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£2000 gaming build any advice?

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September 7, 2012 10:11:35 PM

Hey guys in a few days im looking to purchase all the components for my 1st true gaming pc.

Here are the parts I'm looking to get. Any advice on wether this is a good build or not would be much appreciated.

Im looking to do gaming and video editing on this system.

Build Budget £2000
Case:Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid Tower Case.
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor.
CPU Cooler: Corsair CWCH80 Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler.
PSU: Corsair TXM 850W Modular PSU.
Mother Bord: Asus P8Z77-V PRO, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, D-Sub (VGA)/ DisplayPort/ DVI-I/ HDMI, ATX .
Ram: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 PC3-12800(1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V .
GPU: 2GB MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr/OC, 28nm, PCIe 3.0, 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU 1058MHz, Boost 1124MHz, Cores 1536, 2x DL DVI, DP/HDMI.
Bluray: LiteOn IHOS104-06 4xBlu-ray, 8x DVD Reader OEM inc Power DVD 10 BD Software (Just want it to read disksfor now ).
SSD: 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, SandForce 2281, Read 525MB/s, Write 475MB/s, 80K IOPS
HDD: 1TB Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda 7200.12, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
Razer Arctosa Black Edition Programmable Gaming Keyboard with Hyperesponse
Razer Megalodon 7.1Ch Gaming Headset - Maelstorm Audio Engine!
24" BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 3D Vision 2 LED Monitor Black/Red Full HD HDMI/DVI 1920x1080 350cd/m2 1000:1 2ms
Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision 2 Kit Glasses And IR Emitter Needs 120Hz 3D Monitor.

This will be my first build and with so many component options its a bit of a stab in the dark for me for choosing them. If i have Missed anything, there will be any compatibility issues or if u have any advice Please let me know thank you.
a c 287 4 Gaming
September 7, 2012 10:17:07 PM

I personally wouldn't spend that kind of money on peripherals - and to me the 3-D monitors are a bit expensive and a bit of a gimmick. They don't really add much depth to your game playing field. On a gaming rig you also won't use the 3770K to its' full extent.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£175.96 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.81 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£117.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.90 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.80 @ Novatech)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£321.20 @
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£91.19 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.99 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (£221.76 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1322.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 23:16 BST+0100)

Then add whatever keyboard, mouse, etc you want and you still come out ahead.
September 7, 2012 10:26:43 PM

Get this:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£251.94 @
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£48.49 @
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£273.78 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.19 @
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.80 @ Novatech)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£304.99 @
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£304.99 @
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case (£99.58 @
Power Supply: Silverstone 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£165.98 @
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£151.53 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £1879.64

*the performance difference between the GTX680 and GTX670 is nule.

*you can add a third GTX670 later.

*you can get two extra monitors later for surround gaming :D 

*if you have a few GBPs more....get this: its insanely AWESOME i have three and love them... the picture quality on 3D mode is out of this world.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2012 10:27:00 PM

There are no major incompatabilities, but a few things to think on.
Case is a bit of a lump. Well built, agreed, but more than you need. Something like a Corsair Carbide 500r would be good for your build, although nothing actually wrong with your choice.
Appreciate why you've selected i7, but you don't need it for gaming, and benefit for video work is not large, unless you are doing high end HD work.
The corsair H80, is not bad, but quite noisy. H100 is not quite as bad, and you can use quieter fans. To be honest, air coolers tend to be quieter, cheaper, and good performance.
The GTX 680 is very good GPU, but advantage over GTX670 is fairly small, considering the additional cost.
Given budget for build, may be worth getting bigger SSD. 128GB Samsung 830, or Crucial M4.
I know nothing about 3D equipment, so someone else would have to advise you there.
September 7, 2012 10:27:47 PM

I'd just make a few small adjustments to g-unit1111's build and I'd say you're good to go.

Swap the CPU cooler out for a CM Hyper 212 EVO

Swap the HDD out for a 2TB drive like this one

Swap the video card out for a non-reference GTX 670

And get a 120Hz monitor since you can afford it. In my opinion it does make a difference.
The XL2420T is an excellent monitor.
September 7, 2012 10:38:37 PM

To be honist I only want the ssd to boot the operating system :)  thank you for the advise though :) 
September 7, 2012 10:54:53 PM

Because of your budget, get a 128GB SSD anyway.