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£900 gaming rig. Final opinions and advice before I start buying.

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July 6, 2012 4:58:10 PM

Hi there. I had another thread going asking for advice on a gaming system for £900. After taking in the advice and opinions from the other thread and this is pretty much my final decision.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.58 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.51 @ Amazon UK)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.67 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£65.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£48.98 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £861.30
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I'm gonna be using this PSU

antec true pro 750w

I have already purchased the Noctua NH-D14 to get the ball rolling.

The rig is for gaming use only and will be overclocked. So if anyone has any advice or opinions on this rig, things that I could change within budget and what kind of gaming performance I could expect from it. Anything helpful in other words. Thanks in advance.
July 6, 2012 8:33:49 PM

Also, how much am I saving by building this rig over buying this or something of the same kind of spec as a pre-built rig?
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July 6, 2012 9:04:11 PM

bendy86 said:
Also, how much am I saving by building this rig over buying this or something of the same kind of spec as a pre-built rig?


You're getting a far better system than anything you can get pre built. The problem with most pre built systems is that they include watered down, proprietary hardware that's made to fit their form factors and makes upgrading incredibly difficult and in some cases near impossible. It's better to build it.

And I'm amazed that you can get a GTX 670 on an £861.30 budget.

But I'd put a bit more into your PSU - that first one isn't certified or rated. Go with this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-enthusiast-...

Maybe put a bit more into your case, the HAF 912 is good but it has clearance issues with large coolers. Try this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-3...
July 6, 2012 9:12:08 PM

That's what I thought about pre-built. They're just a rip off.

I was also very surprised about the gtx 670. I was originally planning on getting gtx570.

Thanks for the suggestion on the PSU but i need a 750w unit really because I want enough power to run another GTX 670 in about 12 months time. I would rather be safe than sorry.
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