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Making a new gaming PC. Is it good and worth it?

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March 7, 2012 11:01:06 AM

Here's the link for my new design on lambda-tek.com

http://www.lambda-tek.com/computing/pcdesigner.pl?cart=...

It's supposed to be a budget gaming PC. (under £600 preferably) so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to comment :) 

Here are the specs in short:

Processor: Intel i5 2500K @ 3.5GHz (OEM)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2H-USB3 (4 DDR3 RAM slots & 4 SATA)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 DIMM
GFX: EVGA NVIDIA GTX550Ti 2GB 192bit GDDR5
Case: Arctic Silentium T11 PC Case (Black)
PSU: unbranded 500W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATAIII (6GBPS)
monitor: Acer 18.5" 1920 x 1080
a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2012 11:11:30 AM

Not bad. My thoughts are below...

CPU - You are going with an H61 motherboard which means no overclocking. If this is by design, then change the PCU to a non-K version. Otherwise, you will need to be looking at a P67 or Z68 motherboard to take advantage of the unlocked K series CPU and overclock. Don't forget an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan to overclock (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or the older model Hyper 212+ is fine).

MEM - Just be sure those Vengeance modules do not have tall heat spreaders and are 1.5v.

GPU - The 550 Ti is probably not the best choice at its price point. Typically an HD 6850 or HD 6870 can be found for similar pricing and offer better performance.

PSU - Get a branded one! Corsair, XFX, Antec or Seasonic.... 500w is plenty of power for a single GPU setup.

HD - IMHO, the only good Western Digital is a Black drive. Seatage or Samsung if you can.
March 7, 2012 11:33:51 AM

sadams said it first so won't be repeating: so here it is....:) 
no need for 2500k unless you get better MB
these days any memory manufacturer is fine so look mainly on price 1600Mhz is fine
Graphics can't argue there 6850 or 6870 nvidia just can't compete at the price
PSU oh boy oh boy non brand...good luck with that Get antec, corsair, seasonic
HDD you can use green for storage but do your self a favour get 60 SSD for OS or 120 SSD and ditch green. You can go by with 120 SSD ...no need for HDD unless you download like a maniac.
Monitor...unless you are space restricted get at least 22-24" some are like $140 or less

a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2012 11:48:26 AM

a build for non oc

intel i5 2400
ASRock h61 pro B3
gskill ripjaws x 2x4gb 1600mhz ddr3
sapphire radeon hd 6870
seasonic 630w 80+ bronze psu
cm haf 912 or antec 300
asus dvd burner
windows 7 home premium 64 bit

this would come in ur budget :D 
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