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July 2, 2012 8:15:01 PM

So I'm thinking of building a gaming PC. This would be my first time building it. I have done some research and decided on some components however, I need help on the others.


Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from a couple of months to a year.

Budget Range: £600 / $950

Parts Not Required: Only need to build the PC. Already got things like a keyboard and mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any to show the components but when it actually comes to buying, I'll be using UK websites e.g. ebuyer, amazon, overclockersuk.

Country: England

Overclocking: Yes, I would eventually like to overclock.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what these are, could someone tell me :p 

Monitor Resolution: I'm using 1360 x 768 now but I would eventually like to play on 1920 x 1080.


CPU: i5 2500k

Graphics Card: HD 7850 (Which model is best?)

RAM: 8GB (Which 8GB RAM is the best?)

Power Supply: ?

Motherboard: ?

HDD: I've already got an external drive so I don't need anything big: maybe 80gb - 250gb

Case: ?

Optical Drive: ?

Fans: Do they come with the case or will I need more?

Heatsink: Do I need one?

CPU cooler: Do I need one?


Additional Comments: Is it going to be loud? Will it consume a lot of power? Also, how long will be PC like this be up to date for?

Thanks in advance for any help :) 

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July 2, 2012 9:39:59 PM

July 2, 2012 9:45:51 PM

If you were planning to buy a pc in a couple of months, just save up till then and buy a much better pc than you will get now.
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July 2, 2012 9:52:43 PM

Nw333 said:
If you were planning to buy a pc in a couple of months, just save up till then and buy a much better pc than you will get now.

I wont actually have more money in a couple of months if that's what you mean? Or are you talking about PC parts being more advanced? Although I doubt that there will be a major performance changing advancement in the next couple of months so I'm guessing you're talking about the former.

What I mean is I will have the £600 to spend within the next couple of months/year.
July 2, 2012 10:05:25 PM

How about these:


XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU
Quicklinx:7NSWQ200 | Mfr#: P1-550S-UKB9
In stock £49.99 £49.99

Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 860MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
Quicklinx:80T9Q200 | Mfr#: 11200-00-20G
In stock £179.98 £179.98

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
Quicklinx:7Y8RQ200 | Mfr#: BLS2CP4G3D1339DS1S00CEU
In stock £34.99 £34.99

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB
Quicklinx:79Q8Q200 | Mfr#: BX80623I52500K
In stock £167.98 £167.98

Fractal Design Core 3000 Mid-Tower Case
Quicklinx:7TMMQ200 | Mfr#: FD-CA-CORE-3000-BL
In stock £52.99 £52.99

Gigabyte Z77-D3H S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
Quicklinx:800VQ200 | Mfr#: GA-Z77-D3H
In stock £77.98 £77.98

Seagate 1TB Barracuda SpinPoint SATA 3Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB 3.5"
Quicklinx:80WJQ200 | Mfr#: HD103SJ / ST1000DM005
In stock £63.58 £63.58

Total price £631.81 (but dabs are doing a £40 off orders over £599) so £591.81

Actually can't seem to find the £40 off code now will have to replace the case with this:

and the CPU with a locked one:

For a final price of £585.81
July 2, 2012 10:18:26 PM

Thank you for your recommendations :) 

Because I still need an OS to fit into that budget however I'd probably go with a lower capacity HDD (I've already got an external drive) which would save some money. Possibly a lower value mobo if I could get away with it which would give me around £70 more all together. Something like that anyway.

Thanks, I'll keep the other component models in mind.
July 2, 2012 10:30:48 PM

Check my signature builds ;)