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July 13, 2012 3:23:14 PM

Hi, I never built a computer before and I'm not very tech savvy but I've been doing some research over the past 2 months and I have come to a conclusion that this build is pretty much the best I can get for £1700. I'm building this completely from scratch including Monitors, keyboard, mouse etc. I would just like some confirmation on this because I am going to be purchasing all the parts next week and just want to get some final thoughts on what I could possibly improve on before I purchase them.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper - £108
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 - £171
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K - £168
Graphics Card: Asus 2GB GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II - £346
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 - £83
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 - £88
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb - £100
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (Low profile) - £44
Top case fan: Cooler Master 200mm MegaFlow Red LED Fan - £12
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S222 Burner - £12
Wi-Fi Card: Linksys WMP600N - £39
Speakers - Creative T20 Series II - £52
Gaming Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 (Refurbished) - £280
General Monitor: AOC E2343F - £120
Mouse - Logitech Performance MX - £39
Keyboard - Razer Lycosa - £55

Total: £1717


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July 13, 2012 3:28:10 PM

I was also wondering if I should get a Sound card or not. I've been looking around on the internet and some people seem to think that the on board sound card is terrible.
July 13, 2012 3:44:37 PM

Personally I have never had any issues with onboard sound...but I am not into any major sound projects. I listen to music, play games, use teamspeak, etc, and I cant really say it isnt crystal clear.
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July 13, 2012 3:46:07 PM

1: get a gigabyte z77x-ud5h. it is cheaper and has more features. thermal armour is pretty much a gimmick
2:make sure you get the TOP edition as it has a binned 670 chip
3:id upgrade to a xfx xxx 750w. its more efficent and semi-modular making cabling easier. make sure you get the model with a grey/silver fan and not the one with the green fan
4:i can get a samsung 830 SSD at for 76 pounds. its also better
5:a pair of gskill ripjaws x is 3 pounds cheaper for the same thing
6: im pretty sure there is a sony one for 13 pounds
7:for the case, id get a corsair 500R. very functional case and has awesome airflow
July 13, 2012 4:48:37 PM

Get the CM Storm Enforcer (Case). Get the Hyper 212 EVO (CPU (Top) Heatsink/Fan). Get the RAM for 1600 or 1333 will be enough. Why do you need 2 monitors? You can use the Dell when you are not gaming also. Get the G500 mouse. That's all!
July 13, 2012 4:50:24 PM

thanks for the replys guys. I was just wondering about the TOP edition. what is the actual difference? I don't know what "binned 670 chip" means :) 
July 13, 2012 5:11:38 PM

it isnt 100 dollars more. this one is only 349.99 at dabs.

binned chip means that it is a chip that is specially selected from a entire batch of gtx670 chips. these selected chips are chips that are more capable of higher overclocks and they will run at lower voltages. basically they are the cream of the crop of most 670s out there
July 13, 2012 5:30:59 PM

doesnt need to. it has a base clock of 1058mhz which is the same as the TOP edition. if you look carefully at the box. it says top

yours isnt
July 13, 2012 6:16:00 PM

Oh okay, thanks man.