CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£60.93 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.30 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.11 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card (£134.34 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: around £600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing, office, surfing the web
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any
Location: Plymouth/Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1366x768, I'm undecided
I guess there are a few things that I was interested in, when coming to save a pound or 2, the first being the SSD. I would like 2 internal hard drives, one for the system and programs, and the other for games, but I am unsure as to whether it is worth getting an SSD for the system and programs, and whether 120GB would be enough.
The second is the CPU. It is pretty powerful, but I'm wondering if it is worth going for a more powerful one for an extra £100 or so (as opposed to a i5 ivy bridge instead). If I do downgrade it, I will probably be able to upgrade the graphics card. But then if I stick with it, the motherboard should be able to allow me to crossfire the graphics card with another. or replace it entirely, the CPU might be too expensive to replace down the road.
Why Are You Upgrading: Moving on from a general purpose laptop
CPU: For gaming you don't need a hyper-treading CPU so an I5 will be fine (I also switched it to the newest socket 1150)
CPU cooler: Not needed unless are you overclocking, which it looks like you might with a K series CPU.
Motherboard: Had to change for new socket type.
RAM: Lower CAS
SSD: Very nice touch.
HDD: Fast 1TB HDD
GPU: Radeon 7870 does better then the R9 270
Case: This case has better air flow.
Optical Drive: Same.