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October 6, 2012 8:15:34 AM

Hello there, I've never built a PC by myself before and have always had premades bought for me that I really don't like. I'm an avid gamer and for the past four years I have been using an Acer 6935G laptop.
Now I'd like to build an Matx gaming pc, so it'll be easy to take to university with me.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Games I'm looking to play at this resolution: World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3

These are the specs that I have drawn up:

Case - Fractal Design Arc Mini
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Corsair h60 liquid cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The reason for this is that I currently reside in Singapore and my room gets very hot even with air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Although I will be moving to the UK in around one year.
GPU - Asus DCII Gtx 670 NON TOP version
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX670...

Motherboard - Asus Maximus GENE V
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maxi...
CPU - Intel i5 3570k

Ram - 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-...

PSU - Corsair TX750M
http://www.corsair.com/enthusiast-series-modular-tx850m...

HDD - Western Digital 1TB 64MB Caviar Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Corsair Force GT 120GB
http://www.corsair.com/en/ssd/force-series-gt-ssd/force...

I'd just like any feedback whatsoever on this build. My budget is somewhere around 1060 British pounds (or 1710 US dollars). I'd like to know if this will all fit inside the case and so forth as well. Thanks for any help received!

Nate

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October 6, 2012 8:50:00 AM

Here you go, I revised it a little to get you the most out of your money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£172.20 @ 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-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£100.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.51 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£58.60 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£365.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Vulcan Black MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£55.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £990.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

That 7970 GHz Edition will outperform any 670.
The motherboard you chose is a bit overpriced, the Extreme4-M is essentially the same thing.
With the PSU I listed, you can add another card anytime without having to upgrade on wattage.
I also gave a better SSD performance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
October 6, 2012 8:55:52 AM

My main question would be regarding heat, seeing as though the water cooled h60 was what gave me piece of mind. I live in Singapore so it's always quite hot.

The other question would be regarding the case. Why the switch? :D 
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October 6, 2012 9:03:27 AM

Wait... if you're in Singapore, then why are you giving your budget in pounds? o_o

The H60 isn't worth it imo, and don't worry about heat. The stock cooler would actually suffice if you're not gonna OC, but I suggested the Hyper 212 EVO for an even better cooling since stock kinda sucks and your CPU+Mobo is OC ready so you can do that anytime too.

I took into consideration your needed portability. The Vulcan is smaller and lighter.
Though admittedly, the Fractal has better features. I won't stop you if you want to get it. :) 
October 6, 2012 9:07:16 AM

I gave it in two currencies so other users in here could get an idea, I'm guessing Singapore dollars isn't a commonly thrown around currency here?

I'd like to overclock the CPU to around 4.2 to 4.4 Ghz, I'm very content there.

Oh right, I'll take a look into the case then, but yes I'm sure I can get the arc mini locally, which is another added bonus. But I'll take a look at both! :) 

Either way, how do you think this system could run BF3 and WoW at max reso? Any kind of prediction? :D 
October 6, 2012 9:15:45 AM

You should always give the currency you're at. Prices differ from place to place so the stuff we suggest can and WILL change depending on the amounts.

The 7970 GHz can max out almost every game out there. No need to worry.
Here's a small bench comparison for 7970 GHz and 670
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=598
October 6, 2012 9:33:24 AM

Okay thank you for all of the advice, it's been very helpful.

I'll definitely look into the 7970, as you're not the first person to mention this to me!
October 6, 2012 10:42:53 AM

+1 on the 7970, or even a 7950 if your budget doesn't allow it. I don't know why you are using Newegg, I believe they only post to places in America. Prices will probably be alot different in Singapore. I've been there, and Jesus Christ did my allergies to mosquitoes get a beating.
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