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September 9, 2012 10:41:24 AM

Hi all,

This post is about a new gaming pc i am planning to build, i have chosen parts, and im looking for some input from people who know a lot more about it than I do (you guys!)!!!


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next two weeks

Budget Range: £900 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/general use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade:

GPU: PowerColor HD 7850 £149.99

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...

PSU: XFX 750w Core £74.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-pro-series-core...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance low profile 8gb 1600mhz £36.99

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/...

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H 99.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-Z77X-D3H-SKT-1155-Z...

CPU: i5 2500K £164.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA...

Case: Zalman Z11+ £48.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/zalman-z11-plus-high-per...

SSD: Intel 330 120gb £79.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-intel-330-series-2...

HDD: 1TB £56.00

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+...

Cooler: Artic cooling freezer 7 pro £14.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Rev-2-Co...

Windows: home premium £72.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

Monitor: 22” 1080p monitor £83.99

http://www.ebuyer.com/275767-acer-v223hqvbd-lcd-tft-21-...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: no, preferably Intel cpu

Overclocking: Yes in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: getting 1080p

thanks in advance for all your input, if there is anything that could be changed for something better for the same price or cheaper for the same spec, then please say, but I am keeping under £900, but trying to get maximum power and upgradeability.

Cheers

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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:53:39 AM

Basically a good build, and wouldn't disagree with most of your choices, and some are personal preference, like case.
I would suggest you use i5-3570K processor. Slightly higher performance, and more uo to date, for minimal extra cost. Also matches better with your motherboard. If you WANT to stick to the 2500K, I would suggest changing mobo to a Z68.
For SSD, I would prefer either Samsung 830, or Crucial M4.
Power supply is fine, providing you are INTENDING to add crossfire.
If budget will allow, the HD7870 is a good bit better, but 7850 is fine.
September 9, 2012 12:07:15 PM

thanks for the reply, can you tell me why you wouldnt choose the intel ssd? also could i crossfire 2 hd 7850 on a smaller psu? and ill change the processor to the 3570k then.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 12:34:23 PM

There's nothing wrong with Intel, and, of course, you CAN get a good, or a bad, one, no matter what manufacturer. It's just that the Samsungs and Crucials are regarded as having the best performance/reliability mix.
Between 7850 and 7870 there is little difference in power requirements, certainly not enough to change PSU's. The only thing with PSU's for crossfire, is knowing whether you are LIKELY to go for crossfire, in the near future. Bear in mind that a PSU, sized for crossfire, will be working on a very low load factor, in the meantime, and efficience won't be brilliant. If crossfire is just a possibility, a few years down the line, it can be better to get smaller PSU, NOW, and treat yourself to a new one when you actually GO crossfire. It's a question of how likely, how long.
September 9, 2012 12:43:42 PM

okay cheers, i may look into getting a smaller psu now and getting a hd 7870 then :) , i should be able to still keep it under budget as well, thanks very much!!
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 12:54:38 PM

Stick to that make, or Seasonic or Corsair. If you don't want to "build in" crossfire, 550W is plenty. You could even "get away" with 500W, if you don't plan much overclocking.
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 4:34:05 PM

Slight drawback is it's not modular, but few are at that size. If you can get a Seasonic modular, at a sensible price (they do several versions around 550W), they are outstanding. XFX are another good option (most of their stuff made by Seasonic). If the Corsair is good bit cheaper, go with it. It's still very good, just not modular.
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 7:38:22 PM

spikeycraft said:
Hi all,

This post is about a new gaming pc i am planning to build, i have chosen parts, and im looking for some input from people who know a lot more about it than I do (you guys!)!!!


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next two weeks

Budget Range: £900 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/general use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade:

GPU: PowerColor HD 7850 £149.99

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...

PSU: XFX 750w Core £74.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-pro-series-core...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance low profile 8gb 1600mhz £36.99

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/...

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H 99.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-Z77X-D3H-SKT-1155-Z...

CPU: i5 2500K £164.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA...

Case: Zalman Z11+ £48.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/zalman-z11-plus-high-per...

SSD: Intel 330 120gb £79.99

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-intel-330-series-2...

HDD: 1TB £56.00

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+...

Cooler: Artic cooling freezer 7 pro £14.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Rev-2-Co...

Windows: home premium £72.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

Monitor: 22” 1080p monitor £83.99

http://www.ebuyer.com/275767-acer-v223hqvbd-lcd-tft-21-...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: no, preferably Intel cpu

Overclocking: Yes in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: getting 1080p

thanks in advance for all your input, if there is anything that could be changed for something better for the same price or cheaper for the same spec, then please say, but I am keeping under £900, but trying to get maximum power and upgradeability.

Cheers


£700-£750


CPU: i5 3570k £177
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel [...] 637i53570k


GPU: Radeon 7870 2GB GDDR5 £200
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/show [...] g&pup_c=gs


Case: Coolmaster Elite 430 £35
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Mas [...] 137&sr=8-1


Mobo: GA-Z77-D3H £78
http://www.ebuyer.com/351598-gigab [...] ga-z77-d3h


OS: Windows 7 64 bit £73
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-l [...] dition=new


HDD: 1TB Black Caviar WD 7200rpm £85
http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1t [...] wd1002faex


DVD Drive: Sony AS-5280S £13
http://www.ebuyer.com/278111-sony- [...] d-5280s-0b


PSU: XFX 550watt Core edition £50
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-l [...] dition=new


RAM: Corsair 2X4GB 1600MHZ £39
http://www.ebuyer.com/274036-corsa [...] m2a1600c9b


TOTAL=£750 (If you go down the 7850 route you can overclock to around standard 7870 speeds and get a SSD with the £40 left over)


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£850


This build is exactly the same as the £700-£750 build but you change the GPU with either of these,


Radeon 7950 £280
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigab [...] 950&src=16
OR
GTX 670 £293
http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-g [...] 670&src=16


TOTAL=£830(7950) OR £843 (GTX 670)
September 10, 2012 7:29:36 AM

cheers for that build spat, just one more question fr everyone before i order everything, shouldi be considering nVdia at all at my £150 mark? i know I can get the 560ti for around that, but should isick with amd?
a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 11:43:03 AM

Nothing wrong with the 560Ti, except it's a bit "old" now, and is being "retired" soon. In the mid price range, Radeon have the edge, at the moment. nVidia has some new GPU's due out shortly, so that MAY change.
a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 3:40:31 PM

spikeycraft said:
cheers for that build spat, just one more question fr everyone before i order everything, shouldi be considering nVdia at all at my £150 mark? i know I can get the 560ti for around that, but should isick with amd?


Nvidia in my opinion is for people with over £200 and even then some AMD are just as good till you get to £250.
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