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May 5, 2012 8:41:19 PM

Hi guys,

Not long ago I asked for help with a gaming build (want to play games including GW2 well on max/very high settings). I'm kinda trying not to waste money so I've usually gone for bang-for-buck (or in my case, pound :p  )


I'm in the UK so preferred websites are amazon UK, ebuyer.com, dabs.com and novatech.co.uk

So far I have this list. If you can find anything wrong with it, or something that should be definitely changed, I'd be happy for suggestions:

Mobo:
£110 - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77
(dabs.com) http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155...

^ I chose this mobo as it was relatively cheaper than other Mobos that have USB 3.0 front panel connectors (for my case choice below) while also supporting both SLI/Xfire for future potential. Seems well reviewed, seem ok?

£40 - G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
(ebuyer.com) http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160...

^ Seems a fairly standard choice. Will this be compatible with my motherboard choice? Quite the PC builder newbie here.

£157 - i5 2500K sandy bridge (unlocked) from aria.co.uk (delivery factored in)

^ This seems the most common choice, with the i7 being around £240+. I don't know if the i7 is really worth the extra cost for the purpose of gaming for me? No idea whether Ivy Bridge are worth it either, any suggestions whether this will be decent enough for gaming? Thoughts?

£28.50 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO processor cooler
(ebuyer.com) http://www.ebuyer.com/288855-coolermaster-hyper-212-evo...

^ Seems another common choice. Decent enough? Compatible with my mobo/processor?

£200 - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB GDDR5 (012-P3-1571-KR) -
novatech.co.uk http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/nvidiagef...

^ Ok, so I went through much deliberation to come to this. Basically, I initially was thinking about the GTX 480 which is only marginally less powerful and is around £165. But given that seems to have overheating/noise issues, I opted to go for this. I think it should work well enough, and it is one of the top performing graphics cards out there at the moment. Thoughts?

£89 - Crucial 128GB M4 SSD
(ebuyer.com) http://www.ebuyer.com/266526-crucial-128gb-2-5-m4-ssd-s...

^ Yeah, I'm a sucker for the thought of having a faster booting OS. I've heard 60GB can get used up quite quickly and those models are slower, and the 128GB wasn't too much more costly. This model seemed to have better reliability looking at reviews on newegg and the like than the OCZ agility ones. Although it does have a lower write speed, I'd be more interested in reliability.

£72.70- Corsair CMPSU-700GUK Gaming Series GS700 High Performance 700W Power Supply (Amazon) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-700GUK-Gaming-Ser...

^ Had a look around for this, I thought 700W would be more than enough for my current build but with the potential for SLI at a later date. Do you think that would be enough, or should I go higher than the 700W? (It is 80plus)

£55 - Antec 300 two case with usb 3.0 (ebuyer.com) http://www.ebuyer.com/341398-three-hundred-two-tower-ca...

^ Was impressed with this case with it having good airflow and the front USB 3.0 ports. Seems like a good case for the value too.

So far clocks in at about £750. What do you guys think? If you have any alternative suggestions can you find them on UK websites? Or perhaps cheaper alternatives (or cheaper places to buy the components) would be awesome.

Thanks guys!

P.S. does anyone have experience ordering pc cases from ebuyer.com - with their free delivery do they send via royal mail so that you can pick the case up from a local royal mail sorting office on the same day? Thanks!
May 5, 2012 9:52:21 PM

Bump, would also be great to know if my mobo is decent for overclocking. :) 
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