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Do i need changes to this new system?

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July 23, 2012 12:14:13 PM

Im going to be building my first gaming pc soon, im buying the parts but what to make sure im doing an ok job

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 £148
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 £72
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 £47
RAM: 8GB DDR3 (2x 4GB) £36
Hard Drive: 500GB £55
Optical Drive: 24x £14
Graphics card: MSI GTX 560 Ti 1024MB DDR5 TWIN FROZR II £167
Internet: TP-Link Wireless-N150 PCIe card £10
Case: Xigmatek Asgard £30
PSU: 600W Corsair £53


Is this a good deal or could i get it cheaper somewhere else? Any suggestion of how to save money would be very helpful. (buying at ebuyer at the moment)
Also any guide on how to put it together would be great

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July 23, 2012 1:21:17 PM

Bare in mind that Windows is licensed to the BIOS so it works out cheaper in the long run to get a mobo that will stand the test of time.

I think you would be better off with a z77 board, you can always upgrade the processor in the next year or so to boost it.

Do you have an old PC that you can drag the HDD; optical drive and other parts from?
Remember that a PC is modular and you don't have to get every part of your final build straight away.
July 23, 2012 2:43:53 PM

Sonophos said:
Bare in mind that Windows is licensed to the BIOS so it works out cheaper in the long run to get a mobo that will stand the test of time.

This is not true. Windows comes with a license key and you can use it on any machine...just one at a time.
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July 23, 2012 4:18:25 PM

It depends on if it's a full retail or OEM. With full retail you can use on any computer (one at a time). OEM versions can only be used on one motherboard. Full retail is much more expensive as well. The $100 version is OEM.
July 23, 2012 4:37:53 PM

just to be clear, im not missing something or need to change something that is not compatible?
July 23, 2012 6:33:29 PM

That system will all work together, and is reasonably priced. I would recommend getting the 2500k and a z77 board though as its for gaming. It will allow you to overclock if you want in the future and will not cost that much more probably an extra £50 to the total.

What has been said about the OEM and Retail versions is true, although in the past I was able to upgrade my motherboard after calling customer services, cant guarantee they will do the same for you, and it was a bit of hassle. Something you should consider though.
July 23, 2012 7:24:59 PM

Just remember that a h61 board will only support an ivybridge cpu after bios has been updated.
So you would need sandybridge cpu to update it to support your cpu.
I think it best you get z77 board in my opinion.
July 23, 2012 10:15:01 PM

hmm, how much better would the PC run for gaming if i changed to the z77
and how much if i changed to the z77 and the 2500k?
bear in mind i cant afford to spend much more
July 23, 2012 10:58:02 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey