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April 23, 2013 3:51:11 PM

Going to get a new build pc. I will use this machine for gaming and multi tasking (browsing on multiple windows, word, excel etc open) and to listen to music. I have been looking around and used a website "computer planet" to find compatible parts. My budget is £1000 ($1524.30). Any changes or suggestions would be geatly appreciated.
Here are the specs:

Computer Case Cooler Master Silencio 450

CPU Intel i5 3570K - (4 x 3.4 GHZ) - Ivy Bridge

CPU Heatsink Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 - Low Noise

Memory Crucial 8GB PC3-12800 1600MHz (1x8GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR3)

Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 - 1 GB - Silent - (PCI-E)

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77) - VGA/DVI

Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D 7.1 (PCI-E)

Networking Wireless LAN 300Mbps (PCI)

Expansion Cards 4 x USB 3.0 Ports (PCI-E)

Power Supply 450W Zalman (ZM450-GS) - Ultra Low Noise

Hard Drive #1 1 TB Seagate (1000 GB) SATA-III HDD 7200 RPM 64MB

Optical Drive #1 LG (BH10LS38) 10x Blu-Ray Re-Writer/Reader & 16x Dual Layer

DVD/CD Re-Writer - Black (SATA)

Optical Drive #2 Samsung 24x DVD/CD Re-Writer/Reader - Black - (SATA)

Card Reader Internal Card Reader 50-in-1

Operating System #1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

This came to a total on their website at £871.89.

Any help would be great.

Thanks guys !

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April 23, 2013 4:02:05 PM

You might want to change the GT610, depending on what games you are playing. It's a low end card, and will not give you desirable performance in most modern games. Of course, it can play some older games, but I would think about spending some more and getting a good graphics card (DEPENDS ON THE GAME YOU PLAY)
GT610 is the lowest card, i.e. 610, 620, 630...
An AMD 7870XT will be a good buy if you can afford it.

Power Supply-You really should buy from these brands: Corsair, Seasonic, XFX. 500 Watts would be adequate.
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April 23, 2013 4:04:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£102.92 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£240.96 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.75 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.28 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £746.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 00:03 BST+0100)

Not only is this cheaper but will destroy the prebuilt system you had. This system has a graphics card that can actually play games. All in all the build I provided has way more quality parts that the one you have. Try to get some of these parts at wherever you live.

Hope this helps,
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April 23, 2013 4:13:27 PM

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This system has a graphics card that can actually play games

Yes, the 7950 can play most games with the eye candy though a cheaper 7870XT is a good choice (a crippled 7970) but a $35 card will give you a 800x600 slide show if you're hoping to play modern DX11 games and some DX10 games. Otherwise the GT610 is enough for HTPC/etc.

Bad power supplies will RUIN your computer. Zalman was a good brand but it seems to have lost popularity... And just because a power supply is from a good brand, doesn't mean it's good. Take Coolermaster for example. Coolermaster makes good quality cases and the popular Hyper 212 which we recommend but their power supplies are just... horrible
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