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June 29, 2012 3:09:44 PM

Hello all,

Approximate Purchase Date: At least a few days before the 28th of August (GW2 release date).

Budget Range: £500-£600 MAX.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, GW2, Minecraft, L4D2, BF3) (and recording gameplay), word processing, internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers (NOTE: I have an old Philips monitor that I can use, obviously its not ideal). I do need an OS; Windows 7 Home Premium 64 would probably be best!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, any other cheap reputable UK website.

Country: England

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU for definite.

Overclocking: If it's a K series Intel chip or similar.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: See note above. 1280x1024 (Philips 170b6)

Additional Comments: I'd like a motherboard, PSU and case that would allow me to upgrade to something like a i5-3570k and gtx 560ti in the future so as to "futureproof" (to an extent) my build, but I don't know if this is possible within my budget.
I was thinking of an Intel Pentium G630- it seemed to perform well in a recent TH article.

Thanks for all your help everyone!

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June 29, 2012 4:03:44 PM

GW2 has pretty low system requirements, so an i5-3570K/i5 2500K will do fine. The recommended GPU is a 5670, if I were you, I'd get a HD 6850 GPU which will get 60+FPS.
June 29, 2012 4:27:33 PM

Well I don,t know wich website you'd use so I'll just give general indication.

i5-2500k is the best $/performance value for gamer I'D say since it can bottleneck any GPU on the market.
GPU Don't go below a hd6850 or 560ti and get a 7850 if you can afford one.
PSU: 500w if you go 560ti 600w+ if you want to be futur proof. Also get a good brand like antec,corsair or seasonic
HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm of the size you do want (cheaper ones might make you swear)
SSD: They are for high end build, not for you.
Ram: 8G 1333Hz (2x4g). going lower isn't the best way to save 20$ IMO. Kingston, G.Skill and corsair are good brand.
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June 29, 2012 4:36:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£86.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.55 @ Amazon UK)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£51.35 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£114.64 @ CCL Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£36.98 @
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£13.02 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.92 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £594.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 29, 2012 9:05:50 PM

Hi, I just came up with this:

CPU: Intel Pentium G630

GPU: Radeon HD 6870

Mobo: MSI Z77

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB

Optical Drive:

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda

PSU: Corsair GS600

Case: CM Storm Enforcer

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Total: £560.49

This is a decent setup with some space to improve the CPU/GPU later on. Any thoughts guys?
June 29, 2012 9:39:45 PM

June 30, 2012 1:15:54 AM

The Pentium is a bit of a bottleneck, but it will work fine. However, I recommend the i3. Will get better FPS than the Pentium.
June 30, 2012 12:06:32 PM

How about this from

ARIANET StealthX Black Midi Tower Chassis
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline #996770 (2x4GB) 1333 (PC3-10666) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive
LG 24x Internal DVDRW GH24NS90 SATA Black Bare with m-Disk Support
MSI Twin FrozR III Radeon HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

Final price £599.09
June 30, 2012 2:18:37 PM

You can pick up a gtx 570 pretty cheap at scan at the moment.