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November 16, 2012 4:13:40 PM

Hi guys,

I am building a budget gaming pc and so far have put together the following list which has put me way over budget, can anyone suggest a way of making it cheaper without compromising too much? It is currently around £700 I would need it reduced to £600. I would preferably like to keep the XFX Radeon HD 7850 Graphics card, any ideas?

Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus
120mm Red Coolermaster Sickleflow Fan
200mm Cooler Master Mega Flow Red
Intel I5 3550 Ivy Bridge
Gigabyte ga-z77m-d3h LGA 1155 Socket
Corsair 8gb 1600mhz Vengence memory
XFX Radeon HD 7850 Graphics card - 2 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM
Xigmatek 600w Tauro 80 Bronze
Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Compound
OCZ Vertex 3 120gb SSD
Seagate 500gb Baracuda Sata 3
Samsung 24x DVD RW

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a c 278 4 Gaming
November 16, 2012 4:24:01 PM

Cut out the extra fans and the thermal compound, and I'd also suggest dropping the SSD. Also get a different power supply - I'd advise against Xigmatek. You also don't need a Z77 motherboard if you're not going to overclock, and that Arctic Cooling fan is junk. It's no better than the stock fan.

For that kind of budget I'd suggest 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 (£69.99 @ 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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£169.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£44.08 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £601.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 18:24 GMT+0000)
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November 16, 2012 10:16:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (£246.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: XClio Nighthawk ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £573.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a c 278 4 Gaming
November 17, 2012 3:36:01 AM

Thomas Creel said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (£246.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: XClio Nighthawk ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £573.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Really? Why would you go with a B75 motherboard and a slow, low power CPU? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense there. Also I can't stress how crappy Xclio cases are, they're a junk manufacturer that's no better than Raidmax.
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November 17, 2012 9:41:49 PM

B75 = no overclocking; fine for games
cheap 4 core intel cpu; wont bottleneck
xclio cases are junk? elaborate, because unless you are throwing your case a cement walls even plastic should hold a motherboard fine.
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November 19, 2012 11:18:40 AM

Thanks for replying.

g-unit is there any particular reason why you choose mushkin over vengence memory? Also is the gforce 660ti 3gb significantly better than the radeon 7850 2gb to justify the price?
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