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July 5, 2012 12:29:40 AM

Hi, I'm hoping to build a aming rig this summer. I have 2000 pounds to spend and was wondering if you guys could find a decent rig in this budget. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: £2000 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing, working, watching videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK ones please :D 

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: intel CPU nvidia GPU and razer mouse

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - I would prefer multi monitors 2/3 but it might not fit in budget.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would prefer to be : very quiet, multi monitor, good graphics... Uh... Ye...
Good luck and cheers :D 

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July 5, 2012 12:41:03 AM

Would you rather 2/3 smaller monitors or one larger monitor (for example a 1440p 27")?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 2:27:50 AM

ok can you please give me a exchange rate
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 2:27:58 AM

to us dollars
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 3:00:23 AM
July 5, 2012 5:26:54 AM

Hi Marakh,

I understand that £2000 is a lot of money to spend. I can suggest 3 configurations for you.

|| Primary components ||

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, Intel Z77 Express, ATX, PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0) | £168.92
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-SABERTOOTH-Motherboard-Cro...

Intel Core i7-3770K (Quad core, 3.50GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8MB L3) | £256.61
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i7-3770K-3-50G...

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance | £40.78
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...

Palit GeForce GTX 680 (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) | £405.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Jetstream-Graphic...

Palit GeForce GTX 670 (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) | £290.97 x 2 | £581.94
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Graphics-Architec...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1 | £81.03
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

|| Secondary Components ||

All the below parts can be reused/retained for future build/upgrade, hence suggesting reliable/durable ones (some could be expensive).

I/O Peripherals:

ASUS VE247H 24-inch LED Widescreen 1080p 2ms HDMI/DVI/VGA | £141.80
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VE247H-Widescreen-Response-Inte...

ASUS VE278Q 27 inch LED Widescreen 1080p 2ms HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort | £212.70
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VE278Q-Widescreen-Display-Respo...

Razer Naga 5600DPI Gaming Mouse | £50.90
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Naga-5600DPI-Gaming-Mouse...

Drives:

Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB | £77.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-2-5inch-Notebook-Access...

Seagate 3.5 inch 3TB Barracuda Desktop Hard Drive | £119.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-inch-Barracuda-Desktop-...

Pioneer 12x Internal BD-RW Burner | £60.04
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pioneer-BDR-207DBK-Internal-BD-...

Case, PSU and Cooling:

NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Big Tower Chassis - Black | £103.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-Phantom-USB-Tower-Chassis/...

Corsair TX750 V2 750W Power Supply | £83.19
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusi...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler | £29.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C...

Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermo Paste Syringe | £5.15
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Silver-Artic-Thermo-Syri...

Xigmatek 120mm Blue LED Fan | £6.94 | Additional fan for front of the case
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xigmatek-XLF-F1256-120mm-LED-Fa...

Cooler Master 200 Blue LED Fan | £11.62 | Additional fan for top of the case, one more can be added to the side
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Megaflow-200-Blue...

Cable Tie Pack | £3.24
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-56228-200-Piece-Nylon-Ca...

|| Total (including shipping and VAT) ||

Low configuration = £1533.14
Highlights: 1x GTX 670, 24-inch monitor
Remarks: You could add a second 670 when prices do down a bit. In case you do not want to invest those 2 grand all at once, then you could try out this configuration and understand if you need an additional 670 and 2 more monitors depending on the games you play.

Medium configuration = £1719.35
Highlights: 1x GTX 680, 27-inch monitor
Remarks: Obviously powerful than the previous configuration. Go for the 27-inch monitor if you have space in your room to sit back. 27-inch is quite big for you to you to be seated closer to the monitor. 4-5 feet should be optimum.

High configuration = £2107.41
Highlights: 2x GTX 670, 3x 24-inch monitor
Remarks: Do not go for dual displays for gaming. 1 or 3 is the best. This could serve you for a really long time.

General remarks/suggestions: 1) You can consider SSD as optional if speed doesn't matter to you in general use (movies/browsing). 2) Some people would point out that 750W is too much for a single GPU (or even a SLI) setup. In my (educated) opinion, a PSU provides output at max. rated efficiency at around 50-75% load (it also runs cool and quiet within this range). If we target to place the estimated system load within this range, it will add to the PSU's longevity as well as feel lighter on your pocket (savings on power bills in a long run). The PSU is a 80-plus bronze and I estimate the low, medium and high configuration stated here would draw around 350W, 420W and 550W respectively.

You can decide which components you want to select/change/ignore. Anyway, I wish you good luck!

Cheers! :) 

Edit: Updated the price of thermal paste - missed the shipping charges. ;) 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 5:35:34 AM

damn dude :p  yours blew my response out of the damn water :)  nice job on that
July 5, 2012 6:34:28 AM



Thanks a lot for the build, but you got the exchange the wrong way round :D . Sorry for not telling you (I posted the thread at 1:30 in the morning here and then went to bed :s).
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:36:29 AM

lol ok... well wait then what was the real exchange sorry im lost :p 
July 5, 2012 6:37:43 AM

PanicMaster85,

1 British pound = 1.5589 U.S. dollars (thanks Google) :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:39:31 AM

oh really DAMN :p  i had a really good one that was 2000 real pounds well i will post it in the morning i gotta go to sleep its 2am here :) 
July 5, 2012 6:40:27 AM

You are looking at a person about to drop nearly 3100 USD on a build. Way to go! :) 
July 5, 2012 6:41:52 AM

dpp_sunny said:
Hi Marakh,

I understand that £2000 is a lot of money to spend. I can suggest 3 configurations for you.

|| Primary components ||

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, Intel Z77 Express, ATX, PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0) | £168.92
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-SABERTOOTH-Motherboard-Cro...

Intel Core i7-3770K (Quad core, 3.50GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8MB L3) | £256.61
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i7-3770K-3-50G...

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance | £40.78
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...

Palit GeForce GTX 680 (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) | £405.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Jetstream-Graphic...

Palit GeForce GTX 670 (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) | £290.97 x 2 | £581.94
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Graphics-Architec...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1 | £81.03
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

|| Secondary Components ||

All the below parts can be reused/retained for future build/upgrade, hence suggesting reliable/durable ones (some could be expensive).

I/O Peripherals:

ASUS VE247H 24-inch LED Widescreen 1080p 2ms HDMI/DVI/VGA | £141.80
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VE247H-Widescreen-Response-Inte...

ASUS VE278Q 27 inch LED Widescreen 1080p 2ms HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort | £212.70
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VE278Q-Widescreen-Display-Respo...

Razer Naga 5600DPI Gaming Mouse | £50.90
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Naga-5600DPI-Gaming-Mouse...

Drives:

Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB | £77.98
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-2-5inch-Notebook-Access...

Seagate 3.5 inch 3TB Barracuda Desktop Hard Drive | £119.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-inch-Barracuda-Desktop-...

Pioneer 12x Internal BD-RW Burner | £60.04
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pioneer-BDR-207DBK-Internal-BD-...

Case, PSU and Cooling:

NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Big Tower Chassis - Black | £103.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-Phantom-USB-Tower-Chassis/...

Corsair TX750 V2 750W Power Supply | £83.19
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusi...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler | £29.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C...

Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermo Paste Syringe | £5.15
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Silver-Artic-Thermo-Syri...

Xigmatek 120mm Blue LED Fan | £6.94 | Additional fan for front of the case
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xigmatek-XLF-F1256-120mm-LED-Fa...

Cooler Master 200 Blue LED Fan | £11.62 | Additional fan for top of the case, one more can be added to the side
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Megaflow-200-Blue...

Cable Tie Pack | £3.24
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-56228-200-Piece-Nylon-Ca...

|| Total (including shipping and VAT) ||

Low configuration = £1533.14
Highlights: 1x GTX 670, 24-inch monitor
Remarks: You could add a second 670 when prices do down a bit. In case you do not want to invest those 2 grand all at once, then you could try out this configuration and understand if you need an additional 670 and 2 more monitors depending on the games you play.

Medium configuration = £1719.35
Highlights: 1x GTX 680, 27-inch monitor
Remarks: Obviously powerful than the previous configuration. Go for the 27-inch monitor if you have space in your room to sit back. 27-inch is quite big for you to you to be seated closer to the monitor. 4-5 feet should be optimum.

High configuration = £2107.41
Highlights: 2x GTX 670, 3x 24-inch monitor
Remarks: Do not go for dual displays for gaming. 1 or 3 is the best. This could serve you for a really long time.

General remarks/suggestions: 1) You can consider SSD as optional if speed doesn't matter to you in general use (movies/browsing). 2) Some people would point out that 750W is too much for a single GPU (or even a SLI) setup. In my (educated) opinion, a PSU provides output at max. rated efficiency at around 50-75% load (it also runs cool and quiet within this range). If we target to place the estimated system load within this range, it will add to the PSU's longevity as well as feel lighter on your pocket (savings on power bills in a long run). The PSU is a 80-plus bronze and I estimate the low, medium and high configuration stated here would draw around 350W, 420W and 550W respectively.

You can decide which components you want to select/change/ignore. Anyway, I wish you good luck!

Cheers! :) 

Edit: Updated the price of thermal paste - missed the shipping charges. ;) 


My oh my. I've asked this question on a couple of US an UK forums and this is the most helpful reply I have had :D . The only thing is, on a UK forum a user told me for that a build that they had suggested 800W power wasn't enough, and that I should get something even higher... Anyway Thanks a lot!!!! I'm going to jus repost in on their forums just to see what they think of it too :D  Also I do intend on keeping this computer for a long time (I'm 16 now and want it to last at least into the first part of Uni... One again... thanks !!!
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:42:14 AM

hahaha don't worry ill get you a bitchen computer tommarow ill spend over an hour on the research but i promise you... you will have a fuucking super computer!!! :) 
July 5, 2012 6:48:03 AM

Have a good night sleep :D  (Im shattered, only slept for 6 hrs... someone woke me up....)
July 5, 2012 6:50:09 AM

marakh said:
My oh my. I've asked this question on a couple of US an UK forums and this is the most helpful reply I have had :D . The only thing is, on a UK forum a user told me for that a build that they had suggested 800W power wasn't enough, and that I should get something even higher... Anyway Thanks a lot!!!! I'm going to jus repost in on their forums just to see what they think of it too :D  Also I do intend on keeping this computer for a long time (I'm 16 now and want it to last at least into the first part of Uni... One again... thanks !!!

I understand what you mean. I do not want to influence your decision in any way. But I want to putforth my opinion. In most of the forums, people exaggerate the power draw so much. If you calculate how much power is "actually" drawn from the PSU, it would be way less than what is estimated. You could look at various benchmarks in which you can see that the total wattage of a high end SLI system (latest gen card) will not cross 650W. Moreover, this PSU is a very reliable one and made (by Seasonic, I suppose) to deliver more than 750W at peak. Anything more than this, you will not see returns for the money spent as increase in PSU wattage sees exponential increase in price. :)  At the end of the day, I just want to help a friend get a good rig with a satisfaction of money well spent and in the right place.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:50:38 AM

thank you... oh my dad came back from a business trip from britain and got me some toffy... all i have to say about that stuff is... *** YES :na: 
July 5, 2012 6:53:55 AM

PanicMaster85 said:
thank you... oh my dad came back from a business trip from britain and got me some toffy... all i have to say about that stuff is... *** YES :na: 

me drooling now! :D 
July 5, 2012 6:55:25 AM

toffee... Is it really right that sweets (candy) in Britain is so much sweeter than in America? It was implied in a Simpson's episode when they go to Britain... But yeah... toffee is goooooood
July 5, 2012 7:08:46 AM

Just out of curiosity, what games do you play? Some games favor the Geforce while others the Radeon.
July 5, 2012 7:14:47 AM

Arma II, BF3... But also some not graphic intensive Grand strategy games such as Victoria 2 and Crusader Kings 2 Also TF2... LA Noire etc
July 5, 2012 7:28:36 AM

You should go the Geforce way then. As you are planning to buy powerful components, make sure that you don't overlook the importance of a well ventilated case. You can choose a different one but make sure it is roomy with good air circulation. A good thing about the Phantom is that it comes with fan controllers and dust meshes for all the fans. Also it looks cool and "scarily alive"! ;) 
July 5, 2012 7:38:13 AM

I like the Phantom :D 
July 5, 2012 8:58:45 AM

blakphoenix said:
Would you rather 2/3 smaller monitors or one larger monitor (for example a 1440p 27")?

If i get 3, One large two small
If i get 2, Two large-ish
If i get 1, One big :D 
July 5, 2012 9:07:46 AM

Also can anyone recommend a nice headset for gaming?
July 5, 2012 10:45:13 AM

When suggesting you these options, this was the first one to come to my mind, but it is ridiculously expensive (> £100) and if I do so, I wouldn't be doing justice to you. :p  In my honest opinion, you can save half the money by going for something cheaper (one of the 3 options or within a similar price bracket) as you wouldn't realise the quality difference between this and anyone of the three, given that your mind would be occupied in the game and very little attention would go to scrutinising the sound quality. I admit there would a distinct difference between 2.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound but at half the price, the Turtle with its 5.1 surround sound would be a better bet. Again, it is down to your choice. If I were you, I would intentionally 'not afford to afford' the Razer Megalodon 7.1 even with that much to shed. Too steep mate! :heink: 
July 5, 2012 10:50:30 AM

Okay and finally, after building the computer, what should I install onto the SSD and what onto the Harddrive... I heard that you install windows onto the SSD, but wouldn't that fill it up?
July 5, 2012 11:20:58 AM

marakh said:
Also can anyone recommend a nice headset for gaming?

Sennheiser beats all the gaming-oriented brands. I love my PC 350 to bits, even if it's a bit expensive (130 quid).

Edit: That's odd actually. I only paid around 100 pounds when I bought mine, and that was a couple years ago.
July 5, 2012 12:23:11 PM

marakh said:
Okay and finally, after building the computer, what should I install onto the SSD and what onto the Harddrive... I heard that you install windows onto the SSD, but wouldn't that fill it up?

One should install the software which do lot of reading and writing on to the SSD. For e.g., games, OS and important program files. A 120GB hard disk after installing Windows and standard program files (say drivers, MS Office, anti-virus, media players and other utilities) would have a free space of 80-90 GB (more or less). You could easily fit in 3-5 major game titles. But in many benchmarks, I have read that a SSD performance decreases (around 30-50%) as the storage space gets filled up. The explanation is too technical so I just took the crux of the information. I make sure that I have at least 30% free space in the SSD. All the large and media files can be put in the secondary hard disk. So, in my opinion, you got plenty of SSD space to play with.
July 5, 2012 12:28:25 PM

marakh said:
Btw this is the comp I'm using now (not even mine) so its going to be quite a difference :D  http://www.marksandspencer.com/Sony-VAIO-VPCL13M1E-S-De...

Man! I will tell you, you are in for a big surprise! :D  Don't take me wrong; your current system is not so meek. Nevertheless, there is no better feeling than seeing your upgraded system zip past your earlier one, leaving it eat its dust. :D 
July 5, 2012 1:16:48 PM

dpp_sunny said:
Man! I will tell you, you are in for a big surprise! :D  Don't take me wrong; your current system is not so meek. Nevertheless, there is no better feeling than seeing your upgraded system zip past your earlier one, leaving it eat its dust. :D 


Its extraordinarily weak in the graphics front tho... ( NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU ) Which wasn't that good even 2/3 years ago...
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 4:06:13 PM

*** a lot went down while I slept :p 
July 5, 2012 4:21:35 PM

marakh said:
Its extraordinarily weak in the graphics front tho... ( NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU ) Which wasn't that good even 2/3 years ago...

Upgrading from that to a GTX 670 (let alone a GTX 680 or two GTX 670s) is going to be a pretty amazing difference.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 4:22:24 PM

what would you say has more kick two 670's or one 690?
July 5, 2012 4:27:48 PM

One 690 is the same as two 680s slightly underclocked, so the 690 should be more powerful than two 670s.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 4:28:30 PM

haha yeah i heard its the fastest card on the marker as of right now. is that right? also heard some good *** about a 590
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 5:32:25 PM

here it comes ;) 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 5:32:32 PM

GPU- GTX670(2) 419.99 each =839.98
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...
Cpu- i7 980 641.57
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-980-Processor-LGA-1366-B...
MOBO-189.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P6X58-E-Pro-Bluetooth-Mother...
Optical- IHAS424-98 22.99
http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-I...
Memory- Caviar black 2TB 179.99
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...
PSU- 850w corsair professional series 176.98
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Cer...
RAM corsair XMS3 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Obsidian 800D 264.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC800DW-Obsidian-Aluminum...
Windows 7 home premium(the best value[if you want 3 monitors :p ]) 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MONITORS!!! 3x view Sonic VX2450WM-LED 179.99 each (539.97 total)
http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-VX2450WM-LED-23-6-Inch-...
Headphones 2
Megalodons(you will have to add 80$ to budget) 139.99
http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Megalodon-Surround-Gaming-H...
Turtle BeachX12 50.50
http://www.amazon.com/Force-Gaming-Headset-Amplified-St...


Sorry no speakers and or network card or anything well If you want to add some money

INTEL PWLA8391GT 30.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hope you enjoy this I got what I promised and spent the time I promised to :p  hope you like my ideas the monitors are amazing I have one 22 inch and I still love just looking at it!
July 5, 2012 6:21:09 PM

Thanks a lot PanicMaster!
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:25:43 PM

no problem any time!
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:25:44 PM

I can find a nice keyboard and mouse for how much can you spend on a mouse and keyboard?
July 5, 2012 6:26:57 PM

Well the total budget is around £2000, but I'm probably going to go with dpp_summy's set up :s
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:28:18 PM

ill be completely honost I don't blame you :) 
July 5, 2012 6:29:40 PM

sorry :s
a b B Homebuilt system
July 5, 2012 6:35:04 PM

why sorry?
!