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£800-£1000 Gaming PC, clueless individual needs help!

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December 26, 2011 9:11:42 PM

Hey there, sorry to bother you guys I have just joined and really need some help. I'm from the UK and have been looking for a while to get a gaming PC after being tired of having to run games on low all the time on my laptop! I was going to buy a pre-built one but understand it is a lot more effective to build one - thus I am learning throughout the process of finding the parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP!
Budget Range: £800-£1000 - although can go just over
System Usage - Gaming primarily - Swtor/Skyrim/Battlefield/Guild wars 2... + Movies + General Usage
I don't need Windows 7/Microsoft Office/keyboard and mouse (will buy later)
Preferred Website: Scan.co.uk
Country: United Kingdom


Parts Preferences: I would very much like to get this Dell Monitor unless there are other recommendations, 1080p is a definite.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-dell-ultrasharp-u2312...

I was thinking of this processor - I don't think there is any reason for me to overclock: (Intel Core I5 2500)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500-s1155...

I also chose this blue ray player:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/hp-bd-2000-blu-ray-dvd-p...(ethernet)-1080p-usb2-top-spec-see

The GTX 570 also seems perfect for my games:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-pny-gtx-570-40nm-...]Monitor
This case seems quite good although please recommend any others if you think: (haf 912)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-912-plu...

This ram also seems suited: (8gb Kingston) www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-kingston-hyperx-genesis-ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-165v

This PSU I got - although not 100% sure about power supplies... its 650W Corsair Enthusiast
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

I have no idea what motherboard to get/don't really understand all the different types so please recommend! I do not wish to use two GPU's in the future I shall just upgrade one when the time comes.
Also please recommend a hard drive - Caviar black I've heard is quite good? I think maybe 1tb is good for me.
Do I also need extra fans for this/what other parts am I missing?

Likewise all this seems to have reached £887.94 on scan and I haven't got the motherboard/Hard drive/Keyboard/Mouse/any software. Is this normal? Have I gone overkill or made an error somewhere? If I have I guess I may have to decrease my system specs somewhere. Please also advise on what I have done already - I am very new to this and would appreciate any help I can get!

Thank you :) 
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December 26, 2011 9:26:39 PM

This motherboard should be fine

ASUS P8H61-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

The RAM you have chosen KHX1600C9D3K2/8G may or may not be on the QVL of that board. I didn't check. I would suggest you do.

650w Corsair, fine. GTX 570, fine. Blu Ray, whatever. 2500, fine.

Hard drive - Anything from Seagate or Western Digital is fine.

HAF 912 - Good entry level case, it gets mentioned a lot.

Monitors are hugely expensive a lot of times so the price you are looking at now doesn't seem out of line for the performance you have lined up.

It is hard to really overkill things if your goal is to max out things like BF3.

Serious systems probably cost twice as much. Like with big SSDs, 2x video cards, liquid cooling, and all that.
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December 26, 2011 9:29:22 PM

Monitor is very expensive, surely there are cheaper ones available.
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December 26, 2011 9:49:11 PM

That blu-ray player is a standalone one, you can't connect it to a computer. You need to get an internal blu-ray drive.

Are you choosing the HAF 912 for looks or just because it seems to be a good case? If you just need a good case, take a look at this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-source-210-elite-bl... , but you will want to pick up an extra 120mm fan for it.

The RAM and CPU are all fine.

Since you do not want to use SLI, the power supply is a bit much for your needs, but it is a really good unit, so I would go ahead and buy it, and it will last you many builds.

This motherboard will work for your purposes:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8p67rev30-intel-p6...

As for the hard drive, pretty much any 1TB 7200 RPM unit with good reviews will be fine. I actually do not see any hard drives being sold on the website, can you tell me where you saw it?
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December 26, 2011 9:50:40 PM

I just noticed you said no overclocking, so just go with the motherboard Raiddinn is recommending.
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December 26, 2011 11:23:59 PM

Raiddinn said:
This motherboard should be fine

ASUS P8H61-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

The RAM you have chosen KHX1600C9D3K2/8G may or may not be on the QVL of that board. I didn't check. I would suggest you do.

650w Corsair, fine. GTX 570, fine. Blu Ray, whatever. 2500, fine.

Hard drive - Anything from Seagate or Western Digital is fine.

HAF 912 - Good entry level case, it gets mentioned a lot.

Monitors are hugely expensive a lot of times so the price you are looking at now doesn't seem out of line for the performance you have lined up.

It is hard to really overkill things if your goal is to max out things like BF3.

Serious systems probably cost twice as much. Like with big SSDs, 2x video cards, liquid cooling, and all that.

Thanks for replying.
I couldn't find a match for that motherboard - it came up with this list: http://www.scan.co.uk/search.aspx?q=ASUS+P8H61-M+LX+
Would you be able to link one from the UK?
Also would you recommend an SSD? Are they significantly quicker?

Cheers
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December 26, 2011 11:25:05 PM

fb39ca4 said:
That blu-ray player is a standalone one, you can't connect it to a computer. You need to get an internal blu-ray drive.

Are you choosing the HAF 912 for looks or just because it seems to be a good case? If you just need a good case, take a look at this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-source-210-elite-bl... , but you will want to pick up an extra 120mm fan for it.

The RAM and CPU are all fine.

Since you do not want to use SLI, the power supply is a bit much for your needs, but it is a really good unit, so I would go ahead and buy it, and it will last you many builds.

This motherboard will work for your purposes:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8p67rev30-intel-p6...

As for the hard drive, pretty much any 1TB 7200 RPM unit with good reviews will be fine. I actually do not see any hard drives being sold on the website, can you tell me where you saw it?


Thanks for the advice :) 
Would this blu-ray player work? http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-b123l-rsbp-12...
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December 27, 2011 10:23:47 AM

Do I also need cooler/fans?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2011 12:40:17 PM

The first one in the link you showed is fine, the LX2 is close enough to the LX, but mostly they are all the same.

I wouldn't suggest a SSD when there is money that needs to be spent on something else. If you have 80 GBP when you are done with the other parts then go ahead if you think quicker load times for things will significantly improve your experience.

I would get as many and as big of fans as your case can possibly hold. If there is a 120 MM slot available and nothing is obstructing it then put a fan in it. They are only like 5 GBP each and it keeps the temps down. Ideally you want more going out than going in, keep that in mind when orienting them.

The stock fans for everything are good enough for starters.
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