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    Red face A Performance Hardware guide July 2012

    I hope I'm not treading on any toes here

    The intention of this thread is not to replace Hexus Monthly Build Guide October 2011 but to encourage the more experienced among you to have an ape at the following examples:

    CPC Mag:recommended Performance Build July 2012

    Case: SilverStone Fortress FT02B-W USB 3.0 =£187.79 SCAN
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene =£146.12 AMAZON
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k =£176.80 AMAZON
    Memory: 8gb Patriot G2 PGD38G1600ELK =£37.64 AMAZON
    CPU Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced =£39.98 EBUYER
    Graphics Card: PNY GeForce GTX 680 2GB =£400
    PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 =£78.78 SCAN
    Storage (HDD):Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM0001=£78.34 EBUYER
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX =£58.61 AMAZON
    Storage (SSD):Samsung SSD 830 256GB =£145 NOVATECH
    Optical drive: Lite-On IHAS123-19 =£15 AMAZON
    Approximate £1,325
    Your choice of Monitor example: Dell U2412M, Dell U2711 =£200-£530

    The goal in mind here is to run games at high resolutions at least 1920x1200 or above on a single GPU with AA+ settings. possibly with your own twist on what is the best tech going on this month.
    more importantly have a little fun with your recommended hardwear.
    list the components as above and a paragraph on why you'r build's the best.

    More examples can be found here courtesy of bit-tech:
    Gaming Workhorse May 2012
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buy...ide-may-2012/4
    Premium Player May 2012
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buy...ide-may-2012/5
    If there are any regular build blogs you follow please feel free to share them with us.

    By mid August this thread will already be a bit dated it is hoped by then Preformance Hardware guide August 2012 will be up and running depending on the response to this thread.
    Last edited by alfabet0; 27-07-2012 at 05:58 PM. Reason: update

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    Re: Hexus:Community Preformance Hardware guide July 2012

    Why would water cooling be above the grasp of us? If you're considering building a rig yourself and spending the likes of £400 on just the graphics card then you're sufficiently enthusiastic about computing that water cooling should be no problem, especially given the number of self-contained units available these days.

    BTW you have a typo in your title (But I'd change it - there's nothing hexus community about this thread, it's just reviewing Bit-tech's guide at the moment )

    Anyway, if you want some build recommendations, you could do worse than to browse our excellent dedicated board full of example builds and recommendations here:
    http://forums.hexus.net/review-my-build/
    Last edited by kalniel; 27-07-2012 at 03:08 PM.

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    Re: Hexus:Community Preformance Hardware guide July 2012

    So how much does that little lot add up to?

    I think anything like this needs to have a budget in mind, unless you just want a list of all the fastest components currently available regardless of cost.

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    Re: Hexus:Community Preformance Hardware guide July 2012

    (kalniel) Why would water cooling be above the grasp of us? If you're considering building a rig yourself and spending the likes of £400 on just the graphics card then you're sufficiently enthusiastic about computing that water cooling should be no problem, especially given the number of self-contained units available these days.
    When I say above us I mean more my self as being less than a vetran I tried to emphasize the point (custom water cooling) as in none self-contained water cooling.
    BTW you have a typo in your title (But I'd change it - there's nothing hexus community about this thread, it's just reviewing Bit-tech's guide at the moment )
    Fair comment in all honesty I was hoping someone more competent might take the reins.
    knowing me I'm surprised it isn't all typo's

    I've searched tirelessly for a build guides that are up to date by professionals like the Hexus editors but alas they don't make any build guides only hardware reviews.
    And I'm reluctant to spend £1500+ on any one random forum members suggestion however much I may want to.

    I'm only competent enough to assemble a build not to make one of my own.

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    Re: Hexus:Community Preformance Hardware guide July 2012

    (DanceswithUnix) So how much does that little lot add up to?
    I think anything like this needs to have a budget in mind, unless you just want a list of all the fastest components currently available regardless of cost.
    Will try edit in the prices soon.

    Using a combination of cashback credit card, promotional codes, and cash back sites aka Topcashback or quidco, Amazon hiccups temporary price drops.
    I can normally trim the better part of a third or more of any RRP suggested so price is not something I take at face value.

    E.G the above suggested case Silverstone Fortress FT02B is£187.79 but simply changing case colour to the FT02S £167.96
    MSI GeForce GTX 680@DABS £380 use JULY25 - £25 off £399 spend=£355
    So budget full RRP £2000 but probably closer to £1500 in reality.
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