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~£1200 Dual Monitor Gaming Build

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July 29, 2012 9:37:32 PM

This is my first build so any help or advice which can be provided is appreciated.

The build is needed for 2 things:

1. To help with a Computer Science degree I will be starting in September
2. To play current games at a reasonable framerate.

Approximate Purchase Date: ~ 1 month

Budget Range: Maximum of £1200 but may be willing to spend more, provided the extra cost would be worth spending.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Watching Films

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All parts are needed except mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: , ,

Location: Cambridge, UK

Parts Preferences:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 570 OC Windforce3X 1280MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
MSI GTX660 Ti PE OC NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB
Case: No case decided at this time. Need one with good cooling and quite quiet.
PSU: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply
Monitors: 2x Samsung S23B550V 23" Widescreen LED MHL Monitors
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Wireless Card: Unsure what card at this time.

Overclocking: Mabye in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No plans to at this time

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Although this is a dual monitor build, I will be gaming on just a single monitor and the second monitor will be used for web browsing/watching videos.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a more powerful machine for university and to play more recent games with a decent framerate.

Please post below any changes, if any, you feel I should make with the current parts.

July 29, 2012 9:43:59 PM

A GTX 670 will be much better in fps.
August 17, 2012 2:37:38 PM

I looked around and saw that the gtx660ti has been released so I have changed the GPU to that one as it seems to be a better choice.
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August 28, 2012 12:44:18 PM

Can anybody else give any advice or recommendations for this build?
August 28, 2012 5:44:44 PM

The Coolermaster Storm Scout is good value and fairly quiet, just check that the GPU fits in there, the biggest GPU's won't fit. Most will though.

EDIT: Other than that, looks great but I would consider spending a bit less on the motherboard and hard drive in favor of a GTX 670.

Also, these are excellent for the price.

IPS and made of sexy aluminium.