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Gaming PC with a Future

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August 5, 2012 2:25:15 PM

Hey,

I'm new to this forum and new to the larky of building a gaming PC. I only have a superficial knowledge of graphics cards hierarchy, CPU stuff...etc. Basically my strategem in the past has been to pick a pretty pret-a-porter computer and hope it works out.

These are the things that are important to me about my potential rig:

1. I'd like it to be a solid machine that'll last me a while, with every component used to its best advantage (no OC though), and potential for upgrades in the future

2. Abilitly to play a variety of games (both on- and offline) with ease, preferably at high settings, as I'm thinking of using it to replace games consoles

3.Currently bit restrained budget-wise, so would prefer to keep the price down to around £1,000, give or take £100-200

I've done a bit of research over the last few days and this is the rig I put together within my budget on PCspecialist.co.uk.

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Case
InWIN MANA-136 BLACK GAMING CASE

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3470 (3.2GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V: PCI-E 3.0 READY, WIFI, SLI, CROSSFIREX

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)

Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7850 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 16MB CACHE

SSD CACHE DRIVE
20GB INTEL® SSD 313 SERIES - SLC CACHE DRIVE FOR SYSTEM / 1st HDD

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER

Sound Card
Asus Xonar DGX 5.1-Channel Gaming Audio Card

Network Facilities
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps PCI-E CARD

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD

Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence

Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE

Anti-Virus
NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2012 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC

Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HDS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080

DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables
1 x 2 METRE GOLD PLATED V1.4 HDMI CABLE

Total: £1,126 (inc. VAT and shipping)
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One thing I'd like to know is whether a 600w PSU will be OK for crossfire/SLI in the future? I know people say that 750W is safest but I just want to canvas opinion. - If people think that it isn't worth contemplating crossfire/SLI in the future then I'd be happy to save money on the PSU and invest more in the GPU.


Happy to hear any suggestions about the build.

Thanks,
Regan

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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 2:47:19 PM

more than capable of maxing games at 1080p. it also has room for future SLI

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/dTmt

get the psu from overclockers.uk . the one that is listed in the list is not the correct unit
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 2:49:17 PM

if you dont need the OS, id suggest getting a nice monitor like the asus vs228h-p or the pa238q
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August 5, 2012 4:37:48 PM

Thanks for the advice. :)  Unfortunately I do need the OS. I am kind of tempted to spring for the pa238q anyway; I've looked at it before and it certainly is a beautiful monitor.

Is there a hugely noticeable performance difference between the pa238q and the vs228h-p?
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 4:43:53 PM

one is a regular TN panel and one is a IPS panel. obviously, the IPS display has more colour accuracy.

i have used both of them and to most people, its hard to tell. the pa238q is aimed to be a proffesional monitor like the dells but at a much cheaper price. you can tell the difference between the two when you look at the monitor at different angles

the pa monitor can swivel, rotate, tilt and move up or down. the vs228h-p can only tilt. they are both very good units. the vs228 is a 21.5inch while the p is a 23inch
August 5, 2012 5:19:16 PM

If your budget allows it I would say go for an intel i5 3570k
August 5, 2012 6:16:02 PM

Is the performance difference worth the extra money if I'm not planning to OC it though?
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:07:19 PM

no


did you see my parts list? they go together better given that you are not overclocking, therefore making the z77 boards not very useful for your usage. h77 is the same as z77 other than the fact that z77 boards can overclock.
August 5, 2012 7:23:15 PM

No, I'd completely missed that link! (I get 10/10 for observation..)

Thanks, that's really helpful! This just gets cheaper and cheaper :>
Got the asus vs228h-p btw, from amazon; £108 on a warehouse deal

Can I ask, why do you suggest the nVidia 670 rather than HD 7850?
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:26:14 PM

Better graphics power.
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:27:55 PM

because its just so much faster. but then the 660ti is coming out soon so hold off the graphics card for now
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