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My first build : Would like advice on hardware for gaming

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April 30, 2013 11:25:24 AM

http://www.computerplanet.co.uk/custom/intel-sandy-brid...

Firstly, I'm not planning on buying the components off that website, as they are quite expensive and I want to build it myself. I want to be able to play games like World of Warcraft, Star Wars : TOR, Diablo 3 and Skyrim. I want this build to also be able to play the most demanding games currently out and out in the next couple of years on decent settings with a decent frame rate.

As this is my first build I don't know much about components of a PC and I have no clue what I'm getting for my money, what I do know is that I want a 3rd gen i5 processor, at least 8gb of ram, 2TB of hard drive space and a great cooling system, so that I could play a game like Diablo or Star wars perpetually. I would like to know if my components are all to scale with each other, that is that my CPU wouldn't be bottlenecking my system or whatever else.

If you know any components that would be better for a similar price, or components that are cheaper and just as good, or components that would generally be recommended with what I have in mind, please respond with them. I especially would like someone to tell me a great motherboard and graphics card , advice on a great cooling system would also be wonderful, keep in mind that I'm trying to stay under £750 (obviously not on the website I linked)
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April 30, 2013 11:36:21 AM

hmm i dont see any graphics card there..?and the CPU you seclected is 3rd gen intel core i3 not i5 and do you intend to overclock? in the future maybe??
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April 30, 2013 11:40:38 AM

I would be deeply surprised if the build that you linked were capable of maxing out WoW with decent FPS. If you want to be able to play current games with high settings, you definitely need to invest more than 300£.
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April 30, 2013 11:42:23 AM

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April 30, 2013 11:46:09 AM

Give this a look. I added a SSD in there, which is why its 100 over budget, but you should really get a SSD to go along with your build.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/U40w
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April 30, 2013 11:49:56 AM

dalmvern said:
Give this a look. I added a SSD in there, which is why its 100 over budget, but you should really get a SSD to go along with your build.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/U40W


That build looks great, do you think this would run, let's say crysis 2, on a high setting with good fps?
Also, is there a rep system on this forum so I can give you some?

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April 30, 2013 12:01:23 PM

Jedleh said:
dalmvern said:
Give this a look. I added a SSD in there, which is why its 100 over budget, but you should really get a SSD to go along with your build.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/U40W


That build looks great, do you think this would run, let's say crysis 2, on a high setting with good fps?
Also, is there a rep system on this forum so I can give you some?


You can select his answer as "best answer", which contributes to his credibility. However, first-off, let me offer you an alternative build:
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: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£129.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.66 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£185.39 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.88 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £773.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 20:14 BST+0100)

It has a slightly better GPU, and is slightly cheaper. That said, part of the price difference is him assuming that you don't have an OS and me assuming that you do.
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April 30, 2013 12:37:02 PM

Jack Revenant said:
You can select his answer as "best answer", which contributes to his credibility. However, first-off, let me offer you an alternative build:
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: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£129.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.66 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£185.39 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.88 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £773.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 20:14 BST+0100)

It has a slightly better GPU, and is slightly cheaper. That said, part of the price difference is him assuming that you don't have an OS and me assuming that you do.


I could get behind a 7870 XT, though your build does only offer 1TB of drive space. The 2TB drive I chose is a lower RPM drive, which wont effect performance in games and is also quiet, then if you get a SSD like I suggested to go with it, your programs will boot fast and you wont even feel the difference in the lower RPM drive.
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April 30, 2013 12:40:56 PM

dalmvern said:
Jack Revenant said:
You can select his answer as "best answer", which contributes to his credibility. However, first-off, let me offer you an alternative build:
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: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£129.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.66 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£185.39 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.88 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £773.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 20:14 BST+0100)

It has a slightly better GPU, and is slightly cheaper. That said, part of the price difference is him assuming that you don't have an OS and me assuming that you do.


I could get behind a 7870 XT, though your build does only offer 1TB of drive space. The 2TB drive I chose is a lower RPM drive, which wont effect performance in games and is also quiet, then if you get a SSD like I suggested to go with it, your programs will boot fast and you wont even feel the difference in the lower RPM drive.


Fair enough. I tend to optimize towards gaming preformance first, followed by general quality of life improments. I can certainly understand your logic, and I would say that the deciding factor between our two builds would probably be which of convenience/quiet and raw gaming power Jedleh is looking for.
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