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August 2, 2012 1:43:45 PM

It so so hard for me to decide on parts lol :p , I thought I would ask properly this time instead of a random post.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around the 2nd week of September


Budget Range: £900


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Homework for Uni, C++ oh and did I say gaming :p 


Are you buying a monitor: Yes but this is NOT part of this budget will get it the next again month


Parts to Upgrade: I want all new parts


Do you need to buy OS: Nope got it for free from college


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only UK websites, I mostly use Amazon as I know its reliable but I am open to others If it means better stuff for lower price.


Location: City, State/Region, Country - Scotland, Not really near any decent shops other than PC word if you call that decent :) 


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU ( was looking the i5 3570k seems to be my fav), Nvidia Graphics ( I just don't like AMD for some reason)


Overclocking: Maybe, But I don't really want to void my warranty


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe but I highly doubt it since I mainly play WoW


Your Monitor Resolution: Preferred 1920 * 1080 or 1920 * 1200


Additional Comments: I like cases with LED :) 
The main games I want to play WoW, DayZ, Skyrim and maybe BF3 but mainly MMO's


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My PC is really bad, I mean REALLY it doesn't even have dual core :)  and its PSU is a hamster :) 


P.S any nice gaming mice and keyboards would be nice recommendation, again though NOT part of the budget that will be next month






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August 2, 2012 2:17:57 PM

oh and depending on where u getting the bits from i would go with a hyper 212 evo for the cooler ebuyer aint got any at mo so just stuck in the freezer 13 cooler. hope this helps.

as for keyboards the sidewinder keyboard is good think its just down to your self really? gane do a wow gaming keyboard if thats ur thing means extra hotkeys...

as for a mouse the razer mumba is nice but unless u got extra £100 i wouldnt bother just down to your self and style really
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August 2, 2012 2:19:46 PM

homerhellboy223 said:
I'd start by finding a cpu that you want. You say your interested in an i5 3570k. That seems very definite so start there. Then find your MB based on your planned usage. Are you going to want to overlclock? Are you planning on running crossfire/SlI? Consider this for ram too.

I realize that newegg.com does not ship to the UK but you can still use them as a resource. I would recommend looking up your cpu and considering there recommendations. Read their reviews and use several sources. Be prepared for the worst rated comments to happen to you and consider how you would handle that. Also, I would highly recommend and SSDboot/HDD storage solution. There are lots of SSD deals out there now.

For your power supply I would recommend this resource: http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...

The case is up to you, I would just consider cooling solutions as your main priority.



he from scotland uk mate newegg out the reign
August 2, 2012 2:36:59 PM

Just for fun knocked this up from overclockers.co.uk, who seem to reliably deliver next day if the parts are marked "in stock".

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - OEM - £179.99
Xigmatek Loki SD963 CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1) - £14.99
Asus P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard - £88.99
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD - (SDSSDX-120G-G25) - £79.99
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB SATA 6GB/s 32MB Cache - OEM (0F13180) - £79.99
BeQuiet Pure Power L7 530W '80 Plus' Power Supply - £50.99
Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PXD38G1600LLK) - £39.95
Xigmatek Asgard II Windowed Midi Tower Case - Black/Silver - £36.98
Sony Optiarc AD-5280S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM - £14.99
OcUK GeForce GTX 670 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £299.99
Delivery (next day) - £11.75
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Total: £900.95 inc VAT

Would definitely overclock it though, unless you are happy to trust to the 3.8 turbo.

Power supply is just a quick guess, homerhellboy223's recommended calculator looks very useful (thanks!).

SSD boot drive, plus 1Tb storage and GTX670 should nail games. Good luck with build, whatever you choose.
a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 2:40:14 PM

Hi.I built a PC for you from a website called overclockers.co.uk

Here it is

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K - 180£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - 126£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

SSD - Intel 330 60GB - 54£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Graphics Card - Gainward GTX 580 Phantom - 240£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Power Supply - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - 75£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Memory - Patriot Viper 3 "Black Mamba" 2133MHz CL11 1.5V - 48£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

CPU Cooler - Prolimatech Megahalems - 45£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Case - Bitfenix Shinobi - 50£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - 68£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Optical Drive - Sony AD-5280S - 15£
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...

The price of this build is actually 1 pound above your budget but i think you can still afford it ;) .
It's really an awesome PC which will run every game at very high settings.

EDIT: and i also included a SSD which will drasticly reduce loading times and sometimes even prevent lag in crowded cities/raids in WoW
August 2, 2012 3:16:11 PM

Thanks for the replys, While I was waiting I knocked up something myself though someone could maybe have a look and tell me what they think.

CPU – Intel Core I5 3570K 3.4Ghz Quad Core Ivybridge CPU Processor - BX80637I53570K - Socket 1155 OC @ 4.4Ghz

CPU Cooler – Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 High Performance CPU Cooler

Mobo – Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX HDMI Motherboard - Socket 1155

RAM – 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600MHz RAM Memory

All come in a bundle –costs £339.95
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i5-3570k-4-4GHz-Overclock...

GPU – Get the Gtx 660Ti 2Gb

HDD – Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB
This Costs - £61.50
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-ST31000524AS-Barracuda-...

SSD – Samsung 128GB 830 SSD SATA 6GBPS 2.5 inch Desktop Basic Kit
This Costs - £77.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-128GB-6GBPS-Desktop-Bas...

PSU – Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply
This costs - £53.95
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-600CXV2UK-Builder...

DvD – LG GH24NS90
This costs - £13.47
http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-GH24NS90-AUAA50B-SATA-Intern...

Sound Card – Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card
This costs - £24.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Xonar-5-1-Sound-Card/dp/B0...

NIC – TP Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter
This costs - £15.00
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TL-WN881ND-300Mbps-Wireless-Exp...

Case – Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Case
This costs – £77.81
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Towe...


This all comes to around
£918

August 2, 2012 5:51:55 PM

Looks pretty good, the arctic freezer 13 isn't fantastic but is better than stock.

I'd suggest dropping the sound card as it doesn't offer anything extra over the motherboard, low end sound cards are pretty much redundant as modern motherboards come with good sound chips already.

If you don't plan to SLI 550W will be more than enough:
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-...

It's cheaper and also a better PSU design so abit more reliable than corairs
a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 12:53:27 AM

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-300... £63.99
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-300-three-hundred-tw... £56.98
Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Tower Case - with USB 3.0

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-... £49.99
XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-b75-d3v-s1155-int... £59.98
Gigabyte B75-D3V S1155 Intel B75 DDR3 ATX

http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3450-s1155-3... £146.98
Intel Core i5-3450 S1155 3.1GHz 6MB

http://www.dabs.com/products/g-skill-8gb--2-x-4gb--ripj... £39.99
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws-X DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CL9

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/category/components-and-storage,gra... <----- GTX 670 2GB. Find one to your liking.

http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-120gb-extreme-sata... £78.99
Sandisk 120GB Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-240gb-extreme-sata... £153.99
Sandisk 240GB Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

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