New Gaming Build, a few qestions

This is my new build if anybody could give me any critiques. I will not be overclocking.

Points of concern: Monitor, I would prefer to not have to spend as much, but cant find a good gaming monitor at 24" that hasn't got so many negative reviews. I will be mostly gaming. Lots of FPS and RTS.

Anywhere where I can cut down costs without sacrificing power - and limiting future upgradability?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.07 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£95.83 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£56.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£303.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case (£132.35 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.37 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor (£288.28 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£32.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £1449.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. Yes I know I spelled questions wrong
  2. much better now

    http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kuGI

    slower monitor but much better image quality
    much better gtx670
    you dont need that much ram
    much cheaper case
    cheaper power supply


    note: buy the power supply from overclockers. the one listed at amazon isnt correct
  3. You could get a smaller PSU. 650 or even 550w should be fine.

    You could get a cheaper PSU cooler. The Nocturna is very expensive and only slightly better than cheaper options such as the Cooler Master 212.
  4. that is so untrue. the noctua lets you overclock further, cools a lot better, and is much quieter. its not double the performance of a hyper 212 but it is half as loud at full load
  5. What is better about the MSI card
  6. it cools way better, overclocks much further, and is cheaper. and it has overvolting for higher overclocks. its not recommend you overvolt a lot since it could easily fry the card but you can just in case your card needs more voltage for that little bit more mhz
  7. If was not going to personally overclock, would the msi still be better than the EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW
  8. This is the lowest I tried to go while getting similar gaming performance if you decide to O/C the 7950:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£139.94 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£52.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£216.98 @ Dabs)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG E2442V-BN 24.0" Monitor (£120.15 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £829.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    EDit: 7950 OCed may be slightly better.
  9. Bussy520 said:
    If was not going to personally overclock, would the msi still be better than the EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW


    yes because the boost clock (auto overclock) will be higher than the evga since it has more thermal headroom. the cooler the card runs,the higher it will boost.

    i dont see why you wouldnt want to overclock though
  10. dont know how is not a excuse. there are way too many guides out there that can help

    you cant really break anything. its mostly idiotproof nowadays

    and the ftw sucks compared to other solutions. i dont see any reason for its hype.

    and the fact that it performs better and is CHEAPER means that there is no reason not to get one
  11. Cool just covering all my bases. Will be going for the MSI, thanks for the help
  12. no problem
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