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£850 pc build with 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K 4-Core Ivy Bridge CPU

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October 14, 2012 1:14:48 PM


this is my current build

1 x 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
1 x 24x DVD-RW Optical Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Graphics Card
Standard Manufacturer Heatsink Fan
Xigmatek 600W PSU
Cooler Master Elite 430 Case
8GB Hyper 1333MHz RAM
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Motherboard
3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K 4-Core Ivy Bridge CPU

are there any worthwhile upgrades for this setup up that remain in my price range?.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: £850 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: enthusiastic editing. enthusiastic gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: concerned about pricing for cpu model 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K 4-Core Ivy Bridge CPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: not concerned

Location: london england

Parts Preferences: prefer intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: any help by criticising the setups price to performance ratio would be helpful

hope you can give me some advice :kaola: 
October 14, 2012 1:34:01 PM

Given that you're only gaming at 1680x1050 this build is a bit overkill, but hey more power is good.

All from aria.co.uk:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail #49755
Fractal Design Core 3000 Black Midi Tower Case #45752
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) #45511
500W Corsair Builder Series 500CX 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply #52661
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050] #38272
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive #44258
SONY Optical 24x DVD Writer, AD-5280S-0B, SATA, Black, OEM #46574
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive #45894
ASUS DirectCU TOP GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card Graphics Card #51942
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) ATX Motherboard #49019

While you have said you won't overclock I left the option to do so in there with a Z77 board, and as the 3570K was so cheap compared to the 3450 it was silly not going for that.

Total price is £859.36 but you could cut costs on HDD and SSD, i.e. just go for a 1TB 7200rpm drive or get a B75 board with an i5 3450.
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