Buying first gaming rig, need thoughts on it

I'm buying my first gaming computer and I've already found pretty much what I'd like to buy.
Can I get anybody's advice or suggestions on it?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£149.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£125.68 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.39 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.10 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£188.50 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£68.48 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: Asus VH192D 18.5" Monitor (£65.03 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £928.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 17:25 GMT+0000)

Also, I have no experience with assembling a computer: would I need extra connectors, paste, etc. ?

Thanks for your help :)
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  1. is there any particular reason why you are picking MSI Z68A board ???
  2. I have zero experience with PC building so, no, there isn't. What would you recommend?
  3. I recommend going with the i5-3570k(ivybridge) it's better than the i5-2500k(sandybridge), also put a good z77 mobo, and a better psu and a better card, the 7950 is better and comes with 3 games free.
    Also most important, changed the monitor for a 1080p one with ips panel.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.39 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.10 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£218.76 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£100.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £965.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. slashbat said:
    I have zero experience with PC building so, no, there isn't. What would you recommend?


    I agree with djangoringo. get AsRock Z77 Extreme4 . it is one of the best boards for money...
  5. djangoringo said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.39 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.10 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£218.76 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: Asus VH192D 18.5" Monitor (£65.03 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £930.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Thanks for your help!
    So, you've upgraded the video card and processor in return for a cheaper motherboard and PSU?

    edit: hang on didn't read your entire reply. sorry haha
  6. djangoringo said:
    I recommend going with the i5-3570k(ivybridge) it's better than the i5-2500k(sandybridge), also put a good z77 mobo, and a better psu and a better card, the 7950 is better and comes with 3 games free.
    Also most important, changed the monitor for a 1080p one with ips panel.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.39 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.10 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£218.76 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£100.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £965.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    So this would all fit inside the cooler master enforcer right?
  7. dont worry enforcer is more than enough ...
  8. shaun_shaun said:
    dont worry enforcer is more than enough ...


    Would it be better to buy a cheaper case then? thanks :)
  9. The storm enforcer is a good case, if you want a cheaper case get the fractal design core 3000 : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/fractal-design-case-fdcacore3000bl
  10. slashbat said:
    Would it be better to buy a cheaper case then? thanks :)



    CM storm enforcer has the same design as HAF 912 Plus ... enforcer is basically 912 Plus ...
  11. Also throwing the nzxt : http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-source-220-black-mid-tower-performance-case-with-usb-30-w-o-psu

    Cheap, good value.
    Any of those three can fit every component on the list.
  12. Thanks for all the help with this!! :)
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