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January 27, 2013 4:03:51 PM

Hi everyone, first post on this :) . Anyway, I've been doing some research for a few days regarding my new gaming PC which I hope to order(all the parts) and build very soon! Instead of writing a lot, I've decided to use PCpartpicker as it is very helpful.

Here's the link to my build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zTov

Now first off all, I'd like to know whether you think this PC is good(for my first build ofc) and how well it would do for the next... 2-3 years, perhaps?

Secondly, whether all the parts are compatible( I know the PCpartpicker says they are all compatible but sometimes there may be wiring problems, case size problems ect and so on) furthermore it says at the bottom of the page that there is a problem linked to USB headers? I'm not entirely sure what this means as I'm a noob at this stuff :lol: 

"MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."

I'm not planning to overclock anything for a while but I am definitely going to do so when needed.

My budget (excluding the graphics card is £500) and it would be preferable if I spend less. The parts here in the UK are very different compared to the US, everything's SO expensive here :'( , any tips on what I should/could improve that would DEFINITELY be important, I won't upgrade if it isn't necessary.

My budget for the graphics card is £250 and I've chosen the 7950 twin frozr as it looks great, has 2 fans and comes with 3 free games! I could swap this for gtx 670 which is £20 more extra and comes with no free games - which should I buy? Personally, I prefer buying the 7950 as it comes with 3 free games but if the 670 is on a different scale and MUCH better than the 7950 then I won't hesitate to buy that.

I'm purchasing this all from Scan.co.uk, has anyone used them before? How are they? Fast, reliable or should I go with Aria( they seem kinda fishy judging from some opinions/reviews on the net).

Thanks for all the help everyone, can't wait to get this! :D . Oh and also, if you're wondering which games I'm going to be playing - well, I'm going to be playing everything but mostly games like BF3, FC3, GW2 and so on (mostly rpg's).
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 4:08:46 PM

whats ur maximum budget, and do u need os?

a c 285 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 4:11:37 PM

nah, you will get usb 2.0 in the front, and mobo still has usb 3.0 at the back
cm 912 is great choice
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a c 285 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 4:14:36 PM

based on your build :)  i cant find normal 912, there is only 912 plus available, it comes with transparent sidepanel so you can show off your stuffs :D 

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: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.76 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£37.19 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£259.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.54 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.10 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £731.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 18:14 GMT+0000)
January 27, 2013 4:30:57 PM

I already said my maximum budget - alltogether £750 if you add up what I said and yes, I have Windows 7 professional so I won't be needing that nor do I need a monitor, keyboard or mouse. Thanks for the info about the USB didn't really get it :p . As I said before, I'm going to be buying everything from Scan.co.uk because they offer finance and they are quite cheap compared to other websites. Can you guys answer the remaining questions please? Thanks for all the answers!!
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 4:44:28 PM
January 27, 2013 6:17:20 PM

That case looks quite good but isn't the Haf 912 better? Does that case have enough space and good airflow? If yes I would prefer that since it's much cheaper!
January 27, 2013 6:21:52 PM

Enough space for the 7950 I meant and for future upgrades to the GPU? Sorry for double post but editing my post doesn't seem to work :( 
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