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Noob needs help building first gaming pc (800-1000 euro)

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February 7, 2012 6:05:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 800-1000 euro After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, home

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whichever is cheapest and ships to Ireland

Country: Ireland

Parts Preferences: I've done some work on this already and here are the parts i've picked:

mobo - ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 (Socket 1155/Intel Z68/DDR3/S-ATA 600/ATX)


CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K Retail - BX80623I52500K

GPU - nVidia KFA2 1GB GeF GTX 560


optical drive - Sony DVD Rewriter Black OEM Drive - AD-7283S-0B (S-ATA/DVD±R: 24x/CD-R: 48x)

HDD - Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Serial 3.5" Hard Drive ST2000DL003 (S-ATA/6Gb/s/64MB/5900 RPM)

case - Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 Black Midi Tower Case (Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX/ATX)

Overclocking: maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

have i missed any component that i'd need for it(sound card, etc.) and also is the 16 Gb of ram too much overkill?

this is my first pc build so i'd very much appreciate all feedback to do with it, and opinions from people about making it better. Also i'd like this build to be as stress free as possible so it'd be great just to know that all the components are compatible and that it wont set on fire when i hook it all up,

thanks a million :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 

February 7, 2012 6:20:21 PM

I didn't go over the whole build but I did notice you picked out triple channel ram. The Sandy bridge CPUs use Dual channel ram
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February 9, 2012 11:38:48 AM

16gb is quite overkill. you don't need more than 8gb for gaming and video editing. Only some video and 3d rendering requires more than 8gb of ram. Everything else seems pretty solid, you've definitely did your homework. Personally, I wouldn't go for Asrock motherboard but it's your choice. A slightly higher video card would also be better though if it fits your budget
February 10, 2012 7:58:27 PM

thanks, but why wouldn't you go for the Asrock? Which'd you reccomend instead? ...... aye it may be, i'll have to see, better to pay slightly more now than have to rebulid it cause it wont play new games, :o 
February 11, 2012 1:55:07 AM

Asrock boards had some issues, but this is from personal experience. Choose the mobo made from gigabyte, asus and msi. The gigabyte z68xp-ud3p is the one i would go, it supports upcoming ivy, pci 3.0 and a very solid board for overclocking. If you can get the 560ti it would be a lot better, 560(non ti) is just an overclocked 460
February 11, 2012 2:08:41 PM

thanks for the heads up, i'll keep that in mind :)