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Hello. So I was going to buy separate parts from various sites for my new desktop, budget gaming computer.
A friend, however, informs me that I would be better off getting a barebones kit from overclockers (I live in the UK). I don't agree because, as far as I can see, separate parts get you more bang for your buck, but what do you think?

Here is the barebones kit: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-001-IN&groupid=43&catid=2502

And here is my build:

Case: http://www.ebuyer.com/239059-casecom-5788-black-mid-tower-case-with-full-black-interior-exterior-120mm-km-5788

PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/391556-alpine-700w-blue-psu-12cm-fan-2x-sata-alpine-blue-600w

Mobo: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Asus-P8H61-MX-R2-0-Socket-1155-8-Channel-HD-Audio-uATX-Motherboard-/121149368305?pt=UK_Computing_LaptopMotherboards_CPUs_CA&hash=item1c3510a7f1

CPU: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-i5-2550K-3-4-GHz-LGA-1155-Quad-Core-CPU-100MHz-faster-than-i5-2500K-/281141491340?pt=UK_Computing_CPUs_Processors&hash=item417556b68c

RAM: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-8GB-4-X-2GB-DDR3-1333MHz-PC3-10600-DESKTOP-RAM-1333-Kingston-OEM-/200939248089?pt=US_Memory_RAM_&hash=item2ec8e999d9

GPU: http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-amd-radeon-6670-hd-800mhz-2gb-pci-express-hdmi-8K0P.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&utm_content=Q200&utm_campaign=Components%20and%20Storage%20-%20Graphics,%20TV%20Tuners%20and%20I/O%20-%20Graphics&origin=pla

HDD: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seagate-Barracuda-500-GB-Internal-7200-RPM-8-89-cm-3-5-ST500DM002-Hard-Driv-/161074656194?pt=UK_Computing_HardDrives_RL&hash=item2580cc33c2

Optical Drive: http://www.dabs.com/products/dynamode-usb-powered-external-cd-reader--up-to-24x--88RS.html?src=3

Heatsink: http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/190723540749?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y&cbt=y

Fans: http://www.ebuyer.com/340971-arctic-cooling-arctic-f12-120mm-case-fan-afaco-12000-gba01
(x4); http://www.ebuyer.com/225778-casecom-140mm-blue-led-case-fan-3-and-4pin-connection-140mm-blue-fan
(x1)

Total: £330

BQs for my build:
Are the quantity of fans necessary?
Is the PSU of good enough quality to support the other parts?

Thanks in advance
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  1. if u're building it for gaming then the barebones NUC is not for u, it cannot fit in a discrete GPU, i would recommend u get a Z Series board to overclock, get a Hyper 212 EVO instead, why an external optical drive? get a better GPU, atleast a 770 or GTX 650 Ti, and the PSU is bad get one from Antec, Corsair,Seasonic, XFX
  2. Okay, mobo pic is fine if you want to stay with mini ATX. I would personally recommend ASROCK because they have the absolute best customer service, (I know this because I build around 10 gaming p.c.'s a month, and I have used mobo's from every major manufacture, and ASROCK is the only one that has taken care of any problem I have had with no issues)... Here is a comparable ASROCK mobo link ASROCK H61MV The only thing I would change is the GPU. You need a better GPU to play any game decently. I would look into the Sapphire line up. I have been using Sapphire GPU's exclusively, and they perform consistent with high FPS and always stay cool. Also, they overclock easily. I would look into the Sapphire 7870 Ghz edition [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-
    Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814202025&gclid=CLSRs_mR0LgCFZBAMgod4TAACw]Sapphire7870OC
    If that GPU is not in your budget, Sapphire also offers a 1GB DDR5 version at 139.99 us
    Sapphire7770GhzEdition
    Good luck and Happy Gaming!! ~~~ Suferbus :)
  3. jinayhvora said:
    if u're building it for gaming then the barebones NUC is not for u, it cannot fit in a discrete GPU, i would recommend u get a Z Series board to overclock, get a Hyper 212 EVO instead, why an external optical drive? get a better GPU, atleast a 770 or GTX 650 Ti, and the PSU is bad get one from Antec, Corsair,Seasonic, XFX


    Firstly, I have no idea why I managed to mix up an internal and an external optical drive there... I selected this one instead: http://www.ebuyer.com/411747-lg-internal-24x-bulk-dvdrw-gh24ns95

    I simply cannot afford the motherboard and gpu you suggest. I could probably stretch to upgrading the heatsink and get a slightly better PSU.

    As I've said, I do not have the money for a z series motherboard, and nor do I know how to overclock. Also, I've read that you can't actually overclock that processor.
  4. ah, really sorry, i meant 7770 not 770, and yes, u can Overclock it as its a K Series Processor, if u don't wanna OC drop down to an i5 2400/2500
  5. Okay, mobo pic is fine if you want to stay with mini ATX. I would personally recommend ASROCK because they have the absolute best customer service, (I know this because I build around 10 gaming p.c.'s a month, and I have used mobo's from every major manufacture, and ASROCK is the only one that has taken care of any problem I have had with no issues)... Here is a comparable ASROCK mobo link ASROCK H61MV The only thing I would change is the GPU. You need a better GPU to play any game decently. I would look into the Sapphire line up. I have been using Sapphire GPU's exclusively, and they perform consistent with high FPS and always stay cool. Also, they overclock easily. I would look into the Sapphire 7870 Ghz edition [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-
    Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814202025&gclid=CLSRs_mR0LgCFZBAMgod4TAACw]Sapphire7870OC
    If that GPU is not in your budget, Sapphire also offers a 1GB DDR5 version at 139.99 us
    Sapphire7770GhzEdition
    Good luck and Happy Gaming!! ~~~ Suferbus :)

    I'm looking into the 7770, but I think I'd need to upgrade my PSU first before that, so it might be a little too expensive. (6670 = £40; 7770 Sapphire = £84 here).
  6. jinayhvora said:
    ah, really sorry, i meant 7770 not 770, and yes, u can Overclock it as its a K Series Processor, if u don't wanna OC drop down to an i5 2400/2500


    Yes, I gathered :) I might get one of those two in the future, in fact they were probably the two I was looking into when I thought I had more money to spend. I'll probably use a cheap gpu my friend says he'll give me for a month or so, then invest in one of the better gpus.

    And get the 24/2500, even though the 2500 is more expensive (here, at least) ...?
  7. ohhh, then try if u can get some Ivys or even Haswells if thy're cheaper
    u're in the UK, right? give me ur total budget so i (and others here) can assemble something for u
  8. jinayhvora said:
    ohhh, then try if u can get some Ivys or even Haswells if thy're cheaper
    u're in the UK, right? give me ur total budget so i (and others here) can assemble something for u


    I have somewhere in the region of £350 to spend, which I appreciate isn't much. I already have a copy of windows professional coming in the mail. If absolutely necessary, I could probably do £400.
  9. i see that 2550k is cheap cuz it doesn't come with the box, the fan and all that, its just the CPU, a new i5 is gonna cost u upward of 150 pounds at the very least, i suggest drop the GPu for now and use the iGPU till u can save up some more money
  10. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£151.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£54.09 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.90 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £387.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 19:40 BST+0100)
  11. jinayhvora said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£151.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£54.09 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.90 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £387.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 19:40 BST+0100)


    Thanks. I've got to go, I'll look at in when I get back shortly. So would you suggest that in the future I should get a 7770 or GTX 650 ti? Also, needs optical drive I see so about £400, I guess that's okay. Anyway, I'll look at everything closer when I get back, thanks for taking the time to assemble the build.
  12. i would recommend u put a GTX 760 into it later and for the DVD burner (sorry for forgetting) get this

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£13.12 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £13.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 20:23 BST+0100)
  13. jinayhvora said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£151.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£54.09 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.90 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £387.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 19:40 BST+0100)


    One last question, sorry, but would I be able to use the case I originally selected, or is not not advised? Other than that, I'll go with what you've said and just forget about the good graphics card for now.

    Oh, and I was going to say that I don't expect to be playing very many high demanding games on the system. I'm not a 'hardcore gamer,' especially, more of a casual one XD

    Also, the RAM you listed is now slightly more expensive, but again, should just about be able to squeeze it in.
  14. the case u listed doesn't have USN 3.0 on the front panel, other than taht u can use either of them
  15. jinayhvora said:
    the case u listed doesn't have USN 3.0 on the front panel, other than taht u can use either of them


    Thanks very much for all your help!
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