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My First PC - £800/$1200 Budget. Tell me what you think + Suggestions!

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July 30, 2013 12:01:32 PM

Hey people. I am building the most beast thing I can with my money. With that in mind, I plan to be playing, good example would be Skyrim. With a lot of mods on high graphics, I really want fluid gameplay, no bits of lagg, worrying about lowering this or that, you know.

So this is what I have.

Cool Master Nvidia Case - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA... That does come with fans right?

Motherboard - Gigabyte Z68 - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Power Supply - Corsair 600W Gamer Series - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

HDD - Western Digital 1TB - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

RAM - Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4 GB - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

CPU - i5 3570K
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

GPU - MSI GTX 650ti Boost 2GB - x2, so I can SLI them.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...


So will everything there work? Like no SLI problems, bottlenecks, RAM go fine with everything? etc etc. And am I missing anything? I don't need a sound card to listen through headphones do I? Also I have an OS disc don't worry.

Or if there is something that's better for same price, let me know!
July 30, 2013 12:08:58 PM

get a z78, and get a gtx670 overclockers have an MSI one at 199. you'll remove any risk of microstutter,
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July 30, 2013 12:50:07 PM

Trenchcoat said:
Try this:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1mnpy


Would that run better than what I have then? I heard about microstutter with SLI but much better performance apparently
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July 30, 2013 2:00:16 PM

two slower cards in SLI can equal one faster card. However. They draw more power, create more heat (not too bad if you are experienced but not great for a first build) and suffer from micro stuttering, and not all games have SLI profiles at launch. Therefore unless you are experienced and are willing to accept the above issues 1 good card is better than 2 poor ones. At 2x £138, you might be able to find a GTX670 and have change http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=7...

the 760 above is marginally slower for the same price as the cheapest 670. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=830 the 770 is unfortunately too expensive unless you can stretch to this one. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX... There is a bit of a gap between the 760 and the 770. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=829
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July 30, 2013 2:17:08 PM

This build can play pretty much every game on max settings at 1080p even crysis warhead:

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 (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.20 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£279.95 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.90 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: OCZ ZS 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £742.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 22:14 BST+0100)
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July 30, 2013 3:12:37 PM

Another , slightly different suggestion. Stuff like PSU and motherboard and HDD and probably the case you can adjust to slightly different models with slightly different prices to get exactly what you want (like PSU: get HX instead of AX and use that money for a slightly better motherboard or something). I assume you don't need any peripherals? (screen/keyboard etc.) And no there should be a sound jack in your motherboard so no need to buy a sound card (although could buy a cheap $30 pci card if you want). I know that the GTX 660 should play skyrim, as that is what i was looking for as well. GTX 760 might be better, but you could take the $50 you save with 660 and use it for other stuff that you want and that may be harder to upgrade later.


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1mqAN

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 (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£136.49 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£68.16 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£156.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.70 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Total: £796.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 23:12 BST+0100)
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July 30, 2013 3:24:29 PM

aj2013 said:
Trenchcoat said:
Try this:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1mnpy


Would that run better than what I have then? I heard about microstutter with SLI but much better performance apparently


It's better (especially the graphics card) but I only spent 40 mins picking out parts whereas I spent days on my rig. SLI is Nvidia's version of adding another graphics card or two and then combine their graphical power. You specified Nvidia and that's a good choice because AMD crossfire suffers from those problems alot, but Nvidia doesn't.
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July 30, 2013 3:43:54 PM

Trenchcoat said:
aj2013 said:
Trenchcoat said:
Try this:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1mnpy


Would that run better than what I have then? I heard about microstutter with SLI but much better performance apparently


It's better (especially the graphics card) but I only spent 40 mins picking out parts whereas I spent days on my rig. SLI is Nvidia's version of adding another graphics card or two and then combine their graphical power. You specified Nvidia and that's a good choice because AMD crossfire suffers from those problems alot, but Nvidia doesn't.


Also keep in mind that you can save surprising amounts of money by spending the time looking for deals and lower prices at different stores. Like, I was originally planning to order a 3570k cpu from amazon, but discovered the microcenter nearby was selling it for $30 less. Similar story for the motherboard I wanted. If you can find the good deals you could use the money you saved to improve the parts in other parts of the build
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