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Need Advice on $1200 gaming build

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June 1, 2012 10:54:55 AM

Hello, this is my first post and my first go at building a PC. My budget is £780/$1200.

I don't know much about computers. So would you guys recommend changing anything? and do all the components complement each other in terms of performance? Thanks in advance :D 

The computer is for general entertainment use, mostly gaming.
I'm not looking to overclock.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel-core-i5-3570k-3-4ghz...

Sapphire HD 7850 2GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/349747-sapphire-hd-7850-2gb-dvi-h...

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Z68 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/276562-gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-z68-s...

WD 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Black Hard Drive -
http://www.ebuyer.com/246034-wd-500gb-3-5-sata-iii-6gb-...

Corsair 500W CX V2 PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/278634-corsair-500w-cx-v2-psu-cmp...

CM Storm Enforcer Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/262675-cm-storm-enforcer-case-sgc...

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/247674-corsair-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-133...

LiteOn iHAS124 SATA DVD Optical Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-sata-dvd-op...



June 1, 2012 11:11:59 AM

1: no point of getting a z68 board. get a z77x-ud3h or a asrock extreme4
2: no point of a black 500gb drive either. just get the blue drive or get a seagate.
3: no point on getting 1333mhz ram when 1600mhz is faster and isnt al that much more
4:if you have some cash that can be used, either get a 60-128gb ssd or a beefier graphics card such as the 7870
June 1, 2012 11:36:32 AM

Many thanks for the response; why do you recommend a z77x-ud3h over the z68? and why is there no point of getting a black drive?
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June 1, 2012 11:48:26 AM

Well, the $20 difference buys you 2 additional years of warranty, a doubled cache (32MB), and additional error correction processors. I'm not sure there's really a significant difference, but after using two WD 640 Blacks for about 2 or 3 years, I haven't had a single issue. (And they're in RAID 0 no less)
June 1, 2012 11:51:14 AM

for you to use the ivy bridge features, you must have the z77 chipset. the z77 allows for intel usb3, virtumvp, and better memory defaults. you also get pci-e 3. thats why you should get z77.

there isnt any point of getting a black 500gb drive because you can get a seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb that is both faster and more capacity. it is only 7 dollars more. the seagate drive is also much faster than black drives or they are about the same speed.
June 1, 2012 11:52:04 AM

the 500gb black has about 32mb of cache. just get the seagate
June 1, 2012 1:12:46 PM

You lose 4 years of warranty with the Seagate which is slightly worrying, nevertheless, thanks for pointing it out as an option. Also do you have any case recommendations? and is everything compatable?
June 1, 2012 1:17:50 PM

seagate is pretty reliable so i wouldnt worry.

i personally like cases that have silence and usablility so i would get the fractal define r3 or the antec 302. r3 is for silence while 302 for usability
June 1, 2012 4:36:06 PM

TheBigTroll said:
for you to use the ivy bridge features, you must have the z77 chipset. the z77 allows for intel usb3, virtumvp, and better memory defaults. you also get pci-e 3. thats why you should get z77.


I'm pretty tight on money, would the Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H be a worthy substitute to the motherboards you recommended?
http://www.ebuyer.com/386271-gigabyte-ga-z77-ds3h-socke...
June 1, 2012 7:34:05 PM

yep. its also a great board
June 1, 2012 7:34:32 PM

http://www.ebuyer.com/351614-gigabyte-ga-b75m-d3h-socke... £60.14 inc. vat
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/349022-intel-core-i5-3450-3-1ghz-... £145.53 inc. vat
Intel Core i5 3450 3.1GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.ebuyer.com/342352-crucial-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160... £36.52 inc. vat
Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix Sport Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.ebuyer.com/264509-ocz-zs-series-550w-80-bron... £54.57 inc. vat
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze PSU with 135mm Fan & single +12V Rail

http://www.ebuyer.com/341398-three-hundred-two-tower-ca... £54.58 inc. vat
Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Case - with USB3.0
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