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£1000 PC for Gaming - Please Help!

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October 12, 2011 10:51:49 AM

I am looking for some help advice as to get the best system I possible can for the money I have to spend.

I want to buy a pre built pc installed with windows 7 64 bit (any edition)

I am unable to build my own system and would be a nervous wreck to even attempt this, However I would like to get the best system I can and add to it in the future maybe add a second graphics card and Blu Ray Re Writer for starters

One more thing I would like is for the system to be quite fast I have seen some Apple macs that boot and are ready to go in seconds rather than waiting as I do with my current laptop (HP Pavillion DV7 2070ea)

My budget £1100 no more (its my birthday present from dad he will not go a penny more) I will need a monitor included in the budget (24 inch HD)

The system will only be used for the below:

Gaming (would very much like to play WoW with everything maxed out on a 24 inch monitor)

Downloading movies and playing through my 50 inch plasma via HD connection
Downloading music movies
iTunes / playing music
Burning DVD’s / CD’s
Microsoft Office 2010 (I already have my own purchased)
(I would like a blu ray player)

This is the system I have found and thinking of ordering it came out number 1 in PC Advisor < £1000 desktop charts recently

Chillblast Fusion Volt:

http://www.chillblast.com/pconf.php?productid=17907

Full Spec:

Cooler Master Elite 370 Black ATX Case
Intel Core i7 2600K Processor at 3.4GHz
Asus P8Z68-V LE Motherboard
8GB PC3-10666 DDR3 Memory
Radeon 6970 2GB Graphics Card
40GB Corsair Force SSD (Cache)
1000GB SATA 7200rpm Hard Disk
Samsung DVD-RW/Blu-ray Reader Combo Drive
600watt Corsair PSU
Onboard High Definition Audio
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Included Peripherals:

Asus 24" VS247H Monitor
Chillblast Corded Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech S-220 Speakers

Ports on rear of system: *

6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x PS/2 for keyboard
Audio outputs
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet for network
2 x DVI outputs
1 x Mini HDMI
1 x DisplayPort

Please could people offer me their advice and opinions and help me out here?

Thank You

Ajh

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October 12, 2011 11:49:33 AM

That machine will run anything you can throw at it, its a very good spec. You will struggle to get anything better that is prebuilt for that money.
October 12, 2011 12:00:04 PM

That was my thought also but just wanted to post for opinions and advice.

The standard spec is £1000 and im going to use my extra money to add the below customisations:

Intel Core i7 2600K Processor Overclocked to up to 4.5GHz
Corsair A70 Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler Extreme Power
8GB Corsair PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 4GB sticks)
2nd Optical Drive Sony 24x DVD-RW Drive
Corsair TX 750W PSU

I will remove the keyboard and speakers as I already have these

The total now comes to £1147.59 Inc VAT & they will include shipping so ill just save the extra £50 between now and ordering at the end of the month

Any advice is very much appreciated
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October 12, 2011 12:27:20 PM

Hi ajh1979. According to Toms hardware guide for WOW http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-c... Intel and Nvidia is the way you should go in order to get maximum performance.
But I dont think a 6970 would have any problem even at 1920x1080. Imho you should go for a factory O/C edition gtx 570 like EVGA SuperClocked or Gigabyte's O/C editions, which they are at the same price of a reference 6970 but offer better performance (Toms also suggest 570 over 6970 at this price http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-performance-radeon... ).
The rest of you system is superb and I dont think that it requires any other change ^^.
October 12, 2011 1:10:58 PM

Hi thank you for your replies

I can have the GTX 570 for a additional £25

I would chose the ASUS Direct CU ii GTX 570 (this would be my prefered choice)

Any advice much appreciated
October 12, 2011 1:12:35 PM

However the only reason I decided to stick with the HD 6970 is so I could crossfire it with another HD 6970 in the future as the motherboard does not support SLi but supports Crossfire also the graphics card comes installed as crossfire ready
October 12, 2011 2:32:10 PM

oO GTX570 is pricier than 6970??? Well that changes things. Hmm I just checked the mobo. It shouldnt be good neither for crossfire nor sli. the reason:
Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) *1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
3 x PCI

This is a mobo you should avoid if you want corssfire or sli. (since 6970 is cheaper go for crossfire cause everything is value for money ;) ). I know its much more but (chillblast fail on this a bit :p ) Asus P8Z68-V Motherboard is a good option.
These should be a lot of Z68 2xPCI express x16 (that work x8,x8 on crossfire/sli) out there that they are cheaper if you want Xfire or sli.
October 12, 2011 2:49:15 PM

Thats brillaint thank you now I can ask the sales team to quote me a price on these as the standard HD 6970 is also MSI its a MSI Twin Frozr III HD 6970

Im hoping that card will give me good FPS and picture quality on games and ill be able to max things out on a 24" HD monitor
October 12, 2011 2:57:39 PM

MSI Twin Frozr III HD 6970: ^^ I have infinite faith in this company when it comes to gpu. They never failed me and they have one of the (imho the best) best cooling solutions (twin frozr) that you can find in gpus. Generally with 6970, I think you will not have any problem playing anything on 1080p (aka 1920x1080).
October 12, 2011 3:04:25 PM

BRILLIANT!!!

Thats fantastic then as that is the standard GPU in the configuration (no extra cost) :D 

I will be sticking with that then

Also the sales team emailed me back and stated the mobo in the standard configuration will crossfire but not SLi

Hmmmn I definately need it to be able to crossfire as this is something I will definately do in the future when my GPU starts to get a little dated

Copy of mail:

The P8Z68-V LE supports Crossfire but not SLI. For SLI you will need the P8Z68-V or the P8Z68-V Pro

Advice needed please...
October 12, 2011 3:19:27 PM

Well I disagree with them :p 
P8Z68-V LE: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68...
P8Z68-V: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68...
And as I stated before the black pci express on the P8Z68-V LE is 4x so it will limit the 2nd gpu a lot. While the P8Z68-V has:
Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) <---this is what you want
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

I will try to find some benchmarks with 4x pci express to show you that 4x may be supported by crossfire but you will have butchered results.
October 12, 2011 3:24:25 PM

Memnarchon,

Thank you for your reply

The upgraded mobo id a aditional £69 which is not really in my budget so I will need to find a alternative and get a price from them as I do want this to be supported for the future.
October 12, 2011 3:42:11 PM

Hmm thats a nice article that i could find about pci express scaling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p55-pci-express-sca... .
Well it wasnt that bad as I was expecting, but its not good either. It seems that the performance drop depends on chipset and on gpu (From 11% to 30%). Considering that you will buy a better gpu than these tested there should be a bigger bottleneck from pcie x4. Anyway I hope I helped you a bit. Good gaming with your new rig ^^.
October 12, 2011 3:54:48 PM

i have the ASUS Direct CU ii GTX 570 and while its a fantastic card its HUGE you would have

to check it fits in that case

and remember its a TRIPLE slot card--i had to remove my pci usb card to get it into my haf x
October 12, 2011 3:59:47 PM

wont let me edit again--between that and the 14 and 18 after every message lately dont know whats going on


why not get a 2500k instead of 2600k--thats a big saving and it overclocks tremendously--if

you dont need hyperthreading then the 2500k is the best bang for buck out there
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