Gaming PC Build -£1000/-$1500

I'm looking for something that will run high graphics on most things for the next 3-5 years. I'm pretty set on the i5 3570k and a HAF 912 Mid Tower Case. This price is the very most i can go and it must have all the necessary components, monitor, OS and Microsoft Office Home and Student as this will also be used for school things. I will be overclocking so a CPU cooler and Z77 MoBo are musts (im guessing). If it is possible to go down as far as £700 i would like that. THIS MUST INCLUDE UK VAT STUFF AS IT INCREASES PRICE A LOT :(

Thnx in advance
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  1. Something to get things started.


    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£125.06 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£204.40 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor (£158.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £968.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    I would definitely stick with the Graphics Card but you could possibly get a cheaper motherboard + monitor then squeeze in a SSD with the difference. I would be disappointed at spending 1k and not getting a SSD... but if its purely for gaming then SSD doesn't give much benefit.
  2. Can you get a deal on MS Office thru your school?
  3. Pay a bit more and get a HAF X or HAF XM. Same air flow and cable management as the HAF 912 but better quality construction. You also get black interior (as opposed to silver) and a clear window. Getting a cheap case on a build of your budget really cheapens the whole build.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.77 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.14 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £1080.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-05 19:43 BST+0100)

    I don't suggest monitor, keyboard, and mouse as those things are personal preference. You don't need to include MS Office in your budget - you can get Sun Open Office for free (here: http://www.openoffice.org) and it reads and writes all MS Office formats (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc), there's no need to pay the money for a license unless you absolutely have to have one.
  4. casper1973 said:
    Something to get things started.


    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£125.06 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£204.40 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor (£158.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £968.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    I would definitely stick with the Graphics Card but you could possibly get a cheaper motherboard + monitor then squeeze in a SSD with the difference. I would be disappointed at spending 1k and not getting a SSD... but if its purely for gaming then SSD doesn't give much benefit.


    I have thought of an SSD but i don't know if i put steam on it if all my games will be quicker. My whole steam file is 50gb as well so i would probably need a 120gb SSD to put steam and windows on
  5. J_E_D_70 said:
    Can you get a deal on MS Office thru your school?


    unfortunately not
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Pay a bit more and get a HAF X or HAF XM. Same air flow and cable management as the HAF 912 but better quality construction. You also get black interior (as opposed to silver) and a clear window. Getting a cheap case on a build of your budget really cheapens the whole build.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.77 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.14 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £1080.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-05 19:43 BST+0100)

    I don't suggest monitor, keyboard, and mouse as those things are personal preference. You don't need to include MS Office in your budget - you can get Sun Open Office for free (here: http://www.openoffice.org) and it reads and writes all MS Office formats (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc), there's no need to pay the money for a license unless you absolutely have to have one.


    Wow never hear of the OpenOffice thing but that is gonna cut £100 off :D I've been thinking a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard but i have no clue about a mouse. Overrall your build is very nice. I didnt tjink i could get a 670 with my budget :) If i put Steam on the SSD as well as Windows 1. Would they both fit on it 2. Would all my Steam games be quicker?
  7. Open office is very similar to Office 2003 in looks (ie. No ribbon and more basic looking) but it can do most things Office 2007/2010 can. Plus it opens any Microsoft Office file formats. You get a word processor, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentation etc. It's certainly worth trying out for a while. If you don't like it you can always buy Microsoft Office at a later date.

    A little tip though - make sure to save files in Microsoft Office format if sending to someone else. By default OpenOffice saves in its own propriety format (.odf) which can only be opened in OpenOffice.


    A standard Windows 7 64-bit install takes up roughly 20GB of space and after installing updates, programs etc it's more like 25-30GB. If your Steam files are 50GB then you can safely put both of these on a 128GB drive with ~50GB free space. Running games from a SSD won't have any effect on the FPS but it will decrease load times for levels/maps etc.
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