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October 15, 2012 8:43:21 PM

My friend wants to build a gaming PC and he's asked for some recommendations. His budget is £700 and he wants to play games at high settings. He also wants it to be upgradable few years down the line. Any ideas for components?

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a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 9:59:08 PM

If that £700 is for core components, it's easy enough. What else has to be included in £700 (eg Monitor, operating system, keyboard etc.)?
October 15, 2012 11:34:20 PM

malbluff said:
If that £700 is for core components, it's easy enough. What else has to be included in £700 (eg Monitor, operating system, keyboard etc.)?


Sorry I didn't in include it in the OP. The monitor is the one thing that is not needed, OS and everything else I need.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 1:13:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£96.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.98 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£54.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£145.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.57 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£71.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£9.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £703.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

the board can take a second GPU, and you can overclock this chip (but you might need an aftermarket fan), but I'm uncertain if next years Haswell chip will still use socket 1155.
October 16, 2012 1:21:11 PM

I would probably go with a western digital red drive instead, im pretty sure they are a little cheaper and they come with a 3 year warrenty from what I know.. :) 

also if you really want it to be upgradeble in 2 years you will need to look at the LGA2011 socket.
Haswell will be for LGA1150, so I would guess that LGA1155 is probably not going to have new generations, but I dont know..

a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 1:36:31 PM

winther said:
I would probably go with a western digital red drive instead, im pretty sure they are a little cheaper and they come with a 3 year warrenty from what I know.. :) 

also if you really want it to be upgradeble in 2 years you will need to look at the LGA2011 socket.
Haswell will be for LGA1150, so I would guess that LGA1155 is probably not going to have new generations, but I dont know..



2011 socket is for $500 CPUs, not a good choice on a limited budget, and that Caviar black listed there was the least expensive 1TB in PC Parkpicker UK
October 16, 2012 1:45:39 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
2011 socket is for $500 CPUs, not a good choice on a limited budget, and that Caviar black listed there was the least expensive 1TB in PC Parkpicker UK



I know, but 1155 probably wont be upgradeble for much longer..
also cheaper than the WD green line?

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