First attempt at a gaming pc

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-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-33ghz-hd3000-igp-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-pro-gen3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(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-series-h60-high-performance-cpu-cooler-lga1156-1155-lga775-lga1366-am2-and-am3

HDD: 1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-barracuda-720014-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-64mb-cache-8ms-ncq-oem

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-750TXV2UK 750W - Is this enough watts?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusiast-series-cmpsu-750txv2-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps12v-quiet-fa

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

Case: Sharkoon T28 BLUE Mid Tower Chassis
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sharkoon-t28-blue-mid-tower-case-usb-30-3x-120mm-led-fans-w-o-psu

Monitor: BenQ 24" EW2420 LED Monitor
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-benq-ew2420-led-fullhd-widescreen-monitor-1920x1080-8-ms-250-cd-m-200000001-black

CD Drive: 12x BD-ROM Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-b123l-bsbp-12x-blu-ray-bd-rom-and-dvdrw-combo-player-oem


Thanks in advance for for any replies :)
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  1. 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-black-mid-tower-ultimate-gaming-case-w-o-psu-(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-enthusiast-series-650txv2uk-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-a

    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
  2. 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?
  3. 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-bronze-80plus-certified-semi-modular-single-rail-psu
    A cheaper mobo wouldn't do any harm. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
  4. 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-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a

    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-evo-4-heat-pipes-direct-contact-with-120mm-quiet-fan-lga775-1155-1156-1366-am

    GPU: Sapphire HD7870 GHZ EDITION AMD/ATI Graphics Card - 2GB
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-sapphire-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition-4800mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-1280-cores-dl-dvi-hdmi-mdp

    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-black-mid-tower-ultimate-gaming-case-w-o-psu-(new-version)
  5. 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
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