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£700 Gaming Rig - First Build - Suggestions/Criticisms Needed!

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December 28, 2012 12:06:03 AM

Sup,

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days
Budget Range: £600-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Video editing > Music production > Web browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (All audio equipment and spec will be purchased separately, inc. external sound interface)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK retailer
Country: UK
Parts Preferences: No preference as long as sourced reliably
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, definitely not a pressing issue for the time being
Notes: DVD/CD-R Drive required. I feel pretty set on a i5-3570k. Must boast a 1TB HDD at least. At least 8GB RAM. Don't have a clue on GPU's so suggestions are welcome. Would enjoy some strange audio outputs on the rig, SP/DIF? Everything else is subjective.

Version 2 of a build I have been creating the past few days:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uxGo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uxGo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uxGo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£85.42 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £662.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 02:03 GMT+0000)

I'm really not too bothered with SLI/Crossfire capabilities, although it would be a welcome bonus. Overclocking is a must. I'm a tad unsure about the GPU mind

All suggestion welcome. I want to get this perfect since it's a lot of money to bugger it up.
December 28, 2012 10:03:01 AM

i'd advise to get 7870.
other than that looks good.
December 28, 2012 10:28:10 AM

If overclocking is a must, what CPU cooler are you using? The intel stock cooler will not cut it for anything more than the mildest overclock.
December 29, 2012 5:09:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uPHc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uPHc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uPHc/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 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£196.84 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£85.42 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £747.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 19:00 GMT+0000)

Thank for your replies. Gone a tad over budget but this seems like the ticket.

I will buy a CPU cooler when i'm ready to OC, I must learn first. A few questions; many companies offer the same GPU type (7970 ect) although prices can fluctuate in their £30's, what is the difference between these?

Also, I have a compatibility warning and wondered how I could solve this 'ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.' ?
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