Which System ?

Which build for MMORPG’s

First of all im not able to build my own pc so I cant save myself cash that way.

I have a budget of approx £1200 and im looking at the two below builds but cant decide which one would be best for my requirements they both look solid builds and both are pretty close to my budget ive looked around researched plenty of reviews and I definitely want to order from these guys Chillblast (uk pc specialist) below is a list of what the pc will be used for:

MMORPG’s – WoW Cata and maybe ill try some more in the future
RTS – Star Craft / Dawn of War 2 series

I would like to run the above games with everything maxed out at full resolution on the 24” monitor

Downloading Movies / Music
iTunes / Playing music
Watching movies streamed to the TV via HDMI
Microsoft Office 2010
Web Browsing

Here is the first build £1199 Inc Vat (Chillblast Fusion Flash)

Fractal Design R3 Case
Intel Core i5 2500K Processor at up to 4.8GHz
Asus P8Z68-V LE Motherboard
16GB PC3-10666 DDR3 Memory or 8 GB Corsair PC3 -12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 4gb sticks)
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2048MB (Asus or Palit version dependant on stock)
120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD (1st Drive)
1000GB SATA 7200rpm Hard Disk (2nd Drive)
Samsung DVD-RW/Blu-ray Reader Combo Drive
Sony 24 x DVD RW Drive
600watt Corsair Ultra Quiet PSU
Onboard High Definition Audio
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
LG 23" LG Flatron IPS231P Monitor

Here is the second build £1100 Inc Vat (Chillblast Fusion Volt with Customisation)

Windows Home Premium 64 Bit OS
Cooler Master Elite 430 case
Additional 120mm Blue LED case cooling fans fron & rear
Intel Core i7 2600k Overclocked to 4ghz
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler
Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard
8 GB Corsair PC3 -12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 4gb sticks)
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2048MB (Asus or Palit version dependant on stock)
40GB Corsair Force SSD (this is used in SSD caching to boost performance)
1000GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
SSD Caching Configuration
Samsung Blu Ray Rom / DVD RW Combi Drive
Sony 24 x DVD RW Drive
Corsair Ultra Low Noise 600W PSU
24” ASUS VS247H Widescreen LED Monitor

Some questions:
1.) Which system do you think would be best for my requirements?
2.) Which monitor would suit my requirements better the ASUS in the second build or the LG in the first build as there is no difference in price?
3.) Would I be better with the HD 6970 GPU or a GTX 570 as I can change for no extra cost?
4.) If changing to the GTX 570 does this support audio through HDMI connection as I know the HD 6970 does?
5.) If choosing the first build would I be better with the 16gb 10666 ram or the 8GB 1600MHz Ram as there is no difference in the cost? (my thoughts are the 8GB)
6.) If choosing the first build would I benefit from SSD caching on the 128 GB SSD?

I would be very pleased to hear peoples views and advice for me

Thank You
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  1. I'd get the first one even though it's more expensive.

    You didn't list any specs for the monitors but the Asus is 24" so that would be my choice :D

    The 6970 should outperform a 570. Both support HD audio AFAIK.

    16 GB RAM is unnecessary.

    No, you wouldn't need SSD caching, since it's the system drive.
  2. for doing extra tasking like photoshop,autocad and video editing etc the 2600k can be best option and for gamming 2500k is best but in generall both are excellent chip, the only difference is that 2600k has hyperthreading and 100mhz faster than 2500k but 2500k can also perform all these task quickly.

    i would say 2500k

    hd 6970 and gtx 570 is perform neck to neck but 6970 is abit better
    again both are excellent card's

  3. How much will i benefit from the 4.5 ghz overclock on the first build core i5 2500k as a pose to the 4 ghz overclock on the core i7

    I guess the real benefit is the 128gb SSD on the first build
  4. That and I prefer the Fractal Design case :sol:
  5. it will gives you much benefit like your games will be running at maxed out with higher frame rates or running your other application fastly.
  6. Its probably worth mentioning that if I upgrade the SSD from 40GB to 120GB on the second build it comes to £1207 so im seriously thinking of going with that now

    What drop in performance will i notice between the Core i5 overclocked to 4.8ghz and the core i7 overclocked to only 4ghz?

    Also will the 120GB SSD make the system very fast start up times from hitting the power switch to being able to task?

    Thanks Guys
  7. it depend on applications some of them are heavy in processing and some are lighter get 2500k then see how much it will keep you heavy and its not necessary that 2600k can oc to 4ghz only with better cooler you can oc it 4.4ghz something.if you doing extra tasking like auto cad 3d app etc then go for 2600k.and get 120 gb ssd your apps will be running much faster.
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