First timers £1400+ Gaming Pc build, could you guys check it over for me?

I'm getting the headphones separately but this is about what I'm getting.

Also, to use 7.1 or 5.1 surround sound headphones will I need a soundcard?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-TA 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£39.58 @ Amazon UK)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 Tri-Linear 2.7g Thermal Paste (£3.03 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£103.46 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£98.22 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.31 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£72.28 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£317.50 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.48 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case (£109.99 @ Aria PC)
Case Fan: Thermaltake AF0030 70.2 CFM 120mm Fan (£6.49 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£90.90 @
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£147.73 @
Other: Shogun Bros Ballista MK-1 8200 Dpi Pro Gaming Mouse (£53.98)
Total: £1406.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-27 19:47 GMT+0000)
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  1. Lol, we're getting the same motherboard. that motherboard has 8 audio channels (7+1) so, yes, you will have surround sound.

    By the way if you do end up getting a sound card I would suggest the HT Omega Claro II

    edit: wait, nevermind I read the post wrong.
  2. recommendations: (i'm at work and no access to pcPartpicker to check prices)

    HSF: Hyper212evo , comes with its own thermal paste (get rid of the arctic since you wont really notice any significant temp drop)

    Memory: Brand isn't an issue here, so go for the atleast a 1600 or higher cheapest one that you can get. 8Gb is more than enough, you won't be needing 16Gb of RAM.

    SSD: get the samsung 840 120Gb SSD. Its more reliable and faster

    PSU: If you plan to OC in the future then your 750W is okay. Buy I suggest you get SeaSonic or other respected brands
  3. Welcome to Toms forums.

    The build that you have listed is a good one and has a lot of good choices so the build should come out as a very good performer. There is one thing that you could change if you wanted to and that's the cpu cooler, since you have chosen a locked cpu and don't appear to be wanting to overclock you could use the stock heatsink that comes with the i5-3570 cpu.
    The headphones will work just fine with the onboard sound chip and a separate sound card is not needed unless you just want one.
  4. change cpu to K-version
    change CPU cooler to CM Hyper 212 evo
    change thermal compound to Arctic Silver 5 (apply to CPU w/ credit card in an EXTREMELY thin, consistent, and flat layer)
  5. Non K-series CPU suggests you don't want to overclock, but Z77 Extreme 4 suggests you do. You can save money on the motherboard if you aren't interested in overclocking.
    Also, the 3450/3470 or 3350P might offer better value for money as all the non-overclockable versions are pretty similar in performance.

    16Gb of ram is overkill for a gaming PC. 8Gb is plenty.

    Have a look at the Samsung 840 Pro (or at least 840) as a good quality and reasonably good value SSD.

    That case fan looks quite cheap. Are you sure you need it? The Phantom comes with quite a lot of fans equipped. It might be better to see how you get on and replace/add fans if needed.

    750W is overkill unless you plan on a massive overclock. Think around 550-600W for a single HD7970, 800-900 if you want to Crossfire them. It's a nice PSU though.

    You shouldn't need a sound card.
  6. you should cut back on other things and get an i7 even though it wont have much of a difference in gaming its sorta future proofs your build!!
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