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November 11, 2012 5:23:08 PM

Hey, guys

In a month or so I am planing on building a new gaming Pc and I thought it would be a good idea to ask for your advice. My budget is max £800. I am planning on overclocking.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

P.S. I apologise for my poor english, it is not my native language

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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 5:29:13 PM

Two important questions. Are you buying in UK? What does your budget need to include, just PC itself, or peripherals, like monitor, keyboard/mouse, operating system?
November 11, 2012 5:29:23 PM

Here are two solid builds for your price point.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£65.30 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £852.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:28 GMT+0000)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£65.30 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £833.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:29 GMT+0000)

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November 11, 2012 5:33:23 PM

What about RAM?
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 5:36:45 PM

Will the monitor, operating system, keyboard and mouse be included in the budget? Or do you have other plans? Do you need all the parts? Also, what kind of games do you plan on playing with this rig? Also, would you be willing to sacrifice the SSD in order to get a better GPU? SSDs merely cut down load times; they do not affect frame rates. I would personally suggest that you wait and get a SSD later. A conventional 7200 rpm HDD will get the job done. Depending on the games you plan on playing, this sacrifice may not be needed as the HD 7870 is a strong card in its own right.

Here's a base build. Once you answer the above questions, we can expand on this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£77.10 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£191.95 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £780.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:36 GMT+0000)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
November 11, 2012 5:38:09 PM

malbluff said:
Two important questions. Are you buying in UK? What does your budget need to include, just PC itself, or peripherals, like monitor, keyboard/mouse, operating system?

I do not need any of the peripherals and I do need an OS. Sorry I should of included that in my orginal post.
November 11, 2012 5:42:29 PM

DeusAres said:
Will the monitor, operating system, keyboard and mouse be included in the budget? Or do you have other plans? Do you need all the parts? Also, what kind of games do you plan on playing with this rig?

Here's a base build. Once you answer the above questions, we can expand on this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£77.10 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£191.95 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £780.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:36 GMT+0000)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!

I do need all the parts. I will be playing games like BF3, LoL, XCOM, CS:GO. I will be using it just for gaming.
November 11, 2012 5:42:53 PM

DeusAres said:
Will the monitor, operating system, keyboard and mouse be included in the budget? Or do you have other plans? Do you need all the parts? Also, what kind of games do you plan on playing with this rig?

Here's a base build. Once you answer the above questions, we can expand on this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£77.10 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£191.95 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £780.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:36 GMT+0000)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!

I do need all the parts. I will be playing games like BF3, LoL, XCOM, CS:GO. I will be using it just for gaming.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 5:51:56 PM

Ok, in that case, I recommend you drop the SSD for now. This way, you can afford to get the OS without sacrificing GPU performance. The HD 7870 will be able to comfortably handle those games you listed on Ultra settings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£191.95 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £787.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:52 GMT+0000)
November 11, 2012 5:57:57 PM

DeusAres said:
Ok, in that case, I recommend you drop the SSD for now. This way, you can afford to get the OS without sacrificing GPU performance. The HD 7870 will be able to comfortably handle those games you listed on Ultra settings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£191.95 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £787.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:52 GMT+0000)


For pure gaming, 2 7950's crossfired or a single 7970 GHz edition like the ones I listed would better suit him for stuff like BF3. He never said he needed an operating system, so I think a 79xx would be a solid choice, especially considering how much this guy has to spend.

He could still do reasonably better in that price range, if he wasn't going to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£227.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £849.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:05 GMT+0000)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £755.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:06 GMT+0000)
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 5:58:17 PM

If you don't plan on overclocking, here's an extremely powerful build that is well worth the couple extra euros.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£72.41 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£299.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £809.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:57 GMT+0000)
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:01:35 PM

sonicers said:
For pure gaming, 2 7950's crossfired or a single 7970 GHz edition like the ones I listed would better suit him for stuff like BF3. He never said he needed an operating system, so I think a 79xx would be a solid choice, especially considering how much this guy has to spend.


Quote:
I do not need any of the peripherals and I do need an OS. Sorry I should of included that in my orginal post.


Also, you're builds are putting him over budget. People give us budgets for a reason; they are not meant to be surpassed. I typically do not recommend builds that exceed the budget by 10 dollars/pounds.

The i7 3770k also isn't needed for gaming. There will be absolutely no performance benefit in games. An i5 paired with a beefy GPU will be more than enough.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:04:11 PM

sonicers said:
For pure gaming, 2 7950's crossfired or a single 7970 GHz edition like the ones I listed would better suit him for stuff like BF3. He never said he needed an operating system, so I think a 79xx would be a solid choice, especially considering how much this guy has to spend.

He said he DOES need OS.
November 11, 2012 6:06:02 PM

My bad guys, I included the OS above, no need to gangbang me, lmfao.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:10:31 PM

sonicers said:
My bad guys, I included the OS above, no need to gangbang me, lmfao.


It's all good. I'm only defending my posts and attempting to provide good reasoning. Not trying to offend anyone. :D 
November 11, 2012 6:11:58 PM

DeusAres said:
It's all good. I'm only defending my posts and attempting to provide good reasoning. Not trying to offend anyone. :D 


Wasn't trying to shoot down your posts, sorry if it seems like I did, just trying to help out here, lol. Just like everyone else :lol: 
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:16:08 PM

sonicers said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £755.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:06 GMT+0000)


Now that's a fairly good looking build. :)  I +1 this. Just don't forget he needs memory. Some 8gb DDR3 at 1600MHz will get the job done. Make sure the CAS timings are at 9 or lower. Also, make sure you select a reputable brand. The stuff I put in the build I created above would work great.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:18:56 PM

It is POSSIBLE to get overclocking and HD7950 in, with a little juggling.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.91 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £796.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:15 GMT+0000)
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:25:32 PM

malbluff said:
It is POSSIBLE to get overclocking and HD7950 in, with a little juggling.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.91 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £796.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:15 GMT+0000)


Nice build. Here's a similar one. Switched out the case for something with a little more pep. This one has front panel USB 3.0 ports. Also, you don't need a 620 watt PSU. The OP can save some money by getting the XFX 550 watt PSU. Just a thought...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £793.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:26 GMT+0000)

Hopefully all these posts aren't overwhelming the OP. JakeCam, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. We will try our best to help you.
November 11, 2012 6:26:05 PM

malbluff said:
It is POSSIBLE to get overclocking and HD7950 in, with a little juggling.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.91 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £796.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:15 GMT+0000)


Yeah, he could settle with a 7950. Or he could go with a 7970 GHz edition XD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.13 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£340.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £803.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:25 GMT+0000)
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 7:23:25 PM

I wonder sometimes if the Extreme 4 isn't a bit "budget-ish", but the G41 makes it feel positively "de-luxe". I would prefer to see budget stretch a bit, to squeeze in a HD7970, rather than drop down that much in mobo, just to save money.
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November 11, 2012 7:32:58 PM

It's not the best Z77, but it could do. There isn't a huge difference, and I agree, the Asrock is a better motherboard. I was trying to stay true to the budget, but if he has the extra money on hand, it is the more solid choice.
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