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February 17, 2012 10:41:24 PM

Hi, ive decided I am going to build my first gaming pc, my budget is £700.

These are the components I am sure of,

Case: Antec 300
Processor: i5 2500k 3.3ghz
Graphics card: Asus GTX 560ti 1gb
Power supply: Corsair CX500
RAM: 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
HDD: Western Digital 1tb 7200rpm
DVDRW: LG GH22NS 22x SATA

Sub-total ( ex Motherboard ): £594.44

My biggest problem is choosing the right motherboard for the components above. I want a ( future proof ) motherboard that has a moderate amount of features. I do not want to overclock my CPU or use multi GPU's.

This leaves me with £100 total to spend on a motherboard.

Thanks for your suggestions in advance,

Lewis.
February 17, 2012 10:52:09 PM

Get an ASUS P8Z68-V LX.

If you don't plan to overclock your CPU, you can go for an i5 2500 instead of the 2500K. The only advantage of the "K" is that it lets you overclock much more.
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February 17, 2012 11:10:41 PM

pckitty4427 said:
Get an ASUS P8Z68-V LX.

If you don't plan to overclock your CPU, you can go for an i5 2500 instead of the 2500K. The only advantage of the "K" is that it lets you overclock much more.


This pretty much sums it up..

Here is the whole family of ASUS P8Z68 mobo's.. it's in US Dollars, but it is still a good reference.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The thing that you should be focusing on is the fact that it is 1155 (this means it is compatible with the CPU you selected, be it i5 2500 or 2500k.)

You can always go with a different brand such as ASRock or Gigabyte if you desire.
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February 17, 2012 11:13:12 PM

Mynamesearle said:
Hi, ive decided I am going to build my first gaming pc, my budget is £700.

These are the components I am sure of,

Case: Antec 300
Processor: i5 2500k 3.3ghz
If not going to OC then the i5-2400 will work as well and save moneyu
Graphics card: Asus GTX 560ti 1gb
Power supply: Corsair CX500
RAM: 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
Careful at the tall spikes and clearance. PC 1333 will do an equivalent job if it saves some money
HDD: Western Digital 1tb 7200rpm
500gb is plenty for now and the prices are so high this will save money and hurt nothing
DVDRW: LG GH22NS 22x SATA

Sub-total ( ex Motherboard ): £594.44

My biggest problem is choosing the right motherboard for the components above. I want a ( future proof ) motherboard that has a moderate amount of features. I do not want to overclock my CPU or use multi GPU's.

This leaves me with £100 total to spend on a motherboard.
Asrock makes a z68 that has a USD price of about $90 which should work well and it's the latest chiopset (z68)

Thanks for your suggestions in advance,

Lewis.

February 17, 2012 11:19:54 PM

The low profile version of the Corsair Vengeance memory will also eliminate the potential for clearance issues..

Here's an example..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you will save a good amount of money with a smaller HD as QuietPC suggested.. I overlooked that when I looked at your list - prices are stupid high right now. :( 
February 17, 2012 11:26:38 PM

Thanks you all for your suggestions, they have really helped me in saving money :D .

These are the pc specs I now have:

Case: Antec 300
Processor: i5 2500 3.3ghz
Graphics card: Asus GTX 560ti 1gb
Power supply: Corsair CX500
RAM: 8gb Corsair 1333MHz XMS3
HDD: Western Digital 500gb Caviar Blue
DVDRW: LG GH22NS 22x SATA
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX

Total £610.63

Now, could you guys give me an idea on what the fps for games such as BF3, Crysis, Dirt etc would be?

Again thanks.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2012 6:00:33 PM

Mynamesearle said:
Thanks you all for your suggestions, they have really helped me in saving money :D .

These are the pc specs I now have:

Case: Antec 300
Processor: i5 2500 3.3ghz
Graphics card: Asus GTX 560ti 1gb
Power supply: Corsair CX500
RAM: 8gb Corsair 1333MHz XMS3
HDD: Western Digital 500gb Caviar Blue
DVDRW: LG GH22NS 22x SATA
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX

Total £610.63

Now, could you guys give me an idea on what the fps for games such as BF3, Crysis, Dirt etc would be?

Again thanks.


Suggest you check the forums for each of those games to see what people have honestly been getting for that card. Remember that there are a number of settings within each game that need to be adjusted to give you the best experience for your gpu. sorry can't be kmore specific.
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