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May 31, 2012 4:32:00 PM

Hello,

I'm converting to PC gaming within the next couple of months.
After doing a lot of research, here is the build I have come up with.
Is this build good for gaming? How future proof do you think it is?
Is there any suggestions on how to improve it performance\price wise?

I want the cheapest build (in UK pounds) that will play games out now and in the near future at 1080p. Then when the new consoles come out, I will upgrade again a year after. So this build will hopefully last me at least 2 years.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core £158.50

CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS7000C-Cu Ball Bearing £15.53

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 £71.75

Memory AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £12.49

Hard Drive Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM £45.98

Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB £179.74

Case Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower £29.99

Power Supply XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V £37.48

Optical Drive Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive £11.86

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) £69.96

Total: £633.28

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May 31, 2012 5:00:04 PM

"For a system using a single Radeon HD 7850 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and have at least one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important factor." (ko888)

I would upgrade that PSU as it is the most important piece. If it fries, then there is risk of other components frying. The PSU you listed is decent but nothing special. Here's a review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=224

I suggest you take a look through these recommended PSU's: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recommended-psus

Otherwise, excellent build.
May 31, 2012 5:22:36 PM

with ram make sure you buy some that been tested in that mb by the mb vendor or the ram vendor. saves you from pulling your hair out on what is bsod or wont post.
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May 31, 2012 5:24:45 PM

Quote:
Not good man:

i5 3570k and Z77 mobo to keep futureproof
Cheap CPU cooler really
2 RAM sticks for a dual channel mobo
3.5" HDD for a desktop, 2.5 for laptops
Try a £20 Asus disk drive, the cheaper £10 tend to be loud, bad quality and just break quickly.
500-650W PSU, make it good quality too, something like Corsair TX.



Not everyone has an unlimited budget. Although It wouldn't hurt dropping an extra 20-50 bucks bucks on a decent motherboard, and 2x 4gb sticks of ram.
May 31, 2012 5:25:58 PM

You don't need a cpu cooler as the processor comes with a good one. To get a better than stock cooler you need to spend at least 50$ don't bother with a cooler at all.
Also at the end of 2 years 200$ of parts to update your computer instead of a whole new system.

Ram. Don't get 4 sticks. Get 2. You don't get a performance boost with 4 sticks over 2. Cheaper to buy pack of 2 anyway.

2.5" HDD are SIGNIFICANTLY slower than the 3.5" HDD.

And yes get a bigger power supply thats to small for that big of a card. 500W min and check the specs for at least 24 amps on the 12 volt rail.
May 31, 2012 5:34:42 PM

Thanks for all the advice :) 

I'll read over the replies and make adjustments to my build and post it here.
May 31, 2012 6:06:05 PM

Right, so I've come up with this build using the suggestions in this thread.

Is this better?

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core £158.50

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 £71.75

Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 £11.69

Kingston HyperX Blu 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 £11.69

Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM £51.38

Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB £179.74

Case Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower £29.99

Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V £44.87

Optical Drive Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive £11.86

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) £69.96

Total: £641.43

Thanks again :) 
May 31, 2012 6:48:25 PM

Seems solid.

641 lbs tho. Wow that's heavy...
May 31, 2012 7:10:26 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Seems solid.

641 lbs tho. Wow that's heavy...


Yeah it is :( 

If you know a way to reduce the cost while still being able to run games like Crysis 2 at 1080p, I'd love to hear it :) 
May 31, 2012 8:26:25 PM

Nope. Think you're spot on (if the Z77s and 3570Ks are significantly more than the SB/Z68s).

I was making a lame joke about pounds vs. lbs... Sorry!
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