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Building a new Gaming computer and need advice

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March 10, 2012 1:31:14 PM

Hello I am going to be building a computer in the next month or so and have had a few ideas, But need advice on parts.

Here's just some general info so you can help me:

Im in the UK

I would prefer it from

My Budget: £800 (would like to go less)

Usage: Gaming

Overclocking: maybe if its easy =] (Im completely noob)

SLI: eventually when I have money

The parts I have thought about so far:

MSI NVIDIA GTX560Ti OC 880MHz 4200MHz 256Bit DDR5 TWIN FROZR II Graphics Card (1024MB, PCI-E, 2xDVI, 2xHDMI)

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit

Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe

Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste

LUPO Anti-Static Wrist Strap Grounding Wrist Strap/Band

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Seagate ST500DM002 3.5 inch 500GB Hard Drive (Serial-ATA, 6Gb/s, 16Mb, 7200RPM)

AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard, Socket 1155, PCI-Express 3.0, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, ASRock Instant Boot

NZXT Crafted Series HADES - Mid tower - ATX - no power supply ( ATX12V 2.0 / PS/2 ) - black - USB/Audio/E-SATA

OCZ OCZ-ZS750W-UK ZS Series 750W 80+ Bronze PSU with 135mm Fan & single +12V Rail

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Cooler


Please can you tell me if this build would be good for Battlefield 3, Skyrim on high and if its future proof.

Also can I see your opinion on if I should get a better graphics card and downgrade to maybe a less expensive AMD processor?

Also is a 3rd party cooler necessary?

Is it compatible?

Thanks in advance (as you can tell im a noob)

btw sorry for the big post ( I tried to make it as clear as possible)

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March 10, 2012 1:41:37 PM

Everything is compatible. Change the cpu cooler with this COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO is much better than that CM TX cooler.
If you have in plan to overclock than you need an aftermarket cooler because the stock cooler is not so good.
March 10, 2012 1:53:41 PM

Is my graphics card good enough? can you recommend a good one less than £200?
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March 10, 2012 2:08:41 PM

Would the card you mentioned be worth the extra £60-£70?
March 10, 2012 2:17:55 PM

In my opinion , no.
March 10, 2012 2:57:59 PM

i5 2500k w/ 560ti is more than enough for bf3 if you don't have kinks for ultra details with maxed out AA or something like that (don't expact any of that on 800 quid rig)

you might wanna pick up radeon 7850 instead though (launches at march 19th at msrp of $250), it performs better than 560ti at 1080p in all games pretty much (except for sc2 which likes nvidia for some reason), and slightly worse at low resolutions

also i'd recommend getting coolermaster hyper 212 evo cooler, it's absolutely the best bang for your buck nowadays
March 10, 2012 7:48:41 PM

(Sorry I cant edit dunno why)

if not to the above can I run all games on highest- medium for the next year?

and if not is SLI a good option to get ultra?
March 11, 2012 12:21:39 AM

Mem only helps with resolutions.
March 11, 2012 12:28:16 AM

Mem only helps with resolutions.
March 11, 2012 5:26:00 PM

thanks ill buy my first option