Advice and thoughts on new gaming build

Hey, I'm new to PC building and would really appreciate any feedback on this build. Thanks alot!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or two


Budget Range: £800 - £1000 approx


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music and video playing, internet and word processing


Parts Not Required: Monitor or Mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: eBuyer, Aria, Amazon, Dabs, CCL


Country: UK, I appreciate this is a US site and I'm more after advice on the compatibility, performance and future use/upgradability(not a word!) of this build rather than the best deals.


Parts Preferences: link for build:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Dangarus27/saved/1vrf

Also thinking of this alternate PSU OCZ ZS750W-UK ZX Series ATX as its a bit cheaper.


Overclocking: in the future but not yet


Thank you for any input!
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  1. Took out the keyboard. It wasn't available in any manufacturer according to PCPartPicker. Just pick up a decent keyboard from a local hardware store. No need to be too fancy.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£105.35 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£75.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£28.69 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £993.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.95 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£341.40 @ Amazon UK)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£15.33 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case (£99.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£75.98 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £958.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 16:34 BST+0100)

    Or
    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.95 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£104.98 @ Dabs)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£247.40 @ Amazon UK)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£15.33 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case (£99.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£75.98 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £969.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 16:36 BST+0100)

    16Gb is overkill for gaming 8gb is more than enough.
  3. Don't need the cooler in bignastyid's build.
  4. The cooler will allow from some overclocking where the stock isnt going to allow much at all. If you plan on doing a big oc then you will need a better cooler than the Hyper 212. Get 2 sticks of ram not the 1 in ksham's build as running the ram in single channel will hurt performance.
  5. ksham said:
    Don't need the cooler in bignastyid's build.


    Why wouldn't you need the cooler if you've got a 3570K? If you were using an i5-3350P I could understand. I don't like the choice of the C70 though.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£149.26 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.69 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£109.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£51.48 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £1000.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 17:47 BST+0100)
  6. bignastyid said:
    The cooler will allow from some overclocking where the stock isnt going to allow much at all. If you plan on doing a big oc then you will need a better cooler than the Hyper 212. Get 2 sticks of ram not the 1 in ksham's build as running the ram in single channel will hurt performance.

    Overclocking on a H77 board is non-existent. You can increase it a bit, but not that big. Good catch on the RAM sticks. Guess I skimmed over the one OP had on his link.
  7. Oops though i had a Z77 board listed. G-unit got the right board though
  8. Cheers for all the advice and examples guys, have spent a while reconfiguring the build. Here it is, unless something jumps out as horrendously bad then I'm going to go with this I think.

    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £167.99
    CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £24.49
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 £101.91
    Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £41.77
    Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £45.99
    Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB £193.40
    Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower £60.06
    Case Fan Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm £3.98 x4
    Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £11.13
    Custom TP-Link 300mbps Wireless N Pci Express Adapter £15.99
    OCZ ZS750W-UK ZX Series ATX PSU - 750 W £59.99
    Cherry G80 High Quality Click Action Keyboard G80-3000LSCGB-2 £52.99
    Total £791.63
  9. Looks good except for the PSU. Get one from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or XFX.
  10. Looks good but I would suggest going with the 650 or 750w XFX power supply as they are a bit better quality than the OCZ(not horribly by any means just not as good as a Seasonic built XFX unit). You only need to add 1 maybe 2 fans to the case.
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