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November 15, 2012 5:26:37 PM

Screen resolution 1440x900 and £575 budget

Intel Core i3 3220, S 1155, Ivy Bridge, Dual Core, 3.3GHz-£91.36
MSI Z77A-G45, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX-£76.52
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V-£30.96
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM-£55.32
550W Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX, PSU-£57.00
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window USB 3.0 w/o PSU New Version-£67.18
2GB MSI Radeon HD 7870 Overclocked, 28nm, 4800MHz GDDR5, GPU 1050MHz, 1280 Cores, DL DVI-I/ HDMI/mDP +Crossfire bundle-£176.14
Total=£565.46
Or
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail-£178.98
MSI Z77A-G45, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX-£76.52
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V-£30.96
500GB Western Digital WD5000AZRX Caviar Green, 3.5" HDD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, OEM-£46.20
650W EVGA SuperNova NEX, 120-PG-0650-GR, Full Modular, 80 PLUS Gold, 90% Eff', EPS 12V, SLI/CrossFire, ATX-£74.40
NZXT Lexa S, Black Mid Tower Performance Gaming Case with Side Window with USB 3.0 w/o PSU-£55.18
1GB XFX Radeon HD 7770 DD Core Edition, 4500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 640 Cores +Crossfire bundle-£89.72
Total=Total£562.94

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November 15, 2012 5:28:16 PM

Neither. Both build you listed are somewhat unbalanced and incompatible.
Here let me show you the best build you can get in your budget:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nPIm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nPIm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nPIm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master RC-361-KKN1 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.07 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £508.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:29 GMT+0000)
November 15, 2012 5:38:35 PM

What about this?
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £567.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:36 GMT+0000)

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November 15, 2012 5:50:38 PM

matauskas said:
What about this?
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQ91/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £567.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:36 GMT+0000)


It's okay, but mobo is wrong choice.


It's more accurate like this
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQe7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQe7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/nQe7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.11 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £557.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:50 GMT+0000)
November 15, 2012 6:04:56 PM

Would MSI Z77A-G41 Socket 1155 Motherboard be ok or not?
November 15, 2012 6:06:36 PM

Z77 boards are made for overclocking and multi GPU set-ups. Your paying for features you don't need if you get a Z77 chipset and are not planning on using an unlocked (K) series CPU.
November 15, 2012 6:10:31 PM

Oh right. I didn't know that, thanks.
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