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£1.100 fresh build, birthday present for my brother!

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August 26, 2012 8:17:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: I want to find a good choice within a week.

Budget Range: £1.100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Newest games at highest settings (1920x1080), Movies.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Fresh build.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I’m UK resident so I have to find something from UK suppliers. All I know of is http://www.overclockers.co.uk, http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk, http://www.amazon.co.uk

Location: London

Parts Preferences: I think is a good choice to make Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz and GeForce GTX 670 as essentials

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Latter when system will be getting old

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to buy a good quality display about 23” or 24”.

Why Are You Upgrading: I’m rigging this computer for my brother as birthday present

Thank you everyone, my brother will be proud of you :) 
August 26, 2012 8:20:31 PM

I'm totally confused about other parts. I'm quite sure about CPU and GPU
August 26, 2012 9:06:05 PM

Here ya go...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£115.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.51 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.84 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£321.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Asus ML239H 23.0" Monitor (£156.73 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1075.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 22:10 BST+0100)

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!
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August 26, 2012 9:08:28 PM

Would that PSU be available to give power to two 670 ?

Thank you very much Deus ! :) 
August 26, 2012 9:12:48 PM

At 1080p, 2x 670's are overkill and superfluous.
August 26, 2012 9:15:52 PM

Yep, one GTX 670 is enough to play games at max at 1080p.
August 26, 2012 9:22:29 PM

You could add a 670 later on, but generally speaking, it never works out. By the time one 670 isn't enough, the model you were looking at is discontinued, out of stock, or hard to get. You'd be due for a GPU upgrade anyway, so SLI and CFX are things you do on day 1 or you add the card a month or two later.
August 26, 2012 9:23:46 PM

This build allows you to add a second card later on for a dual card set up.


http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-300... £62.98
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-750-watt-core-edition-... £74.98
XFX 750 Watt Core Edition Full Wired Power Supply

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-p8z77-v-lk-s1155-inte... £99.99
Asus P8Z77-V LK S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3470-s1155-3... £149.98
Intel Core i5-3470 S1155 3.2GHz 6MB

http://www.dabs.com/products/crucial-8gb--2-x-4gb--ball... £35.98
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin

http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-dvd-rw-sata-black... £11.98
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata... £64.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-128gb-ssd-sata-6gb... £71.98
Sandisk 128GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/tp-link-450mbps-wireless-n... £28.48
TP LINK 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter

Total: £601.36 inc. vat


http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-660-t... £259.99
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 1032MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI OC

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-geforce-gtx-670-1019mh... £319.99
MSI GeForce GTX 670 1019MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI OC

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-ra... £229.99
Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7870 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-7950-h... £279.99
Gigabyte ATI Radeon 7950 HD 800MHz 3GB PCI-E HDMI Windforce 3X OC


http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-vs228h-21-5-led-vga-d... £124.42
Asus VS228H 21.5"LED VGA/DVI/HDMi 5ms Full HD 1920 x 1080


http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-p... £72.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English


http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <------ another look at that motherboard along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS228H/ <----- another look at that Asus monitor
August 26, 2012 9:28:26 PM

I will put some work analysing and choosing a good computer guys. I only wonder for how many years (roughly) this computer would decent? I don't really get how fast everything goes :) 
August 26, 2012 9:29:16 PM

ArtificialSquare said:
And maybe I should consider getting bigger display? Or add another monitor latter? Will my brother be available to enjoy games at their highest with this resolution?

Thank you again!


At 1920x1080, you shouldn't have any problem playing on max settings at 60fps with my build. :) 
August 26, 2012 9:30:17 PM

And maybe I should consider getting bigger display? Or add another monitor latter? Will my brother be available to enjoy games at their highest with this resolution?

Thank you again!
August 26, 2012 9:36:59 PM

I'd say four years is how long it will last, but if you upgrade the CPU and GPU at that point, it will last for a long time.
August 26, 2012 9:42:34 PM

Is motherboard ready for i7 upgrade? I also remembered that he needs wireless connection. Also, this question might be a bit wide but, I have some knowledge in other parts, but motherboard is complete maze for me :)  How to choose a motherboard? Maybe you can direct me somewhere to get the ropes?
August 26, 2012 9:43:49 PM

A motherboard has to be compatible with the socket. All you need to do is make sure the motherboard has all the features you need and none you don't.
August 26, 2012 9:45:25 PM

What would he need an i7 for? The mobo is compatible with the i7, but for gaming, the i7 is just as good as the i5. Only get the i7 for video editing, Photoshop, etc. Just get DeusAres's/Why_Me's build and you should have no trouble.
August 26, 2012 10:07:33 PM

I know its a shocker, a good deal from pc world. But they currently have a 10% off code on graphics cards. CARDS10 at the checkout or something like that.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/evga-geforce-gtx-670-pci-... this EVGA 670 should be down to £279 after that. There's prob others to look at too.


August 26, 2012 10:23:14 PM

ArtificialSquare said:
I will put some work analysing and choosing a good computer guys. I only wonder for how many years (roughly) this computer would decent? I don't really get how fast everything goes :) 

See that build I posted up above ? Add one of those cards linked in my post and call it good. That MSI GTX 670 for 320 quid will give you the most FPS but any of those other cards posted on there are decent. Google some reviews. That build allows you to add another one of those cards later on for a dual card set up.
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