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August 30, 2012 4:12:03 PM

Hello all, I am looking to build my own gaming pc, I have a budget of around £800. I would just like some opinions, advice or changes etc. to my selection of parts. After days of reading reviews and searching for parts I have come up with a list. I won't be ordering them until 2-3 weeks from now.

Also a noob question, on the description for the actual case, and this is an extremely noob question, it sayson the top, there are "120mm/140mm Fan Vent x 2 (1 Fan included, 1 optional)" I just want to be clear before I buy, should I buy a 140mm fan to put there? same with on the bottom.

The pc will be for gaming, from warcraft3 to starcraft2 to APB reloaded to minecraft. It would be nice to play games on at least medium settings and not low :) .

Approximate Purchase Date: Aprox. 3 weeks from now.

Budget Range: £0 - £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: United Kingdom, England, East Anglia.

Parts Preferences: I would prefer to keep intel as friends suggested I did and I read they bead AMD for price for performance.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

The parts I have chosen so far
CPU - £164.98 Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor( I read somewhere that this CPU was perfectly capable of running games on high spec, I might be wrong I don't know.. but it seemed legit)

CPU Cooler - £16.99 Hyper TX3 (RR-910-HTX3-GP)

Motherboard - £79.88 ASUS P8P67 ( Changed from the P8H67)

Graphics Card - £227.98 Palit GeForce Nvidia GTX 660 Ti (Changed from GTX 560 ti)

RAM - £32.79 Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 LP Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Memory Module Kit

Hard Drive - £53 WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Internal hard drive Serial ATA-600 3.5" 7200 rpm WD10EALX

DVD drive - £15.99 Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x Internal SATA

Power Supply - £65.99 Corsair Gamer Series GS 600W '80 Plus Bronze'

Computer Case - £50 Zalman Z11 Plus

Operating System £72.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC)

Total. £781


All and any advice is completely welcome, thank you.
I read through the articles(mostly) and changed a few parts, went over my original budget but who cares, gonna use it for a few years might as well make the most of it. Apologies for not reading your post on how to ask for advice etc. before posting.

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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 30, 2012 4:27:27 PM

The Hyper TX3 is not any better than the stock fan, and there's no reason not to go with Ivy Bridge at this point. P67 is several generations old now and the Corsair GS series isn't a good choice for PSU.

I think I would scrap that whole build and go for 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: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£115.99 @ Amazon UK)
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 (£66.10 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£237.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £886.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-30 17:27 BST+0100)

A little bit more with the operating system but this will be a better system all the way around with more longevity for newer hardware.
August 30, 2012 4:46:44 PM

My budget was originally £750 I would have to wait another month for the money to buy these parts, I could always upgrade parts in the future, like buy a downgrade for now. Could you suggest what I should downgrade for now? Thank you for the help so far.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 30, 2012 5:09:57 PM

Frijjilicious said:
My budget was originally £750 I would have to wait another month for the money to buy these parts, I could always upgrade parts in the future, like buy a downgrade for now. Could you suggest what I should downgrade for now? Thank you for the help so far.


If you're not going to overclock you could downgrade the motherboard and CPU to something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.79 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£83.99 @ 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 (£66.10 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£237.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £794.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-30 18:10 BST+0100)
August 30, 2012 5:31:12 PM

Oo the GPU comes with a free borderlands 2 game not bad. I'll take a look, should I invest in a CPU cooler or will the stock be fine?
a c 271 4 Gaming
August 30, 2012 5:41:33 PM

Frijjilicious said:
Oo the GPU comes with a free borderlands 2 game not bad. I'll take a look, should I invest in a CPU cooler or will the stock be fine?


If you're not going to OC the stock fan will be fine.
August 30, 2012 5:53:39 PM

Okay thank you. Sorry for all the questions but should I buy more fans to put on it or will I not need them?
a c 271 4 Gaming
August 30, 2012 5:57:28 PM

Frijjilicious said:
Okay thank you. Sorry for all the questions but should I buy more fans to put on it or will I not need them?


Initially you won't. The thing is it's always better to plan how your system's air is going to flow rather than buy a bunch of fans and then you have several sitting around that you won't use. You can only buy as many fans as your case has mounts for and the size and placement of the fans does matter.
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