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New Gaming Build with £2,000 budget [First Build]

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June 11, 2013 7:01:26 AM


Hi, I would appreciate some advice on the build I will be building.
I posted this a few weeks ago but was told it was best to ask again once Haswell came out.

Thank you in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July - 2013

Budget Range: Up to £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, video editing and internet usage.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Which ever is the cheapest

Location: UK

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: No mouse or keyboard needed.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 3 Year old laptop wont play newer games with 60+ frame rate on lowest settings.

My current part list is this, not sure if there's anything i could choose better?:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler (£75.23 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£151.01 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.97 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.94 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case (£143.27 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£53.46 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£274.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1593.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 16:56 BST+0100)
a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2013 7:08:43 AM

wolf23 said:

Hi, I would appreciate some advice on the build I will be building.
I posted this a few weeks ago but was told it was best to ask again once Haswell came out.

Thank you in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July - 2013

Budget Range: Up to £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, video editing and internet usage.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Which ever is the cheapest

Location: UK

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: No mouse or keyboard needed.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 3 Year old laptop wont play newer games with 60+ frame rate on lowest settings.

My current part list is this, not sure if there's anything i could choose better?:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/109rI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler (£75.23 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£151.01 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.97 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.94 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case (£143.27 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£53.46 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£274.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1593.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 16:56 BST+0100)


You've still got plenty of wiggle room in your budget I see. I would go with a newer Haswell processor (i.e. 4670k and an 1150 MOBO, probably asus Z87 PRO) and I would add a SSD like a 128GB Samsung 840 pro for a boot drive. Also Try and go with an 800W PSU as 600 will not be enough to SLI 780s in the future. Try a corsair HX series. That should bring you to around 1800!

EDIT: your post title says 2000 but in your post it says 1500...which is it?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2013 8:40:21 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.40 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£166.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£82.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£89.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.89 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£539.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£128.45 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£70.99 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.00 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor (£469.50 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1898.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-11 16:39 BST+0100)

You'd love that monitor I tell you.
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