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January 7, 2013 4:26:31 PM

Hi, Im looking to build my first Gaming PC and was wondering if I have got everything right and if all the parts I have chosen are compatible, also I hope that the GPU and CPU will be able to lap games like Skyrim, BF3 and Planetside 2 on ultra or very high settings

Build:

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)

Memory:Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM Memory

Motherboard: Asus P8H61-MX R2.0

GPU: Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II 2GB

Case: Casecom 6788 All Black Case

Hard drive: Toshiba 1TB Hard Drive

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze PSU with 135mm Fan & single +12V Rail

DvD drive: LiteOn IHAS120 20X DVD±RW (Dual ±R)/RAM SATA Drive

Keyboard: Microsoft Black Wired Keyboard 200

Mouse: Logitech B110 Black Optical Mouse

Monitor: LG E1942C-BN LCD LED 18.5" VGA Monitor


All this is running me around £750 and I would like to keep the budget at that or if there are cheaper alternatives to what I have listed I would love hear them.

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January 7, 2013 4:40:32 PM

1. Change you board to a z77 board. an asrock z77 extreme4 will do or a pro3 depends on your budget.
2. As 4gb ram is becoming the standard today. As a gaming standard most would go for an 8gb ram build. Its more than enough but might as well go for it. So change your ram to a 8gb, maybe a 1600 will do.
3. If you are not planning to OC then might aswell go for a 3470/3570(depends on budget) cpu, h77 board, and drop the cooler.
January 7, 2013 4:50:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£159.54 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.50 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£215.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon 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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£11.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £712.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 18:48 GMT+0000)

Build is not for overclocking. Follow admbautista's advice for overclocking setup. The 670 is way to much for an 18" monitor. Make sure the monitor has DVI (or HMDI) inputs or the GPU is all for not. You're probably looking at 1400x900 resolution max. I threw in the 7870 which is much cheaper and you will definately be able to play on ultra settings at that resolution. I add the OS as well.
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January 7, 2013 4:53:23 PM

Thanks for the reply Ill change the RAM, and i don't mean to sound ungracious but why does the motherboard need changing
January 7, 2013 4:55:59 PM

Because you will not be able to overclock with that motherboard if you plan to do so. Second, if you don't plan to overclock, the H77 or B75 are much better chipsets.
January 7, 2013 8:36:19 PM

Ok advice considered I have changed it to this

Case: Casecom 6788 All Black Case

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel H77, DDR3, S-ATA 600, ATX)

PSU: XFX ProSeries 550W Core Edition Power Supply - 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

DvD drive: Liteon Ihas120 20x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler for All Intel/AMD CPU's

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda© SATA 6Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000524AS

Memory: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory

GPU: ASUS GEFORCE GTX 670 DIRECTCU II - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-EXPRESS 3.0 (GTX670-DC2-2GD5)

Keyboard: Microsoft Black Wired Keyboard 200

Mouse: Logitech B110 Black Optical Mouse

oh and do I need to buy any separate wires or cables


January 8, 2013 1:35:13 AM

Jupz said:
Ok advice considered I have changed it to this

Case: Casecom 6788 All Black Case

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel H77, DDR3, S-ATA 600, ATX)

PSU: XFX ProSeries 550W Core Edition Power Supply - 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

DvD drive: Liteon Ihas120 20x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler for All Intel/AMD CPU's

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda© SATA 6Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000524AS

Memory: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory

GPU: ASUS GEFORCE GTX 670 DIRECTCU II - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-EXPRESS 3.0 (GTX670-DC2-2GD5)

Keyboard: Microsoft Black Wired Keyboard 200

Mouse: Logitech B110 Black Optical Mouse

oh and do I need to buy any separate wires or cables


1. Since you moved your build to a non-overclock build, (You've changed your board to a h77 board), Might as well changed you cpu to a non-k version. this will save you more money and same performance since the k's price difference is because it is allowed to overclock.

2. You can also remove the cpu cooler because you would not really need this because you won't overclock. You can use the stock cooler with the cpu as long as it lives.

3. You would not need to buy extra cables, since most probably, the monitor you'll have will only have vga support and cable. You'll most probably have a dvi-vga adapter with your video card that you can use to connect that cable to your video card. But hoping that your monitor will have a dvi connector/input, and you only have a vga cable, you can buy a dvi cable to to connect your monitor to your video card using dvi.

note that using dvi will have better quality than vga, dvi,hdmi = digital signal; vga = analog signal.

4. as cball1311 said, your video card is way too overkill for your monitor, not unless your planning to change that monitor to atleast 23" or something with 1920x1080 resolution. That would still be a bit overkill but not much of an overkill as you have now.
January 8, 2013 3:46:31 PM

Ok what if If I change the motherboard to an asus z77 like you said and I not going to keep the VGA monitor for more than a few months because it was a spare one I had I will most likely change in a few months to a full HD monitor
January 8, 2013 4:03:55 PM

Then this is what you are looking at.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£215.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon 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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£11.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £754.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 18:02 GMT+0000)

You can use the VGA monitor as GPUs usually come with a DVI-VGA adapter.
January 9, 2013 5:25:36 PM

I meant an Asus P8Z77-M Z77 and GTX 670 I will upgrade monitor to full HD later on.
January 9, 2013 6:22:16 PM

So the build is now:

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler for All Intel/AMD CPU's

Memory: Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 XMP HyperX Predator Memory

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard

GPU: ASUS GEFORCE GTX 670 DIRECTCU II - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-EXPRESS 3.0

Case: Casecom 6788 All Black Case

HDD: Seagate Barracuda© SATA 6Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000524AS

PSU: XFX ProSeries 550W Core Edition Power Supply - 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

DVD writer: Liteon Ihas120 20x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive

Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Black Wired Keyboard 200 & Logitech B110 Black Optical Mouse
January 10, 2013 12:31:53 AM

You'er good to go.
January 10, 2013 3:47:44 PM

Oh and is the power supply good or will i need more to OC
January 10, 2013 3:58:20 PM

It will be plenty for you to OC.
January 10, 2013 4:19:17 PM

Ok thanks alot cball1311 and admbautista for helping me with my first gaming pc :D 
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