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Gaming build, low price, but high performance!

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July 25, 2013 5:02:42 PM

A friend of mine is looking to buy his first gaming pc soon.
I have been pc gaming for over a year now and here are my specs:
CPU - Intel i7 2600 @3.40GHz
GPU -2x 2GB EVGA NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti
RAM - 8GB (Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec,Type: DDR3-1333)
Motherboard - MSI Z77A-G45
PSU - Corsair CX750 750w PSU
HDD - 2TB (Interface: SATA, Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM)
Blu ray disk drive (not sure about specs)
Case- Zalman Z11 Plus

He's looking to spend around £800 on a pc, no peripherals or monitors or anything like that, just parts.
I'd attempt to build it for him but a prebuilt pc would also be handy. (I've had experience installing GPU's, PSU's and motherboards)

So, his budget is around £800, which is around $1200 I think.
We'd both rather intel processors and nvidia gpu's, but I'd be happy to take other recommendations, we'd rather them because I'm more familiar with them and I could help him out.
I don't think he's interested in OCing and stuff like that because he is completely new to PC gaming and has no clue whatsoever.

Thank you for your help, any questions feel free to ask!:) 
a c 650 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 6:03:19 PM

Looks pretty good!
July 25, 2013 6:04:03 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Looks pretty good!


haha noo that's my setup!
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a c 650 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 6:19:57 PM

Thought that was the specs you were suggesting ;)  sorry bout that....with about $1200, I'd base it on a 3570K, and maybe an Asus P8H77-V, 8 GB (2x4GB) 1866/9 DRAM like the GSkill Ares......then go drives, case, PSU and spend the rest on your GPU
July 26, 2013 5:35:02 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Thought that was the specs you were suggesting ;)  sorry bout that....with about $1200, I'd base it on a 3570K, and maybe an Asus P8H77-V, 8 GB (2x4GB) 1866/9 DRAM like the GSkill Ares......then go drives, case, PSU and spend the rest on your GPU


Haha no worries!
He's new to pc's and he's not familiar with pc gaming at all. I'm not sure if he'd want an OC cpu, he wants a simple one which he can't screw up haha.
a b 4 Gaming
July 26, 2013 1:04:47 PM

For 800 Pounds, this looks the best and well balanced config to me. This can run games like a beast in the next 2-3 years and should not have any problem at all. So definitely go for this build. It is a very good build for the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.97 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£66.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£311.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Total: £798.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 21:03 BST+0100)

I hope my answer helps.
July 27, 2013 9:04:35 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
For 800 Pounds, this looks the best and well balanced config to me. This can run games like a beast in the next 2-3 years and should not have any problem at all. So definitely go for this build. It is a very good build for the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.97 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£66.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£311.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Total: £798.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 21:03 BST+0100)

I hope my answer helps.


Cool setup! I'd probably up the PSU a little though, and definitely take off the SSD, too overpriced for a little difference!:p 
September 9, 2013 1:42:09 PM

Sangeet Khatri said:
For 800 Pounds, this looks the best and well balanced config to me. This can run games like a beast in the next 2-3 years and should not have any problem at all. So definitely go for this build. It is a very good build for the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.97 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£66.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£311.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Total: £798.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 21:03 BST+0100)

I hope my answer helps.


Following up from my last reply, idk what I was thinking, I hadn't saw an SSD in action. Bought an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for £117 and I'm very impressed with the performance!

Your setup that you reccommended is awesome and I'll probably get him something like that!
a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2013 5:38:41 AM

Well.. then that's cool. If you like it, then go for it. It is literally a beast for gaming. You cannot go any better for this budget.

Have fun.
Cheers.
!