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$2000 gaming pc - I need advice

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October 28, 2011 12:30:57 PM


 
Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I know what to buy
 
Budget Range: approx: £1000-£1300 (around $1900)
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
 
Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse and maybe monitor
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably a .co.uk website such as www.overclock.uk or www.overclockers.co.uk but I don't mind ( they are the only two I know and newest doesnt ship to uk)
 
Country of Origin: united kingdom
 
Parts Preferences: no preferences
 
Overclocking: Yes
 
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
 
Monitor Resolution: not actually sure

More about : 2000 gaming advice

October 28, 2011 2:43:43 PM

Hi friend,
Because i am from Europe too i will tell you that pounds don't translate into the currency for dollars when it comes to computers. It kind-of translates into euro but usually and sadly it is one for one when it comes to the dollars.

Case - Thermaltake MSI commander OR Antec 300
Mobo - Asrock extreme 4 gen 3
CPU - i5 2500k
Ram - Kingston Hyper X Blu cl9 2x4gb
PSU - Anything among Corsair/Enermax/Antec/OCZ/Seasonic/Thermaltake/Cooler Master that is 850watts or more. Compare prices on the shops and check online for reviews. Look for rock stable 12v rail (most probably any of these will have it)
SSD - Crucial m4 128 or OCZ Agility 3 120 (whichever nets you the cheaper Giga)
HDD - WD Caviar Black/Seagate Barracuda 7200.12/Samsung F3. Again look for lowest price per giga. They are about the same regarding performance.
GPU - HD 6950. I got a sweet tooth for gigabyte cards. If the money is enough, get another, Xfire them.
CPU Cooler - Xigmatek Aegir or Corsair A70 (noisy but cheaper) or if you are out of buck, CM hyper 212
Dvd-r - Cheapest they got! Sony Optiarc or Asus or Samsung, really, just get the cheapest optical drive that can burn.
October 28, 2011 2:59:35 PM

VAT included in the prices...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
239.99

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 +
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/Coolermaster-HYPER-2...
22.50

MOBO: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
119.99

RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x 4GB) 1600MHz CAS9 DDR3 Dual Channel Kit
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/G-Skill-Ripjaws-X-8G...
43.99

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 TOXIC 2048MB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
239.99

SSD: 128GB Crucial M4
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
139.99

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
99.99

Optical: Samsung 22x DVD±RW
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...
17.99

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 850W V2
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
99.98

Case: Silverstone Raven 3 RV03B-W
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
109.98

Monitor: Asus VE247H 24" Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO...
169.99

TOTAL: 1304.38
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October 28, 2011 3:17:20 PM

HIS ATI Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X PLUS Edition 2048MB GDDR5 £219.98
Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £159.98
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM £159.95
OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-3 Solid State Hard Drive (AGT3-25SAT3-120G) £123.98
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31000524AS) £99.98
Lepa B-Series 850W '80 Plus Bronze' Modular Power Supply - with FREE LEPA Hard Drive Enclosure £92.99
Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black £42.98
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) £42.98
Corsair A70 High-Performance Dual Fan CPU Cooler £32.99
OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.99

Sub Total : £827.35
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.50
VAT is being charged at 20.00% VAT : £167.97
Total : £1,007.82

This is just an example from the site you provided. I didn't check reviews on the Lepa B PSU though i bet they are rock solid. (check before you consider)
They had the corsair A70, pretty good but noisy, check another store perhaps for the Xigmatek Aegir?
OcUK dvd-r, never heard of it.. how bad could it be? :p 
October 28, 2011 3:23:42 PM

If you got more cash to burn get a nice monitor since i see you hesitant on that.
Samsung S24A350H 24" Widescreen LED Monitor for 200 quid.
If you still got more up the ssd a bit or get your second card. :D 
October 28, 2011 4:46:49 PM

Tanks for all the help, I'm still considering what motherboard to get I was thinking about these:
Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131730
P67 P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131771

Since I only need it for 2 way sli it doesn't have to be the most expensive one... Or are asrock/gigabyte motherboards better than asus ones??
October 28, 2011 5:14:16 PM

At this exact point of time Asrock offers Gen3 which Asus doesn't. The pricing of Asus is somewhat stable since they had no updates since may or something. So yes, AsRock at this point is newer tech than Asus.
As for Gigabyte, well, their only true Gen3 boards are so expensive you don't need them.
As of now Asrock is the budget/performance king. MSI has good boards too, but i was never fond of MSI... too many faulty boards, with terrible layouts.
October 28, 2011 5:18:14 PM

vx53c said:
At this exact point of time Asrock offers Gen3 which Asus doesn't. The pricing of Asus is somewhat stable since they had no updates since may or something. So yes, AsRock at this point is newer tech than Asus.
As for Gigabyte, well, their only true Gen3 boards are so expensive you don't need them.
As of now Asrock is the budget/performance king. MSI has good boards too, but i was never fond of MSI... too many faulty boards, with terrible layouts.


Right ok then, and that his ati Radeon 6950 iceq turbo works with i5 2500k and that asrock mobo? Thanks for help
October 28, 2011 5:36:47 PM

all work together perfectly =)
October 28, 2011 5:40:42 PM

And 2x Radeon 950's in crossfire is better than 2x gtx 570's in sli?
October 28, 2011 6:06:38 PM

Dogs666 said:
And 2x Radeon 950's in crossfire is better than 2x gtx 570's in sli?


They are pretty equal...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/01/11/amd_69706950_...

It mostly depends on which brand the game was optimized for. Either way, you won't be disappointed, just be sure to keep your drivers up to date. The 6950s require less power than the 570s so that is something to keep in mind also.
October 28, 2011 6:12:41 PM

vx53c said:
At this exact point of time Asrock offers Gen3 which Asus doesn't. The pricing of Asus is somewhat stable since they had no updates since may or something. So yes, AsRock at this point is newer tech than Asus.
As for Gigabyte, well, their only true Gen3 boards are so expensive you don't need them.
As of now Asrock is the budget/performance king. MSI has good boards too, but i was never fond of MSI... too many faulty boards, with terrible layouts.


I don't really think PCIe 3.0 is a relevant arguement for buying a board in this instance. I doubt the OP is going to ditch Crossfired 6950's anytime soon.....by the time he does (3+ years before he will probably need to), it will be time for a whole new platform....the Gigabyte board I recommended will overclock, Crossfire/SLI two cards at x8/x8, and is more budget friendly than any Gen3 board (except for ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, which doesn't look like it's for sale over there). Don't get me wrong, those are all fine boards you recommended...just putting my two cents in.
October 28, 2011 8:43:16 PM

nd_hunter you are correct of course. They are both sexy motherboards. I tend to go with latest technology and gigabyte's naming of motherboards confuses me. I have used the motherboard you recommended and it is good.
Asrock offers bios with mouse and it's overclocking functions are very user friendly to the point where you don't need to know anything. My suggestion is more practical than meaning to dish gigabyte or dispute your choice. Truth is the OP can't go wrong with any of them.

Now as for the extreme7, it is an overkill. I doubt you will need all that this board offers. I doubt anyone would have a use for so many things.
As for the double 6970, that sounds like an overkill as well. I would put the money on the ssd if you are willing to spend this much. Perhaps consider the i7 2600k, double the ram etc. You will probably not need this powerful of a beast, besides, you would have to up the wattage on your psu. Of course if you want to have the best of the best you can also look at sli 580. This is a totally new perspective we would have to analyze.
October 28, 2011 8:54:59 PM

Ok thanks I'll forget about that then how about considering the gtx 560 ti's x2? Or is the Radeon 6950s a better option for me
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