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January 17, 2012 11:53:28 AM

A friend of mines asked for a new system so I thought I'd get the build checked over to see if anyone can think of some better parts. He's going to be gaming on the machine mainly and watching some films here and there.

The budget is £500

Resolution - 1920 x 1080

He wants to go Intel and AMD; with expandability in mind.

So here's what I priced up just want some other opinions before I go ahead with it.

Case - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-raven-st-rv0...

Raven RV03 he chose this himself so i can't change this not that I want to really nice bit of kit.

PSU - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...

read a lot of good reviews on these units so thought i'd give it a try at least

Motherboard - https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Gigabyte+GA-Z68XP-...

Its got 2 PCIE x16's that will run in dual x8 mode; also the PCIE x1's are placed in decent spots so sound cards and such can be added if wanted later on.

CPU - https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i3-2100...

Within this budget you can't really go wrong and with the board above it can always be upgraded to an I5 or 7.

Ram - https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

I'm not too fussy on ram as long as its a decent make and 1600's a good speed any other options are welcome.

Graphic card - https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/PowerColor+HD+6850...

Decent card that will play smoothly at the resolution.

DVD Drive - https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+...

Basic Drive nothing special.

Parts not needed:

HDD

Monitor

Soundcard


Cheers for the opinions,

Elliott :D 

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January 17, 2012 12:00:11 PM

You buy a case more expensive than CPU at the first build ? Your friend will be playing games with the case ?
January 17, 2012 12:16:15 PM

This is a gaming PC not that what you did:
MOBO : Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Intel Z68 (REV B3)
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Gigabyte+GA-Z68XP-...
CPU : I5 2500K
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i5-2500...
RAM : 8GB Corsair Memory XMS3 DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...
GPU : PowerColor HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/PowerColor+HD+6850...
PSU : 550W OCZ ZS Series ATX2.2 80PLUS Bronze
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...
DVD-RW : LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW with DL & RAM SATA
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+...
CASE : BitFenix Outlaw Black Midi Tower
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...
TOTAL : £507.23 with delivery tax.
January 17, 2012 12:20:15 PM

lol its still a gaming pc just with a lower pointed cpu that will cause a miniscule bottleneck that i doubt he'll notice. i understand where your coming from and this isn't my first build and i worked with what i was given.
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