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New Gaming Build, Advice much appreciated!

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October 8, 2012 1:59:01 PM

Hello everyone,

This is my first PC build and I have come up with a draft rig after some research. I will be using this for gaming primarily and am trying to stick to around the £1000 mark. It is just under that at the moment. I want a capable and reliable system with good upgradeability. Any advice on my choices so far? Much appreciated.

Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory (2x4GB)

Graphics Card
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

NZXT Phantom Red Full Tower Case

Power Supply
Coolermaster 720W Silent Pro M2 Modular PSU

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVD Write Optical Drive | OEM

WD 1TB Green Desktop Drive (2 year warranty)
October 8, 2012 2:12:17 PM

Looks great bro only thing i change is get a i5-3570k for gaming i7 is not of any benefit in gaming and unless your planing to run four video cards i get the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO other then that your good.
October 8, 2012 2:14:44 PM

Downgrade the i7 to the i5 3570K since your only gaming.
Id get the P8Z77 Pro instead of Deluxe.
Replace the GPU with a 7950/670/7970.
Bad PSU. Get one from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX and PC&P. 550W if you will only run one GPU. SLI/Crossfire in the future, get 750W.
Get the WD Caviar Blue, its faster than the Green drive.

Edit: saw the PSU was a Silent Pro, dont mind my comment on PSUs lol.
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October 8, 2012 2:17:36 PM

If you'll only be gaming, save your money and get a i5-3570K as an i7 offers little or no performance advantage when it comes to gaming.

You should go for a Caviar Black instead of a Caviar Green as they are pretty slow and thus consume less power than their faster counterparts.

I put together a much, much better build that would have no problems maxing out today's games and should last you a good 2-3 years.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£172.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£105.32 @
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£69.36 @
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£215.94 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.40 @
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.49 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£66.32 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £948.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 8, 2012 2:23:43 PM

Lol... no you don't switch out that motherboard for AsRock extreme 4 :pt1cable:  :non:  just switch the cpu i5-3570k and motherboard to ASUS P8Z77-V PRO other then that your good imho. ;) 
October 8, 2012 2:39:41 PM

Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor Retail

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Windforce 2X NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB

Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive SATA 3 7200rpm

OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD - Solid State Drive

Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz

OCZ ZS Series 650W 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply

NZXT Phantom Enthusiast RED Large Tower Case

Total £957.96 (if you need windows than add £60)

i5 is all you need gaming

212 is sufficient cooling I would take it all day every day over the cheap liquid closed loops others suggested.

120GB SSD for super fast loading OS and games

1TB storage drive for all your porno/files

Kept the case you chose as I guess you selected that due to liking it

I run a nearly identical build myself and I honestly think you wont do any better in that price range on that budget. The rig above will max out anything right now at stock speeds, it will easily Overclock in the future to meet demands and you can toss in another GTX670 for SLi sometime far down the line.

October 8, 2012 2:59:08 PM

I'd do the 3570k and save $100 if primary usage is gaming.

I'd drop down to the Asus Sabertooth for the 5 year warranty....oir even the Pro for bigger savings

I like the low voltage white RAM
Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

I'd get the Asus, MSI has over volting issues

Don't get any PSU from CM, grab a Corsair TX series, Antec HCP or HCG Series or XFX Core edition for 9.5 performance rated (jonnyguru) units. Seasonic X series or Corsair HX series for 10.0 ratings

Green = Slow ...... get a WD black, Spinpoint a F3 or a Seagate Bararcuda XT for performance

October 8, 2012 2:59:10 PM

October 8, 2012 4:15:41 PM

Thank you so much everyone this is a huge help, you are all very kind!