Gaming build ~£900 ($1400) First time

Hi guys, I wanted to make sure these parts went well together before I bought anything. I'm buying everything in the UK so expect prices to be slightly different. Hope to buy within the next two weeks or so.

I'm a gamer and have all the peripherals already so don't worry about that. I'm hoping to play at 1920x1080 on almost highest settings (I think it may struggle with BF3 on ultra). Anyway, I'll be using it to play games like Skyrim and BF3 so I want it to be fairly heavy duty. Here's the list:

Case £63.50
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case |

PSU £104.00
Corsair CMPSU-750HX Professional Series 750W Power Supply: Computers & Accessories

Motherboard £119.00
Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, Quad USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s Support): Computers & Accessories

CPU £167.00
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155): Computers & Accessories

CPU cooler £25.00 - Buy Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Heatsink online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

GPU £220.00
Asus ATI Radeon 6950 HD 810MHz 2GB PCI-Express DVI (DirectCU II) (EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5) -

RAM £42.00
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V.. |

Optical drive £14.00
LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA.. |

HDD £65.00
Samsung M7 640GB 2.5 inch SATA II 8MB Cache, 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive OEM - Sony Playstation PS3 Compatible: Computers & Accessories

SSD £69.00
Intel 40GB 320 Series SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read.. |

I'll be overclocking the CPU and GPU soon after I put it together and run some stress tests. The SSD will only be used for windows 7 professional. Everything else will be on the HDD.

The motherboard is a point of contention because I am probably going to be buying another 6950 in a year or so. The new Z68 boards seem expensive without offering anything I think I really need. The P8P67 pro runs x8x8 which is why I've got that as opposed to cheaper P67 boards. From what I've seen crossfire 6950s work pretty well:
Charts, benchmarks 2011 Gaming Graphics Charts, Gamer Index

I would really appreciate any comments bad/good/ugly etc :P

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  1. I think You cant overclock GPU ON A P67 CHIPSET , BUT I CAN BE WRONG ....
  2. Is there some reason you chose that HDD? It seems to be a drive for a laptop with its 2.5" form factor and the 5400RPM speed. Not that it wouldn't work, it just seems to be a bit on the slow side when compared to your other components.
  3. interloper96 said:
    I think You cant overclock GPU ON A P67 CHIPSET , BUT I CAN BE WRONG ....

    GPU overclocking is usually done via software so the motherboards chipset doesn't have any effect.

    Agree with clarkjd that the HDD is not a good choice, unless you want to use that drive until you install it into a PS3.

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM ST500DM002 £70

    Tall heatspreaders on DDR3 memory is unnecessary and is just going to cause compability issues if you ever decide to install an aftermarket CPU cooler.
    Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V CML8GX3M2A1600C9B £39
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