~£1200 Dual Monitor Gaming Build

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: ebuyer.com , amazon.co.uk , scan.co.uk

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.

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  1. A GTX 670 will be much better in fps.
  2. 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.
  3. Can anybody else give any advice or recommendations for this build?
  4. No SLI -> no need for a SLI motherboard

    Other than that, it looks pretty good to me.


    Consider going up to a GTX 670, depending on which games you'll be playing.
  5. 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.
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