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June 30, 2012 6:03:55 AM

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower - £104
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P Z68 - £120
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K - £153
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3gb - £335
PSU: Corsair AX 850W - £142
HDD: WD RE4 1TB - £93
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb - £100
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB - £44
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHAS124 - £15
Wi-Fi Card: D-Link Xtreme - £45

Price: £1151

Gaming Monitor: BenQ XL2420T - £260
General Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 - £290

Price: £550

Total: £1701

This is my first time ever building a PC and I wanted to get confirmation that everything will work well together. I will be using this computer for primarily gaming, mainly on FPS's like BF3 and up coming titles such as Crysis 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Do you guys think that this PC would be able to BF3 on the highest settings and still be able to reach above 60 FPS to take advantage of the 120hz monitor? My budget is round about the £1700-1900 mark so if you would like to recommend other parts that you think would increase my FPS within First person Shooters then it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers.

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June 30, 2012 6:05:47 AM

£1700-1900 budget including the monitors. :) 
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June 30, 2012 6:35:54 AM

first-
1-go with a cheap monitor for general work,a 19-20" display will do fine.get quality 1080p for multimedia and gaming stuff.the benq monitor you selected is great.
here's my suggestion for you-
samsung dvd drive-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-d163c-black-4...
phantom full tower-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-phantom-enthusiast-...
hyper 212 evo-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...
nzxt 200mm fan>>>> put it on the top of your phantom-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/200mm-nzxt-11-blade-rifl...
3570k-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...
windforce x3 gtx 670-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-win...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13
1tb 7200rpm-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-hitachi-0a39289-ultr...
m4 256gb-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/256gb-crucial-m4-slim-25...
low profile 1600mhz ram-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
z77x-UD5H-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-in...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
TX750w V2-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusi...
total: £1189.06
this rig will SLi,overclock,run almost every game maxed out and a lot more.
June 30, 2012 6:54:23 AM

Thanks for the reply guys. Hellfire, is the extra fan for the case and the CPU really necessary? I was watching a review on the i5 3570K and the guy said that if you aren't going to overclock it then stock fan would be fine. I have no idea how to overclock and I don't really intend to, unless I really have too. Do you still think the extra fan and CPU fan is a must? Cheers.
June 30, 2012 6:54:55 AM

And I'll definitely take a look at a different general monitor :) 
June 30, 2012 6:58:43 AM

first,overclocking is 100% safe,performance boost if done properly.there are a bunch of guides on internet.3570k has a lot of overclocking potential and it's worth overclocking.i would suggest give it a try.
or you can ask any of your friend who knows how to do these things.
if not then you should get a non "k" cpu and a cheaper h77 motherboard.

June 30, 2012 7:01:52 AM

GTX 670's?
June 30, 2012 7:09:08 AM

hellfire24 said:
overclocking is 100% safe
:o 

Stick with the K processor and Z77 mobo incase you do want to OC later. The stock HSF is fine for stock settings. Just get an aftermarket HSF later if you do decide to OC.

The case has a lot to do with personal preference, so pick one you like and someone here can tell you if there is anything majorly wrong with it.
June 30, 2012 7:10:31 AM

^oh yes,it is 100% safe if you are experienced enough.
June 30, 2012 7:10:49 AM

Idk, which is better muffin? xD

I'll think about it hell fire but wouldn't my build be okay for running BF3 without having to overclock?
June 30, 2012 7:13:47 AM

gigabyte windforce x3 is one of the best gx 670 out there.

they are optimized to overclock.you can run BF3 with stock clocks but you can always boost your performance with some overclocking.
June 30, 2012 7:20:24 AM

I've had a quick look on google and can't seem to find a website that is selling it :<
June 30, 2012 7:21:14 AM

Oh, nvm. I didn't realise you linked me to it on you're first comment. My bad
June 30, 2012 7:31:18 AM

How come you guys are recommending cheaper PSU's? I've been told that you should not skimp on the PSU. Idk, that's just what I heard. :) 
June 30, 2012 7:37:56 AM

ThunderstruK said:
How come you guys are recommending cheaper PSU's? I've been told that you should not skimp on the PSU. Idk, that's just what I heard. :) 

Cheaper doesn't always mean that the PSU is lower quality. There are lots of good quality PSUs out there. For dual 7970s, a Corsair TX750 V2 will run them with both OCed.

Here is a review of the TX750 V2.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
June 30, 2012 7:43:52 AM

Ahh okay, thanks for the information on the GPU and the PSU. I had a quick read of the article on the asus GTX 670 and they seem to rate it highly. And it's for £20 more.

Btw, do you know if they do the PSU you are recommending in a modular form? A buddy of mine told me that I should get a modular PSU.
June 30, 2012 8:41:16 AM

^tell your buddy to do a little more research.modularity hardly makes any difference in cable management.
June 30, 2012 8:42:47 AM

azeem40 said:
The most well performing GTX 670 in the market is actually the ASUS DC2 TOP.
http://hardocp.com/article/2012/06/26/asus_geforce_gtx_...
HardOCP makes one of the most excellent reviews on the net. As you can see, for $30 more, you get the best non-WC cooling money can buy for the GTX 670.


i am a big DCII fan but the reason it performs so good is it's clocks,you can always overclock gigabyte 670 to match/beat DCII 670.
June 30, 2012 8:59:29 AM

hellfire24 said:
^tell your buddy to do a little more research.modularity hardly makes any difference in cable management.

When I was purchasing a PSU for my rig the guy at microcenter told me to get a non-modular one. That's why I ended up with an Antec HCG620W.

Simple as this, he always gets customers who lost their modular cables and need to come back and spend another $20 for them.

June 30, 2012 7:28:29 PM

I'm perfectly pleased with my modular PSU, it helped with cable management, which helps with air flow. I would definitely pay a little more for modularity (for both form and function).
June 30, 2012 10:36:38 PM

Okay guys, thanks for all the advice. This is what I've come up with the help of your suggestions, tell me what you think :) 

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower - £104
http://www.ebuyer.com/240814-nzxt-phantom-black-full-to...
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - £153
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K - £168
Graphics Card: Asus 2GB GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II - £346
PSU: Corsair TX750 (Modular) - £88
HDD: WD RE4 1TB - £93
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb - £100
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (Low profile) - £44
Extra case fan: NZXT Blue LED fan - £12
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHAS124 - £15
Wi-Fi Card: D-Link Xtreme - £45

Price: £1168

Gaming Monitor: Hazro HZ27WC 8 Bit - £383
General Monitor: AOC E2343F - £120

Price: £503

Total: £1671
June 30, 2012 10:43:31 PM

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower - £104
http://www.ebuyer.com/240814-nzxt-phantom-black-full-to...
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - £153
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-in...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K - £168
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-3570k1155-...
Graphics Card: Asus 2GB GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II - £346
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus-gtx-670-directc...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-915mhz-boost-980mhz-cores-1344-2xd
PSU: Corsair TX750 (Modular) - £88
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-se...
HDD: WD RE4 1TB - £93
http://www.ebuyer.com/226057-wd-wd1003fbyx-re4-1tb-sata...
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb - £100
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007R1FH3K/ref=asc_df_B007R1...
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (Low profile) - £44
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Gaming Monitor: Hazro HZ27WC 8 Bit - £383
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-hazro-hz27wc-led-ips-...
General Monitor: AOC E2343F - £120
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/aoc-e2343f-23-led-backlit-...

Here are the links :) 
July 1, 2012 4:33:18 AM

modular tx750 is made by CWT not seasonic.
There is NO NEED for a modular unit.cable management is a personal talent.modular cables have nothing to do with it.
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July 1, 2012 4:35:17 AM

hellfire24 said:
modular tx750 is made by CWT not seasonic.
There is NO NEED for a modular unit.cable management is a personal talent.modular cables have nothing to do with it.

i have no talent, so i usually just "snip off" what i don't need :) 
July 1, 2012 8:07:11 AM

^but ZT750 is re branded great wall.
a seasonic unit or superflower unit would be good.
July 1, 2012 4:27:37 PM

So everything besides the PSU is good to go? :)  I'm thinking of ordering everything next weekend.
July 1, 2012 4:30:50 PM

nothing is wrong with zt,i just prefer tx more.
July 1, 2012 4:46:10 PM

hellfire24 said:
^but ZT750 is re branded great wall.
a seasonic unit or superflower unit would be good.

Why does it even matter when there are reviews out there that say it is a great unit? The ZT is also cheaper and fully modular, both of which if they mix, is really good for a PSU.
July 1, 2012 4:54:18 PM

^i never said it's a bad unit.i just wanted to say that TX750 is a more preferable choice.it's a seasonic made,corsair customer support is awesome if any thing goes wrong.modular cables hardly matter,cable management is kind of personal talent you know.some person with some experience can do great cable management with non modular power supply and a noob cannot do poor cable management even with a modular unit.just sayin.
July 1, 2012 4:56:24 PM

At that price, it is a steal. I am usually against modularity, but that is because most modular PSUs are at around $150. At $100, it is cheaper than the TX750 V2 and just as good.
July 1, 2012 5:06:43 PM

azeem40 said:
At that price, it is a steal. I am usually against modularity, but that is because most modular PSUs are at around $150. At $100, it is cheaper than the TX750 V2 and just as good.

yeah it's a good deal but OCZ is well known for their high failure rates and poor customer service.
source-
my dad has suffered two ssd failures and my god their customer service is horrible.corsair is way better than ocz overall IMHO.no offence to anyone.
July 1, 2012 5:09:07 PM

OCZ SSDs except for the Vertex 4 are. One guy's failures doesn't make the whole line of ZT PSUs have high failure rates. You're comparing unripe apples to ripe apples.
July 1, 2012 5:13:14 PM

one guy? vertex 3 is one of the highest failed ssd series.we are not talking about ssds here.
point is power supply,in my opinion,corsair tx750 is a wiser choice.rest depends on OP's choice.
July 1, 2012 5:25:11 PM

Surely a modular PSU does help with cable management in some respect. I mean, surely less cables would make it much easier to manage? Especially for a first time builder such as myself :) 
July 1, 2012 5:31:02 PM

Whats with the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings anyway? Should I be concerned with this?
July 1, 2012 5:32:03 PM

Well, if there's no clear advantage in anyway, whats the point in a modular PSU and why are they so popular atm?
July 1, 2012 5:34:49 PM

just a gimmick!
there's no need of a cosmos 2 when you can fit everything well in a 500r,but some people do it.
if you read a little more,than you will also find out about the reputation of OCZ.
corsair is faaaaaaaaaaar better.
July 1, 2012 8:23:07 PM

hellfire24 said:
one guy? vertex 3 is one of the highest failed ssd series.we are not talking about ssds here.
point is power supply,in my opinion,corsair tx750 is a wiser choice.rest depends on OP's choice.

.5 points less for $10 less seems worth the price decrease.
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