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    I'm building a gaming PC for the first time and after doing some research this is what I'll be trying to build.

    CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz Socket 1155 L3 8MB Cache Processor
    Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E - Intel X58 - Socket 1366 -
    GPU: Asus ATI Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu Graphics Card 915MHz
    RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Midi Tower Chassis - White
    HSF: Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler
    Optical: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-600GUK Gaming Series GS600 High Performance 600W Power Supply
    HDD: Seagate ST3500413AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 500 GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 16MB Buffer

    Like I said, I'm completely new to this and this is still a WIP so I'm not sure if everything is compatible or not. It's currently standing at £800, it would be great if i could get suggestions for alternative parts that would be cheaper but wouldn't be too much of a downgrade.
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    CPU and mobo are wrong socket, get a 1155 motherboard with a Z77 chipset. Also if you are only going to be gaming consider a i5 2500K/i5 3570K as games don't really benefit from hyperthreading.

    Other than that the rest of the build looks fine, I'm sure others will tell you to get a better graphics card or something else though.
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    as stated CPU and Mobo are incompatible.

    Get a Z77 board for ivy bridge support. Do you really need an i7? just curious.
    If not then you could drop the CPU to the i5 and get a better graphics card (not that the 6870 is bad)
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    (Original post by Sherlock.H)
    I'm building a gaming PC for the first time and after doing some research this is what I'll be trying to build.

    CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz Socket 1155 L3 8MB Cache Processor Can't be overclocked, the hyperthreading on the i7 can worse gaming performance, very little difference in terms of gaming compared to the i5
    Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E - Intel X58 - Socket 1366 - Incompatible
    GPU: Asus ATI Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu Graphics Card 915MHz It's good, got one myself, but it depends on how much your paying for it
    RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit Good
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Midi Tower Chassis - WhiteGood case
    HSF: Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler No real point in having, as you can't even overclock your system as it isn't an unlocked version
    Optical: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare good
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-600GUK Gaming Series GS600 High Performance 600W Power SupplyIf your paying £60+ I would have another look around
    HDD: Seagate ST3500413AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 500 GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 16MB Buffer Ok

    Like I said, I'm completely new to this and this is still a WIP so I'm not sure if everything is compatible or not. It's currently standing at £800, it would be great if i could get suggestions for alternative parts that would be cheaper but wouldn't be too much of a downgrade.
    I put my comments in bold next to each part, if you want more help, just reply
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    Thank you for the replies. I chose the i7 since I thought it'd last longer but if the i5 works just as well then I'll go for that.

    What do you guys think of these motherboards, are they the right ones?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-...9690632&sr=1-5
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z77-V...9690632&sr=1-1
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-SABERTO...9690632&sr=1-3

    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    I put my comments in bold next to each part, if you want more help, just reply
    Thanks. I'm paying 65 for the PSU and 150 for the GPU, which ones would you recommend?
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    (Original post by Sherlock.H)
    Thank you for the replies. I chose the i7 since I thought it'd last longer but if the i5 works just as well then I'll go for that.

    What do you guys think of these motherboards, are they the right ones?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-...9690632&sr=1-5
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z77-V...9690632&sr=1-1
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-SABERTO...9690632&sr=1-3



    Thanks. I'm paying 65 for the PSU and 150 for the GPU, which ones would you recommend?
    They are all compatible, but will you really be using all of the extra features on those motherboards like the multiple GPU systems, etc?

    PSU seems fine, but it's better to get a slightly larger psu for headroom in terms of power for future expansion.
    £150 is way too much for a 6870 thats hitting 560ti terrority. Which you can get for under £150 from Zotac, but theres also a xfx dual fan 6870 on sale for £118.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    They are all compatible, but will you really be using all of the extra features on those motherboards like the multiple GPU systems, etc?

    PSU seems fine, but it's better to get a slightly larger psu for headroom in terms of power or future expansion.
    £150 is way too much for a 6870 thats hitting 560ti terrority. Which you can get for under £150 from Zotac, but theres also a xfx dual fan 6870 on sale for £118.
    They're the first few I saw on Amazon with good reviews so I just picked them at random, could you please suggest some that would be more suitable and cost effective?
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    (Original post by Sherlock.H)
    They're the first few I saw on Amazon with good reviews so I just picked them at random, could you please suggest some that would be more suitable and cost effective?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/gigabyte-motherboard

    This is the one that we have suggested to other users recently, £80 with a free arctic cooler....but one person has reported an issue I think on tsr.
    The other good one is http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KZQE7...4ef9363fdff1f0

    Heres the £118 dual fan 6870 from XFX http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...i-hdmi-2x-mini
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    http://www.ebuyer.com/gigabyte-motherboard

    This is the one that we have suggested to other users recently, £80 with a free arctic cooler....but one person has reported an issue I think on tsr.
    The other good one is http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KZQE7...4ef9363fdff1f0

    Heres the £118 dual fan 6870 from XFX http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...i-hdmi-2x-mini
    Thanks, very helpful. Also would using a Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB be better than using the HDD I listed?
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    (Original post by Sherlock.H)
    Thanks, very helpful. Also would using a Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB be better than using the HDD I listed?
    SSD is a significant improvement in terms of speed, but you'll be limited in storage

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