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My first ever attempt at building a gaming PC, is this any good?

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June 12, 2012 12:40:41 AM

Hey guys! This is my first foray into the realm of PC building and was wondering before i order these parts, whether there's anything I should change. I'm looking to build a gaming PC that can run any current game at maximum settings and be fairly future-proof aswell. The current build costs exactly £999 and I am definitely open to any money-saving techniques that you experts may know of. Here are the specs:

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...

Motherboard - Asus P8 Z68 V/Gen3 Mainboard LGA 1155 Z68 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005UDITT6/sr=1-2/qi...

GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Graphics-Architec...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-WD1002FAEX-Cavi...

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...

PC Tower case - Zalman Z11 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zalman-Z11-Performance-Desktop-...

Power Supply Unit - Corsair 750W - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusi...

Monitor - BenQ2222 21.5 inch LED TV - http://www.amazon.co.uk/BenQ-G2222HDL-21-5-inch-Widescr...

Keyboard - Logitech G110 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-920-002241-G110-Gaming...

Mouse - Logitech G500 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-910-001262-G500-Gaming...
June 12, 2012 1:17:00 AM

TheBigTroll said:
i adjusted the build so that it fits more properly

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/9WKo


Would you say that the Zalman Z11 would get the job done? Or would it not suit my needs? If so, why not?

Also, would the build that I have suggested work? How many fans would I need?
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June 12, 2012 1:24:01 AM

m4ttyb0y007 said:
Would you say that the Zalman Z11 would get the job done? Or would it not suit my needs? If so, why not?

Also, would the build that I have suggested work? How many fans would I need?

You need to flash the BIOS to get most Z68 boards to work with IB processors, so get a Z77/75 mobo instead.
The Zalman looks cool and has good airflow and a ton of fans, but there is not a whole lot of room in the back of the case, so it's harder to do all the cabling. Also, it lacks internal USB 3.0 connectors, so you have to wire them around the back of the case instead.
June 12, 2012 1:25:59 AM

just go with my fractal core 3000. it has good airflow, build quality, and silent fans. you probably dont need extra fans in the case
June 13, 2012 10:43:48 PM

I've decided to take your recommendation on the motherboard and use the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard.

I'm also now considering getting the Radeon 7950 rather than the GTX 670, what do you guys recommend?
June 13, 2012 11:29:06 PM

get the 670. it performs like a 680 and better than the 7970
June 14, 2012 1:05:07 PM

Ok i'll go with the 670. I understand that the Fractal core 3000 is more spacious, but it's just a black block :/  I want my PC to look reasonably cool. Also, should I go with a 650 or 750W PSU?
June 14, 2012 1:11:19 PM

m4ttyb0y007 said:
Ok i'll go with the 670. I understand that the Fractal core 3000 is more spacious, but it's just a black block :/  I want my PC to look reasonably cool. Also, should I go with a 650 or 750W PSU?

750 watts for SLI in the future, >600 if you are not going to add a second 670.
I just don't get people that want their PC to look pretty, since I can never see mine under my desk anyway :p .
June 14, 2012 1:13:44 PM

you should get a 550w if you are oly planning to run 1 card in your system and 750w if you plan to run 2 cards in the future. cool looking cases look boring in a really short amount of time. i rather sacrifice looks for usablitiy
June 17, 2012 1:48:36 AM

Ok I've decided that I don't want the hassle of the smaller case so I went with the Fractal Core 3000. Just to confirm, the parts that I have suggested above, sum to a fully functioning PC that can play any current game on max settings? Am I overlooking any compatibility issues?
June 17, 2012 2:17:48 AM

TheBigTroll said:
get the 670. it performs like a 680 and better than the 7970

Actually, the 670 ASUS and FTW are one of the only 670s to outperform the 7970.
June 17, 2012 12:30:55 PM

they are pretty much the same or just slightly better (7970). the exception is at higher resolutions as the 7970 has more frame buffer

also, the gigabyte one can out perform the 7970 as its boost clock almost always goes above 1.05ghz
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