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First attempt at a gaming pc

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April 29, 2012 3:08:00 PM

Hi all,

After the death of my old laptop i've decided its time to build my own, ive never attempted this before so please don't hesitate to point out anything i've missed / probably overlooked.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month or so

Budget Range: £1000 or so (~$1600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, movies (via HDMI to TV),

Parts Not Required: I need everything screen, keyboard etc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.scan.co.uk

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Yes - any advice on this would be much appreciated

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - if needed i would like to be able to add another GPU at a later date.

Heres what i've thought of so far:

CPU: Inter core i5 2500k
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-pro-gen3-in...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-

RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Racing Red 8GB DDR3 2133 MHz Dual Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-racing-red-pc3-17066-(2133)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-11-10-30-xmp

HSF: Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler Watercooled
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-cooling-hydro-se...

HDD: 1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-...

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-750TXV2UK 750W - Is this enough watts?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

GPU: 1GB MSI GTX 560Ti OC Twin Frozr II 40nm
http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/gpu-nv...(384-cores)

Case: Sharkoon T28 BLUE Mid Tower Chassis
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sharkoon-t28-blue-mid-to...

Monitor: BenQ 24" EW2420 LED Monitor
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-benq-ew2420-led-fullh...

CD Drive: 12x BD-ROM Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-b123l-bsbp-12...



Thanks in advance for for any replies :) 

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April 29, 2012 3:30:29 PM

That motherboard has a lot of extra features that you're paying for. Decide if you're going to use them. If not, get something cheaper.


Get this case instead.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-300-three-hundred-...(new-version)

You probably only need around 550w but you can get 650w to be safe.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

Get this RAM instead. It's cheaper and will be just fine. There is no benefit of getting 2133 mhz RAM except for maybe some overclocking potential.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v

April 29, 2012 3:34:04 PM

You're paying too much for the motherboard and RAM. Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 and some normal 1600 MHz RAM.

The H60 I hear isn't worth its price over a Hyper EVO.

Yeah, the 750W is enough for SLI/Crossfire in the future.

In your budget range you should be going with a higher end GPU, at least a 7870 or a 7950. You should be able to upgrade with the money you save from the mobo and RAM.

Do you really NEED a bluray?
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April 29, 2012 3:41:25 PM

With cheaper memory and a Hyper 212 EVO instead of that unnecessary H60, you should be able to easily afford a 7850, if not a 7870 (get the -70 if at all possible). They're much faster than the Ti, and you should get the best single card you can for future SLI/Xfire. With either of those two you don't need more than a good 650W PSU like this one: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-xfx-xxx-edition-bro...
A cheaper mobo wouldn't do any harm. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-int...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
Anonymous
April 29, 2012 4:58:17 PM

ok, from reading these post i've updated the system with some of the suggested parts, its comes in a little more expensive overall at £1100 but that should be fine.

MOBO:ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-int...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...

GPU: Sapphire HD7870 GHZ EDITION AMD/ATI Graphics Card - 2GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-sapphire-radeon-hd-7...

RAM:Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v

Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Black Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-300-three-hundred-...(new-version)

April 29, 2012 5:05:00 PM

Get this RAM instead. Those giant heat spreaders won't do anything except, possibly, get in the EVO's way. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
!