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30 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 8 Professional x64
Assistance with custom gaming PC

Hey guys, sorry if this is the wrong category (or perhaps even the wrong forum). I know no good alternatives to ask for computer assistance than Sevenforums.

Anyways I want to build my own gaming computer, however this is my first time trying to build one. So if I want to succeed I better verify if the parts I'm buying are complete and compatible with each other or else I end up having spent €1000+ while it won't even work.

Here's my list of components I'm going to purchase:
  • Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard, Socket 1155
  • Intel Processor Core i5-3570, s1155
  • Corsair Memory XMS3 DDR3 1333-8GB KIT
  • LG TFT Monitor 23 "E2342T-BN LED
  • Samsung DVD Burner DVR DL 24X, SATA
  • Casing Coolermaster HAF 912 PLUS
  • Asus GeForce GTX660 DCII OC Video Card, 2GB
  • OCZ Solid State Drive Vertex 4 - 128GB
  • Corsair CX600 PSU
  • Cooler Master V8

Am I missing some parts or do I have them all I need for a gaming PC? Would all these parts be compatible with each other? Sorry for bothering I can't really deduce it myself.

Oh and on second note, would this build able to run, lets say, Battlefield 3 on Ultra settings at 1920x1080?

Thanks a lot for your help! Sevenforums always have found a solution to my unfortunate computer problems everytime!

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30 Sep 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

I'm not a expert, or even a professional, but I'm pretty sure that would work together. But wait for a more experienced person to respond to confirm.
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30 Sep 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

The motherboard and chip socket types needs to match. - Computer Hardware, ASUS, Intel Motherboards, LGA 2011
anything in that list would be fine. I stuck with asus as that is apparently your preference. Personally I would look at ASROCK if I were you.
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30 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 8 Professional x64

Hmm would a GTX 560 designated for ASUS be compatible with an ASROCK mobo? And I've read that the ASUS mobo mentioned in the OP is compatible with an i7 processor, but I don't know anything about sockets. Thanks for the answers guys!
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30 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Maguscreed is correct. The CPU you have listed is "Socket 2011" and the motherboard is "Socket 1155"......not compatible physically.

You have some nice parts listed there, but there can be some changes made that utilizes your budget a little better. For gaming, the i7-3820 is overkill. Not always a bad thing, but if money can be shifted around to get better components elsewhere, then that is the way to go. I would honestly look into the new generation components......Ivy Bridge Socket 1155 CPU's, Socket 1155 Z77 motherboards, etc.

I would go with a new model case that is roomy, good airflow capabilities and ample cable management. Coolermaster has several HAF cases(High Air Flow) that will fit any budget. A lot of people on here like them and they are a popular gaming case. I personally have the Antec Eleven Hundred case, but I would try one of the Coolermaster HAF cases if I was in the market.

The video card you have listed there is not currently a very good value card because you will have issues running new-ish games very soon. Nvidia just rounded out their 600 series cards with the 650/660/660Ti.......find one of those, I guarantee they will last you much longer than the 560.

For the SSD, I would try the Samsung 830(although the 840 Pro is due out in a few weeks), the Corsair Neutron GTX, Plextor M5 Pro, or OCZ Vertex 4. Those are all the heavy hitters in current SSD market.

You will also need some form of CPU cooler, be it Air or Water, they both can be had at a reasonable price and neither really beats the other one to death as far as cooling performance.

I'm going to cut this post off here, it is quite a bit to take in. If you have made it this far and have questions over anything, don't hesitate to send me a PM on here. I would be happy to help you with anything you need assistance with.

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30 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 8 Professional x64

Interesting advice, I will look into this tomorrow. Thanks!
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30 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Sorry for the long post, but I feel advice needs to be backed up with examples/facts, etc. Like I said, if you are interested in learning some of the basics about computer components, especially the new stuff, just PM me and I'll help out as much as I can.

Have a good one

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01 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 8 Professional x64

Is it really better to upgrade a GTX 560 Ti? According to PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmarks - High End Video Cards the nVIDIA GTX 560 Ti has pretty good results for such a low cost, and the cheapest 600 series is the GTX 660 which is €70 more expensive doesn't have much of a increased performance compared to GTX 560 Ti.

EDIT: I also amended my list of components I'm going to buy in the OP, thank you!
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01 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

I believe the Passmark ratings are price/performance. I have a friend who had 2 560 TI's in SLI. He sold them and bought a 660 TI. He says he gets about the same benchmark scores now as when he had SLI cards.
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01 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 8 Professional x64

Alright, I'll take a GTX 660 if it's possible. Thanks for the tip. Oh and does the GTX 660 run Battlefield 3 on 1920x1080 on Ultra with my mentioned build in the OP?
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