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£750 Gaming PC Suitable for Multi-Monitor Work.

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March 31, 2013 5:55:08 AM

Hello!

I am looking to buy a £750 Gaming PC (Doesn't have to be exact!), that I can use effectively with 2 monitors.
I currently have 2 1650x1050 monitors that I would like to continue using.

Would it be best to have 2 graphics cards (One for each monitor) or one good one?


Budget Range: £750 - £800 before shipping etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Home Use

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Needs to be Win 7 64bit)

Location: England

Parts Preferences: I would prefer an Intel CPU (i5 if possible)
AMD Graphics Card/s (Awesome games deals at the mo.)

Overclocking: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1650x1050 (1080 if possible though)

Additional Comments: I would like a nice case with good cooling. Some LEDs would also be a nice addition.


Thanks for your time!

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March 31, 2013 6:40:42 AM
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This should suit your needs perfectly:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£31.30 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.93 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£44.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.64 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £774.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

March 31, 2013 6:51:19 AM

burritobob said:
This should suit your needs perfectly:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£31.30 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.93 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£44.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.64 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £774.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Thanks.
You would definitely recommend that graphics card rather than 2 1gb/2gb ones?
Also, does the card you have recommended come with two DVI's as my monitors do not have HDMI ports?
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March 31, 2013 7:21:55 AM

That particular GPU is the best card to fit you're budget, it performs great and can easily achieve 60fps with all the eye candy.

It does come with 2xDVI ports
March 31, 2013 7:42:28 AM

Hi there,

The 7950 is the perfect card for your build, personally having owned one though, I'd really recommend against the XFX Version. It's noiser and hotter than stock (see this review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-revi... ). Having personally owned that exact graphics card myself, it's no exaggeration that's it's a pretty terrible cooler, as far as aftermarket coolers are concerned.

Personally I'd much rather go with the Gigabyte version, the cooling is much, much better and it's quiet to boot (since the three fans can spin at a lower RPM, due to there being more of them): http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-7950-h... If silence and coolness, which are to me the two most important about a graphics cooler, aren't worth £15 to you though, stick with the XFX.

I agree with burritobob that the 7950 will be perfect for your needs. One thing is, unless you need more power than the best single card solution can offer, it's almost always best to go with a single card. Going with a single card reduces noise, power consumption and is likely to be much less buggy and not have the same issues that multi-GPU setups are prone to. The 7950 has plenty of power on its own, it can handle gaming at 5760x1080 (triple monitor setup) as long as you aren't too fussed about the quality settings being all highest, so it shouldn't struggle too much with your effective resolution of 3300x1050.

The other thing to note is that 2 1gb or 2gb cards would not give you 2 or 4gb of VRam respectively. Because of the way SLI/CrossFire work, the information on both cards is copied, so your total VRam is the same amount of VRam as the card with the lowest VRam in the setup (i.e. if you have a 2gb 7850 and a 1gb 7850 in CrossFire, you would have 1gb of VRam). This can be an issue and create bottlenecks in some situations (since for higher than 1080p, you probably want a bit more than 1gb of VRam optimally).

M
March 31, 2013 7:49:04 AM

marshallbradley said:
Hi there,

The 7950 is the perfect card for your build, personally having owned one though, I'd really recommend against the XFX Version. It's noiser and hotter than stock (see this review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-revi... ). Having personally owned that exact graphics card myself, it's no exaggeration that's it's a pretty terrible cooler, as far as aftermarket coolers are concerned.

Personally I'd much rather go with the Gigabyte version, the cooling is much, much better and it's quiet to boot (since the three fans can spin at a lower RPM, due to there being more of them): http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-7950-h... If silence and coolness, which are to me the two most important about a graphics cooler, aren't worth £15 to you though, stick with the XFX.

I agree with burritobob that the 7950 will be perfect for your needs. One thing is, unless you need more power than the best single card solution can offer, it's almost always best to go with a single card. Going with a single card reduces noise, power consumption and is likely to be much less buggy and not have the same issues that multi-GPU setups are prone to. The 7950 has plenty of power on its own, it can handle gaming at 5760x1080 (triple monitor setup) as long as you aren't to fussy about the quality settings being all highest, so it shouldn't struggle too much with your effective resolution of 3300x1050.

The other thing to note is that 2 1gb or 2gb cards would not give you 2 or 4gb of VRam respectively. Because of the way SLI/CrossFire work, the information on both cards is copied, so your total VRam is the same amount of VRam as the card with the lowest VRam in the setup (i.e. if you have a 2gb 7850 and a 1gb 7850 in CrossFire, you would have 1gb of VRam). This can be an issue and create bottlenecks in some situations (since for higher than 1080p, you probably want a bit more than 1gb of VRam optimally).

M


Thanks for the information, very interesting.
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