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August 20, 2012 1:12:29 AM

Hey, thanks for reading first of all.

After a decent amount of research and experimentation/figuring everything out, and BEING on a budget I ended up with this build :

Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0050AFU46/ref=ox_sc...
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004FA8NX2/ref=ox_sc...
Sony DDU1681S-0B 18x/48x DVD-ROM SATA - Black
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0029RUBNS/ref=ox_sc...
Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 SKT-1155 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004VPLRO8/ref=ox_sc...
Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB M4 SSD
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004W2JKZI/ref=ox_sc...
Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YM7YJ8/ref=ox_sc...
Cooler Master Tower HAF 922 with Transparent Side Panel
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5
http://www.fiercepc.co.uk/amd-7000-series/sapphire-amd-...

No after market cooler yet as im not going to OC .. Yet, when I do, ill be looking at getting a Hyper 212

Resolution - 1366x768 - Will be getting a newer monitor later this year.

Overall end price £680

What do you guys think? just looking for any kind of feedback or something i possibly could improve on.
Anyhow i wont be going higher then £680 as i have already pushed my limits.

Thanks

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August 20, 2012 2:42:17 AM

mrah said:
Hey, thanks for reading first of all.

After a decent amount of research and experimentation/figuring everything out, and BEING on a budget I ended up with this build :

Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0050AFU46/ref=ox_sc...
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004FA8NX2/ref=ox_sc...
Sony DDU1681S-0B 18x/48x DVD-ROM SATA - Black
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0029RUBNS/ref=ox_sc...
Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 SKT-1155 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004VPLRO8/ref=ox_sc...
Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB M4 SSD
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004W2JKZI/ref=ox_sc...
Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YM7YJ8/ref=ox_sc...
Cooler Master Tower HAF 922 with Transparent Side Panel
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5
http://www.fiercepc.co.uk/amd-7000-series/sapphire-amd-...

No after market cooler yet as im not going to OC .. Yet, when I do, ill be looking at getting a Hyper 212

Resolution - 1366x768 - Will be getting a newer monitor later this year.

Overall end price £680

What do you guys think? just looking for any kind of feedback or something i possibly could improve on.
Anyhow i wont be going higher then £680 as i have already pushed my limits.

Thanks


Hmm, personally I would forego the 2500K and try to get a 7870 if you are planning to go to 1080 later. A stock I5 2400 is plenty of juice for gaming at 1080 and the added GPU muscle is worth the money over the 2500K IMO.
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August 20, 2012 4:29:02 AM

I see what you did there, i'd still maintain the £680 budget .

However, the 7850 VS the 7870 doesnt seem to be in that much difference. The 7850 is excellent when OC'd and able to keep up to the 7870 to a certain extent.

Now i mainly build this rig for gaming, if not specifically for GW2. A i2500k is one of the (if not the) best CPU's for gaming. As games become more demanding , i'd want stick to the 2500k which i know will last me longer as i am able to OC it to a high level and it will allow me to keep up with CPU's / games that are still to be released. I know a I5 2400 is plenty of juice and cheaper, however in the long run the more beneficial one will be the 2500k.

On another fact, this is questionable - GW2 appears to be a more than average CPU based game + at the low resolution i am currently playing on i believe my CPU will be more important (correct me if i am wrong) than my GPU. So i guess that's another reason i'd stick to the 2500k.
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August 20, 2012 7:33:58 AM

Valid points for the most part, but consider this. The GPU is the most important piece of hardware when considering gaming. The GPU is going to choke long before any of the Sandy Bridge processors will. The 7870 can also be overclocked beautifully and will give you more muscle for gaming outside of Guild Wars 2.

You really can't go wrong either way to be honest. Either I5 will be more than enough for your gaming needs for a while and the same can be said for the 7850/7870. I know you said that you don't want to spend more, but you might think about waiting an extra pay period and picking up this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusiast-Series-Performance/dp/B004O0P9VC/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1345447564&sr=1-1

With this PSU you could Crossfire the 7850 down the line and really extend the life of your system. An extra £30 but you gain a whole new dimension to your rig.
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