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Need advice on building/buying a gaming PC for around £800

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February 14, 2013 4:44:51 PM

Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and was just wondering if you guys or girls would help me!


I am familiar with building a computer so that's not the issue, the problem is that I want the most value for money. My budget is 800 pounds, (U.K currency).

I think I have a few core ideas that I want with my system.

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge) - I think this i5 puts to shame to nearly all i7's.
GPU: GTX 660 Ti or better would be great
RAM: 8GB's of DDR3 (overclock or with higher clockspeed/lower voltage would be nice)
HDD(1TB7200pm will be good enough)
Sound(5.1 at least)
OS: I need Win7 (home prem)


Ether way, I don't honestly mind if you guys find a bundle that comes with similar components that is ether in a package or is already build, but thats the max budget I have. Lower would be even better as I want a new monitor (which I'll later purchase I guess).

Thanks everyone
February 14, 2013 4:57:01 PM

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 (£24.52 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.34 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£165.54 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £779.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 18:56 GMT+0000)
February 14, 2013 5:44:17 PM

drunkducki said:
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 (£24.52 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.34 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£165.54 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £779.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 18:56 GMT+0000)


Thanks for the reply, i did some editing with the build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.52
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 MemoryBuy
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card:Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Base Total: £818.26
Shipping: £1.99
Total: £820.25
February 14, 2013 6:37:59 PM

You don't need the sound card - drop that and get a better power supply, the CX430 isn't the best PSU that Corsair makes. Get the XFX one instead.
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