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June 17, 2012 3:10:15 PM

Choice of Galaxy III Black OR & CIT Jupiter Black
2 x 120mm Standard Case Fans
Intel Core i7 2600K Unlocked, Quad Core (1155, 3.40GHz, 8MB Cache) Processor
Asus P8Z77-V LX, 4xDIMM, Max. 32GB, ATX (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0) Motherboard
Choice Of ATI HD 6870 1GB OR nVidia GTX 560 1GB PCI Express Graphics Card
8GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 Ram
1000GB SATA II Hard Drive
Samsung Blu Ray Reader & DVD +/- Rewriter
2 Front + 4 Back Ports
Standard 2.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Standard Keyboard & Optical Mouse
23.6 Inch Asus LED VS247H Wide, VGA/DVI/HDMI, 1920x1080, 50000000:1, 5ms TFT
Choice of Windows: 7 Home Premium OR XP Home With Original CD
Nero Essentials & Cyberlink Power DVD
Xigmatek 500W PSU

I was just wondering what you guys thought of it. Does it have good enough parts to run the latest games such as BF3, GW2 (when it comes out) and Crysis etc on max.

Also any suggestions on how to improve the build would be much appreciated. My budget is £1000 (I could probably go about £20 over), and this has to include the costs of a monitor, keyboard and OS.
June 17, 2012 3:15:28 PM

Hagleigh said:
Choice of Galaxy III Black OR & CIT Jupiter Black
2 x 120mm Standard Case Fans
Intel Core i7 2600K Unlocked, Quad Core (1155, 3.40GHz, 8MB Cache) Processor
Asus P8Z77-V LX, 4xDIMM, Max. 32GB, ATX (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0) Motherboard
Choice Of ATI HD 6870 1GB OR nVidia GTX 560 1GB PCI Express Graphics Card
8GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 Ram
1000GB SATA II Hard Drive
Samsung Blu Ray Reader & DVD +/- Rewriter
2 Front + 4 Back Ports
Standard 2.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Standard Keyboard & Optical Mouse
23.6 Inch Asus LED VS247H Wide, VGA/DVI/HDMI, 1920x1080, 50000000:1, 5ms TFT
Choice of Windows: 7 Home Premium OR XP Home With Original CD
Nero Essentials & Cyberlink Power DVD
Xigmatek 500W PSU

I was just wondering what you guys thought of it. Does it have good enough parts to run the latest games such as BF3, GW2 (when it comes out) and Crysis etc on max.

Also any suggestions on how to improve the build would be much appreciated. My budget is £1000 (I could probably go about £20 over), and this has to include the costs of a monitor, keyboard and OS.



Can you self build ?
June 17, 2012 3:47:30 PM

Hi :) 

NO...not enough graphics card for max or ultra on any new game..

All the best Brett :) 
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June 17, 2012 3:49:28 PM

Hi :) 

I own computer shops in the UK and always say to my customers for our custom built gamers machines to budget 50% of the cost on the graphics card ALONE...

So £1000 budget = £500 graphics card...then you will be able to Ultra ANY game..

All the best Brett :) 
June 17, 2012 4:19:12 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

NO...not enough graphics card for max or ultra on any new game..

All the best Brett :) 



What if I were to get the ATI HD6950 2GB instead?
June 17, 2012 4:25:01 PM

Uther39 said:
Can you self build ?


Yes I could if I wanted to, but it's not that much cheaper too with these parts, (I think anyway)
June 17, 2012 4:25:11 PM

My ROT says for gaming, pay 2x the budget for the cpu on a graphics card.

In this case, a 2600K is a $300 cpu, and a 6870 is a $150 card, exactly the reverse.

Games rarely use more than 2 or 3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 2600K will go largely unused. A 2500k, or 3570K for $100 less will be just as good. Add that to your budget, and look for a $250 class graphics card. Perhaps a 7850 or GTX570 class card. If your budget can be $400 for a GTX670, you will be as good as it gets.

The newer 28nm cards like the 7850 or GTX670 are not power hungry, they need a 550w psu.
June 17, 2012 4:44:18 PM

Hagleigh said:
What if I were to get the ATI HD6950 2GB instead?


Hi :) 

Thats a much better card...not top rank but better....

All the best Brett :) 
June 17, 2012 4:51:57 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Thats a much better card...not top rank but better....

All the best Brett :) 



Sorry for all the questions but what graphics card would you recommend and cpu within my price range?
June 17, 2012 5:08:39 PM

Hagleigh said:
Sorry for all the questions but what graphics card would you recommend and cpu within my price range?


I suggest the 3570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It costs the same as the 2500K, and is $80 less than the 2600K
If you live near a microcenter, they will sell you one for $190.

At the same budget, If you like Nvidia, a GTX570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you like amd, a 7850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In a week or two, we might see the GTX660 that will shake up the market. Look for that if you can wait.

For the pre build, price out the components individually and sum them up to see how much they are charging for assembly.
They DO have to make a profit, but possibly they can buy parts cheaper.

Don't forget the cost of an OS, the offer of XP as an option makes me wonder.
June 17, 2012 5:35:16 PM

Hagleigh said:
Sorry for all the questions but what graphics card would you recommend and cpu within my price range?



Hi :) 

A 7000 series card....as I said...50% of your budget on the card , the rest on cpu/mobo etc etc...

All the best Brett :) 
June 17, 2012 8:52:09 PM

If you can strech to a gtx 670 it would be your best bet. You can get one in the UK at Novatech for £310. This would let you run BF3 on max settings. If this isn't possible go fora 7870 or 7850.

As the other posters have said a i7 is overkill, get a sandy or ivy bridge i5 and spend the money you save on the graphics card.
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