find an actual bad review for the site or the builds.
If you cannot see the details, I would ask some questions for any platform before buying.
What RAM is installed, brand and model.
What HDD, brand and model.
What PSU.
What Case, how many fans installed?
What kind of warranty, return to base? who pays?

Note, that even though Windows7 is pictured, ther is no OS included.
This one would be better for your requirements, You loose the DVD Re write, get a different case, but gain a faster CPU with hyper Threading.
> http://www.amazon.co...c=1&s=computers
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Gday iammykyl

The specs that I could find showed 5 3GBs SATA ports and only one SATA 6GBs port http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131836 the M-LX version of the MB is the same http://uk.asus.com/M...#specifications
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Thanks Phillpower2. Although not a very featured board, it does have enough SATA connections for the build, Could be upgraded, say in a year, if the need arose.


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What are your thoughts on the proposed build?
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Gday.
Been a while since we heard from you. Do you still need help? An update to your topic would be appreciated.
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