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Just about to buy this! First Gaming Build

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July 12, 2012 1:56:03 PM

Just thought I'd check here before I buy, this'll be my first gaming build for modern games:
I have an OS bought already


Case: Coolermaster 690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition - £86.03
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-690-ii-advanced-nvidia-edition-black-green-mid-tower-case-with-usb-30
Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM 23 inch IPS LED Monitor - £170.46
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005MHMFJA/ref=asc_df_B005MHMFJA8725716?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B005MHMFJA
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570k - £167.94
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
Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard - £77.72
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
GPU: Gigabyte Gtx 670 windforce - £329.6
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-windforce-3x-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13
Ram:Corsair Memory 8GB Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop - £41.76
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
Hard Drive - 1tb Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM - £86.71
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0036Q7MV0/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - £82.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT128M4SSD2-128GB-M4-SSD/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1342094338&sr=1-1
Power Supply: Corsair 650W - £78.78
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-cmpsu-650hxuk-modular-85eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Keyboard - £29.99
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=KB-140-MS
Optical Drive:p IONEER DVR-S19LBK DVD Writer, SATA, Labelflash, Retail - £16.88
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/pioneer-dvr-s19lbk-24x-dvdr-12x-dvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-ram-x12-sata-black-retail-labelflash
Network Card: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 150Mbps Wireless PCI Express Adapter - £9.32

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WN781ND-150Mbps-Wireless-Express/dp/B0036AFAEW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342088219&sr=8-1

Total: £1178.18

First of all - is this all compatible and would it fit okay in the case?
Is an aftermarket cooler necessary? I'm not intending to overclock as of yet.
Any other recommendations/changes in the build?

Thanks

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July 12, 2012 2:15:49 PM

You need a heatsink for your CPU
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July 12, 2012 2:17:27 PM

It will fit in that case, but I'd recommend this one instead. You're paying a lot for all that Nvidia branding and that cut out with the case you've selected.

Also, you could get a cheaper mechanical hard drive (like the WD Blue or Green) since you're getting an SSD if you wanted to save (or reallocate) some money.
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July 12, 2012 2:32:09 PM

Nice build, with top quality parts.

All is compatible.

A stock cooler will come with the 3750K. so a aftermarket cooler is not needed.
But... I would highly recommend using an aftermarket cooler like the CM hyper212.
It only costs $30 or so. The large 120mm fan will keep your cpu cooler, run quieter, and allow you to OC easier and higher.
Plus, for the new builder, the backplate mount is much easier to install properly than the Intel pushpin cooler mount.

Do you have a mouse?

Do you have windows 7 64 bit?
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July 12, 2012 4:21:31 PM

jsrudd said:
It will fit in that case, but I'd recommend this one instead. You're paying a lot for all that Nvidia branding and that cut out with the case you've selected.

Also, you could get a cheaper mechanical hard drive (like the WD Blue or Green) since you're getting an SSD if you wanted to save (or reallocate) some money.



Thanks very much :)  I thought the Nvidia edition looked nice, but just realised this would mean there would be no side fan. Is there a reason you recommended the 400r? I was going to just go for the advanced CM 690II (not branded)

That's also a great idea on the hard drive - I'll see if I can fit it into my budget to go for a 256gb SSD and get a hard drive which is quieter/with a lower RPM.
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July 12, 2012 4:21:51 PM

As below
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July 12, 2012 4:22:38 PM

Sorry about the triple post, I can't delete it
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July 12, 2012 4:32:43 PM

geofelt said:
Nice build, with top quality parts.

All is compatible.

A stock cooler will come with the 3750K. so a aftermarket cooler is not needed.
But... I would highly recommend using an aftermarket cooler like the CM hyper212.
It only costs $30 or so. The large 120mm fan will keep your cpu cooler, run quieter, and allow you to OC easier and higher.
Plus, for the new builder, the backplate mount is much easier to install properly than the Intel pushpin cooler mount.

Do you have a mouse?

Do you have windows 7 64 bit?


Thanks a lot - I have an existing mouse for my laptop (might consider getting a better one) and Windows 7

Do you mean the CM hyper 212 evo?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...
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July 12, 2012 4:56:46 PM

sutton94 said:
Thanks very much :)  I thought the Nvidia edition looked nice, but just realised this would mean there would be no side fan. Is there a reason you recommended the 400r? I was going to just go for the advanced CM 690II (not branded)



The 400R not only looks nice, but it has tons of room for cable management. It's also supposed to have very good airflow. Here is a good review.
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July 12, 2012 5:22:37 PM

jsrudd said:
The 400R not only looks nice, but it has tons of room for cable management. It's also supposed to have very good airflow. Here is a good review.


Looks are a personal choice. There's nothing wrong with the CM 690 II. It has very good airflow as well and its plenty big enough.

Get the case that you like most and will make you happy.
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July 12, 2012 9:43:41 PM

sutton94 said:
Thanks a lot - I have an existing mouse for my laptop (might consider getting a better one) and Windows 7

Do you mean the CM hyper 212 evo?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...


Yes, that is a good cooler.

As to side fans, they are usually not omportant. If a case has two 120mm front intake fans , or the equivalent in output fans, there will be sufficient case cooling.

Past that, buy a case that looks good to YOU.
Everybody has diffent ideas on that.
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