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All rounder with Future upgrade possibilities!

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May 19, 2012 10:50:45 AM

Wanted to build an all rounder which will serve me well for now! In the future I would to upgrade it in some certain areas, like gpu, cpu perhaps more memory.
For now, i just wanted to know what you guys think about this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler (£20.99 @
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£87.32 @
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£20.02 @ Ebuyer)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.30 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card (£149.97 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply (£52.32 @
Total: £514.89

my main concern is the motherboard, I had a look at the specifications, and I don't know if I a need extra voltage regulators! also the lx has less pci express x16, I am not sure if really need it! also i doesnt have sli, again not sure if it is useful! perhaps you can enlighten me how important these factors are. I compare it with the p8z77-v pro!
Also do I need 1600mhz on the ram?
and on the hdd, do I need 16mb cache?
I would rather downgrade now, and safe some serious cash, if my performance in gaming doesn't go down! perhaps you guys can help out =)
Thanks a lot!
May 19, 2012 10:55:31 AM

Everything is Good to Go. The motherboard is Fine, and will let you Upgrade to Ivy Bridge in the Future. Well Done.
May 19, 2012 2:02:34 PM

okay but I still don't understand the difference between the pci express slots? does it make a huge different if I want to add another zotac in the future?