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Old 08-January-2011, 16:37
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I'm not really in a rush but at some point a new PC would be handy..

the intel sandy bridge i5's look quite interesting but the motherboard looks a bit pricey,. perhaps there's a lesser mboard that would do as good job w/o costing as much..

this is the review which I saw, the Intel Core i5-2500K does well overclocked http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...ridge-review/1 - they are using a liquid cooling system on it (but say it is overclocked to be stable when running on a air based cooler - which is a bit confusing...)

will slowly put a parts list together - I have not shopped around - just putting in links for reference

Asus P8P67 Intel LGA1155 motherboard £200 (ouch!) http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MB-433-AS

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM [BX80623I52500K] http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CP-368-IN £177.98 inc VAT ('K' version has unlocked multipler)

just need ram, case, cooler etc.. lol


I couldn't work out exactly which ram they used from the review, says "Cosair" ? http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...ridge-review/6 - I guess anything which does 1600MHz DDR3 memory (CL9) would work ok?

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Old 08-January-2011, 20:31
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ok - so options..

mboard @ £107.99 inc VAT
Asus P8P67 they do a LE version http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MB-439-AS

ram @ £35.99 inc VAT
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9) [CMX4GX3M2A1600C9] http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MY-203-CS

gcard @ £35.74 inc VAT
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB GDDR3 SILENT Low Profile PCI-Express Graphics Card (H545HR512) [H545HR512] http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-118-HT

not sure on case / psu / cooler

edit, there's an i5 bundle http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-...ed-3XS-Bundles

RADIUS Core i5 BUNDLE Overclocked at 4.7 Ghz
Intel Core i5 2500K - Quad Core CPU
4Gb Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
Akasa Venom Performance Cooler

@ £431.60 (inc VAT)


aria has a bundle as well (11/03/11)

• Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i5-2500K Overclocked @ 4.50GHz - Four Thread CPU
• 8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHz 9-9-9-24
• ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
• Zaward Vapor120 CPU Cooler
• Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
• Pre-Assembled & Tested
• 1 Years Warranty
• No Operating System

£477.98 inc. VAT

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Old 10-November-2011, 12:48
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leaving aside the i5 dream, into my possession has come the following..


MOBO - gigabyte LGA775 - GA-965P-DS3/S3
MEMORY - DDR2 /OCZ BLADE/ 2 X 2GB/1066 / UNBUFFERED
CPU - Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
(also a CPU cooler)
(have harddrives to use)

looking to add in the rest of the bits to build a functioning PC, nothing top end, just reasonable and low cost,. not used for gaming (well ok - perhaps I might play the odd game)

potential bits

case+psu: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/220863-coolerm...rc-330-kkpl-gp
£56.99inc. vat


ideally bluray/dvd writer: LiteOn iHBS112 12x BD-RE with DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Blu-Ray Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/219960-liteon-...ive-ihbs112-37
£70.19 inc. vat

gcard: PowerColor HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DP Out PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/248746-powerco...x6850-1gbd5-dh
£109.99inc. vat

other bits

Startech 2 Port Sata To Esata Slot - Plate M/F
http://www.ebuyer.com/144149-startec...-f-esataplate2
£5.08inc. vat

Xenta SATA 2.0 to right angle SATA 7-pin Cable (Red) 46cm / 18"
http://www.ebuyer.com/151963-xenta-s...m-sp-sc-rs-r46
£1.93inc. vat

opps, well it was never going to be straight forward,. have decided now just as well start with the i5 chip I wanted from the start and cut corners elsewhere to make it more affordable


........

trying to make a useful system with this mboard setup,.

gcards http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html also compare chart at http://community.futuremark.com/hard...HD+7850/review

2gig 7850 £154.54 Inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-x...-dvi-i-hdmi-2x

case with psu £56.99 inc. vat http://www.ebuyer.com/220863-coolerm...rc-330-kkpl-gp

case w/o psu £57.23 Inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coole...e-sata-w-o-psu


...... 03/10/12

LN41288 530W be quiet! Pure Power L8 BN181, Modular, 88% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31, PSU
£54.64 inc VAT

LN34934 Cooler Master CM 690 II Lite, Black, Mid Tower Case with e-SATA w/o PSU
£57.23 inc VAT

LN45220 2GB XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 860MHz, 1024 Cores, HDMI/ 2x mDP+ *Free Sleeping Dogs
£149.74 inc VAT

LN29163 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
£106.88 inc VAT


another gcard roundup http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3107.html

laptop http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/I...c=uk&cs=ukdfh1


..

December 2012 setup PC qcore with items below (was previously dual core 2 duo)

using q6600 cpu with XFX nForce 780i SLI and 6 gig ram (2x1 gig + 2x2gig - above) - part of the bits from http://www.the-scream.co.uk/forums/t22608.html

some info on mboard from http://www.legitreviews.com/article/616/1/

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Old 10-November-2011, 19:32
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back to the i5..

http://www.scan.co.uk/3xs-overclocked-bundles

Smart - Intel Core i5 2500K - Overclocked to 4.5Ghz - Updated Nov

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black LP, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler Intel 775/1155/1156/1366 AMD 939/AM2/AM2+/AM3
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 (revision 1.0) Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), VGA On Board, ATX
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sndy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail

£337.30 inc VAT

not quite over,. I could have gone with the upgrade option of a cosair h60 liquid cooler but prefer to stick to air cooling,. something someone mentioned made me wonder if the cooler included was the best option so now I have switched to cooler (paid the 20 quid difference) as below

cooler: Be Quiet! Dark Rock PRO BK016 CPU Cooler Socket LGA775/1155 /1156/ 1366 /AM2/ AM2+/ AM3/ 754/ 940
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/be-qu...us-am3-754-940
£52.99 Inc VAT

as an aside, when I called scan to switch the cooler over they were really helpful, easy to deal with and friendly - that is so rare these days and quite refreshing

finally there, far more than is needed to spend but if it lasts 5+ years...

case: Coolermaster CM 690 II LITE Version
http://www.ebuyer.com/221737-coolerm...on-rc-692-kkn3
£72.28inc. vat

psu: OCZ MXSP Series 500W 80+ PSU Modular Single 12V Rail 135mm Fan SLI Certified
http://www.ebuyer.com/152009-ocz-mxs...fan-ocz500mxsp
£49.98inc. vat

gcard: HD-685X-ZNDC - 1GB XFX HD 6850 XXX, 4200MHz GDDR5, GPU 800MHz, 960 Stream Processors, HDMI/ DisplayPort/ 2x DVI
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...layport-2x-dvi
£107.62inc. vat

OS (finally succumbed): Microsoft Windows 7 Professional w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English
http://www.ebuyer.com/259867-microso...1-pc-fqc-04649
£106.54inc. vat

bluray burner: LiteOn iHBS112 12x BD-RE with DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Blu-Ray Drive - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/219960-liteon-...ive-ihbs112-37
£70.19inc. vat

misc sata to esata slot: Startech 2 Port Sata To Esata Slot - Plate M/F
http://www.ebuyer.com/144149-startec...-f-esataplate2
£5.08inc. vat





new i5 24/12/12

cpu 2500k ~160 (overclockers)
mboard Gigabyte Z77M-D3H Intel Z77 DDR3 - ~87 (overclks)
ram Patriot Viper "Black Mamba" PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24 ~35 (overclks)
cooler BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU ~62 (overclks)

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Old 10-November-2011, 19:41
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Old 10-November-2011, 20:34
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yeah - ppl go on abt ssd and how quick it boots,. really doesn't bother me,. I have a raptor 150 gig which is pretty quick so will give that a spin,. as part of the affordability push will be using my old dvd burner,. I think I have most things covered (will see!)
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long as hd wasnt an ide 33 lol
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lol, I might be stuck in the dark ages for a lot of things but I have made the leap to sata mostly dvd burner might be ide (can't remember) but that should be ok
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Most modern motherboards don't always come with IDE ports these days now.
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went with the bluray writer which is SATA, don't think the board has IDE socket (prolly could get a converter if needed)

pretty neat box,. overspent as usual (old box was nearly 10 years old though!) but I think there will be life left in this for 5+ years, perhaps longer,. system is very fast and appears stable with the clock set to 4.5 gig - I might set the clock back lower

other thoughts, guys at scan.co.uk I'm really impressed with,. they made a mistake not shipping the graphics card initially but I called them up on friday and they gave me till 5pm to work out if I wanted them to ship me the card (if I couldn't source one locally I liked) - in the end I called them back and they shipped it for Saturday delivery (no extra charge - ok perhaps expected but they handled the whole thing really well)

I would definitely buy another overclocked bundle for scan,. I worked out the price difference and it would be something like 30 quid cheaper if I had bought the bits and overclocked it myself,. which I could have,. but them overclocking it means it's tested stable,. they run them overnight and do various tests before sending them out and the mboard/cpu/ram/cooler are then sent ready assembled which saves hassle (you still get all the individual boxes and everything)

they also save bios settings for 'scan overclocked' and 'scan non overclocked' so it's easy to set back to their settings at any time,. neat feature

system runs pretty cool even under load,. running super pi 32M 4 times at once the temps for each of the cores never went above 50c and the cooler and system overall is very quiet (cpu cooler is super quiet - both 120mm cooler fans hardly move on idle and even under load are not spinning fast)

ran 3d mark 11 and scores 3850 (with the cpu clocked to 4.5gig) and runs super pi mod 1.5 to 1M places in 8.4 secs,.

overall happy

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Nice bit of kit then, though when I ordered all my bits to build my new PC last year from Scan they were nothing but a bunch of crooks with the graphics card I bought a said it wasn't faulty when I tried it on three different PC's and had exactly the same fault.

Finally agreed they would give me a refund but they charged me the the no fault found fee even though the card WAS faulty. They said I needed to consider if something else in my PC was to blame before I got another card from them. It took them 3 weeks then to issue my refund.

Ordered a new card from ebuyer, and guess what, works absolutley fine.
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yeah - that is not good service at all,. guess it can be variable,. I've most often shopped with ebuyer in the past and never had an issue., scan seemed a bit cheaper on certain things and overall happy with their service this time round
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well - just to update on my scan experiences, they had a good price on a monitor so I went ahead and ordered, prompt email saying payment authorised

the item was set for next day delivery and shortly after the first email I got one saying there may be a delay but it should still arrive next day

'next day' was yesterday, no delivery, so I called the guy said the item was actually out of stock and that it would likely come back in next week (gee thanks for letting me know!)

anyway, found an alternate elsewhere and then called scan again to cancel the order, the guy on the phone now tells me they are having a shipment today and the monitor should be in for them to send out for tomorrow

I think the second guy was talking crap,,. in either case it was too late, I cancelled the order and the lack of communication I would say class as disappointing..
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Just hope that your order is not being delivered by Yodel - I placed an Amazon order, it was dispatched for delivery and on the van on a Friday. I received it the following Friday! It was 'lost' in the back of a van!
Yodel's complaints on Amazon are so numerous I wonder why they still use them!

Anyway, enough of me, good luck and most of all, ENJOY!
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thanks Gem, with a name like Yodel it sounds bad already, ordered from ebuyer and most times that works out fine
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The last time I ordered from Scan was a few years ago. I ordered a DVD burner. They accepted the order, but sent me a different one, a cheaper one than the one I ordered. I emailed them and complained. They told me to return it for a refund as they could no longer supply the correct item. I returned it, and requested that they refund my postage costs for the original delivery and what it cost me to send it back. All they refunded was the cost of the item I ordered. It took several weeks and a lot of threats to get the delivery and return costs back off them. I vowed never to deal with them again.
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that's not so good and definitely on the dodgy side of things!

monitor from ebuyer arrived this morning
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