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February 16, 2012 3:22:16 PM

hi all, im going to be getting a new pc in 2 weeks i have £800 to spend

i dont know much about pcs anymore as i havent upgraded mine in 4 years,

alot of people i know use this site for pc parts. WWW.SCAN.CO.UK just wondering what your thoughts are on the prices

i want it to be a gaming pc only i only need a tower.

would like to play bf3 on ultra high settings, would this be possible with my budget?

would it be better buying one of these off ebay at my budget

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VIBOX-SPEED-B1-INTEL-i7-QUAD-...

or

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VIBOX-iQ-S18-INTEL-i7-2600-WI...

any help appreciated

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February 16, 2012 4:21:19 PM

thanks ali, any perticular reason why those ebay pcs are bad?
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February 16, 2012 4:23:37 PM

bullzeye82 said:
thanks ali, any perticular reason why those ebay pcs are bad?


Both have pretty trashy GPUs.

Would you not build yourself ?
February 16, 2012 4:34:17 PM

Uther39 said:
Both have pretty trashy GPUs.

Would you not build yourself ?

yes i would build myself, do you think i could build myself a better pc from scan, than the g30 there offering allready built?

any other places cheaper than scan? i want the best i can possibly get for £800
February 16, 2012 4:35:47 PM

As you can see below you get a massively better system if your willing to build the PC yourself. All the below parts are from scan

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W OEM
£136.15 £163.38
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...
Asus P8Z68-V LX, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX
£63.68 £76.42
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-lx-intel-z6...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
8GB (2x4GB) Kingston DDR3 HyperX Genesis Grey, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-27, XMP, 1.5V
£29.80 £35.76
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-kingston-ddr3-hyperx-genesis-grey-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-27-xmp-1
1TB Western Digital WD10EARX Caviar Green, SATA 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Quiet
£73.10 £87.72
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10...
Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM
£10.98 £13.18
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...
620W Antec Neo Eco Modular PSU 82%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX *Scan Exclusive*
£53.62 £64.34
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/620w-antec-neo-eco-modul...
Coolermaster Elite 430, All Black, Mid Tower Case with Side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan w/o PSU
£32.89 £39.47
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-430-a...
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1
£19.98 £23.98
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-e...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
£60.07 £72.08
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home...
1280MB Palit GTX 560 Ti, 40nm, 3800MHz GDDR5, GPU 732MHz, Shader 1464MHz, 448 Cores, 2x Dual Link DVI-I/ DP/ HDMI
£174.56 £209.47
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-palit-gtx-560-ti-...

Total£802.58
February 16, 2012 4:39:04 PM

So your getting a better hard drive and more importantly a better GPU and a better CPU cooler which will enable you to OC your machine easily, oh and not forgetting a much better modular Antec PSU with 620w
February 16, 2012 4:43:59 PM

thanks alot for your help uther , is that alot better than the g30 then? i think i will purchse them seperate from the links, good buy? thanks alot man!
February 16, 2012 4:47:57 PM

No worries my friend, by the way ive always bought from Scan and they are very good indeed.

And yes the above will be a better gaming PC than the g30 as it has the 448core core version of the 560ti instead of the regular 384core 560ti that the g30 has.

Plus with the Antec modular 620w PSU you will have the power to upgrade to a better GPU in the future if you so wish.
February 16, 2012 4:50:49 PM

i allready have my own OS so i can save £72 , with this save would you get a better cpu or gpu?
February 16, 2012 4:51:02 PM

Oh and be sure to come back and tell us how your build went.
February 16, 2012 4:51:32 PM

OOOO better GPU. give me a mo and ill see.
February 16, 2012 4:58:58 PM

brilliant, im going to favourite this thread so i dont loose it , i dont get paid till end of month, but ill defo be coming to let you know how i get on, im really exited lol!!

again thanks uther, you have been a great help, appreciate it
February 16, 2012 5:26:59 PM

would this pc with upgraded gpu you linked me be able to handle FSx on max settings?
February 16, 2012 5:33:54 PM

What res are you going to be playing at ?
February 16, 2012 5:46:17 PM

well i only have a crappy monitor for the time being, so nothin spectactular res wise, 1240 x 1024 is max i think for this monitor
February 16, 2012 5:54:57 PM

also will i need any xtra colling fans for the case? just had some good news, so look like i can go on purchase this pc tomorrow! happy days :) 
February 16, 2012 6:06:45 PM

Yes it will max out FSX at your res and up to 1080p.

It has one fitted in the front but if you can afford it i would reccomend buying another 4 of these
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-coolermaster-sickl...
for the rear exhaust, side intake and top 2 exhaust mounts this will keep your system icy cool.
February 16, 2012 6:15:51 PM

thanks again, i think ill grab them 4 fans too, will i have enough sockets on my MB to plug them all in?

also the cpu fan you linked me too, will that be easy to fit on the MB you linked me too
February 16, 2012 6:16:46 PM

Yes they will fit.
February 16, 2012 6:18:53 PM

OR, a radeon HD 6970 for the same price, virtually nothing to split them apart from added features - if you're thinking about 3d go with nvidia, if you're wanting eyefinity go with AMD.
February 16, 2012 6:21:37 PM

ok just want to make sure i get things right, i built the pc im using now 4 years ago, not built one since lol
February 16, 2012 6:23:30 PM

will_chellam said:
OR, a radeon HD 6970 for the same price, virtually nothing to split them apart from added features - if you're thinking about 3d go with nvidia, if you're wanting eyefinity go with AMD.
never even thought about 3d! so the 2nd card uther linked me too is capable of 3d too?
February 16, 2012 6:54:22 PM

bullzeye82 said:
never even thought about 3d! so the 2nd card uther linked me too is capable of 3d too?


Yes
February 16, 2012 7:38:33 PM

just lookin at the case uther , and i cant see where 4 fans would fit innit, i can only see 1 place the fan will fit, and thats the rear, where will i put the other 3 fans?
February 16, 2012 11:11:06 PM

again really appreciate the help u gave me uther, if i knew you id buy u a pint :) 

wil be in touch when purchased them
February 17, 2012 9:54:11 PM

can i use my 22 inch flatscreen tv as a montitor, its also hdmi, would i loose quality using a tv rather than a 22 inch monitor?
February 17, 2012 10:16:24 PM

what's its native resolution
February 17, 2012 10:30:23 PM

not sure mate, i know my son plays he's ps3 on it at 1080p
heres the model number this will give u a better idea

and its 24 inch not 22

model number : BLED24FHDL8DVD
February 17, 2012 10:44:11 PM

that will be fine for your pc and you should not lose any image quality at all.

February 17, 2012 10:59:41 PM

brilliant, i feel tight taking my sons tv, im sure he wont mind :) 

its gotta be better than my old 17" monitor for sure

do use hdmi from graphics card to hdmi tv?
February 18, 2012 8:44:32 AM

Yes you will need a HDMI cable.
February 19, 2012 12:25:36 PM

i was on scans facebook page this morning, and decided to ask there advice on the parts im getting, i got this reply

This could be a bit of a problem if you don't have any modular cables spare.

*To save resources and help protect the environment, only required cables are To save resources and help protect the environment, only required cables are included; your Neo ECO 620 does not include a power cord or modular cables

You only need a 650 W psu so i would recommend the corsair ax 650 or tx 650

the tx 650 the guy linked me, would this be ok? would all wires be there? sorry dont mean to be spoon fed, just really want to get this right first time
February 19, 2012 4:40:11 PM

bullzeye82 said:
well i only have a crappy monitor for the time being, so nothin spectactular res wise, 1240 x 1024 is max i think for this monitor

get a 6870 it works great and people say get a 2500k or something like that but an i3 or FX 4100 should work you might need to overclock
February 24, 2012 12:32:02 AM

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