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April 3, 2013 5:03:16 AM

K so im planning to get a £650-700 (roughly $1000 for the Americans :D ) and i'd like to be able to play the majority of games now and in the future on medium- high if not ultra. I am planning on building my self as it means i can get all the parts i want (not having to settle with ones on crappy pre-builts) and it will also be pretty fun. I have a few questions in particular but first my planned build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8yL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8yL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8yL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£103.46 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.68 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £551.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 12:56 BST+0100)

So basically i need help with-

1. What GPU can i get with this budget? (thats why i left it out) I've been thinking GTX 650 but i have heard there are better AMD equivalents however i am not very well educated in AMD in general.

2. Would everything work?

3. Is there any better parts i can get to fit in the budget

4. Is OC worth it? I have no clue how to OC and if its tricky i might not take the risk. Does the risk balance out performance gain? If so i will look into getting the i5 3570k instead.

5. Is an SSD worth it?I would have to reduce the quality of other things to fit it in my budgit.

Bear in mind i would prefer not to pay for shipping from US based companies :) 

Thnx in advance :bounce: 

Oh and im a first time builder :) 

More about : 650 700 gaming build

a b 4 Gaming
April 3, 2013 5:42:57 AM

non overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.13 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.69 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.09 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £692.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:42 BST+0100)

overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.17 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.91 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £698.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:55 BST+0100)
April 3, 2013 6:04:37 AM

bodeen2012 said:
non overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.13 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.69 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.09 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £692.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:42 BST+0100)

overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.17 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.91 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £698.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:55 BST+0100)


Thnx for the input bodeen
These seem like quite nice builds and the addition of the SSD on the first one is nice however:

What are the advantages of the i5-3350P over the i5 3570 or i5 3550? What does the P stand for?
I'd rather have the 1TB HDD on the second build
I have never heard of the Club 3D AMD GPU's i will do some research into them
Any reason u changed the case or just personal preference? Would everything fit in the case i chose?
Is the Z77 Extreme 4 overkill? I heard its a really good board

Sorry for a lot of questions i just like to know what im getting :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 3, 2013 6:50:16 AM

lukeo77 said:
bodeen2012 said:
non overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.13 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.69 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.09 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £692.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:42 BST+0100)

overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.17 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.91 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £698.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:55 BST+0100)


Thnx for the input bodeen
These seem like quite nice builds and the addition of the SSD on the first one is nice however:

What are the advantages of the i5-3350P over the i5 3570 or i5 3550? What does the P stand for?
I'd rather have the 1TB HDD on the second build
I have never heard of the Club 3D AMD GPU's i will do some research into them
Any reason u changed the case or just personal preference? Would everything fit in the case i chose?
Is the Z77 Extreme 4 overkill? I heard its a really good board

Sorry for a lot of questions i just like to know what im getting :D 

What are the advantages of the i5-3350P over the i5 3570 or i5 3550? What does the P stand for?
this cpu was selected just for the budget and the p mean it's just a processor no intergrated graphics .
I'd rather have the 1TB HDD on the second build
to do that you are gonna have to drop down to a 7850 or add 20 to ur budget
I have never heard of the Club 3D AMD GPU's i will do some research into them
never heard of them either but did do some research before selecting it .
Any reason u changed the case or just personal preference? Would everything fit in the case i chose?
i have used that case and for budget . cases are personal preference i just choose one's i have had experience with
Is the Z77 Extreme 4 overkill? I heard its a really good board
its a great board i have it in my build, but i selected the msi purely for budget reasons


April 3, 2013 7:02:52 AM

bodeen2012 said:
lukeo77 said:
bodeen2012 said:
non overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O8VT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.13 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.69 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.05 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.09 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £692.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:42 BST+0100)

overclocking build
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/O90J/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.17 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.91 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £698.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 13:55 BST+0100)


Thnx for the input bodeen
These seem like quite nice builds and the addition of the SSD on the first one is nice however:

What are the advantages of the i5-3350P over the i5 3570 or i5 3550? What does the P stand for?
I'd rather have the 1TB HDD on the second build
I have never heard of the Club 3D AMD GPU's i will do some research into them
Any reason u changed the case or just personal preference? Would everything fit in the case i chose?
Is the Z77 Extreme 4 overkill? I heard its a really good board

Sorry for a lot of questions i just like to know what im getting :D 

What are the advantages of the i5-3350P over the i5 3570 or i5 3550? What does the P stand for?
this cpu was selected just for the budget and the p mean it's just a processor no intergrated graphics .
I'd rather have the 1TB HDD on the second build
to do that you are gonna have to drop down to a 7850 or add 20 to ur budget
I have never heard of the Club 3D AMD GPU's i will do some research into them
never heard of them either but did do some research before selecting it .
Any reason u changed the case or just personal preference? Would everything fit in the case i chose?
i have used that case and for budget . cases are personal preference i just choose one's i have had experience with
Is the Z77 Extreme 4 overkill? I heard its a really good board
its a great board i have it in my build, but i selected the msi purely for budget reasons




Thnx very much for your help. I will have a good think about your recommendations. I'm nnot in any rush so i would like to hear other people's build ideas
April 4, 2013 12:42:36 PM

Any more suggestions? If i put Steam on an SSD would all my games be quicker?
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