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January 29, 2013 8:59:32 PM

My whole family play video games and we usually have friends and family round every week. We usually game on our pc connected to the tv when playing single player games and it tends to lag a lot most of the time.

So we have all put in money and raised £2500 to spend on an ultimate build that can handle anything! We game on a 50" 1080p tv so it will need a powerful gpu. It will need to handle all games as we play different games every week.

No mouse needed or keyboard and no monitor/tv. Os is needed

Everyone's Input is truly appreciated, and thank you all in advanced.

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January 30, 2013 8:56:35 AM

Regardless of size it's still a 1080p TV, so the GPU doesn't need to be as powerful as you think.

This build is still probably over done but you've got the budget. Use the left over cash and grab another 2 50" TV's for a sick gaming experience :lol: 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£123.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.21 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£131.46 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£17.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1506.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 10:55 GMT+0000)
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January 30, 2013 9:17:23 AM

^ +1. Very nice build. Though I agree Crossfire 7970 GHz is very overkill for a single monitor, so if you're not planning to get a 2nd 50" TV as mikerockett suggested, I suggest you drop the other 7970 GHz.

A few suggestions though, the 7970 GHz is known and proven to be a power hog, so you might want to bump that to 950w for a lot of upgrade headroom.

This PSU is advertised as 950w, but its +12v rail when looked at closer is actually worth 1000w of power.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Cooling-Silencer-950-Supp...

And a bigger, faster SSD.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009LI7CTY/?tag=pcp0f-21

Would personally drop the HDD to 2TB since 3TB seems overkill, and possibly to WD but that's just me.
January 30, 2013 9:46:24 AM

^Thanks for the plus 1.

Although the 7970 is a power hog, that XFX unit will be able to handle that rig. As the budget's there though, could get a bigger PSU if he wants to make sure, would also reduce the stress on the PSU.

I do agree a bigger and faster SSD would be wise.

With regards to the 2 or 3tb i guess thats a matter of perspective. I've got an SSD and 5 1TB drive's and i'm using about 3.5tb at the moment.
January 30, 2013 2:02:06 PM

i will need a bigger ssd so it can hold all the games we will be getting. good idea mike on getting another 2 50" TVs i think that would be better and more exciting. good build but maybe a 800d from corsair will be better, what do you think?
January 30, 2013 2:07:15 PM

Cases are subjective, just get whatever you like the look of really. Made some revisions from your comments.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£123.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.21 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case (£220.30 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£149.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£17.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1734.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 16:09 GMT+0000)
January 30, 2013 2:09:41 PM

mikerockett said:
Cases are subjective, just get whatever you like the look of really. Made some revisions from your comments.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£123.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.21 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case (£220.30 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£17.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1679.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 16:07 GMT+0000)

liking the build, just looked each tv is £500 so i will have about £400 left to spend. What would you say is best upgrading from the build you have given me now; maybe get a noctua d14. anything else better off getting since i have the money?
January 30, 2013 2:12:12 PM

Noctua d14 is pretty much the best air cooler around so yea that's a good choice. If you wanted you could upgrade from DVD to Blu ray drive.

Anything else really is just spending money for the sake of it.
January 30, 2013 2:14:44 PM

More adjustments with the extras.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£123.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.21 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case (£220.30 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£149.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1794.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 16:14 GMT+0000)
January 30, 2013 2:19:01 PM

mikerockett said:
More adjustments with the extras.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£123.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.21 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case (£220.30 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£149.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1794.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Lovely build and thanks for the advice, a blu ray player will be great considering it will be connected to my main living room display.

if anyone else has any suggestions feel free to post :) 
January 30, 2013 2:22:24 PM

No worries, you got a sick rig, very jealous :lol: 
January 30, 2013 2:24:02 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (£423.84 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard (£279.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£249.54 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£121.37 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£121.37 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£186.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£284.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£284.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£58.99 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case (£125.28 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£149.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £2357.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 16:23 GMT+0000)

2357$ pounds should do it :D 

January 30, 2013 2:24:42 PM

it aint ultimate if u dont got ultimate power ;D
January 30, 2013 2:35:40 PM

But it can be an ultimate waste of money :lol: 
January 30, 2013 2:45:14 PM

nope, he said he wants ultimate why give 2500$ budget when u just wanna spend 2k or less, makes no sense.

January 30, 2013 2:49:50 PM

Because some people don't know what's necessary.

The build you've provided wont give much more of an fps boost. Also that little extra really doesnt matter when the rig will already output more fps than the TV can refresh at.

Just because the budget is there doesnt mean it all needs to be spent, not to mention if he holds back he can afford another 50" TV, that way he'll at least utilise the 6gb of VRam from both cards.
January 30, 2013 2:50:43 PM

thanks iceclock nice build there. pretty amazing how powerful it is!
January 30, 2013 3:06:42 PM

This is what I would suggest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£99.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£40.71 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£92.88 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£229.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£229.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.89 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£99.17 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1370.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 17:03 GMT+0000)

Two 7950's will max anything on a 1080p resolutions at 60Hz. They can also be overclocked to near 7970 specs. Large HDD and 256GB SSD for OS and most games. Semi-modular PSU for good cable management. The MSI Z77A-GD55 has two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots to handle CrossFire nicely (helps with microstutter). Nice plain case that is not too flashy for living room but very cool and good cable management. Blue-Ray player if you don't have one for the TV. You could make this a simple DVD ROM drive.
January 30, 2013 3:27:25 PM

nice build cball that should definitely hold all the games we will be getting! is there any reason i should get the 400r over the 800d?
January 30, 2013 3:38:54 PM

The 800D is, for one, really expensive. Two, there is no side panel fan ports to cool you GPUs. Three, that is a lot of case to sit in your living room. Maybe you could put a lamp on it or something :lol:  (Just kiddin). What it all boils down to, though, is what you want in a case. Plus with the side panel fans, it will help keep your Nactua cooler too.
January 30, 2013 3:41:27 PM

so basically u want something for less. interesting.

heres ur lower beast but high speed pc :D 

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.32 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£186.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£209.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£209.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1332.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 17:41 GMT+0000)

1333$.

January 30, 2013 3:51:07 PM

thanks everyone for all the input, all your builds are great just dont know exactly what to go with, if anyone can say why they are choosing the main components and what benefits froms going with it that would be great
January 30, 2013 4:03:53 PM

i chose the 3570k as its best bang for bucks processor for gaming and overclocks nice,

i took the 7950x2 because overclocked can equalize a gtx 680. so imagine 2x680s but for less.

also got u a high quality silver rated 80+ powersupply for good power and energy efficiency.

got u the intel 520 drive as its rock stable and fast as a jet.

got u 2tb of storage as it should be sufficient and barracuda quite fast but less costly than the western digital black imo.

got u the blackpearl as its silent and cools well and looks great.

got u 16gigs of ram to have no lag ever almost, gives u multitasking freedom.

got u the thermal take frios as its good cooler but less expensive and massive than the dh-14.

got u the blueray to watch bluerays and dvds.

got u the xtreme 4 mobo as its got great electronic components and capacitators for the price versus higherend boards that are all bling but not worth the cost.

fully sli and crossfire capable, as some mobo only give u a second pci-e slot rated at 4x making sli or crossfire impossible.
January 30, 2013 4:16:11 PM

thanks iceclock gona go with your build seems the most stable and you helped me with my gaming pc in my room which i am on now :) 
January 30, 2013 4:19:09 PM

excellent sounds, good there was other good choices, but just trying to get u top quality for ur dollar :) 
January 31, 2013 1:36:12 AM

coolioo
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