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

PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB

HEATSINK Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler

DRIVE LG Electronics 24x Super-Multi Internal DVDRW SATA Black Bare

OS Microsoft Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk OEI OEM DVD

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP

SSD Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply

POWER Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply

MOBO ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX

GPU VTX3D ATI Radeon 7870 HD 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

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
  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

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

    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

    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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