How does my build look for FPS Gaming?

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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  1. £1700-1900 budget including the monitors. :)
  2. you really don't need that large of a PSU:
    Corsair TX 650W V2 £69.55
    if you KNOW you are going to Xfire later than:
    Corsair TX 750W V2 £83.19
  3. 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-48x-cd-rom-16x-dvd-rom-sata-oem
    phantom full tower-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-phantom-enthusiast-black-full-tower-performance-gaming-case-with-usb-30-w-o-psu
    hyper 212 evo-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-evo-4-heat-pipes-direct-contact-with-120mm-quiet-fan-lga775-1155-1156-1366-am
    nzxt 200mm fan>>>> put it on the top of your phantom-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/200mm-nzxt-11-blade-rifle-bearing-silent-fan-700rpm-fan-with-blue-led-and-braided-cable
    3570k-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-s-1155-ivy-bridge-quad-core-34ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-650mhz-gpu-6mb-smart-cache-34x-
    windforce x3 gtx 670-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-windforce-3x-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13
    1tb 7200rpm-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-hitachi-0a39289-ultrastar-a7k2000-enterprise-24x7-7200rpm-3gb-s-32mb-cache
    m4 256gb-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/256gb-crucial-m4-slim-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-500mb-s-write-260mb-s-50000-iops-new-7mm
    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-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
    TX750w V2-
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusiast-series-cmpsu-750txv2-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps12v-quiet-fa
    total: £1189.06
    this rig will SLi,overclock,run almost every game maxed out and a lot more.
  4. 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.
  5. And I'll definitely take a look at a different general monitor :)
  6. 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.
  7. GTX 670's?
  8. ^excuse me?
  9. 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.
  10. ^oh yes,it is 100% safe if you are experienced enough.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. I've had a quick look on google and can't seem to find a website that is selling it :<
  14. Oh, nvm. I didn't realise you linked me to it on you're first comment. My bad
  15. 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. :)
  16. 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_670_directcu_ii_top_video_card_review/10
    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.
  17. 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=Story5&reid=230
  18. 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.
  19. ^tell your buddy to do a little more research.modularity hardly makes any difference in cable management.
  20. 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_670_directcu_ii_top_video_card_review/10
    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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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).
  23. 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-tower-case-phan001bk
    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
  24. Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower - £104
    http://www.ebuyer.com/240814-nzxt-phantom-black-full-tower-case-phan001bk
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - £153
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-pcie-30-(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-ivy-bridge-quad-core-34ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-650mhz-gpu-6mb-smart-cache-34x-ratio-7
    Graphics Card: Asus 2GB GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II - £346
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus-gtx-670-directcu-ii-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-915mhz-boost-980mhz-cores-1344-2xd
    PSU: Corsair TX750 (Modular) - £88
    http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-series-tx750-modular-power-supply-7LGL.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product+search&utm_content=Q200
    HDD: WD RE4 1TB - £93
    http://www.ebuyer.com/226057-wd-wd1003fbyx-re4-1tb-sataii-7-2k-64mb-enterprise-hard-drive-wd1003fbyx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CP6TkZnw77ACFUYntAodA1X2wg
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb - £100
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007R1FH3K/ref=asc_df_B007R1FH3K8506301?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=hydra0b-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B007R1FH3K&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2126708363263594811&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=
    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-pro-glass-version-8bit-dvi-2560x1440-420cd-m2-10001-6ms-speakers-pc-mac
    General Monitor: AOC E2343F - £120
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/aoc-e2343f-23-led-backlit-monitor-07677510-pdt.html?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~UFC-Monitor~07677510~LT&mctag=gg_goog_7904_&gclid=CJmopcDV9bACFVQqfAodNkoLMw

    Here are the links :)
  25. 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.
  26. 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 :)
  27. If you REALLY want a modular PSU that isn't too expensive and still performs well, check out the OCZ ZT 750W.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=262

    Same price as the TX750 V2, cheaper than the 750M, and a better jonnyguru rating.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=254
    Review of the 750M.
  28. ^but ZT750 is re branded great wall.
    a seasonic unit or superflower unit would be good.
  29. So everything besides the PSU is good to go? :) I'm thinking of ordering everything next weekend.
  30. nothing is wrong with zt,i just prefer tx more.
  31. 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.
  32. ^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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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 :)
  38. ^not really!
  39. Whats with the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings anyway? Should I be concerned with this?
  40. Well, if there's no clear advantage in anyway, whats the point in a modular PSU and why are they so popular atm?
  41. 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.
  42. 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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