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£900 - £1000 (~$1400-$1600) Gaming PC new build

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January 4, 2013 3:35:17 PM

Hey, I'm looking to build a new computer for myself, primarily to be used for gaming. I've currently got a list of parts that I've found, but I'm not certain on all of them.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 weeks

Budget Range: £900-£1000 or ~$1400-$1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, editing short videos, light animating

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Mouse, Monitor (for the moment), HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: Intel 3570K processor, Asus 660Ti, Bitfenix Shinobi windowed

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Current one - 1280 x 1024 (Philips 170B)

Additional Comments: I'm not so sure on the PSU and Mobo I've chosen, everything else I'm fairly happy with.

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Parts:

Case
Bitfenix Shinobi windowed - £54.98
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Processor
Intel 3570K - £162.74
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...

Motherboard
AsRock Z77 Extreme4 - £101.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z77-Extreme4-Motherboard-Suppor...

SSD
Samsung 840 Series 250GB - £132
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-250GB-Solid-Stat...

Graphics Card
Asus 660Ti - £229.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-GTX660-TI-DC2-2GD5-Graphic...

RAM
Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengenace 16GB - £63.48
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10-Veng...

Optical Drive
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA - £12.78
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Multi...

PSU
Powercool X-Viper Modular 550W - £46.67
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powercool-X-Viper-Modular-Bronz...

Operating System
Windows 8 64 bit - £69.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Windows-WN7-00403-Eng...

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I've also got a couple of bits and pieces (card reader etc) added on which adds up to about £60.

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If anyone could give me any advice on this build it would be much appreciated.
Thanks. :-)
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January 4, 2013 3:49:28 PM

That looks pretty good for the most part - I'd leave the accessories and other things off that you don't really need and are just spending money needlessly on.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.94 @ Amazon UK)
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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£89.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£306.77 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.57 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£68.48 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £928.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 17:50 GMT+0000)

I included a better case and a better power supply, and Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. I also upgraded the GPU since you stated you already have a hard drive.
January 4, 2013 4:39:37 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, I actually quite like the look of Windows 8 so shall be keeping that, but I may consider upgrading the GPU. Not a huge fan of the case though.
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