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First time building PC - Gimme your thoughts guys!

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January 6, 2012 1:00:22 AM

Alright, gonna build a PC for the first time (using some parts from my current machine..mainly the hard drives)


Case - Zalman Z9 Plus - http://www.amazon.co.uk/ZALMAN-Z9-Plus-PC-tower/dp/B004...

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0050AFS84/ref=asc_df_B0050A...

CPU - Intel i5 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA...

Graphics Card - GTX 550 Ti - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GTX550Ti-192-Bit-Ready-G...

PSU - Corsair TX 750 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004O0P9VC/ref=asc_df_B004O0...

RAM - I currently have 4Gigs of RAM in my current PC so I'll probably transfer that over, and buy a 4 gig stick to boost it up to 8 Gigs.



I don't really know much about this, so all feedback is appreciated (tips/advice etc.)

I'm going to be gaming on this PC.

Gimme your thoughts guys. I'm also wanting to upgrade to a SSD but I'm gonna wait until I've got everything up and running before doing that.

Also, I'm currently using a premade machine..will I lose Windows when I upgrade the motherboard?
January 6, 2012 1:26:44 AM

I would get a better graphic card like the Ati 6950 if you want to play games at high settings. No you will not lose windows but you might want to reinstall to get a fresh start and not have problems. I would wait before upgrading to an ssd after you got all the parts you want.
January 6, 2012 1:32:47 AM

djrabbit said:
I would get a better graphic card like the Ati 6950 if you want to play games at high settings. No you will not lose windows but you might want to reinstall to get a fresh start and not have problems. I would wait before upgrading to an ssd after you got all the parts you want.




Do you think these specs will be good though?


And yeah, I'll probably get a better GPU.
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January 6, 2012 1:36:00 AM

I agree with DjRabbit that you should take a long look at a more capable video card.


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RAM - I currently have 4Gigs of RAM in my current PC so I'll probably transfer that over, and buy a 4 gig stick to boost it up to 8 Gigs.


Without knowing the specifics, unless you're matching identical ram this sounds like a bad idea. Ram is so cheap these days, I'd go with a fresh 8 GB.


January 6, 2012 3:13:21 AM

Mine is Cas Latency 8 and his is Cas Latency 9. Mine is a tad faster.
January 6, 2012 3:15:31 AM

But get the one XxYouGotOwnedZz posted if you got a big cpu heat sink that will go over the ram.
January 6, 2012 3:33:54 AM

Um, I'm gonna be using the one that comes with the i5
January 6, 2012 3:45:35 AM

Thats true my memory DIMMs are very short. I have a Cooler Master hyper 212 Evo and i don't have any clearence problems.
January 6, 2012 4:13:56 AM

Will I be alright with the cooler that comes with the i5?
January 6, 2012 4:16:56 AM

It will work but will be a lot louder than an aftermarket heatsink like the Hyper 212 evo. Also you won't be able to overclock much with you're stock heatsink. And the hyper 212 evo is only like 35-40$. I really think it is worth it.
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