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Is this build good value for money? Any changed that should be made?

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November 10, 2012 9:57:56 PM

Looking at building myself a new gaming rig. Been a while since I last done so and was curious whether the following seemed a good build. Looking to stay below £800 if possible.

Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad Core Processor

£243.56


Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard

£86.35

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Four Module Kit Low Profile

£65.26


XFX Radeon HD 7850 Graphics Card

£138.90


1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5" Hard Disk Drive

£49.98


Gigabyte Luxo X10 PC Case

£41.99


Corsair CX600 Builder Series 600 Watt ATX PS/2 Power Supply Unit

£51.43


Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Quiet (Rev 2)

£18.65

Sony 24x Int DVD-RAM SATA Black Bare

£15.92


Microsoft Windows Home Premium 7

£83.94

total= £795

thanks
November 10, 2012 9:59:34 PM

What are you using the machine for?
If it was an editing rig with a moderate gaming capability, pretty much nailed it.
If its just a gaming machine, you can downgrade the CPU and RAM, then invest the cash into a stronger GPU.
November 10, 2012 10:05:18 PM

It'll be used primarily for gaming. Which GPU would you recommend? the 7950 perhaps? do the prices i've sourced seem reasonable for the components? Also out of interest anybody have a view on which OS I should install. Win7 or 8?
November 10, 2012 10:09:49 PM

Get a 3570k and halve the RAM to 8GB. That should save ~$150 (not sure how much in pounds).
Which is nearly enough for a HD7950.

Havent used Windows 8 yet so I cant really advise, but from what I have seen, there is functionally no difference between 7 and 8. Just a new interface, whether Metro is a dealbreaker or not comes down to you.
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