Setting up a gaming computer

  iConnorrr 23:31 29 Apr 2013

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)

Graphic card - Palit GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 DisplayPort HDMI Dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card + Metro Last Light game coupon (£290)

CPU - Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz Socket 1155 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor (£154)

CPU cooler - Hydro Series™ H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler(£120)

Case - Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced Case (£115)

Sound card - Asus Xonar Phoebus 7.1 Channel Sound Card - 90-YAA0M0-0UAN0BZ (£157)

Memory Card - Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix Tactical Memory (£52)

Hard drive - Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (£47)

Optical drive - Samsung SN-208BB SATA DVD Laptop Optical Drive (£16)

PSU - OCZ ZX Series 850W 80+ GOLD PSU Fully Modular PSU (£127)

Operating system - Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OE (£70)

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 08:24 30 Apr 2013

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 10:13 30 Apr 2013

Thank you so much for your help

  Ian in Northampton 10:47 30 Apr 2013

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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