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£2000 ($3000) Gaming PC Build

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January 16, 2013 2:00:24 PM

Looking to build a new system with a maximum budget of £2000, I am really confused as I have not built a system for about a year now, I previously had a AMD FX-8120; which was TBH, pretty crappy. As a result, I'd really like to build an Intel-Nvidia system, as I've never had one before. I haven't really kept up with all the new processors and GPU's etc. Hope you guys can help. Also I already have a BenQ XL2420T monitor, but I don't have a mouse or keyboard.

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January 16, 2013 2:13:54 PM

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 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£125.54 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£117.82 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£305.99 @ 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)
Other: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Black (£59.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: Microsoft Windows 8 64-Bit DVD - OEM (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1251.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 16:11 GMT+0000)

You can get 2x GTX 670 if you wan't to utilize 120Hz monitor, hence why I picked 850W PSU.
Leaving mouse choice up to you.

Edit: Forgot to mention that you might wanna add few Corsair SP-120 Quiet Edition fans for your case, especially if you opt for GTX 670 SLI.
January 16, 2013 3:26:50 PM

Soda-88 said:
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 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£125.54 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£117.82 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£305.99 @ 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)
Other: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Black (£59.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: Microsoft Windows 8 64-Bit DVD - OEM (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1251.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 16:11 GMT+0000)

You can get 2x GTX 670 if you wan't to utilize 120Hz monitor, hence why I picked 850W PSU.
Leaving mouse choice up to you.

Edit: Forgot to mention that you might wanna add few Corsair SP-120 Quiet Edition fans for your case, especially if you opt for GTX 670 SLI.


Thanks for the quick and detailed response. I am wondering though, wouldn't it be better if I went with a single, GTX 680, instead of an SLI 670?
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January 16, 2013 3:46:26 PM

I have the 3570k, it is a phenomenal piece of technology, but i was on a budget below £1000, you could easily get a high end i7 in your budget.
the specs in my signature were all got for half of your budget, so maybe go for a 680 like you said, or even wait a few months for the 700 series to come out.

If you want it now, get a 680, maybe just a 670. i know a guy who paid around £1,500 for his. he got the 670, corsair dominator 16gb ram, a sandy bridge enthusiast i7, a 128gb ssd, etc.

If i had your budget, i'd get this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xUFM

i left a few things for you to decide on there, but everything on that is very good, especially the cpu :) 
January 16, 2013 4:35:53 PM

phil_livesey said:
I have the 3570k, it is a phenomenal piece of technology, but i was on a budget below £1000, you could easily get a high end i7 in your budget.
the specs in my signature were all got for half of your budget, so maybe go for a 680 like you said, or even wait a few months for the 700 series to come out.

If you want it now, get a 680, maybe just a 670. i know a guy who paid around £1,500 for his. he got the 670, corsair dominator 16gb ram, a sandy bridge enthusiast i7, a 128gb ssd, etc.

If i had your budget, i'd get this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xUFM

i left a few things for you to decide on there, but everything on that is very good, especially the cpu :) 


I agree, the 3770k is a beast of a CPU, Sandybridge E; is probably a massive-overkill. I think I will get a single GTX 670, as it will let me save some money for the next GEN Nvidia cards, whatever they may be. I'm still undecided on the case, I think it has to be between a Corsair 600T (silver), or a Corsair 650D.
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January 16, 2013 5:00:13 PM

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