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Gaming PC for £850

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Anonymous
February 17, 2013 11:35:55 AM

Hi, I need some advice on this build that I'm building soon. My budget is £850, give or take £50 although I'd prefer to leave some cash for a keyboard, mouse etc. I'll be playing a range of different games, such as Total War, Crysis, Battlefield 3, Civ 5, FSX. I'll probably overclock my CPU in the future, but not any time soon.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£23.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£23.80 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.87 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £868.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

To get the computer as quickly as possible I'll be building it without a graphics card first, then upgrading a few months later. So I could wait for the next GTX 700 series since I'm not really in a rush and I will most likely buy my graphics card at the start of Autumn.
I'd like to keep the Fractal Design R4 case because sound is quite important for me, although at the same I want good air flow and cable management but I believe this case has it all. I'd prefer an Nvidia GPU but I can go AMD if it gives incredible boosts to performance.
Thanks a lot to anyone who is willing to help out.

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Anonymous
February 17, 2013 12:36:38 PM

Bump
February 17, 2013 12:40:18 PM

Dual channel over 2 single channel RAM and also, if you have some money to use to add on things later, I suggest getting an SSD. Also, I believe that for the extra money, 650D > R4. But other than my personal thoughts, it's a good build.
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Anonymous
February 17, 2013 12:46:36 PM

I don't understand your first point, do you mean that single channel RAM would be better?
February 17, 2013 2:17:37 PM

£50 over budget, but you wont regret it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.60 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£62.15 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.47 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £900.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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