New Computer Spec 2012

Hi, I'm new to this world of building computers therefore would appreciate any advice please.

I'm trying to build a pc for general use as well as gaming. I do not have any specific budget, but would like to build costs reasonable (around £1000 - not sure if this is too much or too little. I've done some research and come up with the components below:

Case: NZXT Phantom Black Full Tower Case £94.94
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z677 (Socket 1155) DDR3 £169.99
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7-3770K 3.50Ghz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 OEM £259.99
Heat Sink & Fan: NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler £54.98
Graphics Card:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 3X 2084MB GDRR5 £319.99
Memory (RAM): Cosair 8Gb DDR3 1600Mhz Dominator Memory £44.55
Hard Drive(s): Cosair 240gb Force 3 SSD 2.5 SATA-III £146.99
Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB SATA 6Gb/s 64 Cache (OEM) £118.19
Power Supply (PSU) OCZ ZX Series 850W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply £124.99

Am I spending too much on this computer for general and some gaming?

Are there are better components I should chose instead of those chosen above?

Any advice would be great including tips regarding choosing the best components.
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  1. would suggest a 3570k

    £80 cheaper and should be more than adequate for your needs

    and do you really need 3tb of storage?

    1tb is much more than most people need

    and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is almost £20 cheaper than that cooler but still very good
  2. i agree with the above,i5 3570k if your mainly gaming,but i7-3770k if your going to be rendering and doing cpu demanding stuff,3tb is massive, 1 would be ace for storing your games and stuff on, also look at the 212 EVO from coolermaster good cpu cooler.
  3. Thanks for the advice

    Asides from gaming, I am planning to have 2 monitors attached to this system so I can do work on one and perhaps watch movies on another.

    i5 still more than adequate?

    Any thoughts on the other parts or any other considerations?
  4. i5 is still adequate

    you also dont need 850w psu

    a good 750w would be more than enough and still be future proof
  5. thanks points noted.

    And the graphics card, motherboard and memory?

    Also how do I choose which SSD drive to go for?

    Sorry I'm completely new to all of this.
  6. Are you planning on Overclocking the CPU?If your not avoid the 'k' series,they are more expensive and have the same clocks @ stock than the equivalent non 'k' CPU but they have unlocked multipliers to allow a greater overclock.
    If overclocking I would also go for a Noctua D14 which is more expensive but much better specially when trying very high overclocking.
  7. great graphics card

    motherboard is up to you--i prefer asus myself

    memory--depends which cooler you get --you may be better getting low profile memory if you want to fill all the slots at a later date--ram is dirt cheap

    ssd--for me samsung 840

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-162-SA&groupid=701&catid=2104&subcat=2394
  8. No I have no plans to overclock - correct me if i'm wrong, think this is not required for general use and some gaming.

    I want a sturdy laptop which will last me a good few years, which will be easy to upgrade from time to time. I have set aside £1000 - £1500 (is this too much???).

    Based on the comments above, the spec looks like:
    Case: NZXT Phantom Black Full Tower Case £94.94
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z677 (Socket 1155) DDR3 £169.99
    Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40Ghz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 OEM £179.99
    Heat Sink & Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler £26.99
    Graphics Card:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 3X 2084MB GDRR5 £319.99
    Memory (RAM): Cosair 8Gb DDR3 1600Mhz Dominator Memory £44.55
    Hard Drive(s): Cosair 240gb Force 3 SSD 2.5 SATA-III £146.99
    Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB SATA 6Gb/s 64 Cache (OEM) £118.19
    Power Supply (PSU) OCZ ZX Series 850W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply £124.99

    I'm open to suggestions and any alternatives anyone may have.
  9. thanks mcnumpty23 - I had a look at samsung 840, read the reviews. sounds gd.


    I will stick if the cooler you suggested I guess. What memory would you suggest? My understanding is that 8gb is more than enough for my purposes?
  10. 8gb is enough--though allowing future proofing to 16gb wont hurt

    something low profile like

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-017-SA

    or

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-307-CS

    personally the samsungs as they can run 1600mhz at only 1.4v

    overclocking isnt required for general use and some gaming--but can give a large boost for free

    theres £12 difference between 3570 and 3570k so to me the 3570k is a no brainer

    with that heatsink overclocking should add 25% to 30% performance increase
  11. youll want a OCD vortex ssd one one the best out there (personally),everything else is mint,save some money on your PSU 750 will be more than enough.
  12. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  13. mcnumpty23 - why would i go for low profile ram? what are the benefits?

    does this look better guys?

    Based on the comments above, the spec looks like:
    Case: NZXT Phantom Black Full Tower Case £94.94
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z677 (Socket 1155) DDR3 £169.99
    Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40Ghz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 OEM £179.99
    Heat Sink & Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler £26.99
    Graphics Card:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 3X 2084MB GDRR5 £319.99
    Memory (RAM): Cosair 8Gb DDR3 1600Mhz Dominator Memory £44.55
    Hard Drive(s): OCZ 240 Vertex 3 SSD £155.00
    Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB SATA 6Gb/s 64 Cache (OEM) £118.19
    Power Supply: Cosair TX 750 V2 PSU 80plus Bronze Certified £81.38
  14. much better,but still not really much need for 3TB hard drive.
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