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

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March 27, 2012 11:02:19 PM

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-500...

PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-3-30gh...

HEATSINK Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-cooling-freezer-7-p...

DRIVE LG Electronics 24x Super-Multi Internal DVDRW SATA Black Bare
http://www.dabs.com/products/lg-electronics-24x-super-m...

OS Microsoft Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk OEI OEM DVD
http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-home-pre...

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4...

SSD Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-se...

POWER Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-enthusiast-se...

MOBO ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z68-extreme4-gen3-s...

GPU VTX3D ATI Radeon 7870 HD 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-vtx3d-ati-radeo...

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave any comments.
March 28, 2012 5:57:06 PM

Bump, because I spent hours researching and would appreciate if someone could check the parts will all work together etc.
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March 29, 2012 12:06:06 PM

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



March 29, 2012 2:07:40 PM

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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