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January 20, 2013 5:53:42 PM

Hi, im going to build my first gaming pc soon and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on if what im looking at making is the best for my budget of £1800

CPU -i 7-3770K £245.46
CPU Cooler - Corsair CWCH100 Hydro Series H100 £78.05
Motherboard - Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 £169.74
RAM - Corsair 2 x 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory £40.41
GPU - EVGA GF GTX 680 4GB £459.97
HDD - Western Digital 1TB VelociRaptor £183.03
PSU - Corsair CMPSU-800GUK Gaming Series GS800 800W £87.85
Sound Card - Creative Soundblaster Recon3D Fatal1ty £65.98
Optical Drive - Asus Blu-ray Writer Drive £76.00
Wireless Card - ASUS PCE-N15 £12.03
Case - NZXT Phantom 410 Midi (Black / White) £92.26

Total £1,510.78

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBP0

P.S. Im also trying to leave about £300 for things such as the OS, Monitor, Keyboard and stuff like that.

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January 20, 2013 7:29:54 PM

Wow. You have a big budget! Instead of the Sabertooth Z77 I always recommend the Maximus V Gene. Now this is perfect! The i7 3770k is amazing, and your GPU is just exquisite. I'm glad you went for a single GTX 680 because it is more future proof. Now for your CPU Cooler, I recommend the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, or the Hyper 212 Evo. Two very good overclocking coolers. Also, since you have the money, you should go for 1866 or 2133 MHz ram, in my opinion. Also, you really don't need a sound card, but that's a really good one so...keep it. Um, your Blu-ray drive is way too expensive. Go with the ASUS BW-12B1LT. If you go with the Maximus you get built in Wi-Fi but the card is good if you want to keep it. Your case is my personal favorite case so KEEP IT, your PSU is good, Corsair makes good stuff! Now, you shouldn't get the 1TB Velociraptor. Get this combo. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $189.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 16:42 EST-0500)

This costs the same, and you get more storage and speed. Lastly, for your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and OS...here ya go! :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: ROCCAT ISKU Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $359.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 16:55 EST-0500)

Hope you enjoy!
a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 7:50:01 PM

If it is pure gaming, you can do a lot better and save a lot more money.

and don't listen to the second part of "recommending maximus V gene" the other parts are pretty good though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler (£46.18 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£150.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£129.62 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£284.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£97.00 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-207MBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£65.45 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor (£462.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1684.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 21:48 GMT+0000)
went a bit over but i think you will like this build much more.

Monitor, i myself have the benq as my personal everyday use monitor but i recently saw a friend with 2560x1440 and i thought that it looked much nicer than a 1080p 120Hz monitor. Even though it can't use 3D(not that worth it anyways) it looks a lot more clear.

the sabertooth traps heat inside the motherboard and has specs of motherboards a lot cheaper than it.

Went with a 7970 because it can beat the 680 in a lot of scenarios and is much better at higher resolutions.

Air cooler because Watercooling is does not make that much of a difference over high end ACs.

SSD because it will be faster than any HDD and the 10k RPM HDD are just gimmicks and don't perform that much better than a 7200 RPM HDD.

ADDed a 2TB storage, can be lowered to 1TB if you know you do not need that extra space.(i know i don't)

i prefer 500R over the phantom 410, i have used both also.

850W incase you want to SLI/CFX in the future(Oced 7970s take quite a bit of power, but if going Nvidia, get the 670 instead of the 680 because the 670 performs about 5% less than the 680. Also if getting the 670, go for a 750W because the 670 is very power efficient)

there really is no need for a blu-ray drive, i rarely even use my optical drive because you can just download or stream movies. I added it inside because you had one inside yours and thought you would want it.
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January 20, 2013 8:07:37 PM

boulbox said:
If it is pure gaming, you can do a lot better and save a lot more money.

and don't listen to the second part of "recommending maximus V gene" the other parts are pretty good though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler (£46.18 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£150.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£129.62 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£284.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£97.00 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-207MBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£65.45 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor (£462.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1684.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 21:48 GMT+0000)
went a bit over but i think you will like this build much more.

Monitor, i myself have the benq as my personal everyday use monitor but i recently saw a friend with 2560x1440 and i thought that it looked much nicer than a 1080p 120Hz monitor. Even though it can't use 3D(not that worth it anyways) it looks a lot more clear.

the sabertooth traps heat inside the motherboard and has specs of motherboards a lot cheaper than it.

Went with a 7970 because it can beat the 680 in a lot of scenarios and is much better at higher resolutions.

Air cooler because Watercooling is does not make that much of a difference over high end ACs.

SSD because it will be faster than any HDD and the 10k RPM HDD are just gimmicks and don't perform that much better than a 7200 RPM HDD.

ADDed a 2TB storage, can be lowered to 1TB if you know you do not need that extra space.(i know i don't)

i prefer 500R over the phantom 410, i have used both also.

850W incase you want to SLI/CFX in the future(Oced 7970s take quite a bit of power, but if going Nvidia, get the 670 instead of the 680 because the 670 performs about 5% less than the 680. Also if getting the 670, go for a 750W because the 670 is very power efficient)

there really is no need for a blu-ray drive, i rarely even use my optical drive because you can just download or stream movies. I added it inside because you had one inside yours and thought you would want it.


Hey, uh it's just my opinion you don't need to say "Don't listen to that part about..." I mean, come on. I was just saying what I like.
a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 11:22:47 PM

i am just saying to ignore that part, that asus board is just overpriced and not needed in this build
January 20, 2013 11:51:35 PM

boulbox said:
i am just saying to ignore that part, that asus board is just overpriced and not needed in this build


Yeah I guess, however my cousins Z77 Sabertooth failed. That's why.
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