Setting up a gaming computer

  iConnorrr 29 Apr 13
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Yeah I'm pretty new at this and when I say new I mean like I decided a week ago I wanted one after watching my friend on his. I looked around and I decide to build my own and after looking on a few forums I have come up with a rough of the components I want. I'm looking to spend between £1000-£1500 including monitors and for it to run most games well including Dayz, C.o.d and battlefield are the main three i'd be playing. There are 3 main things I'd like to find out:

  1. Are all these components compatible with each other, will it work!? (MAIN THING)
  2. Are there any components that I could spend less on and get the same result?
  3. For a little more money is there anything better I can buy which would make a huge difference

Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard (£313) http://www.buyxg.com/store/item.aspx?id=4706&catid=59

Graphic card - Palit GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 DisplayPort HDMI Dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card + Metro Last Light game coupon (£290) http://www.ebuyer.com/367979-palit-geforce-gtx-670-2gb-gddr5-displayport-hdmi-dual-dvi-pci-e-graphics-ne5x67001042-1042f

CPU - Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz Socket 1155 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor (£154) http://www.ebuyer.com/387256-core-i5-3470-3-20ghz-6mb-lga-1155-box-bx80637i53470

CPU cooler - Hydro Series™ H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler(£120) http://www.corsair.com/hydro-series-h100-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html

Case - Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced Case (£115) http://www.ebuyer.com/254370-coolermaster-haf-932-advanced-case-rc-932-kkn5-gp

Sound card - Asus Xonar Phoebus 7.1 Channel Sound Card - 90-YAA0M0-0UAN0BZ (£157) http://www.ebuyer.com/416946-asus-xonar-phoebus-7-1-channel-sound-card-90-yaa0m0-0uan0bz-90-yaa0m0-0uan0bz

Memory Card - Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix Tactical Memory (£52) http://www.ebuyer.com/311813-crucial-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-ballistix-tactical-memory-blt2cp4g3d1608dt1tx0ceu

Hard drive - Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (£47) http://www.ebuyer.com/319639-seagate-1tb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003

Optical drive - Samsung SN-208BB SATA DVD Laptop Optical Drive (£16) http://www.ebuyer.com/277268-samsung-sn-208bb-sata-dvd-laptop-optical-drive-oem-sn-208bb-bebe

PSU - OCZ ZX Series 850W 80+ GOLD PSU Fully Modular PSU (£127) http://www.ebuyer.com/265709-ocz-zx-series-850w-80-gold-psu-fully-modular-psu-ocz-zx850w-un

Operating system - Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OE (£70) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Windows-software-intended-builders/dp/B004Q0PT3I

It comes to £1,346 and if anyone has any recommendations and improves to help me out it would be hugely appreciated.

  Chronos the 2nd 30 Apr 13
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Looks good except you really do not need an 850W PSU a 600W is more than enough.

I would consider adding a small SSD (128GB) drive for your operating system and programs, everything else would go on the 1TB HDD. Also can I suggest two 1TB hard-drives, one for your games and the other for your docs, music, films ETC.

Your Cooler is really way over the top unless you are intending some serious over-clocking on your CPU. The H60 will be more than adequate.

Your motherboard link shows the price as in dollars and not a cheap price either. Here it is on Ebuyer.

I would probably swap the CPU for the i5 3570K which is probably one of the best chips around.

Unless you are a fanatic about your sound then a separate sound card is not really necessary as you would be hard pushed to notice the difference between on-board sound and a sound card.

  iConnorrr 30 Apr 13

Thank you so much for your help

Here's a system with a lot of what you want, if you didn't fancy building it yourself - but not such a good case or PSU (both of which could be easily upgraded), but for a lot less money (you'd need to add OS and screens etc.) I can't recommend these people, only because I've never bought from them, although all my eBay PC experiences have been good.

A company I have dealt with - once - and found very good is ViBox. They have this, which gives you a better graphics card, an SSD, brand name PSU and case and is a little less than your own-build price.

Just some thoughts...

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