Need suggestions buying a new budget gaming pc please :)

I would appreciate it if somebody could help suggest a build for , I know building a PC is generally cheaper but I don't have the time to do so. I am in the budget range of between £600-£700 (thats including VAT) but I will stretch to £750-£800 if there is a good enough reason. Basically I would like a PC that would be as "future-proof" as possible with headroom for upgrades if required, I would also like to be aiming for max settings on games if possible.

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  1. what games?
    What monitor resolution?

    including monitor/mouse/kb/OS?
  2. Sorry should have stated, resolution I normally play on is 1600 x 1200, monitor not needed, keyboard and mouse not needed and I can get OS for free off Dreamspark

    Oh and let's use Battlefield 3 as a base game for max settings (cant really think of anything that requires more gpu power)
  3. Was about to accuse you of piracy, but thought I ought to google dreamspark first. Glad I did!
  4. Haha, heard that a few times :P
  5. You want to look at an i5 3570K, at least a 7870, 8GB RAM, make sure you get a Z77 board and a decent cooler. a 500W PSU should be enough. make sure it's a known brand though!
  6. The processor is always the thing that confuses me, I get told by some people to not get an i5 but to get an i7 instead, what is the actual difference?
  7. i7 features hyperthreading which rarely benefits games.
  8. Ok I just built one on CyberPower UK here is the link

    Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 Mid-Tower Gaming Case (Blue Colour)
    Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default Case Fan
    Cyberpower Noise Reduction Technology: None
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Quad Core 3.40 GHz 6MB Cache LGA1155 + HD Graphics ***Overclockable XXX***
    Overclocking Service: No Overclocking
    Overclock Monitoring and Media Server Station or Overclocking Media Server Station: NONE
    Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator (Asetek CPU Water Cooling ***Overclockable XXX***)
    Coolant for Cyberpower Advance WaterCooling Kits: NONE
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset, ATX Mainboard w/ 4 RAM slots, IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI ***Overclockable XXX*** [+6]
    Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68 & Z77: 32 GB Crucial V2 2.5 inch SATA II Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+33]
    Internal USB/SATA Expansion Module: USB 3.0 Expansion PCI-E card, provides extra four USB 3 [+14]
    Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX Blu w/Heat Spreader)
    Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+132] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
    Freebies: FREE AMD Never Settle 7770/7850/7870 (Pitcairn / Verde) Gaming Bundle
    Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts Power Supplies [+32] (Corsair 600 Watts CX600 Gaming Power Supply, 80+)
    Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM Hard Drive (Single Hard Drive) (Single Hard Drive)
    Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE. (BLACK Colour)
    Bluetooth: None
    Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 52in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+9] (BLACK Colour [-4])
    USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

    cost £792

    if there is anything that I can add/remove let me know

    also I found this

    would you recommend that or the cyber power one?
  9. Looks good to me, but I would suggest re-posting in the Hardware forum for more opinions!
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