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New Gaming PC - feedbacks and recommendations please!

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July 22, 2012 7:37:23 PM

Hi, I am going to build a gaming PC for the first time. I have chosen most of the parts except for the case so I need a recommendation for that. My budget is £700 ($1100) or below. Anyway here's what I got:

CPU: Intel-I5-2500k
£160 ($250)

Graphics card: Radeon HD 7850
£180 ($281)

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155
£85 ($133)

Hard drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
£67 ($105)

Optical drive: LiteOn IHOS104-06 4xBlu-ray, 8x DVD Reader OEM
£43 ($67)

PSU: 750W OCZ ZT Modular PSU
£83 ($130)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )
£37 ($58)

That leaves me £45 for a case. I need one with 7 expansion slots, decent airflow, don't mind too much about aesthetics. Should I get a full tower or will a mid tower suffice?

I won't need to buy an OS. I am planning to connect to my 1080p 16:9 HDTV. I won't be overclocking for now so I suppose I don't need an aftermarket fan until I plan to? I might do a crossfire upgrade (much later) if there are new games in the future that demand it.

Thanks in advance.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2012 7:43:34 PM

Good, but get an i5-3570k.
a c 412 4 Gaming
July 22, 2012 7:49:41 PM

Also make sure your RAM is low profile.
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July 22, 2012 8:03:33 PM

Good, but get an i5-3570k.

The reason I chose i5-2500k instead is because I heard it can overclock higher than i5-3570k. Also I heard Ivy Bridge runs hotter than Sandy Bridge?

Also make sure your RAM is low profile.

I don't know what low profile RAM is.
a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2012 8:10:58 PM

Low profile means it doesn't have tall heatsinks. i5-3570k doesn't need to be OCed higher to get the same performance. It only gets hot if you increase the voltage.
a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2012 8:16:57 PM

People keep saying about the low profile RAM being a necessity. PEOPLE, I feel like I keep repeating myself, Corsair Vengeance high profile does not hinder the installation of CoolerMaster 212 evos, 212 plus, or HyperN520s. I am not speculating or theorizing this, I have verified it with my own two eyes and hands.

AS far as the 2500K vs 3570K, theres no reason to pay more for either one. Yes the 3570K has a slightly lower overclock, however in the end if you max either one out they end up using the same amount of electricity, and perform about the same.