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December 25, 2012 10:27:12 PM

Sup,

New to the forum and relatively inexperienced in the PC Component world. To the average joe you could call me computer smart but my knowledge lacks much experience. I imagine the best way is to ask some people who actually know their stuff and get their advice. Thus, I am here..

I have around £600 ($1000) give-or-take to spend on a gaming rig which should comply with small amounts of video editing and music production.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget Range: £600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Video editing > Music production

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (All audio equipment and spec will be purchased separately, inc. external sound interface)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK retailer

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: No preference as long as sourced reliably

Overclocking: Yes, but not in near future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, definitely not a pressing issue

Notes: DVD/CD-R Drive required. I feel pretty set on a i5-3570k, unless persuaded. Must boast a 1TB HDD. At least 8GB RAM. Don't have a clue on GPU's so suggestions are welcome. Everything else is subjective


Please point me out to any pitfalls and compatibility issues between brands ect, it would be much appreciated

Also, could any fellow Brits point me to any favoured websites?

Kind regards, Paul

More about : 600 1000 gaming build

a c 287 4 Gaming
December 25, 2012 11:13:02 PM

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£145.20 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.05 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.96 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £636.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 01:13 GMT+0000)
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December 25, 2012 11:49:18 PM

Kool selection dude. Thanks for the reply

Yeah that case has been popping up alot on searches, seems like a hit; those Corsair RAM units seem reliable aswell.

How much wattage do think I would ideally need? Keep in mind I would like to add parts here and there in the future

Kind regards, Paul
a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2012 1:04:39 AM

Crossfire 7870 will use less than 350W by itself, so the PSU would actually be just enough power... but it would not have all the needed power connections for CF.

This XFX 750W might not stretch your budget too far
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-xfx-p1-750s-nlb...

review
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Just so you are clear, the build G-unit listed will not overclock. It's a great build given the budget though.
a c 287 4 Gaming
December 26, 2012 1:49:21 AM

FrankJaeger said:
Kool selection dude. Thanks for the reply

Yeah that case has been popping up alot on searches, seems like a hit; those Corsair RAM units seem reliable aswell.

How much wattage do think I would ideally need? Keep in mind I would like to add parts here and there in the future

Kind regards, Paul


Most power supply wattage calculators don't take into account real world wattage uses - they're based on manufacturer specifications and extremely poor quality power supplies (of which there are many). There's a website called PC Part Picker - if you plug your components into that website it will give you a far more accurate measure of the wattage you will actually need vs the perceived wattage.

The Arc MIDI is a good case for the price. I haven't used that in a build myself but it gets a lot of excellent reviews.

Quote:
Just so you are clear, the build G-unit listed will not overclock. It's a great build given the budget though.


Yeah if I had used a 3570K it will put the build like £100 over budget.
December 26, 2012 8:52:08 PM

Thanks for all the replies, very helpful and appreciated. I've decided to up my wattage to cover present and future bases. After more careful research I have come up with this:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.74 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£65.49 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £612.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 22:47 GMT+0000)

I have selected those GPU and MoBo's for the PCPP breakdown but have been tossing it up between these:
GPU:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-NVIDIA-GTX660-PCI-E-Gr...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/HIS-Radeon-7850-IceQ-PCI-Expres...
MoBo:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z77-V-LK-Motherboard-Int...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8H77-V-Motherboard-Suppor...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-Z77-Motherboard-Socket-I...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/AsRock-Z77-Motherboard-Socket-C...

Can anybody cite any incompatibilities or silly purchases? - Focusing on the GPU and MoBO in particular?

Kind regards, Paul
a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2012 6:01:12 AM

Since you are looking at possible SLI in the future you do not want any of those motherboards. The H77 board will not overclock so that one is out. The others all claim to support SLI or crossfire but do not truly do so... the second PCI-E slot runs at x4.

Look for ASROCK Extreme 3 or 4 rather than the Pro.

OCZ MXSP700 did not get good reviews. It is too much power for the platform. The lower rated PSUs in the series were all OK.
7850s use less power and only need one PCI-E power connection, so you can easily use a good 650W.
December 27, 2012 8:37:38 PM

Noted,

Overclocking is a definite capability I'm after, although SLI/CrossfireX I can do without. What would you recommend me considering £80-100 budget and Overclocking capabilites?

Without SLI/CrossfireX support, can 2 graphics cards still be attached to the MoBo or is it pointless?

I hear it's advisable for graphics cards to slot in 16x pci-e slots, is there other components that would require this slot over a graphics card?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Like you suggested, this seems to do the trick. SLI/XF as a bonus. The guy mentions in the review there's no USB3.0 header, what exactly is this?

Are there any other boards that stick out at this price?

Sorry about the barrage of questions, i've been thrown in at the deep end with this and it's a alot of money to bugger up.

Kind regards, Paul
a c 287 4 Gaming
December 28, 2012 6:47:02 AM

Proximon said:
The linked board is for AMD CPUs, and will not work.

A USB 3.0 header is for the motherboard connection to the front USB 3.0 ports. This is a desirable feature.

I think your best available board is the Extreme4
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155...

Maybe trim a bit off the case?
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/antec-case-threehundred...


Having a USB 3.0 header doesn't really make that much of a difference.
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