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May 22, 2012 5:32:20 PM

Hello all

This is my first build, my budget is around £400 - 500, i have listed my main items below, so this doesnt include CPU fan

CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black - £34.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/coolermaster-elite-430-bla...

Cosair 600W PSU - £49.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-600w-builde...

Corsair Vengance 8GB RAM - £39.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-8gb--2x4gb-...

Intel I5 3570K 3.40Ghz (3.80GHz Turbo) + Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard CPU Bundle - £269.99
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-I5-3570K-3-40Ghz-3-80GH...

Can someone please review this for me and let me know if this is going to be any good?

Im looking for some gaming, not hardcore gaming. Converting videos, download and ripping XBOX 360 games and just general internet use

Please can you tell me if this will be good, if not any suggestions on anything else?

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May 22, 2012 5:43:17 PM

I would definitely recommend you get a discrete graphics card if you want to any sort of gaming. If you're really on a £400 - 500 budget, I'd recommend you drop down to the i3 2120 with a Z68 or P67 motherboard (ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte are my choice). With the saved money you can pick up a GTX560 Ti (I prefer the MSI Twin Frozr) or a 7850. This will push you towards the higher end of your budget, but the setup you picked out will not handle gaming very well.

You also didn't mention a harddrive or ssd. Did you factor that into your budget?
May 22, 2012 5:50:12 PM

elayman said:
I would definitely recommend you get a discrete graphics card if you want to any sort of gaming. If you're really on a £400 - 500 budget, I'd recommend you drop down to the i3 2120 with a Z68 or P67 motherboard (ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte are my choice). With the saved money you can pick up a GTX560 Ti (I prefer the MSI Twin Frozr) or a 7850. This will push you towards the higher end of your budget, but the setup you picked out will not handle gaming very well.

You also didn't mention a harddrive or ssd. Did you factor that into your budget?


Thanks for the input

Why would it not handle gaming very well? Because it doesnt have a graphics card? Ive heard the Z77 and the intel graphics are fair enough for light gaming.

Gaming is last on my list so i will invest in a GFX card when i have the extra money, is that the only issue?

I have a few old hard drives i will use from my current PC at the moment, again untill i get some extra funds

Again im open to suggestions, do you think im just throwing money away getting that CPU then?>

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May 22, 2012 5:53:15 PM

No I do not think you're throwing money away at the CPU. It is a very powerful CPU and will game very well. But the fact that you're planning on using the onboard graphics for gaming scares me :) . It will run very old, non graphic intensive games on low-medium settings, but any new games will push its limits. It's mostly good for browsing the web. If you want to save up some more cash - you can buy the parts you listed and get a discrete card later, and you'll have plenty of CPU power to back it up :) .
May 22, 2012 6:11:52 PM

Could you maybe suggest a cheaper gfx card? Maybe i could cut back to just 4gb of ram and put the extra money into it. Anything worth getting around £100 ?
May 22, 2012 7:51:20 PM

Please tell us what sort of gaming you plan on doing and if you can save more, I would have different recommendations haha.
May 23, 2012 6:56:08 AM

Modern warfare 3, battlefield 3, Max payne, just shoot em ups really.

Was looking at the radeon hd 6870 for around my price range.
May 23, 2012 7:06:45 AM

If you're going to play graphic intensive games like BF3 and MW3, you definitely need a discrete card - hands down. I'd recommend the GTX 560 Ti or 6950 to play it smoothly. Anything less and you will have to play on low settings and get low frame rates even after the fact.
May 23, 2012 12:23:30 PM

When i looked for Modern warefare 3 specs and BF3 specs.

It brought up a website that would allow you to put in your spec of PC and would tell you if it would run it, Processor gave me 10/10 stars, CPU gave 10/10 stars, but graphics with onboard gaveme 5/10 stars.

Withthe Video card i suggest it gave me 9 stars, so even though it coming up with 9 / 10 stars im still not going to be able to play this to its full preformance?
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