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Gaming rig for GW2 and beyond

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August 5, 2012 3:35:43 PM

Hey, I’ve often lurked around this forum when it came to buying new hardware. But I tried fathoming this all out by myself and was getting nowhere. I’m looking for an budget-efficient rig with decent upgrade options in the future. Making use of my old GPU is a possibility, and the games I’ll be playing seem primarily cpu-intensive (for now). This will be my first full build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next three weeks!

Budget Range: Under £450.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, medium-high settings on current titles, a bit of programming, office software.

Are you buying a monitor: No thanks, got a 22in i’m happy with :) 

Parts to Upgrade: I have a 8800gt 512mb from my old desktop. I would’ve been happy using this for a while longer. My processor (an E6850 core 2 duo) was a bottleneck I think. I also have a mid-sized case that's still perfectly functional.

Do you need to buy OS: No, (Found a good student deal)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Pretty much any. But I’d like to stay away from second hand.

Location: Southampton, UK.

Parts Preferences: Heard an awful lot of good stuff about the new intel i5 3570k here and elsewhere :) 

Overclocking: Almost definitely not, I’m too inexperienced with it to risk new hardware like that. It’d have to be super-safe and within warranty.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. That 8800gt might come in useful for this later on? I don’t know much about this though and it seems quite advanced.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I’m not a fan of flashy cases. Something functional/understated will do :) 

Guild Wars 2 is my biggest requirement at the moment, medium to high settings at this res will do. I‘ve got a dvd drive I can use.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 5-10fps in the GW2 betas at lowest settings made me (and my CPU) cry.

So far I’ve been thinking:

Core i5-3570k 3.4ghz at £166

Asrock Z77 Extreme4 at £103

G.Skill Ripjaws 2x 4gb 1600mhz at £43

620w Antec Neo Eco at £58

Case xclio blackhawk Full at £65

Seagate 500gb Sata 3 3.5in hdd at £48

And then using my old 8800gt until I feel like moving on, adding another card or replacing it completely.

That comes to £483, so any help I can get to wrangle it under budget would be appreciated. I’m not quite sure where to make compromises. Also, please point out if I’ve made any mistakes! Many thanks :) 

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August 5, 2012 5:51:17 PM

here's my suggestion. It assumes you reuse your case and DVD drive, but iffers a better video card than your 8800.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£149.68 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£52.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.99 @
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card (£71.98 @
Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£37.07 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £395.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-05 18:48 BST+0100)

August 5, 2012 10:49:59 PM

That seems like a really good recommendation. I really didn't need the Z77 motherboard since I'm not overclocking etc.. And this gets me a better PC at a cheaper price! Many thanks!