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November 5, 2012 5:39:51 PM

Here is another thread on help on my gaming pc building but i did not get the format right on the previous thread so i have started another thread.

Please could anybody build me a PC solely for gaming for around 600-650 pounds(around $900)?

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 600-650 including shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, and more Gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Already have one

Do you need to buy OS: Already have

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk Scan.co.uk cclonline.com

Location: Leeds, England, UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (i think)

Additional Comments: Have everything already, all i need is the desktop.

Thanks in advance.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2012 6:44:57 PM

To be honest, allowing for overclocking, of CPU, with budget, would mean using fairly weak graphics card. Something along these lines, might be ideal.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£194.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £624.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

A similar system, but with CPU overclocking, would look like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.37 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£194.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £716.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 5, 2012 6:58:15 PM

I think i'll stick to not overclocking :/  is there a huge difference for gaming after overclocking the CPU? because i could get an i5-3470 with a HD 7950 3GB, would the difference between the 7870 and 7950 make up for the CPU overclocking ability loss?
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a c 247 4 Gaming
November 5, 2012 7:01:29 PM

Sret43rg said:
I think i'll stick to not overclocking :/  is there a huge difference for gaming after overclocking the CPU? because i could get an i5-3470 with a HD 7950 3GB, would the difference between the 7870 and 7950 make up for the CPU overclocking ability loss?


That would be better honestly, I like malbluff's first build for that purpose but I'd get a full ATX board.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.90 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.28 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£70.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £650.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2012 7:26:53 PM

Wouldn't disagree drastically with anything there, although I do think it's worth paying a bit extra, for the Antec case, over the basic Souce 210. Just a question of where the budget can go.
November 5, 2012 7:34:42 PM

someone just told me that the 7950 that i'm going to get is a bad version of it because there is a boost version of it and im getting the old one, but i cant seem to find the boost version of it anywhere?
a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2012 7:51:15 PM


Of those two, the Coolermaster, but they are no better than the Source 210. The Source isn't a bad case, except the ventilation's not brilliant. Same could be said of the Coolermaster, and CIT build quality is rubbish. Of the 3 I would stick with the Source, you can always add a fan. Just think the Antec is good case, worth the bit extra.
a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2012 7:59:08 PM

Sret43rg said:
someone just told me that the 7950 that i'm going to get is a bad version of it because there is a boost version of it and im getting the old one, but i cant seem to find the boost version of it anywhere?

This is very good one.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£251.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £251.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Or this is one you are possibly thinking of.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £239.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 5, 2012 8:49:03 PM

So they are basically the same card but it has a boost clock that i could overclock to achieve instead?
a b 4 Gaming
November 6, 2012 9:56:17 AM

True, to a degree. You can overclock a reference version, but the degree to which you actually can overclock, will vary, considerably, from card to card. It's a bit luck of the draw. "Boost" would appear, by a slightly different approach, to increase your chances to get a good overclock, possibly at some cost to reliability, or life expectancy.
There aren't many options, with the HD7950, for high factory overclocks, but, personally, I think you are best to either go with a basic version, which is cheaper, and accept that what you can achieve, by way of overclock, is a question of luck, or go with a slightly more expensive factory overclocked version, that does give some, if modest, guaranteed overclock. Depends how lucky you feel, really.
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