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November 22, 2012 1:43:04 PM

Hello all, I know i have created many topics about my build but this is my first build and i really really cannot afford to mess it up so please suggest me a system for a MAX budget of £670


Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks


Budget Range: £650-670


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web.


Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference


Location: Yorkshire, England


Parts Preferences: No real preference


Overclocking: Yes, in the future


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: Single monitor, 1920x1080


Thanks in advance.
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November 22, 2012 2:31:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.16 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.08 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £642.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:30 GMT+0000)
November 22, 2012 2:55:45 PM

Which build is better for gaming? I would like it to be fairly future proof, like play games at good settings for like 5 years.

Build 1:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.84 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£95.06 @ Amazon 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 (£41.05 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£172.33 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £660.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:51 GMT+0000)

Build 2:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.84 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£77.60 @ Amazon 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 (£41.05 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£215.99 @ Dabs)
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: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £662.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:55 GMT+0000)

Thanks in advance.
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November 22, 2012 7:31:25 PM

Please help i can't decide between the two builds, one is more future proof whilst not as good short term but they are the same price, omgggg!
November 22, 2012 7:50:02 PM

Well, HD 7950 definitly more future proof than hd 7870, but not by much.

7950> 7870( Notice how the 9 is higher than the 8, the 7 is just the series number)

I am pretty sure 7950 is better than 7870 both long term and short term. I don't know what you mean by one being more future proof but no as good short term.
November 22, 2012 8:04:30 PM

Build 1 has a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H which allows CrossFire but the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H doesn't, and build 1 has a 750W PSU whilst build 2 has 550W, so you need to take them into conclusion too. Which is better now?
Thanks in advance.
November 24, 2012 1:16:04 PM

Can anybody help please im really struggling to choose out of the 2 builds D:
November 24, 2012 10:39:50 PM

Well this thread was useful ._. comon guys please ._.
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