Gaming System £1,000 (w/o monitor & w OS)

Approximate Purchase Date: Early April 2012

Budget Range: £1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, anything else is very much secondary.

Parts Not Required: Monitor and large storage HDD not required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Dabs, Ebuyer, Amazon (buying from UK)

Country: England

Parts Preferences: Good case and powersupply so that I can use them for many years whie upgrading the obvious gpu/cpu components. I would like an SSD but I'm a little unsure about motherboard choice. I don't really need anything flashy but at the sametime I don't want to gimp the system.

Overclocking: Yes, but only for stable increases, not for show.

SLI or Crossfire: No. I would rather have single GPU and upgrade to 2 later.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

The system below is almost exactly £1,000 - please review my choices and tell me where I am going wrong etc:


CASE Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis, Black
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-gaming-chassis--black-7LGG.html

PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-3-30ghz-lga1155-6mb-79Q8.html

HEATSINK Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-cooling-freezer-7-pro-rev-2-cpu-cooler-73WG.html

DRIVE LG Electronics 24x Super-Multi Internal DVDRW SATA Black Bare
http://www.dabs.com/products/lg-electronics-24x-super-multi-internal-dvdrw-sata-black-bare-7N5X.html

OS Microsoft Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk OEI OEM DVD
http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-home-premium-7-sp1-64-bit-en-1pk-oei-oem-dvd-7J00.html

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-xmp-79V4.html

SSD Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-series-tx750-modular-power-supply-7LGL.html

POWER Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-series-tx750-modular-power-supply-7LGL.html

MOBO ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z68-extreme4-gen3-s1155-intel-z68-ddr3-atx-7RC9.html

GPU VTX3D ATI Radeon 7870 HD 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-vtx3d-ati-radeon-7870-hd-1000mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-80BR.html

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave any comments.
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  1. Sorry, mistake on the SSD but I can't seem to edit the orginal message

    SSD Crucial 128GB m4 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive
    http://www.dabs.com/products/crucial-128gb-m4-sata-6gb-s-2-5--solid-state-drive-7GL1.html?q=m4%20crucial&src=16
  2. Bump, because I spent hours researching and would appreciate if someone could check the parts will all work together etc.
  3. excillent build but i would like you to change few parts

    cooler get this one which is better

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-tx3-evo-cpu-cooler-s1366-1156-1155-775-fm1-am3plus-am3-am2

    ram has tall heat spreaders so their might be a problem installing an aftermarket cooler

    http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-8gb--2x4gb--vengeance-blue-ddr3-1600mhz-dimm-240-pin-cl9-lp-7KHN.html?refs=468550000-354710000-418700000-4294963789&src=3

    and also a better and cheaper psu will do because corsair psu are always over priced as well as over rated.

    my 2 cent
  4. Brilliant, thanks serialkiller. I'll swap in both the part you suggest and perhaps swap the corsair PSU for:

    OCZ Technology 750W ZT Series Fully-Modular Power Supply
    http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-750w-zt-series-fully-modular-power-supply-7TM1.html?q=750w&src=16

    Assuming this is a good choice.
  5. Yes that is modular and a good rated psu.

    Corsair is tier 1 but is highly prices and not worth it.

    if you could go higher then get the xfx 850 w 80+ silver.

    Tier 1 : seasonic , corsair , xfx .

    Tier 2 : silverstone , ocz , pc power and cooling

    Tier 3 : coolermaster , antec , thermaltake

    bad psu makers : raidmax , kingwin , or any other non branded maker.

    For ram what should you look for.

    Size and no of sticks.

    If your motherboard needs dual channel ram get dual and not 2 single ram.

    Also same for quad dont buy 2 dual channel ram.

    If you are just gaming then 8 gb is all you need but if quad channel then get 16 gig ram.

    Latency and cas

    latency is the time taken to respond the ram.

    It is denoted as 4 digit . first 3 digit as generally below 12 and the next one is nearly or more than twice of first one .

    eg. 9 9 9 24 .

    Cas is denoted as single .

    Eg. cas 9

    Lower is always good but dont end up spending more for low lattency ram
  6. An XFX PSU would do just as well as a Corsair one (got the exact same advice when I built the rig in my sig).

    The RAM will be fine with that heatsink, used to have the Hyper-212 with Corsair Vengeance RAM and it's not a problem.
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