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First Build - Mid-range Gaming PC

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May 19, 2012 8:29:59 AM

Hi guys

This will be my first PC build from scratch. Previous experience is limited to troubleshooting my old PC (which saw the death of quite a few components over the years...)

The PC will be used for a bit of gaming such as GW2 when it launches (hopefully in 1920x1080 resolution), a bit of programming (R, Perl, Unix and Python most likely) and various software used in biology (PyMol for instance).

Unfortunately I am from Denmark and so, everything is 10-20% more expensive for me or may be unavailable.

My build so far:

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P or ASRock Z77 Extreme6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am a little unsure which MB is best. As far as I can see, both has received good reviews and not sure what benefits I get from the Z68 model compared to the newer Z77. Both costs about the same for me, so cannot use price to decide between them.

Processor:
Core i7-2700K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 2x4GB 1866 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cases:
Fractal Design Define R3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
ASUS VE247H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be reusing my current video card (Gainward GeForce GTX 275) and my PSU (Corsair VX Series 550W PSU, but cannot find a link, sorry) for a bit of time - hopefully. I intend to upgrade both later on, I just need to decide if I can afford SLI or not, and wait for the new GeForce video cards to arrive in EU.

I consider an upgrade of the video cards to GeForce GTX 670. Not sure which upgrade to go for when it come to PSU. How much power should it have for a single video card vs. SLI? 550W vs. 750W? I will probably try a bit of overclocking on the CPU when I have read up on the subject, so my PSU should have enough power for that as well.

Feedback and suggestions are much appreciated!





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May 19, 2012 8:34:40 AM

Gigabyte is a better brand with better support if thats what you are asking. A 650w Power supply is enough For Sli. 750w If you want to Overclock. :) 
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