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Gaming Computer (First Build)

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August 1, 2012 11:09:54 AM

Im currently building my first ever computer. Is there anything im missing out and will the chosen parts be able to play todays games? Little advice before i hit the buy button =)

MB: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache
RAM: G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory
PSU: Antec 750W High Current Gamer PSU
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
DRIVE: SAMSUNG DVD+/-RW 18x6x18x8 D/LAYER BLACK
HD: WD 1TB Caviar Green Internal Hard Drive
GRAPHICS: Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
OS: WINDOWS 7 64BIT HOME PREMIUM W/SP1
CASE: NZXT LEXA BLACK

All for £762.40 inc vat and delivery?

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August 1, 2012 11:24:45 AM

Get a 600 W PSU when you arent SLIng, it will save you some $. Maybe you could upgrade that GPU to a 7850/7870? Dont get a Green HDD lol. Its slow as crap xD. Get a Blue/Black from WDigital or an HDD from Seagate. Good case though. :D 
August 1, 2012 11:25:35 AM

I would add an SSD drive for the OS.
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August 1, 2012 11:33:32 AM


Too much CPU --- not enough video *oomph*. With your budget, some high end video options will work for you.

(OP budget is around $1,200 US)

August 1, 2012 1:01:49 PM

I agree. You want GPU oompf. The Asus 560Ti gets high marks, but you could go a step higher to 7870 by reducing your PSU down to 550-600W without a negative impact on your system. And the price would be the same.

I built my rig 4 months ago, and just added a SSD. They are totally worth it! I bought it later so I don't feel guilty about total cost.
August 1, 2012 2:19:56 PM

What size of ssd would be sutable for the os?
August 1, 2012 6:11:07 PM

64GB is fine for just OS, but the price/GB is higher on 64GB SSDs.
August 1, 2012 6:35:14 PM

I'd rather get the Antec Eleven Hundred instead of the Nine Hundred. Same price but better cable management.
August 1, 2012 6:46:34 PM

Cases are more personal preference. As long as you have at least 1 fan on the front, back, top, side you can't really go that wrong. I just felt 'obligated' to list a case in my build recommendations just to have one present. I didnt go with either, I liked/like the Rosewill Challenger...but I think my next case I want a window.
August 1, 2012 6:48:04 PM

I would ditch the water cooling, usually I hear that the premade water kits aren't any better than a Hyper212 (30$). (Not to mention the risk of leaks)

Your 1600Mhz ram could be swapped down to 1333Mhz, it doesn't make a bit of difference in nearly all applications.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drives tend to be cheaper (99$ stateside), and ARE faster than the WD green drives.

A 600W PSU is plenty, as others have said.

Upgrading your GPU would be the single biggest thing you can spend money to improve. I'd go for a 7850 or 7870 (or a nvidia 670 if you can afford) over the lastgen card, the new generation is quite a lot faster and consumes less power.
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