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HELP NEEDED: £900 (Approx. $1250) Gaming PC New Build

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July 21, 2012 4:57:08 PM

Hello everyone! I'm new to these forums but I have been a long-term reader, this will be my first custom build.

I have made this thread as I have recently compiled a budget of £800 (Approx. $1100) in order to buy a new gaming PC (from scratch) for high end modern gaming (and gaming in the future) on high graphical settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week/next week.

Budget Range: £900 (approx. $1250) after rebate and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I shall in the future (DONT include this in the final price please).

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:: As I said I am in the UK (therefore no Newegg): www.novatech.co.uk, www.scan.co.uk, www.ebuyer.co.uk, www.aria.co.uk, www.overclockers.co.uk, amazon.co.uk.

Location: London, England.

Overclocking: Yes, as much as possible.

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, yes (this means that I need a PSU which would be capable of doing this, don't go overboard though).

Your Monitor Resolution: An extremely measly 1280 x 1080 resolution, but I shall be buying a monitor with a resolution of 1980 x 1200 in the future (DONT include this in the price)

Parts not needed: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor (for the time being), OS, Speakers.



Parts: ALL Prices are after VAT and Shipping costs.

CPU: i5 3570k: £175.73
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

CPU Cooler: (I don't mind about the sound level, I want the best performance [with a budget])
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler: £28.38
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Coolers+-+Ai...

MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard: £109.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KTY4A6/ref=asc_df_B007KT...

RAM: G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz RipjawsX: £51.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/memory-pc...

GPU: Gybabite Windforce GTX 670: £328.39
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-win...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

PSU: Corsair tx650w v2: £69.45
http://www.ebuyer.com/257232-corsair-tx-650w-v2-psu-80p...

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB: £80.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=asc_df_B0036Q...

Optical Drive: LG Model GH24NS90: £13.47
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007267YRC/ref=asc_df_B00726...

Case: Unsure (Please recommend me one for £50 or less.)

Total (Including £50 case): £908.38

Additional Comments: In the future I shall buy a SSD and SLI another GPU.

Please can anyone tell me if this is a good build, and if I could improve on it (smaller costs). I need to reduce the costs a bit if possible too (similar performance component but lower costs, i'm aiming for around £800 if possible).

Thanks for reading!
July 21, 2012 4:58:37 PM

Also are they all compatible together?
July 21, 2012 5:06:59 PM

the build is compatible but-
1-2133 mhz ram is complete waste,go with 1600mhz 1.5V kit.
2-go with tx750 v2 if you are willing to overclock and sli your 670 in near future.
for a case under £50,i would suggest this one-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/lian-li-pc-k56b-black-dr...
a decent case with plenty of features,room,airflow and other goodies.
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July 21, 2012 5:13:42 PM

670>7950 is almost every aspect by a good margin.
July 21, 2012 5:15:00 PM

yes but im trying to save money for beter mobo like a extreme 6 or ASUS P8Z77-V
July 21, 2012 5:17:43 PM

Yes this is very solid build. A few things I would change.

I know its hard to resist, but 2133mhz RAM is a waste of money unless you are doing super heavy photoshopping or something like that. Just go with a 1600mhz CL9 kit. Also, make sure it runs at 1.5v, 1.65v is not preferable with intel chips.

Also, you are going to be let down after spending all this money and having windows and your programs be slow. Grab a cheap SSD. 60-120gb ssds are very well priced right now. I personally got a 60gb OCZ Agility 3, which I love, but alot of people on Toms hate on the OCZ SSDs. Corsair force and samsung SSDs are usually recomended. There is a tomshardware article somewhere "Best SSDs for your money in xxxx month."

Your paying a good deal of money for that CM 212. The americans all like it because its so cheap, is it worth 30 pounds? Thats another question.

Inexpensive cases that come to mind are:
Zalman Z9 or Z11 (very good build quality. I own one, love it. Only problem is theres no plexiglass on the side so I hear all my fans.)
Sharkoon T9. (Looks nice and color (or colour, as you would say) coordinated, not much room in the back for cable management though.)
NZXT Phantom 410 (Smaller version of the Phantom.)
Antec "one hundred" series.
Corsair "carbide" series.

Happy hunting!
July 21, 2012 5:23:41 PM

Max1s said:
but alot of people on Toms hate on the OCZ SSDs. Corsair force and samsung SSDs are usually recomended. There is a tomshardware article somewhere "Best SSDs for your money in xxxx month."

..and i am of them,the reason is that my dad has suffered two failures of agility 3 60gb ssd.crucial m4 and mushkin enhanced chronos are cheapest and very reliable IMHO.

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Sharkoon T9. (Looks nice and <a class="inlineAdmedialink" href="#">color</a> (or colour, as you would say) coordinated, not much room in the back for cable management though.)

anything from apevia,shrkoon,raidmax and a few others is complete garbage.
July 21, 2012 5:25:36 PM

devilofdeaths said:
yes but im trying to save money for beter mobo like a extreme 6 or ASUS P8Z77-V

there is no need,extreme4 gives you almost every possible and required feature(SLi/CF,overclocking,plenty of ports and other stuff)
July 21, 2012 6:18:23 PM

So what CPU cooler should I be aiming for, maybe £50 or less
July 21, 2012 6:49:51 PM

Thanks very much guys! Please continue to reply to the thread if there are still any components which are worth changing.

Components Changed:

PSU: Corsair 750TX V2: £83.19
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusi...

CPU Cooler: EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler: £37.64
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/evga-superclock-cpu-cool...

SSD: Unsure (need some advice) I need this to be cheap.

Case: Lian-Li PC-K56B Black Midi Case: £49.86
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/lian-li-pc-k56b-black-dr...

Please continue to review my PC build.

Need some advice on Case and SSD in particular.

Thanks!
July 21, 2012 7:26:46 PM

Thanks.

Seeing as I shall be overclocking should I go for the i5 3570k or the i5 2500k? I heard there were issues with the temperature on the i5 3570k.
July 21, 2012 10:06:48 PM

I'm a bit weary about the GPU.

1st Question: Is there any cards which perform the same/better at a smaller cost?

2nd Question: Is there any recommended cards which will help me save money (worse performance than currently selected GPU but a bargain [£250])?
July 21, 2012 10:12:50 PM

3rd Question: Would I get better performance if I SLI two GeForce GTX 560 TI cards then the single GPU selected (I would SLI another card in later).
July 21, 2012 10:36:26 PM

C'mon guys... Bump.
July 21, 2012 10:50:36 PM

I would like to add that the total is £931.24 without the SSD, therefore I need advice on the GPU.
July 21, 2012 11:17:50 PM

The 670 is the absolute best choice in GPU per dollar right now IMO. It overclocks extremely well and will absolutely max out everything that you throw at it.
July 22, 2012 4:44:09 AM

don't skimp on the gpu bro,670 gives you best bang for the buck,it beats a 680 when overclocked.SLi'ing two weaker cards<a single powerful card.
if you want to reduce the cost of the build more than i would suggest getting a cheaper hard drive.
July 22, 2012 6:30:10 AM

Hi, regarding your questions....

1. Reinforcing what the above posters have said, the 670 is the best card for performance/price for anyone looking to play games at mostly maximum graphical settings at at least 1080p resolutions. Other cheaper cards such as 7950, 7870, 580 and many others also do a very good job at 1080p but in my opinion stick to the 670 and you'll be mostly golden in the future.

2. The above answers apply.

3. Theoretically you should be able to see slightly better performance from 560s in sli but micro-stuttering, sli issues in many games, poor scalling....that performance increase might not be realised most of the time so if you can, stick to a single high performance card. A single powerful card is always better than 2 medium cards and you'll be avoiding all the hurdles associated with sli/cfx.

Regarding the ssd, my advice would be to not buy 1 if you can only reach for 60GB, save up and get a minimum of 120GB when one gets on sale which they often do and you can get by with a fast mechanical drive easily. I use my rig outfitted with a 60GB ssd for hardcore gaming mainly with very few auxiliary programs installed but that 60GB is still a pain considering windows 7 64bit usually steals 20GB from the get go. With such a pc chances are that you will want/need to use heavy programs that take up quite a lot in installation space and with a 60GB only, you don't have much wiggle room and you might be forced to install them on a secondary mechanical HDD witch ultimately defeats its purpose. I have a lot of installed games but none are on the ssd, they are all installed on a separate dedicated WD black 2TB gaming drive yet i still complain about the 60GB ssd. The ssd performance improvement experience is there but it comes at such high cost its not worh getting a 60GB vs 120GB if you can help it. My 2 cents!
July 22, 2012 1:53:54 PM

Thanks for the reply guys, any recommended cheaper Hard Drives?
July 22, 2012 1:56:00 PM

or 1tb if you want to spend less money
July 22, 2012 2:45:46 PM

but 670 is way better than a 7950!
July 22, 2012 2:48:57 PM

hellfire24 said:
but 670 is way better than a 7950!

+1 but i dont think he has the money
July 22, 2012 2:51:57 PM

but he managed to build a system with 670 for £931.
July 22, 2012 3:04:16 PM

Ok I think I will stay with this build I still may change the hard drive (suggestions :D  ) but it all seems good, thanks alot guys!
July 22, 2012 3:13:23 PM

good luck with the build bro!
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