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~£800-£900 gaming rig - need advice!

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May 21, 2012 7:33:51 PM

Budget Range: Under £900

Intended Usage: Gaming (Diablo 3, WoW, Starcraft 2 in particular), watching movies, work, programming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

I have never built a computer before so I thought it would be a good idea to get some advice on the build I have chosen first from people who have some expertise on the subject!

Here is my current build:

CPU: Intel i5 2500K
http://ark.intel.com/products/52210

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 PRO-V/GEN3
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68...

GPU: Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCu II TOP Graphics Card (1GB)
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX5...

HDD: Western Digital 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s Caviar Black HD - 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Module Kit
http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-...

XFX 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler fan
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6603

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus chassis
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6737

LiteOn DVD burner (IHAS 524)
http://www.liteonit.eu/en/optical-storage-dvd-rw-intern...

I was thinking of buying an additional case fan to attach at the back of the chassis as there is only one fan included - I was considering getting a Cooler Master BC 120mm blue LED fan or something similar (link below) as there is a clear window in the chassis and it would add a nice visual effect, but I am not sure how effective the fan will be, and I'd rather go with performance than looks - I would appreciate any advice!

LED fan:
http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?category_id=3...

Any general comments on the proposed build would also be really appreciated, specifically if the parts are all compatible and if the PSU will provide sufficient power :) 

Thanks a lot for your advice! :) 
May 21, 2012 7:58:55 PM

Thanks for the advice - I really appreciate it! I think I would prefer to stick with nVIDIA though for the GPU…
It's good to know that all the parts should work together - thanks :) 
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May 21, 2012 8:00:13 PM

Phoenix217 said:
Thanks for the advice - I really appreciate it! I think I would prefer to stick with nVIDIA though for the GPU…
It's good to know that all the parts should work together - thanks :) 


haha no prob..also you can sub in a gtx 570 for the 7850 since they are close in price.
May 21, 2012 8:01:05 PM

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-300... £58.99
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155... £109.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board with benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the most recent bios update

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-750-watt-core-edition-... £74.98
XFX 750 Watt Core Edition Full Wired Power Supply

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-zs-series-7... £59.98
OCZ Technology ZS Series 750W 80+ Bronze Power Supply

http://www.dabs.com/products/g-skill-8gb--2-x-4gb--ripj... £39.99
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws-X DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CL9

http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-ra... £179.98
Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 860MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
May 21, 2012 9:54:13 PM

Thanks for the info! I will go do some research :) 
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