New gaming PC (Need help)

Approximate Purchase Date: (October/November)

Budget Range: (£1000-£2000)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming)

Parts Not Required: N/A. Need help with everything.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Amazon, Newegg(if they deliver to the UK?))

Country: (UK)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I'm thinking about using a Geforce GTX 680 GPU, Corsiar 2x 8GB RAM, i7 CPU, not sure with power supply, will be using a Gigabyte Assassin 2 motherboard, liquid cooling.)

Overclocking: not sure, is there any cons to this?

SLI or Crossfire: i probably would

Monitor Resolution: Need new monitor..

Additional Comments: Here's a list of what i'm thinking about, tell me what you think:

CPU - (Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz Quad Core Processor)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005X55OR6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

GPU - (ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0, 1058MHz/6008MHz Graphics Card)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007MZY5WA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3Q830EQQ4UIFT

Motherboard - Gigabyte SKT-2011 G1 Assassin 2 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00667BIES/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

RAM - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

TOTAL = £1064.48 inc shipping, so far.

Questions

Power supply
What power supply would i need to support all of this?
What power supply do you recommend?

Case
Which cases are good, spacious? I would primarily like to have a large, airflow, quiet balance. So if anyone know's of a case like this then please inform.
What case would you recommend?

HDD
What HDD would you recommend?

Overall
Do you think this is a good gaming setup overall? If not how could I improve it, as im wanting a really good gaming rig that plays almost all high end graphical games at maximum specs.

CPU

Do you think this is a good CPU to use? I would probably use an i5 instead as there isn't very much difference and the cost could be saved. Opinions?

Cons to overclocking?

Monitor

What monitor should i buy? I want a really good graphically capable montitor which supports HDMI.

Crossfiring

Do you's think I should crossfire, how greatly would i gain from this?

What else would you think i would need with this gaming rig that i might have missed?

Thanks for reading my thread and i hope you help me and give constructive opinions.
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  1. Anyone? I kinda need help
  2. even just one of the questions would be helpful. thanks
  3. Dirtysnot said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: (October/November)

    Budget Range: (£1000-£2000)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming)

    Parts Not Required: N/A. Need help with everything.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Amazon, Newegg(if they deliver to the UK?))

    Country: (UK)

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I'm thinking about using a Geforce GTX 680 GPU, Corsiar 2x 8GB RAM, i7 CPU, not sure with power supply, will be using a Gigabyte Assassin 2 motherboard, liquid cooling.)

    Overclocking: not sure, is there any cons to this?

    SLI or Crossfire: i probably would

    Monitor Resolution: Need new monitor..

    Additional Comments: Here's a list of what i'm thinking about, tell me what you think:

    CPU - (Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz Quad Core Processor)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005X55OR6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    GPU - (ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0, 1058MHz/6008MHz Graphics Card)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007MZY5WA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3Q830EQQ4UIFT

    Motherboard - Gigabyte SKT-2011 G1 Assassin 2 Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00667BIES/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    RAM - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    TOTAL = £1064.48 inc shipping, so far.

    Questions

    Power supply
    What power supply would i need to support all of this?
    What power supply do you recommend?

    Case
    Which cases are good, spacious? I would primarily like to have a large, airflow, quiet balance. So if anyone know's of a case like this then please inform.
    What case would you recommend?

    HDD
    What HDD would you recommend?

    Overall
    Do you think this is a good gaming setup overall? If not how could I improve it, as im wanting a really good gaming rig that plays almost all high end graphical games at maximum specs.

    CPU

    Do you think this is a good CPU to use? I would probably use an i5 instead as there isn't very much difference and the cost could be saved. Opinions?

    Cons to overclocking?

    Monitor

    What monitor should i buy? I want a really good graphically capable montitor which supports HDMI.

    Crossfiring

    Do you's think I should crossfire, how greatly would i gain from this?

    What else would you think i would need with this gaming rig that i might have missed?

    Thanks for reading my thread and i hope you help me and give constructive opinions.


    For CPU, I would go for the Ivy Bridge I5 3570k since you mentioned the primary purpose is for gaming. i7 with extra 4 threads is not worth the extra 100 bucks if you don't do heavy video/audio encoding. Save that 100 bucks and put it into a better component like an SSD.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40GHz-Technology/dp/B007RUZKK6/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337815909&sr=1-1

    For Mainboard, while that Gigabyte G1 Assasin 2 is nice looking but too expensive and the chipset is outdated. If you spend that much money on a motherboard, get the Z77 mainboard like the Asus Z77-V-Pro or Z77-V-Deluxe to go along with the Ivy Bridge CPU for PCI-E 3.0 and you still save an additional 150 more bucks which can put into a decent SSD.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Motherboard-Bluetooth-CrossFireX-LudicLogix/dp/B007KZQE5I/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816093&sr=1-4

    Video card: that Asus GTX 680 is fine, although if you don't mind a GTX 670 which can be had for 100% performance of the GTX 680 if you get the factory overclocked edition like Asus GTX 670 Top Cu and save another 100 bucks.

    Ram- The Corsair 8 GB you listed is fine.

    PSU- Very important component of the system, don't skim on it. Get the Corsair AX 850W Gold. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-850AXUK-Professional-Series-Supply/dp/B003QP417O/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816372&sr=1-2
    ----Since you plan to SLI or CF in the future, this power supply is more than enough. Corsair AX is a very high quality brand in power supply, it is made by Seasonic which is the top of the line in temrs of quality in PSU. Since the AX 850W is only 10 bucks more than the AX 750W so thats why I recommend it. Future GPU only consume less power due to the node reduction.

    Case- This is very personal. I suggest you start looking at several one like Cooler Master Storm Trooper or NZXT Phantom or Corsair cabridge 500R to see which one you prefer.
    CM Storm Trooper: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-SGC-5000-KKN1-Coolermaster-Trooper/dp/B005QP4834/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816679&sr=1-1
    NZXT Phantom: http://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-Phantom-USB-Tower-Chassis/dp/B004MYC6O8/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816708&sr=1-3

    HDD- I suggest you put the savings from the CPU and mainboard listed above to get this decent 120 GB SSD. It will instantly speed up your entire system, from windows boot time to application/games loading time from mins to seconds.
    Here are couple to choose from:
    Samsung 830 128 GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-2-5inch-Desktop-Accessory-Norton/dp/B005OK6VTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816848&sr=1-1
    Crucial M4 128 GB http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT128M4SSD2-128GB-M4-SSD/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337816992&sr=1-4

    For Storage, you can get a 1TB or 2 TB regular HDD from Seagate or Western Digital of your choice.

    Gaming setup- the i5 3570k along with the GTX 680 or GTX 670 is more than enough for anything at maximum spec. Although for best performance, you should at least overclock your i5 3570k to 4.2 Ghz which simply doesnt require more than a CPU ratio adjust to a 42 in the bios. Make sure you use an aftermarket cooler to cool down this CPU since it can be hot when overclocked.

    A liquid cooler like Corsair H80 or H100 should be good.
    Corsair H100: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CWCH100-Series-Extreme-Performance/dp/B0051U7HMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337817397&sr=1-1
    Corsair H80 is only 5 bucks cheapers so might as well get the h100.

    For monitor, at least a 24'' LCD with 1080p resolution is recommended. If you can get 26-27'' with 1920-1200 resolution its better (even though this resolution is getting rare nowadays)

    If you go with the GTX 670, you can save the options to SLI in the future although I dont see any games right now that need that 2nd GTX 670 if you game on a single monitor.
    Good luck.
  4. @jacknhut - Thanks for replying, i think i'll go with your opinion on the cpu because i heard that there isn't that much difference from the i7 to i5. I think i will go with your case choice and PSU.

    Thanks very much
  5. Dirtysnot said:
    Power supply
    What power supply would i need to support all of this?
    What power supply do you recommend?


    For 680 SLI in the future get 750W. For one get 500W.

    Dirtysnot said:
    Case
    Which cases are good, spacious? I would primarily like to have a large, airflow, quiet balance. So if anyone know's of a case like this then please inform.
    What case would you recommend?


    Fractal Define XL

    Dirtysnot said:
    HDD
    What HDD would you recommend?


    For your budget get a quality SSD and a 1 TB HDD for storage, from the money you save from not getting the most expensive CPU and mobo like a :pt1cable: :lol:

    Dirtysnot said:
    Overall
    Do you think this is a good gaming setup overall? If not how could I improve it, as im wanting a really good gaming rig that plays almost all high end graphical games at maximum specs.


    It's good.

    Dirtysnot said:
    CPU

    Do you think this is a good CPU to use? I would probably use an i5 instead as there isn't very much difference and the cost could be saved. Opinions?

    Cons to overclocking?


    No, get the i5 and a cheaper mobo. £150 maximum. This should be great
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-064-AK

    Dirtysnot said:
    Monitor

    What monitor should i buy? I want a really good graphically capable montitor which supports HDMI.


    I'd recommend a 1200p DVI monitor over HDMI.

    Dirtysnot said:
    Crossfiring

    Do you's think I should crossfire, how greatly would i gain from this?

    What else would you think i would need with this gaming rig that i might have missed?


    The nvidia technology is called SLI. I wouldn't do it straight away, just get one 680 for now. Maybe SLI later if you feel like.

    Dirtysnot said:
    Thanks for reading my thread and i hope you help me and give constructive opinions.


    No probs ;)
  6. @FinneousPJ - thanks for the info, what type of i5 should i get?
  7. Even with the thermal troubles I would be inclined to get the new 3570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
  8. cheers thanks
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