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[UK] Budget Gaming PC for SC2

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Anonymous
August 23, 2010 11:18:49 PM

Hey, I have no experience in PC building so... Boom;

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Within 3 or 4 months...

BUDGET RANGE:
As cheap as (is reasonably) possible?*

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Playing SC2 with good frames on top/very-near-top settings*, internet surfing and the odd word document.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Keyboard Mouse Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Any decent legit UK site.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Im from the UK (england) is that what this area is for?

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Never done anything like this before so whatever :p 

OVERCLOCKING:
Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Probably not...

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1366 x 768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Give suggestions for case but I think even with my limited knowledge in the area of home-builds Ill be able to pick a nice shiney one :D 

I know a lot will change in the time frame but this will still give me good direction of what i'll need.

Ive been poking around the component reviews and such and even though ive been able to single out the odd thing that looks hench and well priced i struggle to pick the other things. For example I have no idea what i need to be looking for in a mobo, the prices are drastically different even if you filter them with just one connection thingy, and lots of ram are 2x2gb (then some sort of crazy language of numbers) THIS IS MADNESS!

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Anonymous
August 23, 2010 11:51:09 PM

Also i want it to be able to take Diablo 3 on the top/near top settings too :) 
August 24, 2010 7:12:49 PM

Here is a pretty solid gaming build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz £110
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673
You could get an Athlon II X3 440/445, but I believe that SC2 benefits from quad cores. Going to a modern Intel quad core would cost at least £50 more.

Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 £50
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147097
A really good performing cooler in both temps and noise.
OR
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet £35
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/198972
A really good cooler in noise, not as good as the Noctua in temps, but still pretty good.
OR
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 £16
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157
A budget option for quiet, not a good choice for temps with OCing in mind.

Mobo: Asus M4A785TD-V Evo £66
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £92
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180490

GPU: If you have a monitor that only has VGA/D-Sub input then get this:
Palit GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 £149
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227181
If you have DVI and/or HDMI:
Inno3D GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 £153
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/226371
This will be overkill for your resolution, but it should mean that you will be able to max the settings on either game. Possibly in 3/4 months ATI will have released their 6000 series of GPUs, in which case you will definitely want to compare performance between GTX 460 and some from the 6000 series that costs a similar amount or check if the price on 5000 series GPUs is attractive.

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream II 500W £48
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/204355

Case: Here's a massive list:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191871 Xigamatek Utgard
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Silverstone-Precision-PS... Silverstone Precision PS05
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854 Antec 300
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Zalman-Z7-Plus-%28inc-Si... Zalman Z7 Plus
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coolermaster-Storm-Scout... Cooler Master Storm Scout
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177119 Cooler Master CM690
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178287 NZXT Gamma Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191831 NZXT Beta Evo
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173869 Xigamatek Midgard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168615 Antec 200
I've tried to put it in my order of preference. I'd suggest checking reviews of ones your interested in at techpowerup (one of the best sites I've found for case reviews).

HDD: 500GB £35/1TB £43
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

Optical Drive: Any SATA ~£15

Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium OEM £80
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

Total: ~£656 (taking most expensive options and estimating £50 for a case)
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Anonymous
August 24, 2010 9:36:16 PM

Cool it makes nice reading :D 

How come pretty much every build includes or reccomends those Gskills ripjaws?
August 25, 2010 1:55:15 AM

Well they seem to make high quality memory, with good speed, good (low) latency and good (low) voltages. They are also good at overclocking (about 10 months ago they had sets used in 3 out of 7 of the best overclocking systems at an OCing competition). Also they are priced quite competitively.

I suggested it just now, because it is one of the best price/performance sets on ebuyer. If you were buying off scan it would have to be Corsair because a. scan only seem to stock Corsair RAM and b. because a good CAS 7 set on there is only £93 and you can get a slower CAS 9 1600mhz set for much cheaper than anywhere else at ~£75.
August 25, 2010 9:26:58 AM

513 GBP
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