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May 27, 2013 11:41:03 AM

Hi guys.

Just looking for a little advice for some questions I have...

I want to build a mid-range budget gaming pc and I'm trying to keep the build around £600-£650ish.

Here are the specs I'm thinking of going with:

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 1155 (£180ish) or Asrock Z77 Pro3 Socket 1155 (£76ish)
*I'm undecided. With £100 difference do I really need the more expensive mobo? I'm only gaming, nothing fancy.

Processor: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache. (£172)
*Thought about a AMD FX-8350 4GHz Socket AM3+ 16MB Cache (£167) but thought better of it.

Gfx card: MSI GTX660 TwinFroz111 2GB DDR5 (£172)
*I can't stretch to a GTX670 :( 

SSD: Kingston 60GB SSDNow V300 SSD Upgrade Kit with Adapter
*I want to use this just to run the OS, using my 1TB HDD for games,etc. Is this advisable? Should I get a cheaper one if I can find one? I've never had a SSD before so they're new to me.

PSU: Xfx Pro 550w Power Supply Unit (core Edition) (£45)
*I don't have a clue really what wattage to go for or what to look for with a PSU!? (including the price!)

RAM: Extra Value 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (£45)
*I know it's cheap so should I at least go for branded? No idea how this stuff works!

Cooler: ARCTIC FREEZER 11 LP CPU (£13) or Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (£25)
*I've never o/clocked a processor or gfx card before but I'm gonna give it a try with the above set up.
So I'm guessing I need some sort of cooler (air), not had one before so don't know what to look for?

OS: Windows 7. (£68)
*I've read Windows 8 is more for touch screens?


All the above comes in at around £755.00ish.

I need to squeeze the price down a tad still!

(I already have a 1TB SATA-III 3.5" HDD, DVD-R/W & Case).

I'm in the UK and have been looking on Ebuyer, Overclockers and Amazon! With Amazon mostly being cheaper for most parts!?

I'm upgrading from:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Gfx card: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Vista 64bit

So I'm looking forward to building this!
Any help muchly thankly.


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May 27, 2013 11:56:23 AM

im using a 256gb ssd for os+couple games atm.

im using about 100gb atm.

get the cheaper motherboard, im still runing a i5 2500 and p8z68-vlx with hd 7950 gigabyte edition and can play all new games

you dont need the cpu cooler unless you are overclocking.

whats your budget?
May 27, 2013 12:30:16 PM

8GB Mushkin Enhanced BlackLine Frostbyte LV #996988 (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.35V
MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card [R7870-2GD5T/OC] + £10 CASHBACK! #55841 £ 141.66 £
120GB Samsung 840 Series 2.5" SATA 6GB/s (SATA-III) Solid State Drive #53690 £ 59.99 £ 59.99
600W Corsair Builder Series CX600M 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply #53656 £ 49.99 £ 49.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit DVD - OEM [GFC-02050] #38272 £ 54.99 £ 54.99
AMD (Piledriver) FX-8350 4.00GHz (4.20GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 8-Core Processor - Retail #52722 £ 122.49
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) ATX Motherboard #54473 £ 84.99 £ 84.99
Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 Quiet CPU Cooler #49518 £ 22.45 £ 22.45

Basket Total £ 586.51
Approx. Delivery £ 10.95
VAT £ 119.50
Total £716.95

All from Aria PC, things to consider the AMD FX CPU is on a level footing with the 3570k yet is the cheaper package, i think if you try for lower cost you will be un balancing the system, so dave for an extra month and spend the extra £50 or so.
May 27, 2013 12:41:28 PM

Or managed this all from

AMD FX 8350 Black Edition, Vishera, 8 Core, S AM3+, 4.0GHz, 16MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail
£124.83 £149.80

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD 990FX, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX
£86.99 £104.39

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Racing Red, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
£36.66 £43.99

2GB XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double Dissipation Edition, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 1280 Cores
£137.78 £165.34

120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 3, 2.5" SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 550MB/s, Write 500MB/s, 85000 IOPS, Refurbished
£57.12 £68.54

620W Antec Neo Eco Modular PSU 82%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX, Scan Exclusive
£45.62 £54.74

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1
£20.21 £24.25

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
£58.07 £69.68

Net Total