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First PC Build, is it ok?

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November 10, 2011 5:45:46 AM

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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November 10, 2011 7:31:32 AM

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
November 10, 2011 7:32:48 AM

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
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November 10, 2011 9:22:47 AM

Ok thank you. Are all the other parts good enough? Would I be able to overclock?
November 10, 2011 9:28:54 AM

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
November 10, 2011 9:31:26 AM

Ok I'll look into that, is the PSU a high enough wattage to handle it?
November 10, 2011 9:31:33 AM

Ok I'll look into that, is the PSU a high enough wattage to handle it?
November 10, 2011 9:58:33 AM

750W will do great even if you decide to SLI down the road
November 10, 2011 10:00:09 AM

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 
November 10, 2011 10:00:43 AM

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.
November 10, 2011 10:13:09 AM

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)
November 10, 2011 10:17:27 AM

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
November 10, 2011 10:34:39 AM

I would stick with the MSI but you can check the other reviews out if you want to
November 10, 2011 10:50:59 AM

I've just realised there isn't any SLI on the mobo :( 
November 10, 2011 11:02:38 AM

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.
November 10, 2011 2:06:49 PM

No this motherboard
November 10, 2011 2:25:46 PM

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)
November 10, 2011 4:23:38 PM

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?
November 10, 2011 5:58:15 PM

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.
November 10, 2011 6:29:52 PM

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)
November 10, 2011 6:30:50 PM

Also are u thinking of 3d for monitor or not.
November 10, 2011 7:24:22 PM

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
November 10, 2011 8:46:01 PM

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
November 11, 2011 5:29:08 AM

So maybe a P67 chipset would be my best bet?

Also what sized SSD would i need as a boot bdrive?
November 11, 2011 2:21:25 PM

I can't find any P67 chipset motherboards with quick response, any help?