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Budget system with view to upgrade £400-£450

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September 23, 2012 10:27:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: few weeks

Budget Range: approx £400 - £450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (htpc, gaming, photoshop, video editing)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any in UK, ebuyer/scan/ccl/misco/novatech etc etc

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Glasgow, Scotland UK

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe in future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (for now will mostly be running xmbc for HTPC use so will utilize the HD4000, looking to add GPU before end of the year for med-high gaming and HD video encoding)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: made the mistake of selling old gaming rig and moving to Laptop. That was a good few years ago. Now that the laptop has seen better days its time for something new.


Parts list so far (I already have a 1TB HDD I can use)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£37.07 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£67.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £447.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 23:22 BST+0100)
September 24, 2012 10:11:55 AM

Would this build be better suited with the i3 - 3225 and discrete card ? not sure if the 3570k is overkill or not.
September 24, 2012 10:23:45 AM

With your current build, an i3-2120 would probably be the best for budget; but since you'll be upgrading to mid-high end gaming later this year, the i5 should be a good investment for futureproofing.
Also, get this motherboard instead: ASRock Z77 Extreme3
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September 24, 2012 12:12:29 PM

thought I could utilize the i3 3225's HD4000 for the time being. Having serious consideration changing to this build below (i prob don't need to overclock so changed to the H77). Could use the saving to do a few repairs on the laptop too. (need new battery,casing and keyboard)

So would this perform ok with games for now. I will drop a GPU in later ?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£108.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.11 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£42.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£37.07 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£67.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £367.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 13:11 BST+0100)
September 25, 2012 4:14:29 AM

Looks great! Everything should be fine.
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