£800 Gaming PC advice needed please.

Approximate Purchase Date: about a week

Budget Range: Less than £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, gaming, gaming and maybe some browsing (games include SC2, crysis(both games), CoD (Black ops and mw2), Diablo 3 and some others but fairly sure the other are less demanding than those mentioned)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (dont mind getting a new one if I have some money left over)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Dabs, amazon and scan.

Country: England

Parts Preferences:Intel CPU rest Im not fussed really.

Overclocking: Unlikely with this (first build)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 at the moment but I will be saving for a nice big shiny screen next year.

Additional Comments: Ok I have a build and would like some comments My maximum is £800 and no more.
At the moment I have about £100 left to spend and would like to know what to upgrade or should I save it for a new monitor? I would like to play the games stated on near max (if not max) settings

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/acOA


CPU - i5 3550

MoBo -Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

GPU -XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card

Ram - Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Case - Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (was actually looking at the asgard III case but it wasnt on parts picker)

PSU - Antec 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


Optical drive (some shitting CD/DVD rw) - LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer

And and windows 7 OFC. in total it comes to around 690 ish on PCpartspicker.

any suggestions of what to upgrade/change/downgrade or save money for new monitor.

Thanks.
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  1. Why no overclocking? Anyway, here's what I would do:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.11 @ CCL Computers)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS7000C-Cu Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£15.53 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£75.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.19 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£70.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£181.97 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.19 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.86 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.92 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £801.03
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Now, this is geared towards the overclocker. The PSU is overkill, but enough to Crossfire comfortably should you want it in the future. The GPU is newer, which is beneficial. If you DO want an IB CPU (which... I mean... it has benefits and negatives), then be prepared to pay about an extra 20-30 for it.
  2. Go with ddan49's build ^

    Far better than what you picked for gaming and gives you the option to OC and CF/SLI in the future. If you absolutely will not ever do either, you can get a cheaper CPU and PSU, but you have 800 pounds, so why not, right?
  3. Snuck in a GTX 670:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£75.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.51 @ Amazon UK)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£70.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£309.98 @ Novatech)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.53 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.92 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £808.37
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  4. Oof... will it FIT in the NZXT Source? I'd try to at least get like a HAF 912 or something... I feel uneasy with the NZXT Source. Also, not certain about how good the XFX PSU is... XFX isn't the... best... manufacturer of PSUs. However, nicely done (keep in mind that won't OC).
  5. I believe XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic, so they are fairly high-quality. Yeah, I went for the cheapest case that I had seen before. I don't think they have 912s, only the advanced version. Maybe the 335U?
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-335u-black-mini-tower-case-with-rear-120mm-fan-w-o-psu
  6. http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-300-three-hundred-two-tower-case---with-usb-3-0-7ZJG.html?refs=50882&src=3 £56.98
    Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Tower Case - with USB 3.0

    http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-full-wired-80--bronze-psu-7NSW.html?refs=50544&src=3 £47.98
    XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU

    http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-b75m-d3v-s1155-intel-b75-ddr3-atx-8011.html?refs=4294943312&src=3 £63.99
    Gigabyte B75M-D3V S1155 Intel B75 DDR3 ATX

    http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-3550-s1155-3-3ghz-6mb-7YXK.html?refs=4294944663&src=3 £158.98
    Intel Core i5-3550 S1155 3.3GHz 6MB

    http://www.dabs.com/products/g-skill-8gb--2-x-4gb--ripjaws-x-ddr3-pc3-12800-1600mhz-cl9-7Z4V.html?refs=51040&src=3 £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-bare-internal-drive-7QC0.html?src=2 £12.99
    Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

    http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-barracuda-sata-600-7200rpm-16mb-3-5--hard-drive-7M3C.html?refs=42730000&src=3 £50.98
    Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA-600 7200RPM 16MB 3.5" Hard Drive

    http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-radeon-7850-860mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-80T9.html?src=2 £179.98
    Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 860MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI

    http://www.dabs.com/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1---1-pc---oem---dvd---64-bit---english-7J00.html?refs=4294944157&src=3 £69.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

    Total: £681.86 inc. vat
  7. Go with Why_Me's build. Best bang for buck.
  8. thanks for the input. the reason i dont really want to overclock is I have no idea about how to do it. All i know is it can ruin my harware as well as void my warranty. if something goes wrong I dont think I can afford new parts afterwards. how do the gtx 670 and the ati 7850 compare in terms of gamining performance ( a link to a site will suffice, im at work so cant really go looking myself atm) thanks again.
  9. raktorn said:
    thanks for the input. the reason i dont really want to overclock is I have no idea about how to do it. All i know is it can ruin my harware as well as void my warranty. if something goes wrong I dont think I can afford new parts afterwards. how do the gtx 670 and the ati 7850 compare in terms of gamining performance ( a link to a site will suffice, im at work so cant really go looking myself atm) thanks again.

    Over clocking with these Ivy Bridge cpu's doesn't gain you anything in gaming. Maybe 1 or 2 more FPS if that. The 670 is a really good card and much better than the 7850. The 7870 is another good card, and at the end of next month Nvidia will release the GTX 660 for around 200 quid. That's going to be not as good as the 670, but better than the 7870 and for much cheaper. That card is due out at the end of July.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <----- gtx 670 review w/benchmarks


    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 <------ NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660
  10. I really liked how Mereuth snuck in a 670, though. May want to mix and match some stuff.
  11. ddan49 said:
    I really liked how Mereuth snuck in a 670, though. May want to mix and match some stuff.


    Well, if he takes Why_Me's build and switches to a 670 he will still be under his 800 budget.
  12. 550W is enough to run ONE 670, by the way. FYI.
  13. with why_me's build and the 670 it might go slightly over budget.
    How much are fairly good quality moniters these days (around 22-24inch)?
    also do some motherboards come with wifi, is so how much are they generally?
    I don't need wifi but I only have the one ethernet cable as my rooms is a fair distance from the router so if i had wifi i could play on my xbox online while browsing the web on my PC. Its not needed but would be nice to be able to.
  14. Quality 24" Monitors are usually around £150.
    Very few motherboards come with wifi now, and generally there is a steep price increase when adding it, so it is usually easier to just buy a usb wireless adapter for a few pounds instead of a wifi equipped mobo.
  15. ^Agreed.

    I think there might be some adapters for a PCI 1.0 slot, but I'm not sure.
  16. Again thanks for the info. Another question, what do z77 mobos have over z68? Are they worth the extra few quid? Thanks.
  17. I might steal a few of theses builds for me too :) might change a few things though...like the case'
  18. Which case there are 4 on this thread haha.
  19. raktorn said:
    Which case there are 4 on this thread haha.


    dunno probably chose one that i like... with good reviews too of course, thing is its my first build, bit worried that i'll go wrong somewhere, do you have any advice that i could use?
  20. Nope my first build as well. I keep watching and reading guides on how to build computers so hoping ill be ok. Plus my friends going to help me and he knows what he is doing.
  21. raktorn said:
    Nope my first build as well. I keep watching and reading guides on how to build computers so hoping ill be ok. Plus my friends going to help me and he knows what he is doing.


    Exactly what im doing, but have no friend that knows what he's doing, cept for my cousin but dont know how much he knows...
  22. youtube <------ there's like 1,000+ vids on building a PC that take you step by step from start to finish.

    Also if you find a case you like that doesn't have those front 3.0 USB ports then there's always this down below. It works great.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Uspeed-Front-Panel-3-5-inch-Floppy/dp/B006TOMSCO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_5 £8.98 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
    Uspeed USB 3.0 Front Panel 2 ports Hub 3.5-inch Floppy Bay (USB 3.0 19 pin) - Black
  23. Why_Me said:
    youtube <------ there's like 1,000+ vids on building a PC that take you step by step from start to finish.

    Also if you find a case you like that doesn't have those front 3.0 USB ports then there's always this down below. It works great.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Uspeed-Front-Panel-3-5-inch-Floppy/dp/B006TOMSCO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_5 £8.98 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
    Uspeed USB 3.0 Front Panel 2 ports Hub 3.5-inch Floppy Bay (USB 3.0 19 pin) - Black



    Thank you, this place has such a nice community :) :bounce:
  24. HAF 912 is an alternative with many good reviews. For a truly nice case, try Corsair (300R or 400R). However, HAF case(s) aren't that far off.
  25. Ok back to the build say i do wamt ivy bridge for definite can any suggest a really good build with beat possible gpu for under £800?
  26. I still like Why_Me's build except add this GPU:
    http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-geforce-gtx-670-965mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-oc-82XB.html?refs=481840000&src=3
    You would be 10 pounds over budget. Would that be OK?
  27. Ok been looking at mobos and realise I know nothing about them. What do the more exspensive z77 have over the cheaper z77 Are they worrth Tue extra £ for my budget?
  28. raktorn said:
    Ok been looking at mobos and realise I know nothing about them. What do the more exspensive z77 have over the cheaper z77 Are they worrth Tue extra £ for my budget?

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/502-intel-ivy-bridge/page3.html
  29. It's mostly about features. You have to compare the difference and decide what you need/want. i.e. # of SATA2/3 ports, # and type of PCI slots, ram support....

    You will pay a slight premium for brand name stuff. Find a couple you think you like in your budget and ask about them here.
  30. Okay, here's how I'll put it:

    1) Reliability... although differences are like 1% in good brands
    2) Features (SATA ports, SLI/Crossfire, RAM slots, RAM speed support, etc.)
    3) Multipliers for OC
    4) "Additional" features. These are the things that the mobo manufacturer REALLY markets, and is usually shown in a bright color like an explosion. These usually don't do anything ("military-grade" ASUS material... XFast ASRock) all that special. Some stuff (like ASUS's new OC power-phase stuff) CAN make a small difference
    5) BIOS... how easy it is to navigate, etc.

    The mobo itself doesn't affect performance all that much (like... 0.1% either way).
  31. Ok here comes another question. Is this version of the 670 going to perform worse than biggest named brands

    http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-gtx-670-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-82MM.html?q=palit%20670&src=16

    Maybe a better question would be out of all the sub £330 cards which brand do you all recomend on this page

    http://www.dabs.com/category/components-and-storage,graphics--tv-tuners-and-i-o/11021?q=gtx%20670
  32. raktorn said:
    Ok here comes another question. Is this version of the 670 going to perform worse than biggest named brands

    http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-gtx-670-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-82MM.html?q=palit%20670&src=16

    Maybe a better question would be out of all the sub £330 cards which brand do you all recomend on this page

    http://www.dabs.com/category/components-and-storage,graphics--tv-tuners-and-i-o/11021?q=gtx%20670

    http://www.dabs.com/products/pny-geforce-gtx-670-915mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-831G.html?q=gtx%20670&src=16 £319.99
    PNY GeForce GTX 670 915MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
  33. Why is that one better than the Asus, evga or gigabyte ones?
  34. raktorn said:
    Why is that one better than the Asus, evga or gigabyte ones?

    That card is for price point. If you don't mind spending another ten quid then go for that Gigabyte card.
  35. PNY if you're on a budget, but ASUS would be my first choice overall. It would go:

    1. ASUS
    2. EVGA
    3. Gigabyte

    and then PNY somewhere near the bottom ;)

    They're all 670s, though... I mean the only difference is really cooling.
  36. Thank you for the info. I have nearly finished what I want in my build. Just have to wait till thursday (payday) to see what I can afford. might be able to take the budget upto £850 depending on the tax man :S
    You have all been very helpful thanks
  37. No problem! If you have any more questions or comments, feel free to either leave them here (optimally) or pm one of us. Good luck!
  38. well ill post my final build on thursday when i know my exact budget. so keep an eye out for this thread popping back up.
  39. Ok final budget is 850 pounds ans here is my proposed final build.

    CPU - i5 3570K £179.98
    GPU - Asus HTC 670 £339.99
    RAM - g.skill 8gb (2x4gb) £39.99
    Case - xigmatek asgasrard III £29.98
    PSU - corsair 600w builder series £49.99
    Mobo - gigabyte z77 ds3h £69.99
    DVD drive - Sony optiarc £12.99
    HDD - SEAGATE baracudda 500gb £50.98
    OS - windows 7 £69.98
    Total 842.87 from dabs.com

    Gone with that CPU so u have option to OC.
    Any recommendations?
  40. Looking good to me!

    Your HDD may be a bit small (depends what you'll be putting on it), but since you are already over-budget you should stick with that Seagate.

    You can probably re-use any HDDs from your old computer (assuming you have one). If you do so, make sure you put all photos, videos, sound files etc on the oldest and slowest HDD, since these files don't benefit from being on a faster HDD. The OS and applications will, however, so make sure you put your OS and most used programs on your fastest HDD.
  41. My budg.et is now 850 so its ok. And don't have photos and I plan on buying another HDD or Mayne add in a few monts time. Thanks alot.
  42. Hey guys just to let you know My build is up an running now and im extremely happy with it.
    Changed a few things and went slightly over budget but I got a bigger payday than expected so its all good.

    In the end I went for

    CPU - i5 3570K
    GPU - gigabyte gtx 670 windforce
    RAM - g.skill 8gb (2x4gb)
    Case - Zalman z11 plus
    PSU - corsair 600w gs gaming series
    Mobo - asrock z77 extreme 4
    DVD drive - Sony optiarc
    HDD - SEAGATE baracudda 500gb


    A massive thanks to all of you for your input and help
  43. Nicely done, glad you like it. Why the 500GB HDD? $20-30 more, and you've got 1TB.

    Upgrade options in the future:

    - Case
    - PSU
    - SLI GPU
    - 1TB HDD
    - SSD
  44. I have an old HDD which I can hook up as well as a 2tb portable HDD should I need them. But all my music is on my Girlfriends laptop and I dont do pictures so I dont really use much space.
    I also thought that when I have used up the 500gb and need more HDD/SSDs are gonna be ablot cheaper and better.

    my plan is in a years times I plan on either SLI or a brand new GPU as well as looking into OCing my CPU which will mean a need for a new PSU.

    but thats in the future so we will have to wait and see.
    again thanks very much
  45. If you upgrade in one year, definitely Crossfire/SLI. OCing the CPU will NOT need a new PSU... if you're unsure, use eXtreme PSU calculator (lite is enough). Don't forget to add ~25% for aging! (That's overkill, but it's better to go over on a PSU than under)

    If you have any more questions, feel free to post them here! Enjoy!
  46. mate u can buy mine for £550 which I will throw in a LG 22inch monitor and will run all the latest games in high settings, only 5 months old!
  47. Wrong place. Either pm him or go to the right subforum (yes, there is a place to sell stuff on tomshardware)
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