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October 20, 2012 8:52:00 AM

Hello everyone c:

I'm planning on building a PC for gaming, because I heard it was much cheaper and better value then say, an Alienware. I am new to the homebuild scene and I'm not the most tech savvy. I've been looking at parts on both Amazon and Newegg and I was wondering if it would all work together + it's good value for the money. The only problem with Newegg is that it does it in $ so I'm unsure if it is possible to get them delivered to the UK (which would be good as it is better value IMO). Also I don't know if I have everything I need etc...

Hard Drive - Western Digital 2TB, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache, SATA 6.0GB/s, 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Processor - AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz, Socket AM3+, 95W 6-Core Processor

Motherboard - Asus M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G MicroATX AMD Motherboard

RAM - Corsair Vengence 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Case - Cooler Master HAF 912

Power Supply - Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX 12V v2.3 SLI

Optical Drive - Lite-On Black 12x BD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM SATA

Graphics Card - EVGA 02G-P4-2670-K GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

(I've linked it so that the items should come up c: )

Some of this confuses me, but I'm wondering, is this a really good build for a Gaming PC? If not, what would you change up for what? And have I missed anything?

Thanks in advance guys

~PositiveDaichi

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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 8:57:08 AM

Newegg doesn't deliver to the UK. Fill out the form in my sig and i'll make you a build.

You don't want a 6100 for a gaming build, or any build really.
October 20, 2012 9:14:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Don't really have one, but either in early November, or after Christmas.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) urm, under £1000 preferably, but if it goes slightly over thats alright (like between 1000-1100 is manageable)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is the most important, but decent at editing videos

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Well I'm getting it from scratch so everything :p 

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't really have one :p  (but preferably not eBay)

Location: London, England

Parts Preferences: Don't have any preferences besides I'd like a nVidia graphics card, but if you can get a better/same one for cheaper, go for it.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: You suggest c: (But the size preferably either 21.5" or 23" maximum)

Additional Comments: I'd like it to be fairly quiet and able to run a lot of games of high quality (Mainly FPS's but other games too.)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well I need a computer to game on, my laptop just doesn't cut it any more :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 9:30:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.61 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£98.92 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.93 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£149.06 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £993.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Does this look good? You can OC and have the option to add a second 7950 (though you shouldn't need it).

EDIT: Case is mainly a personal choice. That one is mainly a placeholder. Feel free to change it.

I picked a 7950 because it's a lot cheaper than a 670, but performs fairly well.
October 20, 2012 9:36:24 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.61 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£98.92 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.93 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£149.06 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £993.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Does this look good? You can OC and have the option to add a second 7950 (though you shouldn't need it).

EDIT: Case is mainly a personal choice. That one is mainly a placeholder. Feel free to change it.

I picked a 7950 because it's a lot cheaper than a 670, but performs fairly well.



That looks great! Thanks a lot for your help c:
a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 9:49:34 AM

I agree nice build except the RAM which seems to have a ridiculous and unnecessary heatsink.
October 20, 2012 12:50:44 PM

I have a question, if I get a Cooler Master Case, will I still need the CPU Cooler?
a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 9:54:55 PM

Yes; you will need the heatsink if you want to OC.

The RAM is Vengeance LP, though for some reason PCPartPicker just calls it Vengeance.
October 20, 2012 10:12:52 PM

I probably wont be overclocking tbh :p 
a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 10:21:05 PM

You can either get the CPU cooler later and leave yourself the option to OC, or you can save more money and get a 3550 and cheaper mobo if you don't plan to SLI either. I'd suggest leaving the cooler off and getting the 3570K anyway.