Anyone check my build please?

Sabre_X

Standard Member
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V - £38.40

Intel Core i5*2400, Socket 1155,*Sandy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.1GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail - £140.00

Sapphire Xtreme Radeon HD5850 - £99.95

Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme - Have already

Zalman 1000W PSU - Have already

+ Media Card Reader + 2x DVD Drives + 2x 500GB 7200RPM HDDs

I'm unsure on the case... I would quite like it to be under £100, good cooling but quiet, and ~200mm(W) ~400mm(H) ~500mm(D). A front USB3.0 would be nice (obviously I'd have to get an internal USB3.0 PCIe card to hook it up) but not essential. A professional look.

Also this build will have a 120GB SSD (I'm still deciding which one to get... (I decided 60GB would be too small))


Thanks guys- any help/advice/comments would be really appreciated! :D
 

EarthRod

Distinguished Member
The Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme mobo is socket LGA-1366.

You need an LGA-1155 socket mobo for the Intel i5-2400 Sandy Bridge processor.

Something like the ASUS P8P67 Pro mobo.

:thumbsup:
 

Catt

Novice Member
Gah deleted my message.

No point going for the pro with a 2400, that is just a waste of money to be honest.

Depending on what you are using the computer for, it may be worth upgrading the CPU to a 2500k.
 

Sabre_X

Standard Member
Is a 2500K considerably pricier than a 2400?

What motherboard would you suggest for the 2400?

I see that this CPU; Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor is a 1366... does that mean it would fit my mobo?

Is my mobo actually rather out of date now? Would I be silly to pay the extra for that i7 CPU just so that it fits my mobo?
 

Catt

Novice Member
Sorry using my phone so can't really link stuff.

Depending on your budget the best bet would probably be the 2500k and a new motherboard like the Asus P8P67 variants (pro etc) as this will future proof you to some extent.

But running the older i7 will not cause you a problem for now.
 

EarthRod

Distinguished Member
This is all very confused.

The LGA-1366 mobo requires triple RAM modules (3 off).

The LGA-1155 mobo requires double RAM modules (2 off).

So 4GB RAM would be no use on a LGA-1366 mobo.
 

Sabre_X

Standard Member
This is all very confused.

The LGA-1366 mobo requires triple RAM modules (3 off).

The LGA-1155 mobo requires double RAM modules (2 off).

So 4GB RAM would be no use on a LGA-1366 mobo.
Thanks for that. So basically the motherboard I was intending on using really is now a bit dated? If I intend to have a fairly modern built that I can upgrade on in the future, I should really upgrade it. Ideally I'd like the CPU I linked, the i5 Sandybridge- I've heard very good things about that one.

So basically- what motherboard do you recommend?
 

EarthRod

Distinguished Member
Thanks for that. So basically the motherboard I was intending on using really is now a bit dated? If I intend to have a fairly modern built that I can upgrade on in the future, I should really upgrade it. Ideally I'd like the CPU I linked, the i5 Sandybridge- I've heard very good things about that one.

So basically- what motherboard do you recommend?
This one comes recommended in Custom PC magazine:

Asus P7H55-M H55 Socket 1156 VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard.

Should be a good match for the i5-2400.
 

Sabre_X

Standard Member
How much can you afford, do you want to overclock?
Cheaper the better. I was thinking around the £100 mark but any savings would be a bonus. I've never OC'd in the past. I don't really know how. I'd only ever use one of those little pieces of software that auto-OC for you rather than do it myself through the BIOS e.t.c.

That's why I was originally recommend the CPU that I've listed- apparently the 2500K is the choice of those who OC. So I hear anyway!

This one comes recommended in Custom PC magazine:

Asus P7H55-M H55 Socket 1156 VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard.

Should be a good match for the i5-2400.
Would this take the Intel Core i5*2400, Socket 1155 CPU?

Seems to be a good price. Does it have USB3.0?
 

Catt

Novice Member
On another note, cases. I like the Antec 300, you can pick it up for about £40-50 and it does a decent job of being a case :) But the best bet is to nip over to scan.co.UK and have a look at what they have and also what's on offer etc. They do some good daily deals and I think delivery is free for AV forum members (check that first though).
 

Sabre_X

Standard Member
The Antec definitely looks good but if my budget can afford it I hope to go for the Fractal Design Define R3.
Didn't know about that delivery thing- just checked it and it still applies. Thanks v much for that one!
 

LJx

Well-known Member
"Asus P7H55-M H55 Socket 1156 VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard."
This is a different socket and will not fit any Sandy Bridge CPU's.
If you get the i5 2400 CPU which is excellent then you need socket 1155, Z68 or H67 chipsets.
If you get the 2500k which is basically identical to the 2400 apart from you can do more overclocking then you need socket 1155 Z68 or P67 chipset because you can't overclock on H67 motherboards.

After reading what you said I would stick with the i5 2400 and a H67 motherboard as the new Z68 ones prices are a little more than £100 I think but they do have some SSD features you may like
 
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Sabre_X

Standard Member
Sorry the motherboard I was thinking of for my build is the Asrock Z68 PRO3 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard @ £99.33.
 

Sabre_X

Standard Member
Hi guys. Thanks very much for all your help and advice. For my build I have just purchased:

Case Fractal Design Define R3
DVD Samsung Internal Black DVD RW Writer,SATA Connection,SH-S223C/BEBE
Media Media Card Reader
Mobo Asrock Z68 PRO3 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard
RAM 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
CPU Intel Core i5*2400, Socket 1155,*Sandy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.1GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
GPU Sapphire Xtreme Radeon HD5850
SSD OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB 2.5" SATA-II
HDD Seagate 1TB 7200RPM SATAIII HDD

It came to £668.09.

Thanks again for all your comments!
 

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