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May 22, 2013 3:56:00 PM

Building my first gaming computer, I've never done this before and need help. I've selected some components and need to confirm that the components are all compatible before I purchase them all. Please help! :bounce:  Recommendations/Comments on the components I chose are appreciated. I'm having trouble choosing suitable RAM also. Not planning on overclocking.

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-pro-intel-z...(vga)-displayport-dvi-i-hdmi-atx

Processor: Intel i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

RAM Memory (unsure): Corsair Memory Daminator Platinum 16GB DDR3 1866MHz
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(2x8gb)-corsair-ddr3-dominator-platinum-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-10-11-10-30-dhx

Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB Sata III 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-st2000dm001-...

SSD: Intel 240GB Sata III 6Gb/s
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb-intel-520-series-2...

Graphics cards (Getting two of them. ?Means running in SLI, correct?):
MSI GTX660 Ti 2GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-660-ti-power...

Power Supply: Corsair AX860i 860W Fully Modular
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/860w-corsair-ax860i-digi...

CPU Cooler: Artic Cooling Freezer i30
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/arctic-cooling-freezer-i...

Monitor: Asus LED 27" 1920x1080 Res
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-asus-ve278h-led-monit...

Case: Thermaltake Armor REVO Case (WxHxD) (254 x 586 x 552)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermaltake-vo200m1w2n-a...

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2013 4:03:43 PM

1. A very expensive motherboard. An ASRock Z77 Extreme4, ASRock Z77 Extreme6, MSI Z77A-GD65, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H should be sufficient. Unless none of those are available to you.

2. Corsair DOMINATOR RAM is expensive. Buy something cheaper and low-profile.

3. I prefer 2x 1TB HDD vs 1x 2TB HDD. It gives a good redundancy so if one fails, you don't lose all your data.

4. Do you need 240GB of SSD storage space?

5. Is there an Asus GTX 660 Ti?

6. PSU is also expensive. Even SLI GTX 660 Ti doesn't require 850W. You can power them both sufficiently with a 650W.
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May 22, 2013 4:26:12 PM

ksham said:
1. A very expensive motherboard. An ASRock Z77 Extreme4, ASRock Z77 Extreme6, MSI Z77A-GD65, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H should be sufficient. Unless none of those are available to you.

2. Corsair DOMINATOR RAM is expensive. Buy something cheaper and low-profile.

3. I prefer 2x 1TB HDD vs 1x 2TB HDD. It gives a good redundancy so if one fails, you don't lose all your data.

4. Do you need 240GB of SSD storage space?

5. Is there an Asus GTX 660 Ti?

6. PSU is also expensive. Even SLI GTX 660 Ti doesn't require 850W. You can power them both sufficiently with a 650W.


I chose that graphics card because it had the highest MHz, there are many others. http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/gpu-nv...

There is this Asus GPU http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus-gtx-660-ti-dire...

I chose an SSD because apparently there is a faster loading for your Operating systems and games? Not sure if it's worth the money or not.

What about this motherboard? Asus P8Z77 Intel Z77 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-intel-z77-s...(x16)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

And this PSU: Corsair AX760 760W Fully Modular http://www.scan.co.uk/products/760w-corsair-ax760-full-...

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2013 4:34:47 PM

SSD, yes.
240GB worth of SSD? Maybe not.

A 128 would probably suffice.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2013 5:14:38 PM

Curiouschrisx3 said:

I chose that graphics card because it had the highest MHz, there are many others. http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/gpu-nv...

And higher MHz means what to you exactly?


Curiouschrisx3 said:

There is this Asus GPU http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus-gtx-660-ti-dire...

+1 :lov: 


Curiouschrisx3 said:

I chose an SSD because apparently there is a faster loading for your Operating systems and games? Not sure if it's worth the money or not.

It is. But do you need a 240GB one?


Curiouschrisx3 said:

What about this motherboard? Asus P8Z77 Intel Z77 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-intel-z77-s...(x16)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

They're not the best when it comes to overclocking. Other than that, they are solid motherboards.


Curiouschrisx3 said:

And this PSU: Corsair AX760 760W Fully Modular http://www.scan.co.uk/products/760w-corsair-ax760-full-...

XFX 650W. Less expensive. Semi-modular is decent enough.
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May 22, 2013 5:44:51 PM

ksham said:
Curiouschrisx3 said:

I chose that graphics card because it had the highest MHz, there are many others. http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/gpu-nv...

And higher MHz means what to you exactly?

I am not sure.. I thought it was better, faster maybe.

Curiouschrisx3 said:

There is this Asus GPU http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus-gtx-660-ti-dire...

+1 :lov: 


Curiouschrisx3 said:

I chose an SSD because apparently there is a faster loading for your Operating systems and games? Not sure if it's worth the money or not.

It is. But do you need a 240GB one?
Maybe not.. 120 GB might do just for 1-2 games I'm recently playing. And I can put my operating system on it then?

Curiouschrisx3 said:

What about this motherboard? Asus P8Z77 Intel Z77 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-intel-z77-s...(x16)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

They're not the best when it comes to overclocking. Other than that, they are solid motherboards.


Curiouschrisx3 said:

And this PSU: Corsair AX760 760W Fully Modular http://www.scan.co.uk/products/760w-corsair-ax760-full-...

XFX 650W. Less expensive. Semi-modular is decent enough.


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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2013 6:26:22 PM

Curiouschrisx3 said:

I am not sure.. I thought it was better, faster maybe.

No and no. Neither one is true.


Curiouschrisx3 said:

Maybe not.. 120 GB might do just for 1-2 games I'm recently playing. And I can put my operating system on it then?

What games are you playing? How big are they? 40GB each?
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May 23, 2013 3:48:24 AM

ksham said:
Curiouschrisx3 said:

I am not sure.. I thought it was better, faster maybe.

No and no. Neither one is true.
What is MHz then? The less there is the better? Or how can you tell which GTX660 Ti is the best?

Curiouschrisx3 said:

Maybe not.. 120 GB might do just for 1-2 games I'm recently playing. And I can put my operating system on it then?

What games are you playing? How big are they? 40GB each?


Yes, around 40GB each.. So you're correct 120 GB is very efficient for me. :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 6:51:17 AM

Curiouschrisx3 said:

What is MHz then? The less there is the better?

It's the core clock speed. Less is neither better nor worse. You cannot compare performances of GPUs based on their clock speed. Same like how you cannot compare CPUs based on its processor clock speed. Two cards having the same MHz does not mean that they both perform a given instruction in the same amount of time. One card may require more clock cycles.


Curiouschrisx3 said:

Or how can you tell which GTX660 Ti is the best?

Every GTX 660 Ti chip is the same. It really comes down to the coolers that vendors put on it and how noisy/quiet the card is. And overclock potential.
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