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Proposed gaming build - feedback please!

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July 5, 2012 11:54:25 AM

This will be a first build for me. Would like some feedback on whether this build sounds ok, and any suggestions on how I could trim back on the price would be cool.

Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail
£178.98 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

Asus P8Z77-V, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), DisplayPort/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX
£138.92 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-intel-z77-s...(x16)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
£42.96 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v

1TB Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda 7200.12, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ
£62.52 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st31000524as...

500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ
£49.98 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-seagate-st500dm002...

Samsung SH-S222BB/RSMS, 22x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, x12 RAM, SATA, Retail
£14.22 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-s222bb-rsms-2...

2GB Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce 3X, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU 980MHz, Boost 1058MHz, Cores 1344, DP, HDMI
£323.60 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-win...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13

Edimax EW-7722In 300Mbps Wireless 11n 32Bit PCI Adapter with Twin Antenna High Gain
£15.58 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/edimax-ew-7722in-300mbps...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Quiet CPU Cooler 4 Heat Pipes 120mm Fan Intel S775/AM2/AM2+/AM3/754/939/940
£19.16 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-q...

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Quiet Mid-Tower Case, Brushed Aluminium, USB 3.0, ATX w/o PSU
£117.06 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-coolermaster-silent...

500W Coolermaster Silent Pro M RS-500-AMBA-D3, Modular, 85%Eff', 80 PLUS, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX, PSU
£45.00 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-coolermaster-silent...
July 5, 2012 12:02:35 PM

CoollerMaster isnt a very good brand in terms of PSUs but Ive heard good things about the slient pro series, so im not sure with that one. If you arent gonna overclock dont go with a K processor and you wouldnt need the cooler if you arent. Overall though, nice build. :) 
July 5, 2012 12:05:52 PM

Thanks Nw333

Would maybe try overclocking in future so maybe I should hold out until then for cooler

Was going to go for corsair for PSU but couldn't find anything less than 650 W and that seemed like overkill
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July 5, 2012 12:06:01 PM

Make sure to get the 64MB cache version of that Seagate Barracuda.

Get the Hyper 212 EVO, the plain Hyper 212 doesnt perform as well.

You need a bigger PSU, and not from Coolermaster. 600W for a single card and 750W for dual. Get a unit from Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone or XFX. Make sure its modular and 80+ Bronze or better.

Drop the second hard drive and replace it with this SSD. It will fit the OS, small collection of programs and maybe a game or two. But boot and load times will be vastly improved.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-crucial-m4-new-slim...
July 5, 2012 12:19:38 PM

Thanks Manofchalk I will get the SSD

You think I need to keep the cooler then?

Didn't think I'd need more than 500W PSU
July 5, 2012 12:38:42 PM

I'm guessing your going to overclock because of the 'K' processor and Z77 platform. So I would suggest getting the 212 EVO so you can overclock as the stock heatsink will get hot way too quickly. Here it is.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...

You could probably get away with a 500W PSU, but you would be pushing it pretty close to max load if you overclocked and the system was under heavy load (Say Crysis 2 or something). Get a 600W as then you will have plenty of headroom to work with. This Corsair one should be fine, and an extra 50W for the same price as other 600W supply's. Unfortunately I couldn't find any respectable brands with modular interfaces in there, so you will have to hide some cables when you build it.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-enthusiast-...

If possible get the Silverstone Strider that Nw333 suggested. I have the 750W version and no issues so far.
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