Amazon Fire HD 8 review: A brilliant combination of function and value – with one massive caveat
Proposed components to purchase for a self build next month from Scan:
Cooler Master Silencio RC-550-650W Mid Tower All Black SILENT Case USB 3.0 with 2.5” HDD X-Doc USB 3.0 with GX650W PSU
Asus P8Z77-V LX, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), DVI-D/ HDMI/ D-Sub, ATX, USB 3.0
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan
120GB Corsair Neutron Series GTX, 2.5” SSD, LAMD, Toggle NAND, Read 555MB/s, Write 330MB/s, 87k IOPS Max.
3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA III 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 10-10-10-27, XMP, 1.5V
2GB MSI GTX 650 OC, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 5000MHz GDDR5, GPU 1071MHz, Cores 384, D-Sub/HDMI/ DVI +Free AC3 Game
NZXT Aperture M Mesh Design ll In One Card Reader 5.25" USB 3.0 2xUSB3 SD/MicroSD/CF/SM/XD/MMC/MS White LED
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE DVD±R 24X RW 8X/6X DVD-RAM 12X, BLACK OEM
The PC will be used for general office work and bulk photo processing using Photoshop, as well as a few games (not cutting edge). The general idea is to have a quiet PC that will last for 5 years + without any of the components becoming a liability.
The thinking behind 16GB RAM rather than 8GB is so that I can use 8GB sticks so as not to take up space for the future at a cost of only around £30 more than buying 8GB to start with. The thinking behind the 2GB GPU is that it is only approx £5 more than the equivalent 1GB version.
Are there any obvious incompatibilities here, or any component that is too good or too poor for the rest of the components? If I purchase all these, am I likely to get cables or will I need to purchase SATA cables seperately.
Is there anything I may have overlooked? I already have a copy of Windows 8 pro.
I've got thermal paste on my list.
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