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September 2, 2012 6:36:41 PM

Ok, so mI want to build my first gaming computer, but I have no idea what to look for!

I'm after something that will run anything from Minecraft to Crysis on full graphics

what I've had suggested:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD3H
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1333HMz DDR3
Case: Corsair Vengeace C70
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Graphics: Saphire Radeon HD7850
Power Supply: Corsair AX750
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB
Heat sink: Stock
Keyboard and mouse: n/a

Total: £822


Is this a good system? or is there any better setup someone can suggest for similar money

Preferably I'd rather have a NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case to replace the one suggested. Will the setup fit it ok? and if it's not too much to upgrade I'd like a Blu Ray optical drive also

Thanks from Lewis

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September 2, 2012 7:12:05 PM

don't buy a k series cpu if you aren't going to overclock it. If you do plan on it, buy an aftermarket cpu cooler that is compatible with your setup. Other than that, everything looks pretty good.
a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2012 7:39:54 PM

lewisffitch said:
Ok, so mI want to build my first gaming computer, but I have no idea what to look for!

I'm after something that will run anything from Minecraft to Crysis on full graphics

what I've had suggested:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD3H
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1333HMz DDR3
Case: Corsair Vengeace C70
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Graphics: Saphire Radeon HD7850
Power Supply: Corsair AX750
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB
Heat sink: Stock
Keyboard and mouse: n/a

Total: £822


Is this a good system? or is there any better setup someone can suggest for similar money

Preferably I'd rather have a NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case to replace the one suggested. Will the setup fit it ok? and if it's not too much to upgrade I'd like a Blu Ray optical drive also

Thanks from Lewis


1: id get a hyper 212 evo for cooling if you need overclocking
2:id get 1600mhz memory. go to scan and see if they have some corsair LP 1600mhz cl9 2x4gb memory for 29.99. otherwise, get gskill ripjaw x 2x4gb 1600mhz
3:just get a 1tb. i doubt you need that much storage
4:id get something like a samsung 830 128gb SSD from scan for 80 pounds.it will greatly increase your system speed
5:just get a good power supply like a xfx xxx 750. its made by seasonic (makes corsair units as well), 80+ silver,. modular, and is 96 pounds at overclockers
6:id get a nice case like a antec 302, fractal define r4, fractal core 3000. if you like the phantom, get the phantom 410 as it is identical but just smaller. you wont need the extra space

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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2012 7:49:59 PM

also, do you happen to be on youtube? just wondering
a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2012 8:19:15 PM

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Tower/d... £54.69 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Tower Case - with USB 3.0

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CP-9020015-UK-750W-Powe... £68.95
Corsair CX 750W 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z77-Extreme4-Motherboard-Suppor... £109.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, Premium Gold Caps)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G... £174.94 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Hyper-CPU-K%C3%83... £25.90 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-Ballistix-BLS2CP4G3D160... £35.30 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit 1600 1.5v

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Multi... £13.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-500GB-7200rpm-Cache-Dri... £47.98 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Seagate 500GB 3.5 inch 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 3 6MB/S Hard Drive

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-128GB-Solid-State-Drive... £62.96 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
SanDisk 128GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-03-20G-HD7870-GD... £197.89 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Sapphire 11199-03-20G HD7870 2GB GDDR5 OC Graphics Card

Total: £792.97


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended... £72.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack - OEM
September 2, 2012 9:25:05 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Tower/d... £54.69 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Tower Case - with USB 3.0

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CP-9020015-UK-750W-Powe... £68.95
Corsair CX 750W 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z77-Extreme4-Motherboard-Suppor... £109.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, Premium Gold Caps)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G... £174.94 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Hyper-CPU-K%C3%83... £25.90 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-Ballistix-BLS2CP4G3D160... £35.30 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit 1600 1.5v

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Multi... £13.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-500GB-7200rpm-Cache-Dri... £47.98 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Seagate 500GB 3.5 inch 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 3 6MB/S Hard Drive

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-128GB-Solid-State-Drive... £62.96 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
SanDisk 128GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-03-20G-HD7870-GD... £197.89 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Sapphire 11199-03-20G HD7870 2GB GDDR5 OC Graphics Card

Total: £792.97


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended... £72.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack - OEM


Hi, thank you for this! came in cheaper than I was expecting, I still think I'm going to go for the NZXT case because I think it looks nicer but this was helpful. Thanks!
September 2, 2012 9:30:27 PM

aaronstyle said:
don't buy a k series cpu if you aren't going to overclock it. If you do plan on it, buy an aftermarket cpu cooler that is compatible with your setup. Other than that, everything looks pretty good.


the K series was only suggestd, like I said I'd be happy to look at different parts considering it was in a similar price range
September 2, 2012 9:38:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£30.14 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.96 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£247.61 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £800.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 22:38 BST+0100)
a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2012 9:41:41 PM

bctande1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£30.14 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.96 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£247.61 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £800.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 22:38 BST+0100)

Why would you match up an extreme4 with a 550w psu when you can get a board meant for a single card set up for cheaper.
September 2, 2012 9:57:26 PM

Why_Me said:
Why would you match up an extreme4 with a 550w psu when you can get a board meant for a single card set up for cheaper.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.37 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£30.14 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.96 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£293.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £812.62
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 22:59 BST+0100)

Oops didn't catch that :o  good thinking