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Are these decent components for a home-built gaming PC?

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March 20, 2012 10:01:27 PM

I'm building my first computer. I was just wondering if the following components fit together and whether this is a decent build in general. Since I'm new to this, I might even be missing a couple of pieces. Do I need anything else? (I've heard things about thermal paste?) I would also appreciate any suggestions for pieces I can improve within my budget of £850. The computer is supposed to be capable of playing most games.



Case - COOLERMASTER HAF 912 Plus ATX Full Tower - Black = £65

Power Supply - OCZ 500W ModXStream Pro Power Supply = £50

CPU - Intel Sandybridge i7-2600 Core i7 Quad-Core Processor = £200

CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler = £20

Motherboard - Asus M5A97 PRO Motherboard = £80

RAM - Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Four Module Kit = £80

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive = £65

Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon HD7750 Graphics Card (1GB, GDDR5) = £90

Sound Card - Trust SC-5100 5.1 Surround Sound Card = £15

Optical Drive - LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter = £15

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit = £75

Wireless Card - TP-LINK TL-WN851N Wireless-N PCI Adapter = £20

Keyboard - Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 = £10

Speakers - Logitech X-530 PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System = £40

Anti-Static Wrist Band - LUPO Anti-Static Wrist Strap Grounding Wrist Strap/Band = £4


Total = £829


I can used my old, small TV as a monitor and I already have a mouse.


Thanks for any replies.
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March 20, 2012 10:03:39 PM

that motherboard is for AMD cpus NOT intel. you need a intel motherboard

you should get a i5-2500k and use the extra money on a better graphics card. If youre not going to overclock, you can get the i5-2500 (non-K) and use the the stock heatsink/fan to save you money

the 7750 is not that great. You should get the new 7850 or the cheaper 6870.
look how low the 7750 is on the graphics card hierarchy chart
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

the thermal paste is pre applied on your cooloer.
also for gaming you probably only need 8gb of ram.
You probably dont need a cheap sound card. The one on the motherboard should suffice.
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March 20, 2012 10:07:22 PM

I don't know a lot about those vid cards, so I wont comment on them, but I second the opinion. For gaming, there is no advantage to the extra money of the 2600 over the 2500k.
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