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November 6, 2012 2:39:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early 2013

Budget Range: 700-800 Pounds

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming on BF3, Arma, and such.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.uk

Location: Bridlington, England

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 in the new one would be great

Additional Comments: Lots of LED fans and such.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old computer is 5 years old and can't handle modern games.


I am putting together this build for a friend across the pond, and he doesn't know too much about PCs. I will try to guide him ;-)
November 6, 2012 9:22:45 PM

If you are putting together somethin to be built in USA, it really needs to be priced in US, as you would get a lot more, there, for $1250, than you would for £800 in UK. This is a similar build I put together, that would "fit the bill", with a couple of notes.
It includes for a discount, on processor, currently available, at Microcentre. If your friend doesn't have a local Microcentre, and/or isn't doing build soon, cost for processor is likely to be $40 higher.
The case I used in this is high quality, and suitable, but is plain. If your friend wants "bling", it's probably best for him to pick a couple of similarly priced Mid-Tower ATX cases, he likes, and someone can advise if on is "better".
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1179.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 6, 2012 10:49:12 PM

malbluff said:
If you are putting together somethin to be built in USA, it really needs to be priced in US, as you would get a lot more, there, for $1250, than you would for £800 in UK. This is a similar build I put together, that would "fit the bill", with a couple of notes.
It includes for a discount, on processor, currently available, at Microcentre. If your friend doesn't have a local Microcentre, and/or isn't doing build soon, cost for processor is likely to be $40 higher.
The case I used in this is high quality, and suitable, but is plain. If your friend wants "bling", it's probably best for him to pick a couple of similarly priced Mid-Tower ATX cases, he likes, and someone can advise if on is "better".
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1179.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That does look to be a nice US build, yet I am only doing to forum work for him. He will be assembling in England, and purchasing for himself. I will only be helping him assemble through advice by skype or something :kaola: 
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November 7, 2012 12:23:14 AM

Sorry. Got it wrong way round. Thought you were in UK, and he was building in US. I will swap it round, but will probably have to adjust, as some prices are rubbish, in UK, plus some stuff not available.
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November 7, 2012 12:28:58 AM

malbluff said:
Sorry. Got it wrong way round. Thought you were in UK, and he was building in US. I will swap it round, but will probably have to adjust, as some prices are rubbish, in UK, plus some stuff not available.


Yup. And he won't be buying for a while, but if Intel releases a new line of processors or something I will tell him to get that, and hopefully they stick with the 1155 socket so I don't have to pick out another Mobo :p 
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November 7, 2012 12:39:47 AM

More difficult pricing in UK forces some cut-backs. Had to drop SSD and drop graphic card, one level. Still a decent build though.
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 (£71.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.14 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£180.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.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 (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£144.87 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £802.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 7, 2012 2:26:50 AM

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November 7, 2012 2:27:50 AM

malbluff said:
More difficult pricing in UK forces some cut-backs. Had to drop SSD and drop graphic card, one level. Still a decent build though.
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 (£71.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.14 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£180.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.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 (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£144.87 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £802.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks! If he really wants that graphics card, he can drop the monitor and continue gaming like he has on his TV.
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November 7, 2012 9:14:28 AM

Poltregeist said:
Yup. And he won't be buying for a while, but if Intel releases a new line of processors or something I will tell him to get that, and hopefully they stick with the 1155 socket so I don't have to pick out another Mobo :p 

Unfortunately, the next set of processors, due out mid 2013, looks like being socket 1150. Really annoying, whether it's worth waiting, who knows.
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