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January 12, 2013 8:24:20 PM

I'm planning on building my own computer. This is my first time and I don't know if the components that I choose to buy will work together. My plan is to spend only around £500 as it will be only used for gaming, I don't want to spend any more. All of the parts I have found on scan.co.uk . These parts are:
- Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard USB 3.0 SATA 3
- Intel CPU Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Windforce 2X NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB
- Corsair Memory 8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop
- 24x DVDRW from Plextor the PX-891SA
- Seagate 500Gb 3.5" Barracuda Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache
- Corsair Builder Series 80+ Bronze CMPSU-430CXV2UK 430W Power Supply
- CiT Jupiter Gaming Case with Blue

I'm trying to build a computer that will run Battlefield 3 on at least Medium settings as I want to this computer to be able to run good games for as long as possible (I don't have money to upgrade this pc too aften so I prefer to make this good enough). I'm mostly unsure if motherboard will worj with this graphics card.

I will really appreciate any help.

:D 

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 8:31:50 PM

You could save some money by getting an fx-6300. It will still perform well in multi-core games and will increase the GPU budget so you can get a 7850 or gtx660.

Also be sure to get 1600 RAM
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 8:32:38 PM

hmm heres my recommandation:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xg7r
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xg7r/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xg7r/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£123.00 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.18 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£126.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £501.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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8cores and better powersupply and videocard :) 

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January 12, 2013 9:11:35 PM

Is video and graphics card the same thing?
And would this system run battlefield 3 on medium at about 40 fps?
Is there a big dofference between 1gb and 2gb graphics in performance when this computer will be only used for gamig and some school work?
Sorry for asking so many questions but I never really got into IT in much detail
And thank you very much for your suggestion. This will surely help me.
Thank :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 9:13:34 PM

yes graphic and video cards are the same, and yes theres a difference, but ur budget is 500$ if ur budget was 550 i might be able to sling something better as i regards to ur gpu.

January 12, 2013 9:26:37 PM

If I add 2gb graphics card to setup from ur suggestion, will it perform better than the setup I came up with?
And one of my friend told me to avoid AMD products as they overheat a lot. Would that be an issue for me as a causal gamer?
I would probably be able to extend my budget by £50 because i was planning to buy all components seperatelly (maybe one or two after pay-day).
Thanks for all your help again :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 9:29:54 PM

yes, i can change it with 25 quid more:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£123.00 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.18 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £524.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 13, 2013 4:41:57 PM

As I was told to avoid AMD processors due to overheating, is it worth trying them because I know that if I buy AMD slot motherboard I can't use intels. I don't think I will be doing any processor heavy tasks (other than maybe trying to play bf3, but I'm a noob in fps's anyway). I just don't want anything to break wothin the first month of using new computer (at least a month, but I would prefer a situation where I don't have to repair anuthong in anytime)
Thanks for help. You're the BEST!!!
a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2013 4:57:55 PM

they dont overheat as much as they used too my friend, if u want intel ok,

here an intel build if u really want intel:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£14.76 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.11 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.21 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (£120.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £531.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 13, 2013 5:06:02 PM

I think I will go for AMD as I never had any bad experiences with thier products (my current pc works on AMD cpu but it's quite old so it os only used for internet browsing) I was just worried about the reliability of their products compared to Intel, but if they don't overheat too much anymore, this is a chance to save quite a bit of money (and spend it on better video card).
Thanks for help again. You have surely cleared my mind. Cheers :) 
January 13, 2013 5:08:27 PM

I would suggest getting the newer Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE Motherboard. It has the newer Z77 chipset and still offers alot of features for it's price.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2013 5:09:45 PM

they are just as reliable as intel and are better bang for buck, just the problem is amd aquire ati videocards, and started making videocards instead of concentrating on raw power, and they are behind the performance game, but to be honest, the new 8core amd are pretty fast and when overclock can be close to the k versions of intel,

amd is slowly improving but if they wanna win the performance war they will have to come up with a secret weapon, who knows with time :) 

yes old amds socket 754 and 939 did overheat but the am3 boards require less power and dont overheat as much :) 


a b B Homebuilt system
January 13, 2013 5:59:23 PM

If you have the extra, i suggest this highly.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £561.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 13, 2013 6:13:19 PM

Hi, that intel cpu is good, but you just need a b75 mobo, and spend much more in a card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.95 @ Aria PC)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £499.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you can't pay the 660 gtx, get the 7850 2GB : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acn...

It's recommended for BF3 a better card, like a 7850 or 660 gtx.
January 13, 2013 6:15:56 PM

Definitely go with the AMD 8320 CPU for eight cores and Radeon video card for performance vs. price and better coded drivers.

I would list together a build for you, but I don't know your budget.
January 15, 2013 5:00:34 PM

iceclock said:
they are just as reliable as intel and are better bang for buck, just the problem is amd aquire ati videocards, and started making videocards instead of concentrating on raw power, and they are behind the performance game, but to be honest, the new 8core amd are pretty fast and when overclock can be close to the k versions of intel,

amd is slowly improving but if they wanna win the performance war they will have to come up with a secret weapon, who knows with time :) 

yes old amds socket 754 and 939 did overheat but the am3 boards require less power and dont overheat as much :) 


Is it ok to buy different components, for example each month, because otherwise, I'd just spend the money on something else, and never reach the target. I know there might be issues if the products are damaged, but it would male the waiting easier (especially that I'm really inpatient)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2013 5:09:15 PM

final build for ur budget :) 

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£123.00 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.18 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £524.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 23:29 GMT+0000)
January 15, 2013 5:25:00 PM

So would be there any problems woth buying that components for this pc seperatelly with quite long time intervals (mostly one month or two months for more expensive parts)?
Thanks for all your help:) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2013 5:28:08 PM

well not really since u need all the parts to run a complete pc, unless u want to buy piece per piece :p , but wont be functionnal until its all setup.

January 15, 2013 5:38:33 PM

Well I know that, but either way i'm going to wait for the same amount of time to complete the pc. I think that it would make it easier to wait until I finish collecting these parts. However, my concern is that the might be some issues with guaranty if parts are purchased in different time, and I don't have a chance to check if they ate working properly.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2013 5:41:08 PM

whynot save up ur money. than buy in one shot, be alot simpler.

January 15, 2013 5:45:55 PM

Miki2102 said:
So would be there any problems woth buying that components for this pc seperatelly with quite long time intervals (mostly one month or two months for more expensive parts)?
Thanks for all your help:) 

In general I would say you are better off waiting and saving up the money to buy everything within a couple week timespan. Some part technologies (Case, power supply) don't change much with time, but others (CPU, motherboard, GPU, etc.) actually change rather rapidly. You could end up buying a processor now, motherboard in 4 weeks, graphics card 3 weeks after that, etc. and piecing your build together over the next 5 months but realizing in the end that you spent a total of £525 on parts that are worse than what you could get for the same money at the time you actually build...

That came out a little confusing, so let me try a specific example: You buy your processor or motherboard now, locking you in to the Intel socket 1155. 3 months from now Intel releases their Haswell line of processors, selling for the same prices as the current Ivy Bridge line. Two months after that you buy your last part and build your computer with a £150 Intel Core i5-3470 Processor and realize you could have had a better performing Haswell processor for the same £150 if you had just waited (saving up the money instead of buying each part) and bought everything when you were able to get all of it.

I hope that helps and makes sense.
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