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£450 - £500 Gaming Pc .Last draft.

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April 13, 2013 6:47:30 AM

Posted a similar thread a few weeks back and changed a few parts around. Again would just like any pointers from people on my newly revised budget gaming pc.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week/Week after.

Budget Range: £450- £500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming! Films , music, internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No. Currently have HD LCD tv

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: & Scan

Location: City, State/Region, Country - UK

Overclocking: Maybe in the future if i decide to change processor.

SLI or Crossfire: no

Additional Comments: Does not need to be quiet,or pretty.Games im looking to play straight away. Assasins creed 3,COD mw3,F1.Shogan,Supcom.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:I have nothing else to play games on :( 

Parts ive put together now for a last critique.
Intel Core i5 3350P


Motherboard- Two possible options.
Asrock Z75 Pro3 Socket 1155 VGA HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
The second option is a Z77 chipset but maybe a bit ott now but does it help me if i want to upgrade parts in the future? Perhaps processor to a K series?

Gigabyte GA-Z77P-D3 Socket 1155 HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB


Unfornately for price ive downgraded from 8gb to 4gb with hopes of upgrading to 8gb after a couple of months.
Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Single Channel Desktop

Hard drive
Again , unfornately ive downgraded the size for price but will upgrade a couple of months after.
Seagate 500Gb 3.5" Barracuda Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache

Corsair 430W V2 CX Series PSU

And finally
Ive gone super cheap. I dont care if it looks pretty or feels cheap, as long as everything fits in and i can get a good airflow.
Casecom KSM-7288 Piano Black Mid Tower Case - 2x USB2.0 on Front Panel

All in with the Z77 motherboard it comes to £447.04
All in with the Z75 motherboard it comes to £450.36
I guess 2 months later ill spend another £70 upgrading RAM and harddrive size

Anything you would change on this build?

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a b 4 Gaming
April 13, 2013 7:07:10 AM

Going in order of your questions:

The z77 motherboard is actually better than the b75 motherboard in this case, in terms of overall quality and also the use of the z77 chipset really helps, it makes upgrading a bit easier as it support PCIe gen 3 which is fantastic and is just an all around great motherboard. At that price it could be considered stealing...

4GB is fine for now, 8GB is preferable to 4GB but if you get $30 soon then you will be good to go for that.

You are going to have a hard time filling a 500GB HDD, I had maybe 20+ Games on my old one and it never filled... so you are good to go there.

You case should be fine, the airflow might be a bit tight as it is fairly small but again it should work just fine.

For your GPU you really should be looking at this it is 5 GBP less in price but it performs 10%+ faster.

April 13, 2013 7:27:44 AM

Thanks for the reply
The other motherboard is a Z75 chipset ,guessing you have just made a typing error rather than chipset error?
I imagine the Z77 is still better being newer? Ill go for that then being £4 cheaper too.
If i strap another 120mm and 80mm fan in that case would any airflow problems due to the case dimensions be rectified?
Thanks for the link to that card ! That card has somehow slipped under the radar for me. It looks better but will i be losing anything from the 1gb difference?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 13, 2013 8:09:34 AM

You really will not be losing much 2GB may be the sweet spot but you really wont even be able to use 2GB if you cannot get the high/ultra in the first place with the 650ti...

You really do not need extra fans, you should be good and I also thought the case came with one.

z77 is still the newest chipset there is, so yeah you are good to go, it's a great board for the money.
April 13, 2013 8:29:51 AM

Yeah it comes with one 120mm fan installed.
Does a 430w psu sound small to you ? Ive used coolermasters PSU calculator and there recommending 326w lowest .
Ive gone with the gigabyte z77 and the radeon hd7790 and got my build down to £438.62.
Thanks again
a b 4 Gaming
April 13, 2013 8:38:37 AM

430w may be a bit on the smaller side, as long as you don't go from the 7790 to some 89xx (AMD next gen) or 7xx (Nvidia next gen) GPU you should be good to go... that and GPUs tend to only get more power efficient as we go along.
April 13, 2013 9:19:51 AM

ok cool.
maybe a dumb question but since im going with 4gb of ram to start, do i need to buy 2x2gb or can i buy one 4gb stick ?
a b 4 Gaming
April 13, 2013 9:27:22 AM

1x4GB is not that bad... it's manageable, if you are looking to save money that is the route you should take, There is not much of a difference between 2x2 and 1x4 plus it means you still can achieve 2x4GB later.
April 13, 2013 9:42:56 AM

Exactly what i was thinking.Cheaper and easier to upgrade.Wasnt sure if two sticks were needed to work.
Well thanks alot for your help, now i just need to research how to put it all together correctly.