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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    November looms....

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

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    November looms....

    Going to do one of these Every month the cat ?
    I wonder what made you think that??

    Anyway,with massively increased hard drive prices the guide next month will have revised price points.


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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    I've been asked about/to build a gaming-computer for a friend's brother. The budget I've been given is £400-550 with monitor, KB/M and speakers already covered - maybe the OS.

    Outside of HDD prices, is this guide still accurate and is there anything i should be aware of?

    I was thinking of going the Core i3 2xxx & Radeon 6870 path - as i'm not sure the 560Ti is worth the extra £30 and for gaming, the i3 seems the better choice over Llano/Phenom's. I was also thinking he's open to the IVB upgrade later on as well.

    My main concern is the case, motherboard, and maybe pursuing an SSD in lieu of a HDD for now.

    Ideas guys, gals, CAT?
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    I will get a guide up for January.The AMD build will either have a Phenom II X4 960T or a Llano K series. The motherboards probably will change for the cheaper Intel builds too.


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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Dear C5th,

    On your advice I have recently purchased the U2412M, as an upgrade to my old LG. I'd like to take this opportunity to say.......YUMMERS ! OMG ! etc etc

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    I also just bought the Dell U2412M and it's brilliant. I found this review of the screen which is very detailed: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

    Well worth the £258 I paid for it. Now I just need a desk that can have my MDM05 desk mount installed on it and I'll be all set with my new setup

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    OK,sorry chaps - it didn't pan out as I thought originally!!

    However,I am working on one for the summer ATM. Should be up soon.


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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Monthly is probably overkill and a lot of work for you, how about quarterly?

    Given releases usually state 'will be released Q1 2013' it seems like that might be a more sensible way to do things?

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Monthly is probably overkill and a lot of work for you, how about quarterly?

    Given releases usually state 'will be released Q1 2013' it seems like that might be a more sensible way to do things?
    Good idea. Every three months,would probably be a decent time interval.

    I had hoped the GTX660 would have been out by now,but at this rate the summer would be over!!


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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Managed to come with some specifications for the Biggger Budget Build. Had to increase the budget a bit to around £800.

    Basic Build.



    Upgrades.



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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    @ CAT

    I got my i5 3570K for £156(OEM version), cheaper than the i5 2500K from Scan. Thought I would mention it considering you are specifying a separate cooler.

    Also surprised you don't favour Corsair for their PSU(over the XFX) given their warranty and customer service reputation.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    You're missing the £15 Windows 8 promotion from the upgrades part.
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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    I thought of the OEM parts,but they tend to have only a 1 year warranty and availability is more limited. I will mention the OEM parts when I get to writing the guide.

    The prices are from Scan,Dabs,Ebuyer,Amazon,CCL Computers and Novatech. The reason I have multiple parts is to make sure that any one part is available,and a range of prices to take price fluctuations into account.

    Regarding the PSUs,they all have at least 2 PCI-E 6 pin and 2 PCI-E 6+2 pin power connectors for Crossfire and SLI. The TX650 V2 only has two PCI-E power connectors.

    The XFX is a Seasonic based design and gets good reviews. Warranty is 5 years and RMA is UK based AFAIK. It is also one of the cheapest decent PSUs with 4 PCI-E power connectors. The OCZ ZT 650W modular is also quite good and is around the same price,but AFAIK the XFX is probably better. The modular Corsair and NZXT are around £80,so cost around more than the other two PSUs.

    Anyway,you can mix and match parts between the two rows. At least they should hopefully be all compatible with each other!!

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    That might drive some people to consoles!! I don't want that!!

    OTH,in a few months we have no choice!!
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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H is currently £80 on Ebuyer:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/351598-gigabyt...ard-ga-z77-d3h

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    Re: Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H is currently £80 on Ebuyer:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/351598-gigabyt...ard-ga-z77-d3h
    That is the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H which lacks Crossfire and SLI support!!

    However,that looks like a good motherboard for the lower cost gaming build!! Thanks!!


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