First Gaming PC build - Need suggestions, Thanks!


I'm on a budget at the minute so I plan to strip out what I can from my current machine and put it into a new build and then upgrade the GPU and possibly PSU at a later stage. The build will be used for gaming and I want to overclock the CPU:

What i'm taking from my old machine:

ATI XFX 5850
OZC Fata1ity 550w PSU
Windows 7 OS

What I know I want for the new build:

Zalman Z11 Plus case - I really like this case, it says on their site that it has 290mm of space for graphics cards Is this enough for 2013/2014 cards? if not any other case suggestions?

Intel core i5 3750k
8GB Ram
1TB hard drive (will add a second at a later stage and raid them)
60 or 80GB SSD to use as an OS drive

So the advice I need is:

A good motherboard at a decent price that will be a good over-clocker. I will probably have two hard drives + an SSD so need at least three Sata 3 ports.

Some high performance ram that is good for gaming/overclocking

If you don't think my PSU is strong enough then can a replacement?

A reliable fast SSD that is reasonably cheap.

A good aftermarket CPU cooler.

A cheap decent DVD RW drive.
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  1. i would upgrade the video card to somting like a 7870xt and your power suply should be fine
  2. Im planning on buying everything now except for a new GPU and/or PSU as im on a budget. So if I can get a really good motherboard, cpu, heatsink, ram, hardrive, ssd etc now then when I have more money in the future all I will need to buy is a new GPU.
  3. also are you plainning on running sli
  4. you could try for sli this and for a ssd you relly wanna try for a 120gb try this for the cooler go for a hyper 212 evo and thte dvd drive just get the cheapest one
  5. I may go dual GPU in the future but will start off with a Single GPU when I buy a new one in the future, but if you can recommend and SLI boards that would be good thanks.

    Also im from the Ireland so newegg is unavailable to me, have to stick with Amazon or eBuyer.
  6. Anyone got any recommendations?
  7. yes that you even now it is wort it to sepnd like 150 on a 650ti boost trust me
  8. yes that you even now it is wort it to sepnd like 150 on a 650ti boost trust me
  9. Ok so here is what I have went with:

    Zalman Z11 Plus Computer Case (NEW)
    Intel Core i5 3570K, 1155, Ivy Bridge (NEW)
    Corsair Memory Vengeance Racing Red 8GB DDR3 2133 MHz CAS 11-11-11-27 (2x4GB) Dual Channel (NEW)
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge (NEW)
    1TB Seagate ST1000NM0011 Constellation ES, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache HDD (NEW)
    250GB Samsung 840 Series Basic, 2.5" SSD (NEW)

    From Old Computer:

    OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Power Supply
    XFX ATI Radeon 5850 1GB

    All I need help with now is selecting a good aftermarket cooler so I can overclock the CPU, any sugestions???
    I keep seeing the Hyper 212 EVO getting mentioned but im willing to spend a little more if there are better coolers.

    In the future I will replace the aging GPU and raid 0 another 1TB harddrive.
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