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February 10, 2013 7:18:01 PM

Hi,

I am looking to build my first desktop pc. The reason for this is I currently have a Laptop:

CPU: I5-2540m 2.4Ghz
HDD: 500GB
GPU: Nvidia GT 520MX
RAM: 8Gb

This works ok with most games but as I cant upgrade the GPU I thought I would build a desktop.

I am looking for the desktop to obviously be better then my laptop and to be able to run game on high/ultra settings.

I am looking for component ideas i.e. Case, PSU, Motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler (if applicable), GPU, RAM, Optical Drive, SSD (If Applicable), HDD, OS. If possible, rough prices would be appreciated.

Ideally I am looking for room for future upgrades so a decent but cost effective Motherboard would be good.
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February 10, 2013 7:22:48 PM

The budget and currency for it(an estimated one) ?
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February 10, 2013 7:27:48 PM

I am in the UK and Budget would be about £600.
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February 10, 2013 7:34:17 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£139.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: PowerColor HD 7870 Myst PCS+ Edition 2GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card With FREE Never Settle Reloaded download coupon (£180.42)
Total: £598.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The card is this one : http://www.ebuyer.com/432444-powercolor-hd-7870-myst-pc...

If you can spend a bit more get the h77 pro 4 : http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-H77-Motherboard-Instant-...
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February 10, 2013 7:43:44 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£139.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: PowerColor HD 7870 Myst PCS+ Edition 2GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card With FREE Never Settle Reloaded download coupon (£180.42)
Total: £598.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The card is this one : http://www.ebuyer.com/432444-powercolor-hd-7870-myst-pc...

If you can spend a bit more get the h77 pro 4 : http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-H77-Motherboard-Instant-...


What GPU have you suggested? Would this set up run games better than my laptop?
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February 10, 2013 7:49:21 PM

It's way better, it's a 7870 tahiti le, with two games free, it has more shaders than the normal 7870, it's between a 7870 and a 7950, a "7930".
You'll notice a huge boost from a 520 mobile for a 7870 tahiti le.
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February 10, 2013 8:22:37 PM

windows 7 or windows 8?

I find windows 8 has faster boot time and runs quicker?
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February 10, 2013 8:28:44 PM

I have a personal preference for windows 7, but if you want windows 8, get it, both will be at the same price, but i think the windows 7 is cheaper.
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