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Buying first gaming rig, need thoughts on it

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December 19, 2012 3:31:06 PM

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 :) 
December 19, 2012 3:36:50 PM

is there any particular reason why you are picking MSI Z68A board ???
December 19, 2012 3:38:51 PM

I have zero experience with PC building so, no, there isn't. What would you recommend?
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December 19, 2012 3:44:19 PM

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.)
December 19, 2012 3:49:29 PM

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...
December 19, 2012 3:50:31 PM

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
December 19, 2012 3:54:22 PM

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?
December 19, 2012 3:56:41 PM

dont worry enforcer is more than enough ...
December 19, 2012 3:58:18 PM

shaun_shaun said:
dont worry enforcer is more than enough ...


Would it be better to buy a cheaper case then? thanks :) 
December 19, 2012 4:03:36 PM

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 ...
December 19, 2012 4:13:39 PM

Thanks for all the help with this!! :) 
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