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First Build - Decent Gaming/All-Round PC - £1000-£1200

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October 20, 2012 2:29:07 PM

Hi!

My friend and I have both decided to build PCs, using the same parts for each. We're trying to build as good a PC as we can for about £1000 - £1200. In terms of what each of us will be doing with it - we'll probably be using it mainly for gaming, and then other than that, playing videos and maybe some graphics work.

I've done a fair amount of research, and have come up with the below build. Can anyone comment? It'll probably turn out that my research is terrible and it's a horrible PC haha, but any feedback is appreciated! We've already picked up the processor as it was on sale on Amazon for £150 - so that's non negotiable, but everything else can be changed if there are better options.

We're both completely new to building PCs, but are looking at it as a learning experience. In particular, I don't really know much about power supplies, memory, and cases so any general comments on what we should look for in relation to them would be great. I want to make sure all the parts will fit in the case without much hassle haha.

Cheers :) 

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Approximate Purchase Date:: We're aiming for mid-November/end of November to complete the build, but will be buying parts from now until then.

Budget Range: £1000 ideally. If something can /really/ be made better for a small amount above that, we'll consider that.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching HD video, music, internet browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: Not required at the moment, although will probably upgrade eventually, so any suggestions would be ace.

Parts to Upgrade: New system build, so everything! :) 

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: We'll consider anything in the UK. Ideally somewhere like Amazon, Scan, Overclockers or Ebuyer. Retail stores are an option too.

Location: Merseyside, England.

Parts Preferences: As noted earlier, the Core i5-3570k is non-negotiable. We've already bought that. We're also liking the look of the HIS HD 7950 IceQ BOOST (free Sleeping Dogs, at the moment, what's not to like? :D ), but if there are better options within that price range, we'll easily scrap it.

We also want an SSD drive to throw the operating system on etc.

Overclocking: We're both new to PC builds and have never overclocked before. That said, we'd be happy to try it - it's all a learning experience.

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, but might be an option in the future to upgrade.

Your Monitor Resolution: No particular preference, but 1920 x 1080 gaming would be nice.

Additional Comments: Given that we might try overclocking in the future, a cool PC would be nice. We don't want to shell out for water cooling however. Quietness would also be a plus.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: We're both currently playing on laptops, we've got a bit of extra money, and so an upgrade would be great!

The Build I've Come Up With

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.61 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£98.92 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£249.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.49 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£15.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£31.66 @ Amazon UK)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse (£9.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £984.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 2:47:28 PM

Better PSU, cheaper and probably quieter than the TX750M:
Antec TruePower New TP-750 (£70 @ Scan)
http://skinflint.co.uk/407704

Watch out though, the price might shoot back up.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 2:53:51 PM

Think the quality is probably going to be the same, it should have PWM control though I think so yeah it might be a bit quieter. Nice find.
October 20, 2012 5:16:52 PM

Ah, that's fantastic, thanks guys!

Works out well too - the £20 I'll be saving on the PSU can go towards the SSD that's £20 more :D  Winner.

Any thoughts on the case? Should the one I've picked be sufficient? I've heard the Hyper 212 EVO is fairly big?

Cheers.

a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2012 5:29:24 PM

It's really not that big compared to that case, it's easily going to fit.
October 28, 2013 10:32:05 PM

Why not haswell build?
a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2013 3:37:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Be Quiet Shadow Rock Pro SR1 113.6 CFM CPU Cooler (£34.93 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£92.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£65.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£72.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£225.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 CA-PH530-B1 Black ATX Full Tower Case (£100.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£99.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£44.89 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse (£8.11 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £869.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-29 10:37 GMT+0000)


r9 280x waaaay better
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