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Posted 12/10/12

Reikyn wrote:

Uh yeah...

Should get a bigger PSU if you know you're going to upgrade with a second graphics card... but at the same time it wouldn't be good to get a 750W/850W/1000W PSU (which is definitely overkill for almost everyone, you gotta agree with me on that), never upgrade, and waste your money.
That's IF OP can find a shop that sells individual parts that ships to where he is.

BTW that website's power supplies start at like 650W. You can SLI two GTX670's with that, easily. (Helps that 670 is relatively efficient)


Ok, I'll concede that a 1000w PS for someone that will do very little upgrading is overkill. But I shall concede no more!!!
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Posted 12/26/12

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Tophatjames wrote:

Hey thank you for replying the website that i can only find that will deliver to me is http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/. I live in the middle of no where in Ireland so its pretty hard to find a good site. This one seems pretty good though.


Something like this then? I noticed that they only sell assembled computers but I guess you're fine with that.

http://puu.sh/1wViZ <-- picture of configuration

= £1089.17 ex VAT

£1307 inc VAT and Delivery

The HAF 912 case is relatively inexpensive and good, so I clicked on that. Another case I would suggest is Fractal Define R4 (sound dampening features), but really the case should be your own preference; choose what looks cool ^^ Just don't choose a cheap one. (Look at HAF 912 and above)

16GB of RAM cuz you said you render videos, but you could get 8GB instead and go for 7970 or GTX680 graphics card if you would rather have that extra power for games.

You can change the 1TB Green HDD for 1TB Black HDD (it's faster but more expensive, but for mass storage it doesn't make a huge difference. Your important programs and OS will be on the SSD)


Thanks for the help, Been on holiday and just got back for Christmas. Appreciate the recommendations and ill try to follow your guideline as best as i possibly can.
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I just started buy parts for my new PC.

CPU
i5 3570K

Mobo
GA Z77X-UD3H

GPU
Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP ED

CPU Cooler
CM Hyper EVO 212

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1600mhz

HDD's
M4 128gb ssd

PSU
Corsair HX1050

Tower
CM Storm Trooper

Yeah I'm just going with a very basic build but I mean not going to crazy, I think I got a good deal on the GPU at my local computer shop plus I had a gift card from a family member, it was about 450$ for the GPU. Yeah tell me what you guys think should I upgrade anything?

Oh on the side note I got a few things from my bothers old computer he doesn't use because he upgrade them. The PSU and the Case. Which saves me a little cash for a few upgrade's maybe, lol.
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Posted 12/26/12

cch2 wrote:

I just started buy parts for my new PC.

CPU
i5 3570K

Mobo
GA Z77X-UD3H

GPU
Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP ED

CPU Cooler
CM Hyper EVO 212

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1600mhz

HDD's
M4 128gb ssd

PSU
Corsair HX1050

Tower
CM Storm Trooper

Yeah I'm just going with a very basic build but I mean not going to crazy, I think I got a good deal on the GPU at my local computer shop plus I had a gift card from a family member, it was about 450$ for the GPU. Yeah tell me what you guys think should I upgrade anything?

Oh on the side note I got a few things from my bothers old computer he doesn't use because he upgrade them. The PSU and the Case. Which saves me a little cash for a few upgrade's maybe, lol.


Haha, a 'basic' build, you say? You've got some nice stuff listed there. The used case and PSU definitely help a lot. Do you need a hard drive/Windows/DVD drive/? If you do make sure you include them!

This build will serve you well for all your gaming needs ^^ If you want to save some money you could go down to 8GB of RAM, because if you just use this for basic use and games, you probably won't use even close to 16GB.

Also, with whatever amount of RAM you get, make sure it's 'low profile', which means you shouldn't get the tall spiky versions of the Corsair Vengeance. This is to make sure it will fit under your CPU cooler.

GTX680 is one of the best you can get right now. If you want to save some money in the GPU department, go for a GTX670 instead, because the 670 follows closely behind the 680 in performance (but it's not a 680, yknow ^^)

In the future your upgrades will probably be another GTX680 and/or an SSD upgrade.
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Yeah its too late now (y'all know what boxing day is like, lol.) =(, I bought the GPU and I just was in the hype when the sales person told me to get the 680.

I got the 16GB ram cause it was on sale. it was the low profile ones so it fits fine with my CPU cooler. Honestly this was my first ever computer put together so I'm very happy everything fit together nicely.

Oh I did get a DVD drive it was 12$ so there wasn't anything wrong with that so yeah, lol. Other than that I think I just need to get window's. My last computer was from Best Buy last year so its a "piece of junk" as my brother would say.

As well they didn't give me a CD for my windows so I'm a little disappointing I knew I forgot something. Now everything works I think I just need windows. =(

I'm just wondering now that I think everything works. I think I need some help cause I boot up the PC it tells me to select a boot drive does that mean I just need windows? I mean it didn't bring me into that bios as I seen on YouTube.... lol. I just finished it a couple of hours ago I'm just too excited as well nervous that I screwed something up..

Sorry for writing a wall of text. @.@;
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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz (12 CPUs), ~4.2GHz | Corsair H100 Watercooler
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79
Memory: 16GB (4x4GB) CORSAIR Vengeance DDR3 1866 9-10-9-27
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB SSD , 4x2TB WD Black, 1x1TB WD Blue
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Monitor: ASUS VG278H 3D Monitor, HP w2207 Wide LCD Monitor,
Speakers/Headphones: Pioneer 7.2 VSX 1020 875W, 7 KLH 90w, 110w subwoofer / (Logitech G35 Headset)
Keyboard: G-19
Mouse: Logitech G700
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Computer Case: CORSAIR 800D
PUS: OCZ-1000W ZX Series

Picked up the CPU/Mobo/RAM/SSD few months ago for 1100. Added the ASUS VG278H 3D Monitor for extar 600. Next year 3rd or 4th quarter from what i have been reading Nivida GTX 700 should be on the way so that when the 580 goes.

Plans for next year.
March : 4 more 2TB Black WD
May : Thermaltake or EVGA 1500W PSU
July : 2 more Asus VG278H
Dec : GTX780 (if it called that or is out)
2014
Custom duel loop water setup with 2 external MO-RA3 420 rads. (might need 2nd psu for pumps)





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Reikyn wrote:

Uh yeah...

Should get a bigger PSU if you know you're going to upgrade with a second graphics card... but at the same time it wouldn't be good to get a 750W/850W/1000W PSU (which is definitely overkill for almost everyone, you gotta agree with me on that), never upgrade, and waste your money.
That's IF OP can find a shop that sells individual parts that ships to where he is.

BTW that website's power supplies start at like 650W. You can SLI two GTX670's with that, easily. (Helps that 670 is relatively efficient)


Ok, I'll concede that a 1000w PS for someone that will do very little upgrading is overkill. But I shall concede no more!!!



Both wrong and right, you got to think not just about your video card but CPU if you might want to OC it on its last leg of its life a OCed CPU can add 150-200w needed Hard rives don' take any or very little on idle but when powering up spike about 15w per drive. Fans take power too, dont forget USB headphones or USB phonecharger, soundcard, dvd drives, fan lights and lights take power, keyboards/mice/speakers...etc....very little but still adds up. PSU are one of the things if you buy a good one it will last +5 years. (I had one last 8 years)

This is one of the better PSU help sites i have found in the last few years. http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Based on my current build i still have 200w more room but when i got this PSU i had 560 spar watts. For a geek like me i need to plan for the years to come as i am always adding, why i am planing for the 1500w PSU. For a noobie PC user add a spar 350 watts on a 80 plus Gold or higher rated PSU. For someone like me, well i shouldn't need to say at my level of PC geekness.

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Posted 12/27/12 , edited 12/27/12

cch2 wrote:

I'm just wondering now that I think everything works. I think I need some help cause I boot up the PC it tells me to select a boot drive does that mean I just need windows? I mean it didn't bring me into that bios as I seen on YouTube.... lol. I just finished it a couple of hours ago I'm just too excited as well nervous that I screwed something up..

Sorry for writing a wall of text. @.@;


To get into the BIOS you need to hit a key on your keyboard when the motherboard splash screen comes up (it'll say on the screen)

Yup, it sounds like you just need an OS :P


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Both wrong and right, you got to think not just about your video card but CPU if you might want to OC it on its last leg of its life a OCed CPU can add 150-200w needed Hard rives don' take any or very little on idle but when powering up spike about 15w per drive. Fans take power too, dont forget USB headphones or USB phonecharger, soundcard, dvd drives, fan lights and lights take power, keyboards/mice/speakers...etc....very little but still adds up. PSU are one of the things if you buy a good one it will last +5 years. (I had one last 8 years)

This is one of the better PSU help sites i have found in the last few years. http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Based on my current build i still have 200w more room but when i got this PSU i had 560 spar watts. For a geek like me i need to plan for the years to come as i am always adding, why i am planing for the 1500w PSU. For a noobie PC user add a spar 350 watts on a 80 plus Gold or higher rated PSU. For someone like me, well i shouldn't need to say at my level of PC geekness.


Those PSU calculators are OK but still approximations. The most important thing is to look at CPU, CPU overclock, GPU, and GPU overclock, since those are the things that use the most power, so I prefer to look at reviews and benchmarks for the graphics card, look for the power consumption tests, and going from there. Reviews and benchmarks use often use power-hungry CPUs and also overclock the snot out of them so their (full system power draw) graphs will reflect that.

The only time you'll need 1000+ watts in a PSU is if you're doing 3 or 4-way SLI or CrossFireX...
But of course, again, it all depends on if the user plans on upgrading a lot before the time when it'd just be better to buy an entirely new computer, like you I guess xD
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Posted 12/28/12

Reikyn wrote:


cch2 wrote:

I'm just wondering now that I think everything works. I think I need some help cause I boot up the PC it tells me to select a boot drive does that mean I just need windows? I mean it didn't bring me into that bios as I seen on YouTube.... lol. I just finished it a couple of hours ago I'm just too excited as well nervous that I screwed something up..

Sorry for writing a wall of text. @.@;


To get into the BIOS you need to hit a key on your keyboard when the motherboard splash screen comes up (it'll say on the screen)

Yup, it sounds like you just need an OS :P


Yeah I tried to install my OS today but it keeps telling me to select a proper drive and I have my OS disk right here so I don't know what to do. It just brings me into the black screen asking me to choose the proper drive but I can't get into the bios and yeah.... It doesn't say I need to press F2 or anything like that it just stays in that black screen....

I tried doing the the put the disk into the DVD drive and press any key to work but it just stays at that screen... I wish my brother was here but am lost... @.@;;;;
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cch2 wrote:


Reikyn wrote:


cch2 wrote:

I'm just wondering now that I think everything works. I think I need some help cause I boot up the PC it tells me to select a boot drive does that mean I just need windows? I mean it didn't bring me into that bios as I seen on YouTube.... lol. I just finished it a couple of hours ago I'm just too excited as well nervous that I screwed something up..

Sorry for writing a wall of text. @.@;


To get into the BIOS you need to hit a key on your keyboard when the motherboard splash screen comes up (it'll say on the screen)

Yup, it sounds like you just need an OS :P


Yeah I tried to install my OS today but it keeps telling me to select a proper drive and I have my OS disk right here so I don't know what to do. It just brings me into the black screen asking me to choose the proper drive but I can't get into the bios and yeah.... It doesn't say I need to press F2 or anything like that it just stays in that black screen....

I tried doing the the put the disk into the DVD drive and press any key to work but it just stays at that screen... I wish my brother was here but am lost... @.@;;;;


not too sure but
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/321152-30-solved-gigabyte-z77x-ud3h-past-splash-screen-bios

This is for a asus UEFI bios but all UEFI look some what alike. Skip to 9:10 ofr boot screen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iS7kioh8Ow

You should be able to hit Del on the keyboard about 1-2 sec after the power button has been hit to enter, spam it if needed. From there you should be in the new UEFI bios, it is little odd on some makes but there should be a boot priority options in there.
For installing a OS it should be.
1. DVD/CD drive
2. OS hard drive
3. DVD/CD drive or HD
Third order dose not matter much at this point, exit and save restart
Place OS DVD in the drive you chose as 1st boot. (before the bios is done or restart again)
If you done it right should say after the bios check is done.
Hit any key to boot from DVD/CD. Hit any key on that screen. (It should then start loading the OS install files to the ram take a few sec)
If win7 it should be very easy to install, just make sure that you install on the Drive you want and format the drive right. I think win7 will format if for you even if you hit a RAW un-formatted drive.

Once your OS is installed set your boot priority to the "UEFI windows boot manger" in to the 1st load option DVD/CD in 2nd and 3rd still dont matter, exit/save and restart.
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