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General Purpose/Gaming Build for £1000

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June 25, 2011 1:10:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever i'm happy with all aspects of my build

Budget: £1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (such as BF3 and MMO/RPG type games), Internet, Office tasks, Physics work (such as Matlab)

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Keyboard, Monitor

Preferred Websites for Parts: scan/novatech (cost of delivery tho), ebuyer/dabs (free delivery)

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes (Would like a stable 4.2-4.5GHz Overclock)

SLI or Crossfire: Would rather just a single card unless significantly better value for money

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 atm but will add a 1920x1080 in the future and have 2 screens (only one used for gaming)


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Case Coolermaster Storm Enforcer - £68.52


Case Fan Coolermaster Mega-Flow 200mm - £10.98


Processor Intel Core i5 2500K - £156.18


CPU Heatsink Coolermaster Hyper 212 - £55.64


Motherboard Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H - £130.79


Memory G-Skill 8Gb 1600MHz - £59.15


Graphics Card MSI GTX 570 TWIN FROZR III - £263.48


HDD Samsung Spin Point 1Tb - £39.58


SSD Curcial M4 64Gb - £86.99


Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 750W - £86.19


Optical Drive Sony Optaric 24x DVD+/-RW - £14.91


Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium - £67.07


Total (with scan postage) = £1014.83


Thought and opinions will be much appreciated :D 
June 25, 2011 1:49:48 PM

Looks nice, but I would recommend the 560Ti instead, plenty of performance for 1080p, cooler and quieter, OCs well. The HD6950 is another option, even lower power draw, better performance than the 560, great dual card scaling and 6970 unlockable.

Also consider the XFX 850W below, great price for what it is.
XFX 850W £75
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-cmpsu-430cx...

Asus GTX 560Ti £173
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-asus-gtx-560-ti-dire...

MSI HD 6950 £199
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-hd-6950-twin-fro...
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June 25, 2011 2:11:52 PM

Nice rig, and the GTX 570 is a nice card and OC's well too. But you could probably save a little and get by with the GTX 560 ti. I'd recommend an upgrade of the OS to Win 7 Pro if you have any legacy apps you need to run.
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June 25, 2011 2:28:28 PM

I thought the GPU would be the most discussed area, i'm not fully persuaded by the 560Ti as i would like it to last 3 years or more before an upgrade is needed. Evidence and more opinions would be great.

I also think you may have liked the wrong link for the PSU, Timop

As far as the OS goes, i don't know what legacy apps are so i'm unlikly to be needing them (you might tell me otherwise).

Also, an opinion about which heatsink from my 2nd post, can't find too much information about the Hyper 212 Quiet...

Thanks so far guys!
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June 25, 2011 2:33:39 PM

CasualNinja said:
I thought the GPU would be the most discussed area, i'm not fully persuaded by the 560Ti as i would like it to last 3 years or more before an upgrade is needed. Evidence and more opinions would be great.

I also think you may have liked the wrong link for the PSU, Timop

As far as the OS goes, i don't know what legacy apps are so i'm unlikly to be needing them (you might tell me otherwise).

Also, an opinion about which heatsink from my 2nd post, can't find too much information about the Hyper 212 Quiet...

Thanks so far guys!

Yup, sorry :<
I meant this:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-xfx-p1-850s-nlb9-co...

The 212 quiet seems like the older non-plus 212 with a slower, non-PWM fan. It shouldn't perform too bad but the plus should be better.
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June 25, 2011 4:10:15 PM

Yep that PSU looks good and thank you for clearing up about the Hyper 212 i'm going to go with the plus.

Also, is 64Gb SSD enough for Windows, Microsoft Office and a couple of games?
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June 25, 2011 7:41:53 PM

Just impulse bought the Gigabyte 560Ti SOC for £199.99 :D 

So the total is £951.34, so any improvement areas or am i good to buy the rest tomorrow?
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June 26, 2011 8:02:14 AM

Is anyone going to answer my questions? (not bumping :p  )
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June 26, 2011 8:52:17 AM

That's a nice solid build you have going. :) 
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June 26, 2011 3:31:51 PM

Ok, so i'm just about to buy, does anybody have any last minute advice?

Also, i'm stuck as to which CPU cooler to choose due to the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ being out of stock. Any recommendations (Would like one for ~£40)?

Thanks!
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