Will this work?

  paulhoughton 22:08 12 Sep 2011

Hey, Im looking to build my own computer although i have absolutely no experience other than wathcing videos on youtube of how to do it, i am looking at a spec that i setup myself from ebuyer, although my main worry is will all this work together? is the PSU big enough and will a run into problems as i have 0 experience do i need to buy other things? extra cables for example or screws and what not :P

CASE: (Will this fit my Motherboard and graphics card in? i am unsure of know to find out (slightly embarassing >.<) Coolermaster Centurion 5 II SPECIAL EDITION with Red Interior

PSU: (will this support all my fans, motherboard and graphics card) Coolermaster 650W GX PSU

Motherboard: (I think this is a fairly good motherboard so i think it should be futureproof) Asus CROSSHAIR IV FORMULA 890FX Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Graphics Card: (I wish to play a few games from BattleField 3 to CounterStrike:Source even if not on the max settings although medium would be nice :P) Asus GTX 560 DCII OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

HardDrive: (I dont know why i went for 3.5" im pretty confused on whether the size really matters as theres slots for 5.25" and 3.5" in the case and will the SATA-III connection work on this motherboard?) Seagate 1TB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 32MB Cache

Optical Drive: (cheap and simple but on a review i saw it game with no way to hold it in place e.g. screws, will this be a problem or should i have plenty from case/can they be a simple buy from a local maplins if needed?) LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials

Processor: (Unsure of whats best here as many seen the same, i choosen this as its hex core, with a nice 3.2GHz) AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1090T 3.2GHz Socket AM3 9MB Cache 125W Retail Boxed Processor

Spare fans: (Got these just for the simple reason that they match the red theme of case and these will be all fan slots a fan to use ;) ) 2x Coolermaster 120x120x25mm SickleFlow Red LED Case Fan

CPU Cooling: (Running out of money here so im going for a cheap cooler but i dont think im be needing it too much) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

RAM: G Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

Also i will be buying a antistatic band and a final note thermal paste is preplaced on the CPU cooler. Thanks loads for reading and most important of all will this work and any advice :)

  gengiscant 09:28 13 Sep 2011


Your case which seems to be exclusive to Ebuyer is more than big enough for your motherboard as it is suitable for ATX Motherboards and comes with a 650W Coolermaster PSU


The motherboard is way over the top and more of a specialist board,its for people who take overclocking very seriously and also it supports Crossfire and unless you are going to put in a second GPU then there is really no point in the board. and by the way no such thing as future proof as far as computing is concerned.


your graphics card is fine and will play the games you mention fine.



Your PSU as I said is more than enough. I would change the single 1TB hard-drive to 2 500Gb hard-drives as 1 drive can backup the other then if your main one fails you haven't lost everything, but that's a personal thing.Unless you are going to buy the 64Bit version of Windows 7 then there is little point in 8GB of RAM as Windows 32Bit will only see a maximum of 3 and a half GB of ram. You really do not need a Freezer pro cooler unless you intend to overclock your set up. The cooler that comes with the chip is more than adequate for your needs. Nice fans by the way, I have a couple of blue ones myself. It looks like you have a large budget for your build and whereas there is nothing wrong with what you have chosen you could certainly improve your selection. What is your budget by the way?

  paulhoughton 12:57 13 Sep 2011

Hey, cheers for such a great response! I would also be buying windows 7 64-bit is 8GB ram still over kill? There is no budget set in stone which is the reason i plan to make it myself as i may not finish it all in one bulk but over a month maybe which will give me time to pick up about more cash ;)

This current setup with windows inc comes to £730 on ebuyer with free delivery, this is the rough price id like to pay.

Overclocking is something i havent really looked into in any depth as my computer at the moment wouldnt cope with anything as not build for this, i would consider overclocking in the future but is it something i would really need?

  Graphicool1 13:33 13 Sep 2011

Hi paulhoughton

Unless you're a big games fan and constantly want to play the latest releases you can forget about overclocking.

As for "8GB RAM" Windows only uses 3GB. So unless you just like pouring your money down the drain, it's megga overkill.

  gengiscant 13:40 13 Sep 2011

If you would like I could put together a set of components together for around £750, this will give you a comparison to look at. I have been building for a while now and prefer it, though it is probably cheaper these days to go to a PC builder, which does give you an overall guarantee from the company that made it. But it is not half as much fun plus its a great learning curve to build your own. If components do go wrong or they are not compatible, it has certainly happened to me,then there is usually no problems replacing the item and getting a replacement.

If your going for 64BIT then stay with 8GB of ram and I wouldn't concern yourself about overclocking, lets walk before we can run.

I think I'll stick together a list anyway, as picking the components is the biggest fun, putting it together is pretty easy, once you have done it the first time you will be able to upgrade your mates PC's without any bother. I would say the hardest bit of PC building is wiring the case to the motherboard, but Asus does make that easier by giving you a plug which is very simple to place the case cables to which is then plugged into the motherboard.

You can always get help here when you start to build or even directly from me.

  paulhoughton 18:28 13 Sep 2011

Thanks for all the replys guys!

@Gengiscant That you be great!! and very much appreiated! I've been watching many videos in detial trying to learn as much as i can to get myself started, Im easy excited about starting my first build :)

  gengiscant 12:04 14 Sep 2011




Graphics card


Hard-drive x 2


The total of that comes to around £650 which gives you enough for your extra fans and Windows 7. It can of course be tweaked to suit your needs , but it gives you some idea. I wouldn't worry to much about an antistatic strap, I have never used one just make sure you touch a radiator in the house or something,there again I don't do that either. You will also need the thermal paste.

  paulhoughton 21:05 14 Sep 2011

Thanks so so much! you have been so amazing with helping me! this setup looks great and i may need to start buying some of these parts is the very near future :P as for the antistatic strap maybe i'll leave it :P almost all my house is wooden floors so i shouldnt pick up to much, also i wont forget to ground myself with case or something frist :P

  Aitchbee 22:18 14 Sep 2011

I did an evening college course 'PC repairs and troubleshooting', a few years ago.(Stowe College, Glasgow). It was very good.You had to put together the basic components,every time, at the start of each lesson.Look out for something similar at a college near you!

  Terry Brown 21:21 15 Sep 2011

You may be better off getting a good quality Motherboard bundle as all the parts will be matched to work together,and it should do all you require for a price well within your budget.

Try this link for a general idea of prices. http://www.bing.com/search?q=motherboard+budles&form=MSNH90&mkt=en-gb&qs=n&sk=&sc=3-18

If you need any screws etc , try you local Maplin store.

I would strongly suggest the you use an Anti-static strap and before inserting the motherboard into the case, remove the battery, otherwise you risk a short circuit, if a 'live' circit touches earth.


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