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September 23, 2012 10:09:48 AM

Is this a waste of money compared to Pre-built Systems, and what would my bottleneck be for medium gaming?
£165.22 CPU Intel i5 3570K Quad 3.4Ghz
£38.37 CPU Cooler Thermalright HR-02 Macho
£51.55 Motherboard Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX
£41.89 RAM Patriot Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
£67.64 Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 3.5"
£90.18 Graphics Card XF Radeon HD 6850 1GB
£161.11 Case Lian-Li PC-U6B MicroATX Mid-Tower
£35.91 PSU Corsair Builder 430W ATX12
£9.50 Disk Drive Cheapest Money can buy
£29.22 SSD OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB SATA-300 2.5"
£690.59 Total

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September 23, 2012 11:52:50 AM

it's not bad

CPU is fine.
Great choice for CPU cooler.
Just be aware you can't overclock on the B75 and I think they're less feature rich than H/Z 77.
RAM seems a little expenisuive given that Corsair vengeance LP's can be had for about £35 and you can get crucial Ballistix for £27.
HDD is fine for a media storage HDD.
HD 6850 is a little anaemic these days.
Case is way too expensive to me, I'd pay about £100 max, but cases are personal things.
PSU is fine for your set up but may struggle if you upgrade.
Cheap DVDRW is the way forward.
A bit of a rubbish SSD.

Overall not bad, the main bottleneck will be the HD6850 in games as CPU and RAM will easily keep pace. I'll see if i can put something together for you as a suggestion.
September 23, 2012 12:08:32 PM

From aria.co.uk
Intel Core i5-3450 3.10GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail #49752
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply #45457
GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V Intel B75 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard #51972
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl Midi Tower Soundproof Case #51254
MSI Power Edition Radeon HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card + 1 FREE Game!

From dabs.com
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin £26.98
Western Digital 2TB Green SATA-600 64MB 3.5" £77.98
Sandisk 128GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive £64.99
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive £11.98

Total Price £695.40

I've stepped down the CPU and case and changed them for a better GPU and SSD.
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September 23, 2012 1:00:09 PM

Prebuilt PC's are a waste compared to ANY custom built PC.

But this PC isnt really that good for the money.You can do much better.You also dont sound like an overclocker to me so you don't really need the K series CPU.

There was just so much i could do to make the PC you listed better so i just made you a new one.

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 B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£59.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek MIDGARD II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ 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)
Total: £682.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 13:59 BST+0100)

Its much, MUCH better.It will run every game at its maximum settings or some close to that.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 23, 2012 2:18:08 PM

According to Lian Li's website the PC-U6B can fit heatsinks up to 140mm tall, although I believe the Vortez.net review states that heatsinks up to 150mm tall will fit.
The HR-02 Macho is 160mm tall, so it won't fit in the U6B with the side panel on.

I think it's fine to get an expensive case, but it does seem a bit strange when most of the other parts in the build are budget parts.
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