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August 15, 2012 11:25:25 PM

Hio, thanks for reading.

Put together a new build. Ideally just to play GW2 on it. Have my laptop for other purposes.
So im wanting to play at 1366x768 at a med-high level of graphics with a good amount of FPS.
This is the build http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/eJbu

It is budget gaming rig. What would you change? (try and maintain the amount at £600 please) will it run GW2 at med/high with a good amount of FPS.

Thanks for reading.

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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 9:13:43 AM

this is a little more balanced build. quad core CPU and bigger SSD. I chose a different case, but you can change. the CPU comes with a heatsink and fan (as did the i 2100 you chose) so a hyper 212 is not necessary.

Gigabyte Z77-DS3H S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-z77-ds3h-s1155-in...
£69.99

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

XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-...
£49.99

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
http://www.dabs.com/products/crucial-8gb--2-x-4gb--ball...
£35.98

Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive
http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-dvd-rw-sata-black...
£11.98

Intel Core i5-3550 S1155 3.3GHz 6MB
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3550-s1155-3...
£156.99

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD Laptop Kit + FREE Norton Ghost 15
http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-128gb-830-series-s...
£79.99

Asus GeForce GTX 560 810MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI DirectCU
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-560-810mh...
£131.98
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£ 2.17 Delivery (12.7kg)
£571.89 Total (inc VAT)

suggested upgrade in case you decide to 1080p monitor.
http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-560-ti-90...
August 16, 2012 1:20:48 PM

Awesome rig, seems very decent for its price. Had around £40 left so i swapped some stuff around.
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/eM6s

Just not too sure the case will be able to handle everything and have a decent amount of free space there.
No CPU cooler chosen yet since im not looking to OC just yet. The chosen GPU might be a bit of a overkill at my resolution however im looking to buy a newer monitor later on this year, so that might come in handy.

Any opinions?
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 5:29:10 PM

mrah said:
Awesome rig, seems very decent for its price. Had around £40 left so i swapped some stuff around.
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/eM6s

Just not too sure the case will be able to handle everything and have a decent amount of free space there.
No CPU cooler chosen yet since im not looking to OC just yet. The chosen GPU might be a bit of a overkill at my resolution however im looking to buy a newer monitor later on this year, so that might come in handy.

Any opinions?


no real issues, but a few notes below.

the case will be fine it is roomy enough and the 7850 produces less heat than most GPU's.

the MB is cheaper at Dabs.

get the RAM I picked from Dabs, its low profile. the high profile heat sinks on the ones you listed from amazon will interfere with a lot of CPU heatsinks (like the hyper 212)
August 16, 2012 9:27:54 PM

Yeah will pick up the ram and mobo from Dabs. Thanks for the interference tip, would be handy to know if i were to add a hyper 212 later on if im looking to OC.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2012 6:05:59 AM

mrah said:
Yeah will pick up the ram and mobo from Dabs. Thanks for the interference tip, would be handy to know if i were to add a hyper 212 later on if im looking to OC.


no problem, we are all here to help.
August 17, 2012 7:08:49 AM

That's a good build...I was going to recommend removing the SSD for a better GPU, and then saw you did that. You can always pick up an SSD later on, the prices are continuing to fall on them.

I'd hold off a week or two on the purchase. Nvidia have just released the 660Ti, so you'll probably see some price drops on the mid-range GPUs.

Also, I used to use a Hyper-212 with Corsair Vengeance RAM...there are no clearance issues, as the outer edge of the fan lines up with the outer edge of the RAM.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2012 8:45:55 AM

diellur said:

Also, I used to use a Hyper-212 with Corsair Vengeance RAM...there are no clearance issues, as the outer edge of the fan lines up with the outer edge of the RAM.


the clearance is MB dependent (CPU/RAM location), just because it works with one motherboard doesn't mean it works with all. using standard/Low Profile Ram sticks ensures there is not an issue.

nothing is gain with having high profile heat sinks, so why risk having issues?
August 17, 2012 8:55:11 AM

jerreddredd said:
the clearance is MB dependent (CPU/RAM location), just because it works with one motherboard doesn't mean it works with all. using standard/Low Profile Ram sticks ensures there is not an issue.

nothing is gain with having high profile heat sinks, so why risk having issues?


You can also mount the fan on the other side of the heat sink, if that was the case.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2012 1:57:36 PM

diellur said:
You can also mount the fan on the other side of the heat sink, if that was the case.

less effective if you do that.
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