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Best sub 1k£ gaming rig ? spec check!

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October 29, 2012 9:59:47 AM

HI fellow HW enthusiasts,

I am planning to get this new gaming config from OCUK and would like to hear your thoughts about it :

Approximate Purchase Date: october 2012

Budget Range: 1000£ / 1200€

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, home office

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: overclockersUK (being in Ireland, we don't have Newegg :s)

Location: Dublin, ROI

Parts Preferences: I love brands that target enthusiasts and bring what seems to me to be good products to the market : Corsair, Asus, OCZ, Crucial, Logitech, Steelseries for instance...

Overclocking: not at the moment as the CPU is not likely to be the bottleneck, rather the GPU :) , but I'm not a millionaire !

SLI or Crossfire: not at the moment, should have enough horsepower to play in 1920x with some good level of detail

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1600 ( I think)

Additional Comments: the aim is to have a couple of years without needing to upgrade (3-4 y) and then maybe just the GPU or the DDR but not stuff like the mobo and CPU...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old Dell XPS 720 is having a rough time on recent games like BF3 or raids in WOW

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links


- Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card w/ FARCRY3, Nexuiz & Sleeping Dogs PC Games £174.99
- Crucial RealSSD M4 256GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive (CT256M4SSD2) £137.49
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - OEM £134.99
- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 850W V2 High Performance '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply (CMPSU-850TXV2UK) £88.32
- Asus P8Z77-M Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £74.99
- Corsair Carbide 400R Midi Tower Case - Black £70.82
- Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (Socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775/AM2/AM3) (CWCH60) £49.00
- Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-16000C9 2000MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A2000C9) £41.66
- Samsung SH-S222BB/RSMS 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black/Silver/Biege) - Retail £16.66
Sub Total : £788.92
DPD Two Day Parcel - Eire & Scottish Islands Shipping : £11.25
Total: £968.21

What do you think ?

Any comment or suggestions is more than welcome !

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October 29, 2012 10:07:20 AM

*didnt see that this mobo is a small factor one, i will go for that one instead :
-Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
October 29, 2012 10:49:30 AM

after a few advices from some friends :) , here's the final thoughts :
- HIS HD 7950 IceQ 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (H795Q3G2M) with FREE FARCRY3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs & 20% off MOH Warfighter PC Games £229.89
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - OEM £163.34
- Samsung 256GB SSD 830 Notebook/Apple Series SATA 6Gb/s KIT with Norton Ghost - (MZ-7PC256N/EU) £145.19
- Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £109.89
- XFX 850W XXX Edition Modular '80 Plus Silver' Power Supply £95.78
- Corsair Carbide 400R Midi Tower Case - Black £85.69
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler (Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775 and AMD FM1/AM3/AM2+/AM2) £29.23
- Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) £26.21
-Samsung SH-S222BB/RSMS 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black/Silver/Biege) - Retail £20.16
Sub Total : £748.25
Shipping : £11.25
VAT is being charged at 21.00% VAT : £159.50
Total : £918.99
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2012 10:49:43 AM

Why go for a microATX board? Your casing and budget can support a full ATX.
Drop the H60. Decent air coolers pretty much match its performance.
XMS3 isn't that great either.
The Samsung 830 is a faster and more efficient SSD.
850w for your setup is overkill. 750w is still overkill but it should be fine and gives a lot of headroom.

Here's a bit of a revision.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£149.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£209.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £952.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I can't seem to find that Sapphire you linked.
October 29, 2012 11:14:22 AM

actually will take the retail CPu for in case i need to sell it in the future...
a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2012 1:01:52 PM

The Kingston RAM is bad.
Runs @ 1.65v, which will void your Intel CPU's warranty.

Get one from Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill.
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