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Deciding on components for my first gaming rig. Budget: Roughly £870

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July 24, 2013 7:21:25 PM

Approximate purchase date: The next 3 weeks
Budget range: Roughly £870 before OS, keyboard, mouse and monitor
System Usage: Gaming and Watching TV/Movies
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM
Website: Amazon.co.uk
Overclocking: When it's necessary
SLI/Crossfire: Probably in the distant future
Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

I'm planning for this system to be pretty much futureproofed, able to play every current game on max settings, and to be able to play games on decent settings for quite a while without upgrades. I've already decided on most components but I'm not quite sure of it.

PSU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CX750-Builder-Series-Br...

CPU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...

GPU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-Nvidia-GeForce-Superclocke...

HDD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-internal-Hard-D...

SSD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-120GB-Solid-Stat...

RAM: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8GX3M2A1866C9R-Venge...

Case: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Tower/d...

CPU Cooler: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-120mm/d...

Optical Drive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DRW-24B5ST-Internal-SATA-D...

As you can see I've yet to choose a motherboard. That's because I don't know much about motherboards, I would like it if someone could recommend me one, and that after any other changes you make to my build adding in the motherboard it should only be a total of £870, the components I've chosen add up to about £750. I'd also like advice on a couple of small things:

1. Are these components all compatible?
2. Will this case be big enough for these components?
3. Are there any components you would recommend I take over those I have chosen, for example should I be buying a 4570k and not a 3570k?

Bear in mind that this motherboard would ideally be capable of SLI and holding 1866mhz RAM.

Thanks in advance.
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July 24, 2013 7:26:59 PM

Drop the SSD, get an AMD CPU, and yes the components are compatible. The case is big enough. Just not too great looking.
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July 24, 2013 7:28:45 PM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
Drop the SSD, get an AMD CPU, and yes the components are compatible. The case is big enough. Just not too great looking.


Thanks for the quick reply. I didn't expect that recommendation, why do you think I should drop the SSD and get an AMD CPU, I was under the impression that AMD CPUs were generally doing worse than Intels in terms of price/performance. Could you recommend an AMD CPU in my price range?
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July 24, 2013 7:30:42 PM

Jedleh said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
Drop the SSD, get an AMD CPU, and yes the components are compatible. The case is big enough. Just not too great looking.


Thanks for the quick reply. I didn't expect that recommendation, why do you think I should drop the SSD and get an AMD CPU, I was under the impression that AMD CPUs were generally doing worse than Intels in terms of price/performance. Could you recommend an AMD CPU in my price range?


SSD's are too expensive for what they yield (5 second faster loading times). Quite the opposite actually, Intel is yet to produce an 8 core CPU. Ill make you a build to accommodate an AMD CPU.
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July 24, 2013 7:33:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1kma6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1kma6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1kma6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£87.98 @ Aria PC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£5.25 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£117.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£73.10 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£279.95 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.02 @ CCL Computers)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBET DVD/CD Writer (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £868.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 03:33 BST+0100)
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July 24, 2013 7:51:49 PM

Why would you have him buy a amd??? Even with the 8 cores the i5 3570 still beats it in gaming. Intel makes better chips for gaming at this time. More cores does not mean better.
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July 24, 2013 7:54:20 PM

orposer said:
Why would you have him buy a amd??? Even with the 8 cores the i5 3570 still beats it in gaming. Intel makes better chips for gaming at this time. More cores does not mean better.


I know... AMD is alot cheaper and give better price/performance, and the 8350 is the closest performing CPU to the 3570k, and in some instances it's better.
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July 24, 2013 7:58:07 PM

Yes it is better at some things, but for gaming the i5 is flat out better. I would ask that Jedleh look into which is better for his price and needs. But for what i know and have read on this site Intel i5/i7s are way better for gaming.
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July 24, 2013 8:07:44 PM

orposer said:
Yes it is better at some things, but for gaming the i5 is flat out better. I would ask that Jedleh look into which is better for his price and needs. But for what i know and have read on this site Intel i5/i7s are way better for gaming.


Hey orposer, would you be able to recommend a motherboard for me if you think my intel chip would be better?
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