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October 6, 2011 5:18:27 PM

Dear forum,

I'll try to be succinct. After my laptop completely failing on me, I'm looking for a gaming desktop able to handle games like The Witcher 2 etc. Unfortunately I need everything apart from the mouse and speakers. I'd like to try building myself however I have no experience and so maybe a prebuilt would be a better choice. The important part is how soon I can have my system, that the site used delivers to europe (I'm an erasmus student in France) and that the system has the possibility to be upgaded in the future once I get greater funds.

I'm not sure hopw this works, if people offer advice just because theyre good people, but if I can offer anything in return feel free to ask!

my thanks:) 

james

Approximate Purchase Date: Asap(almost immediate)

Budget Range: £650 (1000$) But can go over if something much better is close to the price.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Word Processing etc, Films

Parts Not Required: Mouse,Speakers. I also need to say that I'd prefer a uk power cord and I'll just use an adaptor for this year.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No prefence apart from I need european delivery, so maybe something along the lines of cyberpowersystem.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Not needed

SLI or Crossfire: No

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October 7, 2011 2:17:47 PM

I'm settling with this for about 1300$, the graphics card isnt the greatest but ill be upgrading it in my own time as the site doesnt offer great upgrades.


CoolerMaster Elite 430 Case,
Corsair 500Watt PSU,
ASUS P8P67 B3: 2x Rear USB3.0: 8x Rear USB2.0: 2x Front USB2.0: Firewire: Bluetooth,
Intel® Core™ i5 2500 Quad Core 4x 3.3GHz 6MB Cache (4 Threads),
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler,
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz,
1TB 7200RPM SATA 3,
22x DVD RW Black SATA,
Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit,
nVidia GeForce GT 430 1GB,
Logitech Keyboard,
Mouse and Desktop Speakers,
Built-in audio,
802.11N WiFi PCIe adapter,
Internal Card Reader 26 in 1,
2 Year Parts & Labour Return to Base Warranty Includes 2 Year Free Collect & Return
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October 7, 2011 3:43:48 PM

Hey, I filled that out in my original post but since I'm new to this I can't really specify much, essentially in over my head:)  But I really need it as soon as possible otherwise I'm likely going to be forced by my father to pick one up from a local pc world type place... I want to avoid this!

All I am essentially looking for is the best system I can get for £600-800 (1000-1350$). Mainly used for gaming and which can be upgraded in the future. And which I can get delivered to France.

Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better

Budget Range: £600-850 (1000-1350$) Including delivery

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, films, music, general work

Parts Not Required: All required

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I don't even know which I'd need


Really any quick help is appreciated, it doesn't need to be min-maxed!

thanks
a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2011 3:51:57 PM

Hello. I will just be writing what you need.

A poster seems to recommend this alot
www.scan.co.uk

CPU i5-2500k L170
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...

Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard L80
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-lx-intel-z6...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

GPU 6870 L138
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-6870-dual-fan...
OR
GPU 6950 L194
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-hd-6950-oc-...(x16)-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-870mhz-1408cores-2x-dvi-dp-hdmi

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8gb L45
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 L45
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spin...

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500 L58
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-psu-antec-earthwatt...

Case: HAF 912 L60
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-912-plu...

Optical Drive : LG,Sony,Samsung. You find it yourself.

Hyper 212 Evo or Hyper 212+

More or less you have about L150 for the other things. (Sorry don't know how to use your currency. If you can teahc me that'd be great lol).
October 7, 2011 4:23:11 PM

No problem, although that site doesn't deliver to France:(  I'll likely just find the same items on amazon.fr in euros).

So you'd say this is a good definite list for my price range? Not that I don't trust you, but since I'm such a novice I wouldnt even spot if things were incompatible:) 
October 7, 2011 5:38:15 PM

I was tempted to go for the more expensive GPU but I was sure Radeons were poor for gaming?
October 7, 2011 7:23:48 PM

New Build:

OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001GLFD54/ref=ox_sc...

XFX Radeon HD 6970 - Graphics adapter - Radeon HD 6970 - PCI Express 2.1 x16 - 2 GB GDDR5 - DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004GCIZ5A/ref=ox_sc...

Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus - Mid tower - ATX - no power supply ( EPS12V/ PS/2 ) - black - USB/Audio/E-SATA
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003XEDTLM/ref=ox_sc...

ASUS DRW 24B3LT - Disk drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 24x/24x/12x - Serial ATA - internal - 5.25" - black - LightScribe
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0046YCYC8/ref=ox_sc...

Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM – OEM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=ox_sc...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) (This OEM software is intended for system builders only)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc...

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc...

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004FA8NX2/ref=ox_sc...


Does that sound ok? Struggling for the mobo though, tried to find http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00518M77U?tag=banforbucga08-2... but we don't seem to have it on our british site. Any chance you could help me find a suitable one? www.amazon.co.uk
a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 2:25:52 AM

That's pretty sweet bro. Naw Radeons aren't poor for gaming. It's just that most people are always used to NVIDIA products that they tend to be biased.

Sorry for not replying fast enough but I had to sleep lol.

This would be good. It's always recommeneded

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z68-Extreme3-Motherboard-PCI-Ex...

Get this ram, It's better for price/performance. Didn't get it last time since it wasn't available at scan.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-Skill-Ripjaws-Sandybridge-Pla...

Good luck with your build :) . Vat is a killer there.
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