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April 6, 2013 4:49:35 AM

I'm looking to get a PC for gaming under £1,000. This is what I have so far.

Is it any good?

It breaks my budget by around £100 or so, but its as close as I can get. Is it good enough to run modern games?

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April 6, 2013 5:00:28 AM

AronPreece said:
I'm looking to get a PC for gaming under £1,000. This is what I have so far.

Is it any good?

It breaks my budget by around £100 or so, but its as close as I can get. Is it good enough to run modern games?

It has a 7970 and an i5 so yes I should hope so
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April 6, 2013 5:00:44 AM

Hi,

It is enough to run everything and for some time to come. :) 
Consider buying Hyper 212 cooler, same price but better cooler.

Best regards :) 
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April 6, 2013 5:30:34 AM

Looks good, though I've a couple of suggestions that might help reduce the price a bit:
No real need for a CPU cooler-stock is fine if not OCing (which you can't with that CPU).
Get a cheaper mobo - IMO the Sabertooths are overpriced, and have no significant advantage over say a GA-Z77X-D3H or Z77 extreme4. No point for those if not CF/SLI or OC.
PSU is a bit large - go for a 750-800W if you plan to add a second 7970, and 550 if not.
Get 2x4GB ram - dual channel is twice the bandwidth. Also get DDR3-1600.
There isn't much point in getting two ODDs - one is fine. You can even get away with none quite easily these days.

Just suggestions.
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April 6, 2013 5:52:54 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Looks good, though I've a couple of suggestions that might help reduce the price a bit:
No real need for a CPU cooler-stock is fine if not OCing (which you can't with that CPU).
Get a cheaper mobo - IMO the Sabertooths are overpriced, and have no significant advantage over say a GA-Z77X-D3H or Z77 extreme4. No point for those if not CF/SLI or OC.
PSU is a bit large - go for a 750-800W if you plan to add a second 7970, and 550 if not.
Get 2x4GB ram - dual channel is twice the bandwidth. Also get DDR3-1600.
There isn't much point in getting two ODDs - one is fine. You can even get away with none quite easily these days.

Just suggestions.


Forgive my novice-ism, what is an ODD? Optical Disk Drive?

Also I'm using computerplanet.co.uk to assemble it, if I can't get the suggested motherboard, could I buy one elsewhere and take it to a PC shop to install? I'm 15 and I have no clue about technology on this scale.

Update x2 It weighs in at £1,008
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April 6, 2013 6:21:16 AM

Yup, Optical Disk Drive. Unless you expect to be ripping one disk while watching another (which I severely doubt)m you shouldn't need two.

If you expect to get a second 7970 then I'd recommend the GA-Z77X-D3H (they seem to have it on their site). Otherwise just get a B75 or H77 board.

Replacing/installing a mobo is probably the most difficult thing in a PC - everything plugs into it. It's not that hard, but if you are taking it to a computer shop to install you might as well just get a load of parts and DIY.

What monitor do you have? If it's not 1080P then I'd suggest getting a 7950 or 7870XT and a new screen.
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April 6, 2013 6:52:16 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Yup, Optical Disk Drive. Unless you expect to be ripping one disk while watching another (which I severely doubt)m you shouldn't need two.

If you expect to get a second 7970 then I'd recommend the GA-Z77X-D3H (they seem to have it on their site). Otherwise just get a B75 or H77 board.

Replacing/installing a mobo is probably the most difficult thing in a PC - everything plugs into it. It's not that hard, but if you are taking it to a computer shop to install you might as well just get a load of parts and DIY.

What monitor do you have? If it's not 1080P then I'd suggest getting a 7950 or 7870XT and a new screen.


Again sorry for a stupid question, Blu Ray drives are capable of doing everything normal DVD/CD drives are?
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April 15, 2013 4:43:34 AM

Sorry for late reply, but thanks for all your help. I'm now comparing prices for said specs. :) 
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