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Building a high, medium and low end games computer

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April 8, 2013 6:21:48 AM

could someone be so kind as to tell me if all these components are compatible with each other?


High end computer
Intel core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache (£263.76)
Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX
(£201.20
Kingston 16GB DD53 2400 MHz HyperX XMP Beast Series (£124.98)
Gigabyte GTX 680 4GB GDDR5 6008MHz Dual DVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Graphics (£458.50)
WD 1TB Black Desktop Drive (£74.99)
Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series SSD (£185.00)
Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance water cooling (£89.94)
ASUS Xonar Essence STX (£151.97)
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case - 3x 140mm Fans with 4x Hot-Swap Hard Drive Bays (£222.89)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (£68.24)
LG 16x SATA Internal BDRW Bare + Software (£80.50)


Middle spec computer
Intel core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache (£181.31)
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro 277 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX (£170.16)
Kingston 16GB DD53 1866 MHz HyperX XMP Beast Series (£119.50)
Gigabyte GTX 680 OC Windforce X3 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Graphics (£530.00)
WD 1TB Black Desktop Drive (£74.99)
Samsung 128GB 840 Pro Series SSD (£119.99)
Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance water cooling (£89.94)
ASUS Xonar Essence ST (£140.99)
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case - 3x 140mm Fans with 4x Hot-Swap Hard Drive Bays (£222.89)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (£68.24)
LG 16x SATA Internal BDRW Bare + Software (£80.50)


Low end computer
Intel core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MG Cache (£175.43)
Asus P8Z77-V Socket 1155 VGA DVI Display Port HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX (£135.96)
Kingston 8GB DD53 2400 MHz HyperX XMP Beast Series (£66.83)
Gigabyte GTX 670 4GB GDDR5 6008MHz Dual DVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Graphics (£368.50)
WD 1TB Black Desktop Drive (£74.99)
Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance water cooling (£89.94)
ASUS Xonar Essence ST (£140.99)
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case - 3x 140mm Fans with 4x Hot-Swap Hard Drive Bays (£222.89)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (£68.24)
LG 16x SATA Internal BDRW Bare + Software (£80.50)

Also I'm unsure what power supply to use for each spec?
April 8, 2013 7:27:54 AM

Are these all gaming rigs? Also, what is the monitor resolution for each rig?
April 8, 2013 7:31:09 AM

High end =
- too much for MB, Asus p8Z77 v-LK or ASRock Z77 Extreme 4.
- go for H100i instead
- PSU = 650-700W
- too much on RAM, 16 GB is ok but 2400 MHz is not ok, 1600 MHz is enough, 2400 gives you like 2-5 increased FPS?
- GTX 670 is more worthy than 680

Mid end =
- MB, go cheaper
- Ram, go 8GB 1600 MHz
- Go GTX 670
- Go WD Blue
- H100i
PSU = 600 - 700W

Low end =
- go i5-3570K
- go ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
- go 8GB 1600 MHz
- go WD Blue
- Go CM Seidon 120M or air cooling
- Go 2GB GTX 670
- PSU = 600 - 700W
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April 8, 2013 7:47:11 AM

doing it wrong. the so called low end build performs exactly the same as the hgihest. now i just need a budget to work with so i can tweak it around
April 8, 2013 2:06:56 PM

As you can probably see I don't have a clue :S

I need to create a high, middle and low end computer spec for gaming, it doesn't need to include mouse, monitor or keyboard or anything. But all three need to be within the budget of £1,500-£2,500. Each component from each spec needs to be recognisably of the same family.

Thanks for any help would really appreciate it.
April 8, 2013 3:07:17 PM

nope. using the lowest end rig gets you the same performance as the highest end build you put together. so why waste the money on parts that you are never going to use. these are the components that money is wasted on

-fast ram is useless
-more ram is utterly useless unless you do video work
-i7s arent really for gaming
-deluxe board has nothing to offer for a gamer more than what a z77-v LK has to offer
-680s perform the same as 670s and more vram makes the cards slower
-black drives have nothing better than the blue drives other than warranty
-closed loop cooling is a joke. go custom, or go heatsink
-you dont need a sound card. never will you need one unless you are powering some seriously high end headphones
-giant case is useless if you dont fill it up
-blu-ray is useless unless you watch a ton of blu-rays.

get this
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PmfN
April 8, 2013 4:20:43 PM

TheBigTroll said:
nope. using the lowest end rig gets you the same performance as the highest end build you put together. so why waste the money on parts that you are never going to use. these are the components that money is wasted on

-fast ram is useless
-more ram is utterly useless unless you do video work
-i7s arent really for gaming
-deluxe board has nothing to offer for a gamer more than what a z77-v LK has to offer
-680s perform the same as 670s and more vram makes the cards slower
-black drives have nothing better than the blue drives other than warranty
-closed loop cooling is a joke. go custom, or go heatsink
-you dont need a sound card. never will you need one unless you are powering some seriously high end headphones
-giant case is useless if you dont fill it up
-blu-ray is useless unless you watch a ton of blu-rays.

get this
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PmfN


Any chance of finding these components or comparable ones for US purchase? Preferably from Newegg
April 8, 2013 4:31:43 PM

Princessefl said:
TheBigTroll said:
nope. using the lowest end rig gets you the same performance as the highest end build you put together. so why waste the money on parts that you are never going to use. these are the components that money is wasted on

-fast ram is useless
-more ram is utterly useless unless you do video work
-i7s arent really for gaming
-deluxe board has nothing to offer for a gamer more than what a z77-v LK has to offer
-680s perform the same as 670s and more vram makes the cards slower
-black drives have nothing better than the blue drives other than warranty
-closed loop cooling is a joke. go custom, or go heatsink
-you dont need a sound card. never will you need one unless you are powering some seriously high end headphones
-giant case is useless if you dont fill it up
-blu-ray is useless unless you watch a ton of blu-rays.

get this
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PmfN


Any chance of finding these components or comparable ones for US purchase? Preferably from Newegg


yep. changed some components for pricing optimizations you can always use the same exact components but then it costs more
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pnps

wouldnt buy from newegg. other stores like ncix price match if you want the convenience of ordering stuff from one or 2 sites
April 8, 2013 4:41:03 PM

Why are you using UK pricing when you're buying in the U.S? It's very misleading. Anyways, here's a build using Newegg.com

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($175.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1612.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 19:39 EDT-0400)

Basically the same build as TheBigTroll's with a few tweaks.
-Cheaper ram, also low profile.
-Define R4 w/ window is about $30 cheaper than the non-window'd version.
April 8, 2013 4:55:17 PM

realchaos said:
Why are you using UK pricing when you're buying in the U.S? It's very misleading. Anyways, here's a build using Newegg.com

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($175.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1612.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 19:39 EDT-0400)

Basically the same build as TheBigTroll's with a few tweaks.
-Cheaper ram, also low profile.
-Define R4 w/ window is about $30 cheaper than the non-window'd version.


different guy
April 8, 2013 4:56:42 PM

I was posting this before you posted. I took your build using the uk currency.
April 8, 2013 5:02:32 PM

Notes
- Save money, you don't need to buy Corsair Obsidian 800D for all. Get Carbide 300r for Mid and 200r for Low.
- You don't need a Sound Card
- Swap out Mid, low CPU cooler for Corsair H60
April 8, 2013 5:03:48 PM

realchaos said:
I was posting this before you posted. I took your build using the uk currency.


yes but the fractal non window edition is also 89.99
April 9, 2013 12:14:17 AM

For casing, just choose what ever casing that you like, everyone have their own preference cases.
April 9, 2013 2:24:30 AM

can anyone help with designing three gaming rigs within the budget of £1,500-£2,500. Each component from each spec needs to be recognisably of the same family? maybe one coming out at 1,500 another 2,000 and the higher one 2,500 ?

really need the help thanks.
April 9, 2013 3:41:11 AM

laura-anne said:
can anyone help with designing three gaming rigs within the budget of £1,500-£2,500. Each component from each spec needs to be recognisably of the same family? maybe one coming out at 1,500 another 2,000 and the higher one 2,500 ?

really need the help thanks.


as i said, there is no difference in your set 3 teirs because there is no performance difference. so why bother making 3 different rigs?
April 9, 2013 6:09:33 AM

TheBigTroll said:
laura-anne said:
can anyone help with designing three gaming rigs within the budget of £1,500-£2,500. Each component from each spec needs to be recognisably of the same family? maybe one coming out at 1,500 another 2,000 and the higher one 2,500 ?

really need the help thanks.


as i said, there is no difference in your set 3 teirs because there is no performance difference. so why bother making 3 different rigs?


is it possible to change them to be different in performance and price ?
April 9, 2013 6:22:23 AM

laura-anne said:
TheBigTroll said:
laura-anne said:
can anyone help with designing three gaming rigs within the budget of £1,500-£2,500. Each component from each spec needs to be recognisably of the same family? maybe one coming out at 1,500 another 2,000 and the higher one 2,500 ?

really need the help thanks.


as i said, there is no difference in your set 3 teirs because there is no performance difference. so why bother making 3 different rigs?


is it possible to change them to be different in performance and price ?


performance is going to be the same. price is changeable but then you dont get any benefit from throwing more money at the problem.
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