First time building a PC for gaming

  worldno1bn 13:42 19 Feb 2013


So I've really got fed up playing consoles now and have decided that I want to make the jump to PC gaming. This isn't just because of the superior graphics. I'm more drawn to things like mods, the better multiplayer features (like 64 players in BF3), cheaper games etc.

I want to play things like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, perhaps delve into Guild Wars 2 and try my hand at MMOs. I'm not looking to play on like 3 monitors at Ultra settings or anything like that. Just want to play on say high settings on one monitor. So obviously I don't want to spend a fortune as I'm only just starting but at the same time I want the ability to upgrade in the future or overclock if needed. So this is the build that I'm thinking about going with.

  • Intel i5 3570K
  • Corsair Carbide Series 300R case
  • Samsung 24x DVD drive
  • Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-D3H
  • Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM
  • Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX660 2GB DDR5
  • Corsair Builder Series CX 600

At the time of writing this build comes to £750.97. I think I'm quite happy starting off just spending £750. However, I am willing to spend a little bit more if the benefits are worth it (like spending an extra £100 on a graphics card to get an extra 5 FPS is not really what I'm willing to do). So if there is anyone who has suggestions that would be great. I'm a bit of noob when it comes to this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  Chronos the 2nd 13:49 19 Feb 2013

Nothing really wrong with your specs but I would prefer a GTX 670 or at least the Ti version of the 660.

  nickf 13:54 19 Feb 2013

That looks like a decent little set up . Are you going to build yourself ? If not , shop around a bit . Try looking at companies like PC Specialist , Chillblast , and my personal favourite and one I can personally recommend Scan . This example is a bit more than your quoted budget , but is already overclocked , has a better graphics card , comes with OS installed , and has a 3tr warranty . . Good luck.

  worldno1bn 13:58 19 Feb 2013

Cheers Chronos. From what I see the GTX 670 is almost double the price of the 660. Would I really see a noticeable difference with a 670 and get a decent value out of it. I mean if I spend an extra £140 quid, will the benefits match the price. Again I don't mind spending more it's the I want to get value for money. Also would I have to shell out for a bigger PSU too or is 600W fine?

  worldno1bn 14:00 19 Feb 2013

Thanks nickf. Yeah I'm going to build it my self. I've never done it before but no time like the present. Hopefully all goes well!

  Ian in Northampton 14:28 19 Feb 2013

That looks like a good machine, and should do what you're looking for. Don't forget to factor into your budget an operating system (if you don't already have one).

  Chronos the 2nd 14:37 19 Feb 2013

PSU is fine.

GTX660 vs GTX660TI Compare. I appreciate that the GTX 670 is quite a bit more but I think it is worth it. Compare GTX 660 vs GTX 670.

Where are getting your components from? For good customer service the Scan Computing,Ebuyer or CCL Computing are hard to beat. Do not forget a tube of thermal paste.

Building PC's is a lot easier now than when I first started but even now things do not always go right. But as far as I am concerned that is a great part of learning to build PC's and solving any problems that occur and chances are they will occur but as long as you have access to the net then help is but a few clicks away.

  Mr Mistoffelees 14:38 19 Feb 2013

Further to Chronos the 2nd's suggestion, I am using a GTX 660ti, with an Intel Core i5 3570K (@ 4.5GHz) and it is running Skyrim very nicely at 1920x1080 (Ultra high preset with AA x4 and AF x16 with the high resolution texture pack).

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