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August 11, 2012 8:01:46 PM

Hello TH forums. Earlier, after some guidance from some very helpful members, I have compiled a build suitable for gaming and general use.


Approximate Purchase Date: August

Budget Range: 600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, Photo editing, Video playback

Are you buying a monitor: If it is cheap

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: dabs, overclockers, amazon

Location: Maidstone, Kent, South-east England

Parts Preferences: Any well established brand

Overclocking: Maybe, later on down the line

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless budget allows

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The looks of the case are quite important to me - while I don't want to be paying a lot more for a nice case, I would pay a little for looks

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 5 years gaming on a low-end prebuilt notebook - go figure!

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigab [...] -8013.html
Gigabyte B75M-D3V S1155 Intel B75 DDR3 mATX Mobo

http://www.dabs.com/products/cruci [...] -7Y8S.html
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin RAM

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] -7K9H.html
Corsair 500 Watt CX500 V2 Builder Series 80 Plus Power Supply

http://www.dabs.com/products/coole [...] -7B18.html
Coolermaster Elite 430 Black OR Bitfenix Shinobi

http://www.dabs.com/products/sony- [...] -7QC0.html
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus- [...] -818Z.html
Asus ATI Radeon 7850 870MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI DirectCU II

http://www.dabs.com/products/micro [...] -7J00.html
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit -

http://www.dabs.com/products/intel [...] -7YXK.html
Intel Core i5-3550 S1155 3.3GHz 6MB

http://www.dabs.com/products/seaga [...] -80WJ.html
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SpinPoint SATA 3Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB 3.5"

Delivery (12.3kg) £2.05
Total (inc VAT) £660.48

This is currently the build I have been looking at. I would like to know your opinions on it, from knowledge or personal experience - and possibly give me an idea how it would perform in games like:
BF3, Skyrim, Diablo 3, SC2, SWTOR, etc.
As I am not completely tech illiterate but have no prior experience with custom build desktops.

Any suggestions on alterations to my build would be VERY appreciated, considering I am on a very rigid budget and anything which could possibly lower the price would be great.

Thanks,
Pistachio

P.S. Also, noise is quite an important factor as I live in quite a small house.

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August 12, 2012 4:04:37 AM

pistachionutslol said:
Hello TH forums. Earlier, after some guidance from some very helpful members, I have compiled a build suitable for gaming and general use.


Approximate Purchase Date: August

Budget Range: 600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, Photo editing, Video playback

Are you buying a monitor: If it is cheap

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: dabs, overclockers, amazon

Location: Maidstone, Kent, South-east England

Parts Preferences: Any well established brand

Overclocking: Maybe, later on down the line

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless budget allows

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The looks of the case are quite important to me - while I don't want to be paying a lot more for a nice case, I would pay a little for looks

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 5 years gaming on a low-end prebuilt notebook - go figure!

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigab [...] -8013.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/cruci [...] -7Y8S.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] -7K9H.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/coole [...] -7B18.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/sony- [...] -7QC0.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus- [...] -818Z.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/micro [...] -7J00.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel [...] -7YXK.html
http://www.dabs.com/products/seaga [...] -80WJ.html
Delivery (12.3kg) £2.05
Total (inc VAT) £660.48

This is currently the build I have been looking at. I would like to know your opinions on it, from knowledge or personal experience - and possibly give me an idea how it would perform in games like:
BF3, Skyrim, Diablo 3, SC2, SWTOR, etc.
As I am not completely tech illiterate but have no prior experience with custom build desktops.

Any suggestions on alterations to my build would be VERY appreciated, considering I am on a very rigid budget and anything which could possibly lower the price would be great.

Thanks,
Pistachio

P.S. Also, noise is quite an important factor as I live in quite a small house.


Hello, so just a heads up none of your links appear to be working... Based on some of your other plans I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. First and most importantly go check out newegg.com, they are by far the best place for parts and info as well. Tiger direct is another solid site, but newegg will have the lowest prices and there customer service is top notch.

For most parts there are only a handful of brands I even look at and just because they're the best choice for one part doesn't translate to all of them. This is why newegg is a great resource, tons of reviews.

So for a case with your budget, you really can't go wrong with Corsair, cooler master, nzxt or antec. All of them have a wide range of selection so you should be able to find something to fit your needs from one them. Power supplies, think antec, ocz, corsair. Apart from those two items, you really can't go wrong as long as you read reviews and stick to name brand stuff. I personally love Asus and usually get all of my mobos, monitors and video cards from them but that's just me.

Hope that helps some. If you could get your links up I could get a better idea of what you're looking for....
August 12, 2012 9:36:40 AM

Just to clarify, I've added the part under the link :) 
August 12, 2012 9:37:13 AM

jlstimmel said:
Hello, so just a heads up none of your links appear to be working... Based on some of your other plans I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. First and most importantly go check out newegg.com, they are by far the best place for parts and info as well. Tiger direct is another solid site, but newegg will have the lowest prices and there customer service is top notch.

For most parts there are only a handful of brands I even look at and just because they're the best choice for one part doesn't translate to all of them. This is why newegg is a great resource, tons of reviews.

So for a case with your budget, you really can't go wrong with Corsair, cooler master, nzxt or antec. All of them have a wide range of selection so you should be able to find something to fit your needs from one them. Power supplies, think antec, ocz, corsair. Apart from those two items, you really can't go wrong as long as you read reviews and stick to name brand stuff. I personally love Asus and usually get all of my mobos, monitors and video cards from them but that's just me.

Hope that helps some. If you could get your links up I could get a better idea of what you're looking for....


I'm in the UK, so unfortunately neither ship to Europe. Although the websites I have chosen are pretty reliable from previous experience, as I'm sure many other British members would agree.
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