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Pritty clueless still on what to buy.. First time build £600-800

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March 1, 2013 5:23:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: £600-800

System Usage: Pretty much solely just gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Need to buy windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Uk based websites.

Location: England

Parts Preferences: With my very very limited knowledge on parts.. i'd say i have a slightly better understanding of Nvidia and Intel products... But open to suggestions .. as I've stated.. still clueless

Overclocking: Consider

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like a high performance, quiet PC .. thanks for helping :) 

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer is now 4-5 Years old .. starting to run sluggish. This system was a prebuilt and have always wanted to build my own system.
March 1, 2013 5:56:33 PM

What kinds of games are you wanting to play?


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/GOA2
This should be able to run anything out there...maybe not on the highest settings, but hey, at least you can play it.

The SSD is not necessary, my personal preference is to have one, but swap it out and throw a bit more money into your video card (GTX 660 maybe?).
March 1, 2013 6:01:26 PM

No you will be able to run anything, with that card..
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March 1, 2013 6:03:44 PM

I wouldnt suggest that PSU.
March 1, 2013 6:05:11 PM


An FX6300, Gigabyte 970 -UD3 AM3+ and an HD7970 is around £490.

It should do quite nicely.

Edit: I fergit :lol: 

You should be able to work in some water cooling, too, and keep things under budget with **quiet PC** being a top priority.

March 1, 2013 6:11:09 PM

flamehead269 said:
I wouldnt suggest that PSU.



What PSU would you suggest? Ive used the brand before, but never this model. Perhaps you meant a more powerful PSU?
March 1, 2013 6:21:05 PM

flamehead269 said:
I wouldnt suggest that PSU.


I agree, the CX430 is a horrible choice for power supply. It's a poor quality unit made by a great manufacturer.

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You should be able to work in some water cooling, too, and keep things under budget with **quiet PC** being a top priority.


Water cooling is not necessary on this budget. I'd go for a stronger CPU and stronger video card before I even think about a water cooling unit.

On that budget I would suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£138.98 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.44 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.25 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£76.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Total: £629.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 20:20 GMT+0000)
March 1, 2013 6:33:55 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I agree, the CX430 is a horrible choice for power supply. It's a poor quality unit made by a great manufacturer.


Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£76.54 @ Amazon UK)


I never knew that about that particular PSU. I'll try to remember that for the future.

Isnt the PSU you selected a bit overkill? The draw wont go over 400w, even OC'd I cant see it going over 500. Why the 620w?
March 1, 2013 6:39:14 PM

plankingdom said:
I never knew that about that particular PSU. I'll try to remember that for the future.

Isnt the PSU you selected a bit overkill? The draw wont go over 400w, even OC'd I cant see it going over 500. Why the 620w?


Yeah it is a little bit but Seasonic is among the best manufacturers you can get. Having more wattage than you need will not hurt your system at all. But having the bare minimum or too few watts will kill many a build. There is a 520W model but PC Part Picker doesn't list it for some reason: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-seasonic-bronze-s12...

You should check out the PSU index - it tells you what manufacturers are great and which ones use junk OEMs: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...
March 1, 2013 6:39:22 PM

flamehead269 said:
No you will be able to run anything, with that card..


Apologies, GTX 660 is only suggested because OP has prior knowledge of Nvidia parts.
March 1, 2013 6:41:49 PM


What part of a locked Intel i5 with an HD7870 blow away a water-cooled FX6300 with an **HD7970** ??

:lol: 

March 1, 2013 6:42:24 PM

plankingdom said:
Apologies, GTX 660 is only suggested because OP has prior knowledge of Nvidia parts.


A 660 will handle a single 1080p monitor just fine. It's not the best you can get for that budget, but it holds its' own with the 7850 and the 7870 (non GHz edition). The best in that range would be the Radeon 7870 XT. However it's not available in the UK yet.

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What part of a locked Intel i5 with an HD7870 blow away a water-cooled FX6300 with an **HD7970** ??


Are you suggesting one of those crappy closed block liquid coolers? That's one thing I do not suggest and try to stay away from.

As far as the CPU well:

- http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/702?vs=699
- http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6...
- http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/fx-8350-83...
March 2, 2013 5:16:52 AM

Thanks for all your replies.. Looks like i'd rather be going up to £800 rather than than 600 now :) . I've put in a better graphics card and upgraded the cpu.. I dont mind going slightly over 800 if the performance would be a big increase.

Games i play are League, hoping to start playing Planetside 2 alongside the generic fps games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.44 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.25 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.57 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£76.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Total: £760.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 07:16 GMT+0000)
March 2, 2013 10:35:46 AM

Changed time frame.. planning on ordering either this weekend or start of week.
Upgrades/tips needed :) 
Thanks
!