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November 25, 2012 3:29:52 PM

These are the parts I've got picked out at the moment. I am a novice builder with just one low end gaming pc under my belt and I really need an upgrade, so there's a chance I've done something very silly. I'm mainly here for advice on any possible areas where I might increase performance for not much more money/save money where it isn't necessarily detrimental to what I'm looking for.

This all adds up to, I believe, around the £750 mark. Which is my budget, give or take £100.

I only have a vague understand of hardware, but as far as I'm aware this should be sufficient to comfortably play almost any game in max detail. Of course there's going to be room for improvement with this budget and I'm not expecting max fps on everything. I mainly play things like Skyrim, AC, Fallout, Battlefield, GTA, etc.

I shortened the links using bit.ly because it looks neater.

MB: http://bit.ly/Qjc6BF
CPU: http://bit.ly/V6dg6n
GPU: http://bit.ly/UmelEC
Memory: http://bit.ly/V6dJVU (I already have this in my current system, but one can never have enough RAM.)
Storage: http://bit.ly/S53yNf
Case: http://bit.ly/QjcGzn
PSU: http://bit.ly/TaRPLl
CPU Cooler: http://bit.ly/U5HaTC
A couple of these fans because why not? http://bit.ly/UmeyYq


Thank you in advance. :fistbump:

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November 25, 2012 3:33:18 PM

Apologies, I just noticed the sticky on how to ask for advice. If you would like, I will adjust the post in accordance to the sticky but I feel like this is sufficient information.
November 25, 2012 4:17:56 PM

no need for a mobo that you can OC if you are buying a cpu that doesnt....a 800watt is an overkill except if you're gonna crossfirex....or else a 550-650 should be enough...a get a better gpu...for 1080 a 7870 at least...do some more research on what you want
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November 25, 2012 6:51:12 PM

My bad, I did mean to choose the 7870 when c/ping links :p 

Made an adjustment to the GPU and PSU but apparently I can't edit original post which seems silly.

As for the motherboard I'm a complete noob. I saw this mobo in a set up with similar aim and specs to mine so I just chose that :p  Feel free to recommend an alternative.

Here is the updated list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler (£23.81 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£102.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£190.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£90.22 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£52.78 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £718.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-25 20:50 GMT+0000)
November 25, 2012 7:01:48 PM

will you OC??consider hyper evo 212 very good for its price
November 25, 2012 7:02:46 PM

oh and the msi 7870 if you can
November 25, 2012 8:38:34 PM

Perhaps in the future. The price difference is minimal and it's something I'm kinda interested in.

Any reason why MSI in particular?
November 25, 2012 8:45:45 PM

from what i hear its very good but what can i tell you??consider numerous opinions befor buying this is what i am doing and finally i think i found my perfect build
November 25, 2012 8:55:04 PM

a brill build mate, have a look at www.overclockers.co.uk they have some good deals on! picked my i7 3770k for 60quid off. other than that a nice build mate,will be sure to play battlefield with you haha(:
ps, do you play dayZ?
November 25, 2012 9:02:44 PM

msi are good yes . also for if you can get 50 pounds,look at the asus geforce 660ti, better than the 7870..its basically the same as the 7950 on battlefield multiplayer..
November 25, 2012 9:10:21 PM

Yeah, I think I will go for MSI purely based on the fact they have the best warranty :p !

Thanks for the overclockers recommendation, I'll keep an eye on it. I am biased towards Novatech though because they have OUTSTANDING customer service

I don't play dayZ... YET. Everyone is screaming at me to play DayZ so I am going to once I buy this beauty. Feel free to add me on steam, deadgoon0 (I'm not playing any online games at the moment other than black ops 2 occasionally which my brother paid for.
November 25, 2012 9:29:33 PM

okay man:) yeah black ops 2 rules;) yeah i play dayz but man got no one to trust:(  haha will add you now man.
November 26, 2012 11:01:49 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 4-6 weeks

Budget Range: £700-£800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: The whole system

Do you need to buy OS:No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Novatech for their EXCELLENT customer service.

Location: Manchester, England.

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Battlefield, DayZ, Fallout (They announced Fallout 4 ^_^), Skyrim, AC, GTA. I already had some parts picked out below, but I don't know how strong of a system it is or whether there's areas I could improve on for little cost.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current system struggles with most games at 1600x900


What I have atm:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler (£23.81 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£102.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£190.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£90.22 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£52.78 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £718.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 13:01 GMT+0000)

November 30, 2012 9:12:30 AM

Since there's been no replies I am going to assume that the build is totally fine, I guess.
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