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July 17, 2012 6:08:12 PM

Hello,
Today I present to you my first ever gaming rig, and I hope'd you would tell me if all the parts were compatable or even suggestions to improve it.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 = £ 68.39

Antec 302 = £44.78

Intel core i5 2500k 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 = £159.59

PALIT GeForce GTX 560 Smart Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card = £99.96

8GB Exeleram Value series = £34.99

1TB Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive = £54.98

600w Coolermaster GX LITE = £46.32

My absolute max budget is £500.

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July 17, 2012 6:10:20 PM

Cooler Master has a horrendous reputation when it comes to PSUs, go with a Corsair CX600 if you can get it.

I'm also not sure about that RAM - get the G.Skill Ares RAM if you can.
July 17, 2012 6:17:02 PM

Ok:
600W Corsair Builder Series 600CX V2 80PLUS Power Supply = £53.98

And:
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory = £40.00
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July 17, 2012 6:21:25 PM

If your primary purpose is gaming, you will be able to get better gaming performance downgrading everything and throwing it into the gpu.

I would suggest to downgrade to the following:
i5-2310
4gb RAM
500W PSU

With the money saved, you can upgrade to 560 ti.
July 17, 2012 6:26:04 PM

Chairman Ray said:
If your primary purpose is gaming, you will be able to get better gaming performance downgrading everything and throwing it into the gpu.

I would suggest to downgrade to the following:
i5-2310
4gb RAM
500W PSU

With the money saved, you can upgrade to 560 ti.

Personally, I like to get a GPU that will do the job but spend most of my money on a good motherboard CPU and PSU. I do this because new graphics cards come out all the time and getting a slightly better card now by cutting back on your ram and CPU power seems unbalanced to me. I agree that the better GPU will help with games but the better CPU and RAM will help him later on in the future.
July 17, 2012 6:32:04 PM

Yeah, I would actually prefer to stick with a better CPU and RAM and then upgrade my GPU in the future.
July 17, 2012 6:50:15 PM

ilikegirls said:
Personally, I like to get a GPU that will do the job but spend most of my money on a good motherboard CPU and PSU. I do this because new graphics cards come out all the time and getting a slightly better card now by cutting back on your ram and CPU power seems unbalanced to me. I agree that the better GPU will help with games but the better CPU and RAM will help him later on in the future.
+1 ;) 
July 17, 2012 6:51:05 PM

Chairman Ray said:
If your primary purpose is gaming, you will be able to get better gaming performance downgrading everything and throwing it into the gpu.

I would suggest to downgrade to the following:
i5-2310
4gb RAM
500W PSU

With the money saved, you can upgrade to 560 ti.


There's some things you shouldn't downgrade (RAM, HD for instance) but I definitely agree that it should all go into the GPU.
July 17, 2012 7:13:52 PM

I would not downgrade my CPU no matter what the case. I definitely agree that you should get a better GPU.
July 17, 2012 7:19:57 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I would not downgrade my CPU no matter what the case. I definitely agree that you should get a better GPU.

Will do so as soon as I get enough money, but for now it should be substantial, right?
July 17, 2012 7:22:53 PM

jayrt said:
Will do so as soon as I get enough money, but for now it should be substantial, right?
Yes for playing games on mid settings should be fine :) 
July 17, 2012 7:26:56 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Yes for playing games on mid settings should be fine :) 

Great, Thanks!
July 17, 2012 7:38:58 PM

jayrt said:
Great, Thanks!
Your welcome! ;) 
July 17, 2012 7:41:09 PM

Enojy your new computer :D 
July 17, 2012 7:42:18 PM

ilikegirls said:
Enojy your new computer :D 

Thankyou :) .
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