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New gaming PC build - need advice on parts please!

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October 10, 2012 4:12:08 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to build a new gaming PC soon, on which I'd like to be able to play games like Battlefield 3 and the Total War series maxed out if possible!

The last time I built a PC was several years ago now and I haven't kept myself up to date with developments in PC hardware so some advice on if I'm getting my moneys worth with the parts below would be appreciated! Also any suggestions for improvements I could make would be very useful too :) 

My budget will be no more than £1000.

So far I have selected the following parts:

Asus P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Socket 1155


Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor


EVGA 2GB GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2 Graphics Card


Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel


Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-850TXV2UK 850W Power Supply


Lian-Li PC-K57B Black Midi Case


Thank you for taking a look at my post, any advice atall is very much appreciated!




a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 4:24:17 PM

The 680 is over priced for the fact the GTX 670 runs close to dead even with it and does it for cheaper. A 750w psu will easily push two 670's in SLI and leave you plenty of headroom. Also look for memory with low profile heat spreaders so you don't impede any after market cpu heat sink you wish to use. For a reasonably priced cpu heat sink look at the Cooler Master 212 EVO.
October 10, 2012 4:33:50 PM

Thanks for the reply Why_me.

In that case I will definetly look into the GTX 670! I have no experience atall with SLI, how easy is it to setup?

And do you think it would be a good idea to get a custom heat sink for the CPU? I had planned to just using the standard one.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 5:05:55 PM

Teutonik said:
Thanks for the reply Why_me.

In that case I will definetly look into the GTX 670! I have no experience atall with SLI, how easy is it to setup?

And do you think it would be a good idea to get a custom heat sink for the CPU? I had planned to just using the standard one.

I would get the heat sink now so you don't have to mess with it later on. That and stock Intel heat sinks aren't that good imo.


Look at these changes.

This psu is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the upper tier Corsair psu's.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-pro-series-core... £74.10 Inc VAT
XFX P1-750S-UKB9 Pro Series Core Edition 750W Power Supply (PSU)


This cpu heat sink is the most recommended on here for it's price range and comes with a small tube of excellent thermal compound.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-hyper-212-... £26.65 Inc VAT
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler for All Intel/AMD CPU's


Low profile RAM.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-cerulean-blue-pc3-12800-(1600)-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v £30.96 Inc VAT
Corsair Memory Vengeance Low Profile Blue 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop


Factory over clocked GTX 670 that out performs the stock GTX 680.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-670-power-ed...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1019mhz-boost-1079mhz-cores-13 £300.78 Inc VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition OC NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB


And here's a quality case that's easier to work with than that Lain Li and won't break the bank.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-3... £59.16 Inc VAT
Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case No PSU
October 10, 2012 5:31:39 PM

Like Why_Me Said, 680 is overpriced 670 easily keeps up with it.
I would use the money spared from the 680 for a second 670.
October 10, 2012 7:51:26 PM

Thanks guys, the 670 definetly seems like the one to go for now. And when I've saved some more money early next year I will get a second one to run in SLI :) 

The other suggestions all seem great aswell, that Corsair case is a lot better!

Just one more question, What do you think of the motherboard and processor I've chosen? Are they a good combination? And is there likely to be any bottlenecking between them and the GPU?

Thanks for your help!



a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 8:16:11 PM

Teutonik said:
Thanks guys, the 670 definetly seems like the one to go for now. And when I've saved some more money early next year I will get a second one to run in SLI :) 

The other suggestions all seem great aswell, that Corsair case is a lot better!

Just one more question, What do you think of the motherboard and processor I've chosen? Are they a good combination? And is there likely to be any bottlenecking between them and the GPU?

Thanks for your help!

Both board and cpu you have up there are great choices. Can't go wrong with either one.
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