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September 16, 2011 6:38:41 PM

hi all,

ok this will be my 1st build,and just wanted to know if all is ok
this rig will be used purely for gaming, and maybe a little bit of fraps
the rig looks something like this







7) as for the mobo and the cpu ive been pointed in the direction of


8) grafix
£200 is the max for a card, but if there is another card which is better pls link
the power is overkill i know but i was going down the c/f line a little later,

its the last few bits i want to get right,mobo,card and cpu,

my minds been changed from a AMD phenom 11 965 to a i3 2100
will it be worth steping up on my cpu to the next stage or will a i3 be good for me?. there will be no o/c, will the card i picked go with the board i dont want to bottleneck things. think i covered all so ill leave it to you guys,and ill be happy to take other options, remember i have all apart from mobo,card,cpu, my max cost is £800

many thks

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September 16, 2011 7:15:19 PM

Unless you have some burning desire for that case, your wayyyy overspending. Get yourself a decent mid-Tower ATX for around £50 and pump that extra £60 into getting the next level GPU (6970 or GTX 570).

Caviar Black also much cheaper at SCAN - £63
Windows 7 also cheaper at SCAN - £75
RAM thats in stock £45 -

Cheaper HDD if you wanted it (good quality) - £43 SpinPoint F3

£247 ASUS GTX570
£256 MSI GTX570
£280 XFX 6970

Total savings there on case, hdd, win7 of getting on for £100. MOAAARRR GPU power :) 
September 16, 2011 7:25:01 PM

i had the case for the fans and the airflow,as i can put some stupid hours in gaming some times 16hrs + aday, ok maybe alittle over kill but still i think it would do the job,(plus i have it allready) as for the bits i had joined 1 site (e-buyer)and they seemed to have all that i needed and the cheepest, so i just stayed with them,like i say i have all the bits apart from the mobo,card,and cpu
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September 16, 2011 7:25:40 PM

*** what AdrianPerry said.

Get the case you want, dont buy a cheaper case then regret it each time you look at the case.

I did quite clearly say "Unless you have some burning desire for that case".

You would be amazed how many people think they need to buy a FULL Tower case for a standard build. Full towers are generally aimed towards watercooling and e-ATX motherboard sized builds. Just putting the facts out there.
September 16, 2011 7:38:18 PM

ok the the build would be £800, or cheaper,as for the 3 bit i have around £400 mark sorry for the confusion

the prices i had are

1)mobo £77.99
2)cpu £91.35
3)card max £200ish (£220)
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September 16, 2011 7:41:10 PM

Since you already have most of the components.....

What is your budget for CPU, GPU, Motherboard?
September 16, 2011 7:51:39 PM

sorry i beat you to the reply,
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September 16, 2011 7:56:14 PM

£108 Intel CPU i3 2120 Sandy Bridge

£102 (SLI ready) Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

£180 Gigabyte GTX 560Ti


£177 MSI Twin Frozr II

750w PSU is required for SLI 560Ti's or 6950's.

Buying one of these might be better: XFX HD 6870 Dual Fan ATI £135
And then you can add another in Crossfire without having to buy a new PSU.
September 17, 2011 5:13:51 PM

ive been thinking and reading on forams that i might need to upgrade from the i3 to an i5 im not going to o/c so i wont need the k version i waiting for bf3 to come out and i want to run it on medium-max settings will this set up run bf3 and future games ?
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September 17, 2011 5:21:26 PM

the i3 will probably bottleneck that gpu. i recommend an i5
September 17, 2011 5:33:44 PM

so the i3 wont run with the 6950 card smoothly ? i know the i3 2100 is the min for gaming but i want to run them without loss of performance, thats why im thinking of the i5 and a 6950 card, im currently useing ebuyer for parts so if you could link a i5 along with a good mobo thks
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September 17, 2011 7:19:42 PM

Yes the cost difference is very small between i5-2500 and i5-2500k so may as well just buy the K. That way overclocking is always there if you want it.
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September 17, 2011 7:32:41 PM

Its not a combo deal, its just two items frequently bought together. No money off or anything like that.
September 17, 2011 7:34:45 PM

i dont suppose you have seen a good i5 2500k and mobo combo have ya ?
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September 17, 2011 7:35:46 PM

If you check their "Today Only Deals" tab, they often have some pretty nice combo's on there where you can save like 10% or so.
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September 17, 2011 7:39:13 PM