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I am looking to build the following PC:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£31.30 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.93 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£44.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£240.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.64 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)

Is this computer going to be suitable for running 2 DVI monitors?
Do you think that I need a better Power Supply?
Is the extra CPU cooler nessecary?
Is the case big enough for the GPU that I have chosen, and does it have good enough cooling?
Is the GPU too much for the CPU (Bottlenecking)?
Will I need to buy extra Standoffs for the motherboard?

Thanks for your time.
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    This looks like a solid build overall.

    You can easily run two DVI monitors off a single 7950.

    A 600w PSU is more than enough for that build and it's from a good brand. I would stick with it.

    The extra CPU cooler is only necessary if you are going to be overclocking the CPU and since you are paying for an unlocked processor, you might as well. You can easily overclock that core i5 to 4.2 or 4.3 on air cooling.

    Case should be fine size wise. My only concern is it does not have front USB 3.0 ports and your motherboard supports them.

    The Core i5 3570k is a great gaming CPU and will not bottleneck at all. It should be good for many years to come, especially if you overclock it.

    No extra standoffs are necessary.

    Hope this helps! Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions. Good luck!
  2. JD88 said:
    This looks like a solid build overall.

    You can easily run two DVI monitors off a single 7950.

    A 600w PSU is more than enough for that build and it's from a good brand. I would stick with it.

    The extra CPU cooler is only necessary if you are going to be overclocking the CPU and since you are paying for an unlocked processor, you might as well. You can easily overclock that core i5 to 4.2 or 4.3 on air cooling.

    Case should be fine size wise. My only concern is it does not have front USB 3.0 ports and your motherboard supports them.

    The Core i5 3570k is a great gaming CPU and will not bottleneck at all. It should be good for many years to come, especially if you overclock it.

    No extra standoffs are necessary.

    Hope this helps! Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions. Good luck!



    Thanks for the info.
    If the case doesn't have the USB 3 ports, would you recommend another case?
  3. Great, and new PSU:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Seasonic/G550/

    For overclocking, a good CPU cooler is necessary.
    The Zalman is ready old. How about:
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6741
  4. Choosing a case really comes down to personal preference about looks, but here are a couple I would suggest:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Carbide-Series-CC-9011014-WW-Mid-Tower/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364826092&sr=1-2

    or

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coolermaster-Storm-Enforcer-Tower-Case/dp/B004S9S218/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364826241&sr=1-4

    I agree with envy about the cpu cooler. Here is the 212 EVO on Amazon UK. It's better and a little cheaper.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-120mm/dp/B0068OI7T8/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364826412&sr=1-1

    Considering the price, you're just fine with sticking to the power supply you listed.
  5. Let me know if you have any other questions. Also, choose a "best answer" if you wouldn't mind. Helps those of us who post here out a lot.
  6. JD88 said:
    Let me know if you have any other questions. Also, choose a "best answer" if you wouldn't mind. Helps those of us who post here out a lot.


    Ok, thanks for all your help.
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