New Build Parts Advice :)

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July

Budget Range: £400/$650 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon UK or eBuyer

Location: England

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I try to play on my laptop, which barely runs Half Life :S

Thanks! :)
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  1. i3 3220 - $120
    radeon 7870 - $220
    1155 motherboard - $60
    8GB ram - $30
    decent psu - $60
    case - $40
    optical - $15
    1TB hardrive / 128GB ssd your choice - $100

    Total before shipping: $645, with combos could go lower
  2. For that price skip the ssd. I would look at a phenom x4 965 for your budget too and a 7850 will be fine. Are you going to build this yourself?
  3. wanderer11 said:
    For that price skip the ssd. I would look at a phenom x4 965 for your budget too and a 7850 will be fine. Are you going to build this yourself?

    Yeah, thats what I was thinking and yes this will be my first build. I am 15 years old :)
  4. Try this:
    Phenom x4 965
    970 mobo
    2x4GB ddr3
    haf 912
    xfx 550W
    any odd you want
    500GB caviar blue
    windows 7 64 bit
    I'm sure it is over your budget, but you really won't get much for $650. I'm sure you need peripherals too.

    I would do this. Basically same thing I have and I love it.
  6. I like tiny voices' build, but would opt for a 7850.
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£91.91 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£74.86 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£185.99 @
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £431.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 18:38 GMT+0000)
  8. I would go with the i3 for the following reasons: faster in most games than the phII, and the lga 1155 socket will allow for upgrades to the i5/i7 if necessary in the future.
  9. AsRock B75 Pro3-M (good audio codec, SATA3, USB3, PCIE3 with IvyBridge; NO OC though) £56


    i5 3470 (i3 3220 would be ok, but i5 is more future proof - 4 physical cores) £146.98 s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1354129745&sr=1-1


    Sapphire HD7850 2GB GDDR5 (good cooling, good GPU OC) £155.00


    Corsair TX550M (very good PSU, detachable cables for beter airflow) £56.38


    Fractal Design Core 1000 (good small case, very good airflow, but only 3 HDD bays) £34.28


    Corsair Vengance LowProfile 8GB 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 (low profile memory, more room for airflow) £32.47


    WesternDigital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM (good drive) £74.86


    TOTAL: £556

    you can go with i3 3220 to save about £60

    In general I wouldn't go with AMD CPU. They lack in performance compared to Intel and AMD's efficiency is waaaaay of.
    Intel's B75 chipset is a good cheap option if you don't plan to OC the CPU (the same performance as Z77). GPU and RAM OC is still possible though.
    I have the above components so I know what I'm talking about. My PC runs cool and silent - CPU max temp during 4x 100% load is around 70°C, GPU max temp during 100% load is around 69°C (fan is set to 40% so its completely silent). The only thing I hear is the main fan which is only audible if your room is silent.

    good luck!
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