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First gaming PC build, advice please

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May 13, 2012 7:16:56 PM

Hey

This is my first build and I just want to make sure everything will be compatible and if this is the best choices.

All advice and modifications will be appreciated. I don't really have lots of experience.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $900 - $1100 (7000 RSA Rand - 9000 RSA Rand)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly for gaming.

Parts Not Required: Just need a complete box.

Country: South Africa

Parts Preferences: Asus, intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, but not immediately. If system is struggling to run games I will consider overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Want to be able to play most games with good graphics and little lag. Is this setup upgradeable or will I Have to buy a whole new setup in 2 years time to run games at good graphics with little lag?

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2550k
http://www.wootware.co.za/intel-core-i5-2550k-3-4ghz-lg...

MOBO:
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3
http://www.wootware.co.za/asus-p8z68-v-pro-gen3-lga1155...

Graphics:
GTX 560 not sure which is best asus, msi, club 3d etc etc
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/pc-components-1111/...

Memory:
G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR 2x4GB DDR3-1600 Sniper
http://www.wootware.co.za/g-skill-f3-12800cl9d-8gbsr-2x...

PSU:
GIGABYTE ODIN 585W
http://www.wootware.co.za/gigabyte-odin-585w-24-pin-pow...

Chassis:
Coolermaster 431 PLUS

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA6G 7200RPM
http://www.wootware.co.za/seagate-barracuda-st31000524a...

Thanks a lot. Will be appreciated!

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May 13, 2012 7:25:39 PM

okay a couple things i see here that you will want to look at:

you may wish to consider a newer z77 board. The ASRock boards are solid boards for a little less than the ASUS (i see they aren't available on the website you are using yet).

I recommend at least the 560 ti over the standard 560 for your graphics. What resolution is your monitor?
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May 13, 2012 7:25:59 PM

dipp down your cpu to 2500k there's not a massive difference b/w 2550k or 2500.. Spend a money to get a better psu like antec or cooler master gx 550w.. Otherwise system seems perfect.
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May 13, 2012 8:21:18 PM

:hello: 
xtreme5 said:
dipp down your cpu to 2500k there's not a massive difference b/w 2550k or 2500.. Spend a money to get a better psu like antec or cooler master gx 550w.. Otherwise system seems perfect.


The only differences between 2500K and 2550K are a slightly faster clock and you forfeit use of onboard video - which is useful for diagnosing GPU problems.

Cooler Master is *NOT* a good choice for PSU - despite that they make excellent cases and heat sinks - because they slap a lot of fake labels and certifications on them. Corsair or Seasonic would be better choices than Antec or Cooler Master.

That motherboard is major overkill though - I'd suggest dropping that to say the Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3, and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7870 or GTX 670 if your budget allows for it.
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May 13, 2012 8:45:04 PM

I have looked at the AsRock Z77 mother boards and have noticed that the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3 (thanks g-unit1111) is total overkill and a waste of money.

I am unsure of which one of the AsRock z77 is best suited for me. If i take the asrock z77 rather than the ASUS then I can save a lot of money and rather buy a beter GPU.

Also I want to know isit beter to take the Intel Core i5-3570K over the Intel Core i5-2550k? as there is a small price diffrence.

Thank you so much for all the advice thus far. It is really helping.
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May 14, 2012 12:07:52 AM

09deadpool said:
I have looked at the AsRock Z77 mother boards and have noticed that the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3 (thanks g-unit1111) is total overkill and a waste of money.

I am unsure of which one of the AsRock z77 is best suited for me. If i take the asrock z77 rather than the ASUS then I can save a lot of money and rather buy a beter GPU.

Also I want to know isit beter to take the Intel Core i5-3570K over the Intel Core i5-2550k? as there is a small price diffrence.

Thank you so much for all the advice thus far. It is really helping.


The Extreme 4 will cover all the bases: http://www.wootware.co.za/asrock-z77-extreme4-lga-1155-...

Just make sure you install your heat sink correctly.
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