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Advice for First Build

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Hello,

I am currently coming to the end of my research process for my first gaming rig as I have spent the last month or so learning as much as I can about PC building, the components themselves and performance as well as scouring the web for deals etc.

The budget for my build £1000, based on my research here are the components I have picked out.


Processor: i5 3570k £174

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 £110

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce OC Edition £320

RAM: 8GB [2x4GB] Corsair Vengeance £44

PSU: XFX ProSeries 750 Watt £95

HDD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 £70

SSD: Samsung 128GB 830 Series £83

ODD: LiteOn iHAS124 £15

Total £911

The remaining ~£100 is reserved for the purchase of a case.
I spent a lot of time researching prior to choosing these parts but I am still open to input from anyone who thinks they can improve this build while staying under budget.

At the moment I have £700 of my £1000 budget so my plan is to buy everything except the GPU now and use that for a month or two while I get the money together for the 670 as well as to purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler for when I start overclocking.
In light of this I'd be interested to know if the 3570k's on board HD 4000 Graphics would be able to run minecraft at 1080p while I await my 670 when I can move onto Crysis 2 and Battlefield etc.

In the meantime if anyone could recommend a better PSU as I'd prefer it to be fully modular as oppose to semi-modular like the XFX not to mention the XFX is a non-standard size [Slightly longer] compared to most PSU's.

Penultimately if anyone has any recommendations for a case that would be greatly appreciated. Although I am currently looking at the Phantom 410 as I am in love with its design I would like to do a bit more research in this area, and finally, I would like to order my parts [minus the GPU] within the next few weeks.

Thank you in advance for your responses.

Zero
post #2 of 7
PSU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you, although the Seasonic x750 costs a bit more than I planned to spend on a PSU it seems to be one of the best around so I think this may be the one for me.
post #4 of 7
XFX PSU are also made by seasonic so if you can get an XFX PSU to fit your needs at a lower price that would be great! thumb.gif
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Cheers i'll bear that in mind, it would save me £30-£40 which would be nice. I'll certainly do some more research in that are thank you.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by ZeroSkore View Post

Thank you, although the Seasonic x750 costs a bit more than I planned to spend on a PSU it seems to be one of the best around so I think this may be the one for me.

Very nice build indeed, You could drop the 750w xfx to the 650w version, It is more than powerful enough for 670/680 sli in the future if you wanted. I recommend the NZXT Switch 810 case, I used to own the Phantom and the switch is a great step up thumb.gif
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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Although the Switch 810, I feel, is less attractive than the phantom 410 i'd be willing to make that sacrifice for the superior cooling although isn't the switch a little overkill seeing as its a Full Tower with room for XL-ATX Mobos? I fear that it might somewhat dwarf my hardware leaving excessively large empty spaces in the case. I'll look for some images of the ASRock Z77 in a switch cause the ASRock Z77 is actually smaller than a full ATX board despite being an ATX.
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