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Need suggestions buying a new budget gaming pc please

Last response: in General UK & Ireland Discussions
January 15, 2013 1:48:23 PM

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.

January 15, 2013 2:13:00 PM

what games?
What monitor resolution?

including monitor/mouse/kb/OS?
January 15, 2013 2:15:32 PM

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)
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January 15, 2013 2:17:15 PM

Was about to accuse you of piracy, but thought I ought to google dreamspark first. Glad I did!
January 15, 2013 2:18:39 PM

Haha, heard that a few times :p 
January 15, 2013 2:19:44 PM

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!
January 15, 2013 2:23:43 PM

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?
January 15, 2013 2:53:49 PM

i7 features hyperthreading which rarely benefits games.
January 15, 2013 4:22:47 PM

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?
January 16, 2013 10:13:39 AM

Looks good to me, but I would suggest re-posting in the Hardware forum for more opinions!