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Please review my pre-built online pc before i purchase

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October 23, 2012 8:18:31 AM

Hi guys so just about to order a pc for a friend of mine.

Can anyone possibly just review this to check that all would work fine, and i have a good budget pc for around the £500.00 mark?

All advice is greatly appreciated in advance.


Biggest fear would be to buy somethign which dosnt work. Especially when its not my money.

Ima tech savy person, but id just like to make sure. (:


Please find all information detailed below: ( this is all from SCAN.co.uk)


CiT Vantage Type-R Gaming Case Black HD 4x120mm Red Fans Card Reader w/o PSU


POWER SUPPLY : 500W ScanFX PSU All Black with 120mm Quiet Fan ATX 12V V2.0


HARDRIVE : 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 3 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms OEM NCQ


GRAPHICS CARD : 1GB EVGA GTX 650 Ti, SSC, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 5400MHz GDDR5, GPU 1071MHz, Cores 768, DL DVI/mHDMI+ AC 3 Game*


CPU : Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail


MOTHERBOARD : Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX


RAM : 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 PC3-12800(1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V

TOTAL COST - £515.97

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October 23, 2012 9:16:32 AM

Any advice is greatly appreicated!
October 23, 2012 9:35:58 AM

What will you use it for? It will work I cant see anything wrong with it. For a Gaming pc the graphics card is too weak. Did you see the Tom's graphic cards picks?

Most builds I see are bigger power supplies if you want to put in a more powerful graphics card later. Its cheaper to get a bigger power supply now that is efficient then later.

The build is ok. Its not going to be doing HD 1080p gaming with good FPS.

When I look at best graphics cards October. I think you should go for Radeon HD 7850 1 GB which does not cost that much more then the graphics card you already have . Its going to give you excellent playability at 1080p.
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October 23, 2012 9:48:50 AM

I've never heard of ScanFX PSUs.
Might wanna consider more reputable brands; the PSU should be one of the last things you should cheap out on, or risk frying your components.
October 23, 2012 10:24:47 AM

you do know you GPU won't run at PCIe 3.0 speeds due to the motherboard being a Z68. Now in terms of performance of the GPU i don't know if this is really an issue but switching to a Z77 with PCie3.0 in my own personnel opinion would be a better option.

i would also add a SSD cache drive for the O/S. Biggest performance boost you can do to a PC. you can get a 64GB version for around £60.
October 23, 2012 11:32:44 AM

The only advantage PCI-E 3.0 has is a larger bandwidth. Right now the GPUs aren't even able to max out PCI-E 2.0 yet.
October 23, 2012 1:29:45 PM


Too much CPU -- not enough GPU

Snag an i3, or price an AMD rig.

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