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October 12, 2012 2:27:38 PM

Hey

So I'm buying pc parts and I just can't figure what parts to get!
So I have came here for your help.

PC will be used for gaming, live streaming and usual stuff like internet surfing. It will mostly be used for gaming.

I already have speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse , Hard drive and Operating system.

My budget is £1000 but will love to keep it cheaper. I also prefer Intel and nvidia.

Games I would like to play on max is games like battlefield 3.

Thanks.

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October 12, 2012 2:56:11 PM

Here you go, you should be able to max out BF3 with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.01 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£124.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£69.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £914.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot up.

The Gigabyte 670 is a great card for BF3 since it's a Nvidia-optimized game. If it's something else, the 7970 would be a better investment.

HAF X is a great casing, it has everything you'll ever want and you won't need to add anything to it at all.

The motherboard is also SLI/CF ready and so is the PSU. You can add another 670 anytime in the future without upgrading mobo or PSU wattage.
October 12, 2012 3:11:33 PM

excella1221 said:
Here you go, you should be able to max out BF3 with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.01 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£124.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£69.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £914.74


(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot up.

The Gigabyte 670 is a great card for BF3 since it's a Nvidia-optimized game. If it's something else, the 7970 would be a better investment.

HAF X is a great casing, it has everything you'll ever want and you won't need to add anything to it at all.

The motherboard is also SLI/CF ready and so is the PSU. You can add another 670 anytime in the future without upgrading mobo or PSU wattage.


So there nothing here that can be cheaper but doesn't make the performance bad?
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October 12, 2012 3:26:44 PM

shaunw50 said:
So there nothing here that can be cheaper but doesn't make the performance bad?


That's actually a very nice build for the price. You've got some great parts for very cheap in there. You could forego the SSD, but for that price it's too amazing to not grab.

October 12, 2012 3:34:37 PM

Ickyness said:
That's actually a very nice build for the price. You've got some great parts for very cheap in there. You could forego the SSD, but for that price it's too amazing to not grab.


Only thing in this build is the motherboard I heard bad things about the board, not sure which other board there is at a good price though?
October 12, 2012 3:36:02 PM

excella1221 said:
Here you go, you should be able to max out BF3 with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.01 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£124.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£69.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £914.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot up.

The Gigabyte 670 is a great card for BF3 since it's a Nvidia-optimized game. If it's something else, the 7970 would be a better investment.

HAF X is a great casing, it has everything you'll ever want and you won't need to add anything to it at all.

The motherboard is also SLI/CF ready and so is the PSU. You can add another 670 anytime in the future without upgrading mobo or PSU wattage.


I was thinking this

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-6-int...(x16)-d-sub-dp-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

Got toms hardware review also
October 12, 2012 3:58:48 PM

I'd like to see where you actually "heard" bad things about the Extreme4, since it's currently the best bang for buck LGA1155 board out there for its price range.

The Extreme6 is great of course. If you don't mind shelling out the extra cash, go for it.
October 12, 2012 4:08:25 PM

excella1221 said:
I'd like to see where you actually "heard" bad things about the Extreme4, since it's currently the best bang for buck LGA1155 board out there for its price range.

The Extreme6 is great of course. If you don't mind shelling out the extra cash, go for it.


I think I am going to go for this

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud3h-in...

Do you think £1000 or a little bit less gaming pc is worth it?
October 12, 2012 4:24:44 PM

I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly, but yes a ~£1000 build is a decent gaming pc when the right parts are chosen.
October 12, 2012 5:53:58 PM

So I just put up all my build together, what do you people think?

Intel 60GB 520 Series SSD 2.5" SATA-III Read 550MB/s Write 475MB/s 5 year Warranty Retail 341653 9 in stock £75.09 £75.09
EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card 407824 11 in stock £307.94 £307.94
Corsair Hydro Series H100 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler 277523 35 in stock £79.43 £79.43
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866Mhz Memory Kit CL9 1.5V 262585 11 in stock £38.99 £38.99
Corsair C70 Vengeance Case - Arctic White 388849 1 in stock £127.13 £127.13
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor 349029 234 in stock £177.45 £177.45
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 351597 22 in stock £98.92 £98.92
October 13, 2012 1:34:46 AM

No, don't get the Intel. You can do better than that.
A 128gb Vertex 4 £76.94 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vertex-4-25-ss...

The EVGA is overpriced imo, that price for only reference cooling. I question why you didn't pick the Gigabyte I suggested; it has Windforce x3.

You're wasting money on a Corsair water cooler, the performance is not worth the price. A good air cooler can do just as good. If you want water cooling, get a real custom water loop.

The performance difference from 1600Mhz to 1866MHz of RAM is NEGLIGIBLE. You're wasting money.

I leave casings to the end user since it's mostly preference unless they're on a tight budget. The C70 looks good though!

Now with all that said, I see you never really checked out the suggestions I gave.

October 13, 2012 1:45:03 AM

excella1221 said:
No, don't get the Intel. You can do better than that.
A 128gb Vertex 4 £76.94 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vertex-4-25-ss...

The EVGA is overpriced imo, that price for only reference cooling. I question why you didn't pick the Gigabyte I suggested; it has Windforce x3.

You're wasting money on a Corsair water cooler, the performance is not worth the price. A good air cooler can do just as good. If you want water cooling, get a real custom water loop.

The performance difference from 1600Mhz to 1866MHz of RAM is NEGLIGIBLE. You're wasting money.

I leave casings to the end user since it's mostly preference unless they're on a tight budget. The C70 looks good though!

Now with all that said, I see you never really checked out the suggestions I gave.


I have not bought them yet, are you able to provide a good air cooler that will run temps good at 4.2ghz or more?
October 13, 2012 12:17:43 PM

That's a great cooler, one of the best. I believe it is (arguably) only the Silver Arrow that can compete with the NH-D14.

Here are some benchmarks. As you can see, the temp difference isn't worth the extra cost on Corsair HXX water coolers.
If you want water cooling, you're better off buying the more expensive custom water loops.



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