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August 11, 2013 5:58:41 PM

Howdy Folks!

A Friend of mine is following me over to PC gaming to see the craze! ^.^ His budget consists of £500 however it can be pushed to £550 at a maximum. His current build consists of -

Cpu - I5-3570k
Gpu - Nvidia Geforce Gtx 550ti
Motherboard - Asus P8H61-MX
RAM - Corsair Vengance 8gb (2x4gb)
HDD - 500gb WD Black
Case - CiT 2017 Midi Case
PSU - Coirsair CX500watt
Cpu Cooler - Coolmaster Hyper 212 EVO

He's looking for an Optical Drive that can also burn Cd's.

Bare in mind that he plans to upgrade over time, this is just to get the base of the computer started so he can get going! Personally I think his Case needs upgrading for better air flow and Gpu for more graphical intense games but thats part of the upgrade ^.^

He questions whether this build will run games like Skyrim Max Graphics on 1080p /w mods, Crysis 3 at high and Next gen games like Battlefield 4 (despite there not being any accurate specs for it yet)

Suggestions for the upgrades would also be dandy! ^.^

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a c 601 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:07:09 PM

Got all the basics in place to run most anything, the video card would prob be the first thing would be looking to upgrade
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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:08:28 PM

Both his motherboard and graphics card are outdated by 2 generations if hes buying that new.

If its a PC he already has and is planning on upgrading it, the GPU is what is holding him back.
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August 11, 2013 6:17:22 PM

This pc isnt currently built no. If its out by 2 generations what would you Recommend? I know his Cpu is a 3rd Generation Core. As for his Gpu I do believe thats one thing he'll be replacing first soon after he's actually got the build up but this is just trying to get him started ^.^ As i said he plans to upgrade over time (between Sept-Xmas)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:31:37 PM

If he wants a REALLY solid base:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£91.32 @ Aria PC)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.90 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £466.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 02:29 BST+0100)

If he is looking for a super solid base to build apon, the above would be the option, he could use onboard graphics (for non-gaming purposes until he got a dedicated graphics card.

If he is looking for a £500 build from now that he could use for gaming:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£85.80 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£46.10 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.81 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£185.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.90 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £509.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 02:28 BST+0100)

The second option is a very solid gaming PC, it far outperforms the 550Ti:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/550?vs=541

With the second build, he wouldn't have a reason to upgrade in the future :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:34:29 PM

H61 is incompatible w/ i5-3570K, plus 3570K will max its strength only on Z77 mobo 'cause B75/H77 mobo will disable its overclockability so the money will be wasted.

GTX 560 ti is weak for i5-3570, I would recommend HD 7870 over your gfx.

3570 can't OC so u would save your CPU cooler


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£43.40 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£39.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£154.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.94 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £532.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 02:31 BST+0100)
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a c 601 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:40:54 PM

Yes the 3570K is third Gen (1 gen behind not 2), 4670K is current gen (4th), and the differences overall are slight, clock for clock the 4670K is slightly faster, but also has lower OC overhead and heat problems when OCed high.....so safely speaking, the 3570K may be the better choice if planning for OCing, also it cost less as do the Z77 mobos which are more mature and better suited to OCing....also as a clue the 3570K still is outselling the 4670K, so obviously there's many out there that know there components and what makes a good rig,

also wouldn't touch those MSI mobos, poor QC and support
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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2013 6:44:54 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Yes the 3570K is third Gen (1 gen behind not 2), 4670K is current gen (4th), and the differences overall are slight, clock for clock the 4670K is slightly faster, but also has lower OC overhead and heat problems when OCed high.....so safely speaking, the 3570K may be the better choice if planning for OCing, also it cost less as do the Z77 mobos which are more mature and better suited to OCing....also as a clue the 3570K still is outselling the 4670K, so obviously there's many out there that know there components and what makes a good rig,

also wouldn't touch those MSI mobos, poor QC and support

I said the motherboard and graphics card were 2 generation behind.
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August 11, 2013 7:10:47 PM


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£85.80 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£46.10 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.81 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£185.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.90 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £509.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 02:28 BST+0100)

He has decided to go with this build youve suggested! Thank you very much! ^.^
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