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I'm doing my first build soon are these parts OK for a High-end Gaming PC

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April 2, 2013 2:34:49 PM

Hi, so I'm ready to do my first build and I'm going for the high end part of the market. my budget has been under £1000 ($1500) and so I've picked out these parts:

Corsair Gaming Case - http://goo.gl/YJjH0
Asus Motherboard - http://goo.gl/7eC4J
Seagate 3TB Hard drive - http://goo.gl/Fet17
Intel i5 3570K CPU - http://goo.gl/ATwZd
Sapphire HD7950 3GB Vapox-X Graphics Card - http://goo.gl/lHxh9
8GB RAM - http://goo.gl/FZsiS
CPU Cooler - http://goo.gl/rRzDk

TOTAL: £745.54 ($1126.10)

Reusing (2 years old):
DVD Drive which was rarely used
Corsair TX650 (650W) - http://goo.gl/SCyG7
Sound Card
1TB Hard drive with Windows 8 installed online (no CD)

am i missing anything? will the parts fit together? are there cheaper alternatives?
April 2, 2013 4:53:52 PM

instead of that mobo get a asrock extreme 3 or 4 and there are better case for the price
April 2, 2013 7:35:58 PM

Overall good choices. Cases are a personal thing, but consider the CoolerMaster HAF series. HAF-X and HAF 922/32 are all very good, as is the HAF 912/912+ at a lower pricepoint (though these may not be available in the UK, I am not sure).

As far as your hard drive, 3TB in a single drive is asking for trouble. I'd get two 1TB drives (Seagate or Western Digital) or a single WD Black drive (here's the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caviar-Black-7200-Internal-Driv...) plus an SSD for your boot. That'd be more expensive but would be the best all-around solution. More mechanical storage is cheap, but such a large drive with all of your data... well, you just don't want to be in the situation where it fails and you've lost everything.

For your MOBO, you've chosen a Z68 board, which will need an update to run that Ivy Bridge CPU. If you like Asus (I do) then get the similar Z77 board. Here's the slightly lower model, which will save you a bit of money: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Motherboard-CrossFireX-Int...

And here's the "standard" model which is pricier but is a great board, I have one myself: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Motherboard-PCI-Express-Cr...
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