First PC Build, is it ok?

Hey guys :hello: as the title suggested I am ready to buy the components to my first gaming pc, but would like some approval first :) I am 16 so its taken me a while to save up, but the budget is around £1000. It will be used mainly for gaming and movies.

CPU: i5 2500K
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Pro 3
RAM: G-Skill 8Gb DDR3 1600MHz Sniper Memory
PSU: Antec TruePower New 750W Modular
Hard Drive: Seagate 1Tb Barracuda 6Gbps
Optical Drive: Liteon DVD RW 24x
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (OEM??)
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 7.1
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Keyboard: Cyborg V7
Mouse: Cyborg V3
Speakers: Logitech Z506
Monitor: ???

Is everything compatible and are they good enough? I'm hoping eventually to go SLI with the gtx. Also is a sound card a necessary expense?

Thanks in advance.


(also i'm new to this site so sorry if i did these in the wrong order or anything)
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  1. You dont need a sound card the onboard is good enough, for the monitor I would go with this one.

    Any 20 - 23" should be good enough for you or you can go bigger which ever you like more just find something find a website that you can order from or one a local shop
  2. Also I would advise not getting a sound card unless you really want one the onboard sound chip is good enough just get a good set of speakers
  3. Ok thank you. Are all the other parts good enough? Would I be able to overclock?
  4. Yes you would be able to over clock and everything else looks great I would also get a CPU cooler for when you overclock the Hyper 212+ or 212EVO are good options very reliable and a lot of members on the forums will back them
  5. Ok I'll look into that, is the PSU a high enough wattage to handle it?
  6. Ok I'll look into that, is the PSU a high enough wattage to handle it?
  7. 750W will do great even if you decide to SLI down the road
  8. Ok awesome thanks, oh by the way is this the wrong forum for this thread? Should it be in homebuilt? I assumed prebuilt was just before it was built :D
  9. Your PSU will be more than enough for the single 560 TI. The max TDP of a 560TI is ~170W and the i5-2500K is 95W, without overclocking.
  10. Eh dont worry about what section it is in the mods will fix it if they want to. Also what Sam says is true I wanted to give you headroom for SLI possibility but if you never intend to do it then yes get a smaller PSU around the 500W area (dont want to go too low)
  11. I'll go SLI as soon as I can afford it so I think i'll stick with 750W, is the msi twin frozr ii oc a good gtx 560 ti model or are there better brands? gigabyte, evga, asus etc
  12. I would stick with the MSI but you can check the other reviews out if you want to
  13. I've just realised there isn't any SLI on the mobo :(
  14. mwoody said:
    I've just realised there isn't any SLI on the mobo :(

    If this is the motherboard you are referring to, then yes it does support sli.
  15. You are correct that board does not support sli
    I found a sli ready z68 board for a similar price after rebate
  16. Try this one then
    $105 GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX

    $110 BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (free ship)

    Unfortunately both are x16/x4, to get an x16/x8 you can look at ~$150+. Or you can go with an older board.
    $135 GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (better buy, if you can afford it)
  17. I would spend a little more if it meant i could save in the future if you know what I mean, I'd like everything to be fairly futureproof without putting me in debt for the rest of my life (I have university fees for that :) ) How will the current config run high-res games?
  18. Yeah worth it to go to 8x,8x. I would go with this motherboard, its only $25 more and has sli support as well as pci 3.0 (with ivy bridge) support. So it offers a good upgrade path, pretty good deal.
  19. Looks a great build, PSU will run two 560ti comfortably. would u not prefer a blu ray player? this one is excellent and only 44£

    Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BluRay ROM / 16x DVD±RW Lightscribe SATA-II Optical Drive - Black (OEM)
  20. Also are u thinking of 3d for monitor or not.
  21. I think i will get that motherboard so i can upgrade in the future thanks, is asrock the best choice?

    dan2222 I will get a blu ray player, but i was planning on getting it later on for budget reasons, and I haven't considered 3d monitors, would you recommend them? I can imagine the kits for them are fairly expensive.

    I was planning on eventually on upgrading to 2 screens
  22. I wouldn't be basing my system build on a MoBo w/ only a 2 year warranty. I don't think you will benefit from Z68 .... see here to decide.....

    P67 -|13-131-701^13-131-701-TS%2C13-131-771^13-131-771-TS%2C13-131-714^13-131-714-TS

    Z68 -

    For $90, nothing can touch this 850 watter

    Yes, Win 7 64 OEM

    Skip the sound card

    GFX - I am partial to these .... installing my 9th and 19th this weekend..... so far have gotten all 8 over 1000Mhz
  23. So maybe a P67 chipset would be my best bet?

    Also what sized SSD would i need as a boot bdrive?
  24. I can't find any P67 chipset motherboards with quick response, any help?
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