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Need advice on budget gaming PC

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September 13, 2011 3:02:44 AM

Hello guys,

I have done quite a bit of research into building my first PC setup and feel I have reached the best solution for me. However I am new to this and would like some advice towards the parts I have picked and any alternative parts I should consider. Currently the build is going to cost around £650, I originally set myself a strict budget of £600 but have had to consider stretching it up to £700; so I am not really willing to spend that much more unless it is a significant upgrade.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days, at the very latest I would like the setup to be complete by the 26th September 2011.

Budget Range: £600 - £700.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Website building, 3D Modelling/Rendering, video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I am open to others though.

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: Currently being swayed towards AMD because of the free game offered and cheaper than Intel.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 currently but would like to upgrade in the future

Additional Comments: I am being drawn towards having some kind of LED lighting, and the system being as quiet and cool as possible. I am willing to pay more for an interesting looking case.


Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 -

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3GHz -

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 -

Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 900MHz 1GB - (Currently seems to be unavailable at this store though.)

Motherboard: Asus M4A88TD-V - (Also appears unavailable at the moment.)

Power Supply: Corsair Memory TX750 -

Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint 7200rpm -

Optical Drive:

I would like to know if everything is compatible? How well will it run? How long will it last for gaming before I need to consider an upgrade?

Other concerns are two of the products appear to be currently unavailable(Graphics card and motherboard), so are there any suggestions for a cheaper or same price alternative?

Also regarding the graphics card I am unsure on what is the best 6870 model, currently I have chosen a Sapphire one, but there are others available now for the same price from makers such as XFX, Asus and MSI.

Also I have been told by a friend that the onboard sound and network cards are good enough with this motherboard, although I may purchase them in the future. Also the heatsink that comes with the CPU is good enough so I don't need to buy a separate one for that, although he did say it would not hurt to buy one.

As mentioned earlier I would like the option of adding a second graphics card at some point and doing some overclocking.

That's about it, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You for your time.

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September 13, 2011 4:49:29 AM

Looks good! I'd get a 560TI, it's almost the same price of the 6870 and better by 3% but also comes with a free BATMAN ARKHAM CITY GAME.

Woohhh. the price difference is big. Get the 6870 then
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September 13, 2011 7:28:53 AM

The 560Ti is actually quite alot more expensive than the 6870. Its the same price as a 6950. Although again, I recommend a 560Ti for lasting gaming performance.

The case you have chosen is huge for what you plan to put inside it, unless you really want that case, you could buy a much cheaper mid-Tower ATX case.
HAF 912 £60
HAF 922 £83

If you dont plan to Crossfire/SLI your graphics card you could also drop down to a 500w PSU.

AM3+ Motherboard here with Crossfire support £72 Asus M5A97 AMD 970 AM3+

Gigabyte 560Ti OC £180