First Gaming Build

Hey Guys,
Just wondering if you could check the specs of my very first build to look for compatability and even make any suggestions you think I should do/have.
Thanks a lot in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 3-4 weeks

Budget Range: £1100-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the net, Programming (apps, maybe a few games)

Parts Not Required: Nothing really it is a completely new build, however I do have a HDMI so no need for cables.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.aria.co.uk, www.amazon.co.uk, www.novatech.co.uk

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: Not really any huge preferences, would prefer a Nvidia GTX graphics card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Aesthetics don't really matter to me. Will this CPU cooler be able to handle an overclock to 4.5GHz? Can anyone recommend a budget gaming headset?

The Parts I have so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail - £172.79 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Processors/Intel+Core+i5+%281155%29/Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=43216

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - £148.16 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+Z68+%28B3%29/Asrock+Z68+Extreme4+Gen3+Intel+Z68+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard?productId=46589

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - CML8GX3M2A1600C9B - £32.87 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/8GB+Corsair+Vengeance+Blue+LP+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+-+CML8GX3M2A1600C9B+?productId=45510

HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive - £119.99 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/SATA+%28Serial+ATA%29/500GB+to+1TB/1TB+Western+Digital+Caviar+Blue+WD10EALX+3.5%22+SATA+III+Hard+Drive+?productId=45412

Optical Drive: Samsung S222AL/RSMS SATA Lightscribe 22x DVDRW with Black , Silver, Beige Bezel - Retail Box - £20.40 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+DVD+Drives/DVD%C2%B1RW+Dual+Layer+Writers/Samsung+S222AL%2FRSMS+SATA+Lightscribe+22x+DVDRW+with+Black+%2C+Silver%2C+Beige+Bezel+-+Retail+Box+?productId=45439

Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX850 V2 ATX2.3 SLI/Crossfire Compliant Power Supply - £98.39 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/700-950W/850W+Corsair+TX850+V2+ATX2.3+SLI%2FCrossfire+Compliant+Power+Supply+?productId=43907

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin FrozR II OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £184.19 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA/NVIDIA+GTX+560ti/MSI+GeForce+GTX+560Ti+Twin+FrozR+II+OC+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=43660

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler - £22.79 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+Coolers/Coolermaster+Hyper+212+EVO+Quiet+CPU+Cooler+?productId=47248

Case: BitFenix Raider Midi Tower Chassis w/ USB3.0 - £69.95 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/BitFenix+Raider+Midi+Tower+Chassis+w%2F+USB3.0+?productId=47195

Monitor: 22" ASUS VH228H Widescreen LED Monitor - £104.99 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/22%22+ASUS+VH228H+Widescreen+LED+Monitor+?productId=46348

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM - £71.40 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/Microsoft+Windows+7+Home+Premium+64+Bit+SP1%2C+Operating+System%2C+Single%2C+-+OEM+?productId=38272

Wireless USB: TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter [TL-WN821N] - £11.77 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Networking/Wireless/Adapter+-+USB/TP-Link+300Mbps+Wireless+N+USB+Adapter+%5BTL-WN821N%5D+?productId=34094

Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - USB UK Layout [JQD-00006] - £33.92 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Peripherals/Keyboards/Gaming+Keyboards/Microsoft+SideWinder+X4+Keyboard+-+USB+UK+Layout+%5BJQD-00006%5D?productId=40170

Mouse: Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse [910-002279] - £31.54 inc. VAT
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Peripherals/Mice/Mice+-+Gaming/Logitech+G400+Optical+Gaming+Mouse+%5B910-002279%5D+?productId=46514

Total: £1123.15

Again any advice welcome no matter how small, even just an opinion would help!
Thanks,
12 answers Last reply
More about first gaming build
  1. 750 watt psu will be enough even for SLI GTX 560 ti's

    Buy a bigger monitor even if you have to buy cheaper keyboard and mouse
  2. Why exactly do I need a bigger monitor I will be sitting quite close to it and have had a look at ones in stores and they look plenty big enough?
  3. Sorry for posting item by item.
    Next post will be more complete.

    i5 2500k was £156 on Aria last week

    This at £166 saves another £7

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA8NX25549322?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B004FA8NX2
  4. Thanks a lot for the replies guys, you have no idea how much this is helping me.
    Can anyone recommend a 24" 1080p monitor please?
  5. Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black
    Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
  6. I have taken on your advice however I would much rather buy all the parts from the same shop so I don't get mixed up with warranty and all that jaz.

    So what I have so far is as follow:


    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail - £172.79 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=43216

    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - £148.16 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=46589

    RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - CML8GX3M2A1600C9B - £32.87 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=45510

    HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive - £119.99 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=45412

    Optical Drive: Samsung S222AL/RSMS SATA Lightscribe 22x DVDRW with Black , Silver, Beige Bezel - Retail Box - £20.40 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=45439

    Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX750 V2 ATX2.3 SLI/Crossfire Compliant Power Supply - £82.70 inc. VAT [EDIT]
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/700-950W/750W+Corsair+TX750+V2+ATX2.3+SLI%2FCrossfire+Compliant+Power+Supply+?productId=43906

    Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Twin FrozR II OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £184.19 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=43660

    CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler - £22.79 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=47248

    Case: BitFenix Raider Midi Tower Chassis w/ USB3.0 - £69.95 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=47195

    Monitor: 24" ASUS VS247H Widescreen LED Monitor - £140.99 inc. VAT [EDIT]
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/24%22+ASUS+VS247H+Widescreen+LED+Monitor+?productId=46308

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM - £71.40 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Sof [...] ctId=38272

    Wireless USB: TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter [TL-WN821N] - £11.77 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Net [...] ctId=34094

    Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - USB UK Layout [JQD-00006] - £33.92 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Per [...] ctId=40170

    Mouse: Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse [910-002279] - £31.54 inc. VAT
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Per [...] ctId=46514

    Speakers: SPEEDLINK Vivo 2.1 Subwoofer System - £29.99 inc. VAT [EDIT]
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Peripherals/Speakers+%26amp%3B+Headsets/Speakers+-+2.1/SPEEDLINK+Vivo+2.1+Subwoofer+System+?productId=42912

    Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Are the speakers okay?
  7. Also would this OCZ power supply be just as good as the Corsair because it is slightly cheaper:

    750W OCZ ZS Series ATX2.2 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply - £62.39
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/700-950W/750W+OCZ+ZS+Series+ATX2.2+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45459
  8. Okay guys I currently own a PS3 that I bought about a year back with quite a few games. I was thinking if it was worth trading all of that in for cash and adding to my build. Any thoughts? I would have thought I could get atleast another £300 all together for it so that makes my budget £1500
  9. dagmike said:
    Why exactly do I need a bigger monitor I will be sitting quite close to it and have had a look at ones in stores and they look plenty big enough?


    I have a 26", and it seems adequate. My eyes are about 30" away from it. You want size for immersion. The larger the angle subtended by the screen within your field of view, the more it will seem like you're there in it. You also want size for detail. Small writing, for instance, can look like cuneiform on a small monitor, and fine textures are wasted when they're too small to see. Another benefit of size is the ability to have two documents open and be able to see a lot of both, like spreadsheets.
  10. Petrofsky said:
    You also want size for detail. Small writing, for instance, can look like cuneiform on a small monitor, and fine textures are wasted when they're too small to see.


    I disagree, the larger the screen, the lower the pixel density, for instance, my 23" 1980x1080 monitor has 4 times more pixel per square inch than a 1080p 46" TV, everything looks crispier and sharper with higher pixel density. And I sit at 18-24 inches from it depending on my stance.
  11. LeMajor said:
    I disagree, the larger the screen, the lower the pixel density, for instance, my 23" 1980x1080 monitor has 4 times more pixel per square inch than a 1080p 46" TV, everything looks crispier and sharper with higher pixel density. And I sit at 18-24 inches from it depending on my stance.


    OK, true, there is a point of diminishing returns. You can't just increase monitor size indefinitely or you'll wind up two feet from the Philadelphia Phillies' scoreboard staring at a single pixel. But if you need a magnifying glass to read something in the scene, then your monitor is too small, and if you can't tell burlap from canvas.
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