First Build Revisited (Compatibility, Suggestions, Input etc)


Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing Net

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any decently priced website that ships to UK

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: CPU - Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like it to last me for 2-3 years while managing to keep up with most games, Quiet, Good airflow, Room for upgrades and Window for dat bling gnomesayin? :ange:


CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge

HSF:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler or
Noctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator and Fan CPU Cooler

RAM 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP (2x4GB) DDR3

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

PSU: 850W Corsair AX Series 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply

SSD: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SATA-III SSD

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5" SATA III Internal Hard Drive (is this a good one?)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD±RW DRW-24B3ST SATA ReWriter

Case: Corsair 600T Graphite White Midi Tower Windowed Chassis w/ USB3.0

Some quick question(s);
1) Should I wait for IB/Kepler?
2) Any UK equivalent site to newegg? (NEWEGG Y U NO SHIP TO UK!?)
3) Is everything compatible? (no bottleneck etc)
4) What do you think of this monitor;

Any help will be appreciated and thank you for reading :D
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  1. I would swap to this PSU. Very good quality and much better price.

    I would stick with the EVO cooler as the Noctua is not worth the extra IMO.

    I would also not wait on Nvidia. It may be the end of the year, and rumor has it, they will still be slightly behind.

    For the monitor, 24" is an odd size. 23" is more common and usually a better deal. With the 24" you will likely have top and bottom 1/2" black bands which would negate the extra inch. I know I have this issue with my 19" Samsung. The best advice on monitors is to go see one in person. The one your eyes like is the one to buy regardless of price or brand. They all have about the same warranty, although Samsung is very good about service. Once you find the right one, you can search online for best price.

    I know of no "UK Newegg", but a couple other places I do know are these. Your place seems to have decent prices though. ,
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