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May 28, 2013 6:34:08 AM

Hi,

I'm planning on building my first PC mainly for gaming. Aiming for a price range of £500-£600 (i think that's about $750 to $900). I'm not planning anything fancy like overclocking or any tweaking so I have picked out a most of the components, but could do with an experienced second opinion!
So far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Processor (3.20GHZ, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

GPU: Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 2GB DDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card

Motherboard: Asus P-8Z77-V LX

RAM: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 8GB

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CXM 500W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS

Case: Xigmatek Asgard ATX Midi Without Power Supply Black

DVD D: LG GH24NS90.AUAA50B 24x SATA Bare Internal DVD Rewriter (+ 1 SETA Power and data cable)

HHD: Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive

Wireless Card: TP Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter

Extra Fan: Zalman 120mm Silent Case Fan

All in all this comes to about £578 on amazon, what i really need is to know if this is all compatible (its is as far as i can tell) and that all the correct components/cabling are all there. Or if i'm blatently wasting money!

Many thanks in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 6:45:08 AM

Everything looks good, but from an expandability standpoint, if you can spare an extra £15 or so, get the LK rather than the LX model of the motherboard. This way you'll be able to run an SLI set up in the future if you feel so inclined.

Also, along the same line of thinking for upgrade-ability, go with a Seasonic 650W power supply. It will put you over the £600 mark by a little, but will give you enough power for a future SLI setup and also has a 5-year warranty.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 6:50:24 AM
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IKE-AR said:
Hi,

I'm planning on building my first PC mainly for gaming. Aiming for a price range of £500-£600 (i think that's about $750 to $900). I'm not planning anything fancy like overclocking or any tweaking so I have picked out a most of the components, but could do with an experienced second opinion!
So far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Processor (3.20GHZ, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

GPU: Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 2GB DDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card

Motherboard: Asus P-8Z77-V LX

RAM: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 8GB

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CXM 500W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS

Case: Xigmatek Asgard ATX Midi Without Power Supply Black

DVD D: LG GH24NS90.AUAA50B 24x SATA Bare Internal DVD Rewriter (+ 1 SETA Power and data cable)

HHD: Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive

Wireless Card: TP Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter

Extra Fan: Zalman 120mm Silent Case Fan

All in all this comes to about £578 on amazon, what i really need is to know if this is all compatible (its is as far as i can tell) and that all the correct components/cabling are all there. Or if i'm blatently wasting money!

Many thanks in advance!


Good build, though you could improve some parts without going too far over budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.03 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£46.37 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£212.40 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.94 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£51.70 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.47 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £612.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-28 14:48 BST+0100)

This would leave you with a better PSU and a stronger GPU, as well as a larger HDD.
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May 28, 2013 6:53:50 AM

Thanks for the reply!

I don't think i can quite afford the Seasonic, would you think this:

OCZ OCZ-ZS650W-UK ZS Series 650W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply

would be an adequate replacement?

EDIT: Thanks Jack that looks like a really fantastic build! I think i will will go for it!

Thanks to you both
a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 7:01:55 AM

IKE-AR said:
Thanks for the reply!

I don't think i can quite afford the Seasonic, would you think this:

OCZ OCZ-ZS650W-UK ZS Series 650W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply

would be an adequate replacement?

EDIT: Thanks Jack that looks like a really fantastic build! I think i will will go for it!

Thanks to you both


My pleasure. It's not too different from what you had before, but sometimes a couple of key tweaks can make a pretty big difference.
Happy gaming!
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