£500-600 gaming build

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 http://www.coltroncomputers.com/shop/used-items-cat/philips-170b6-lcd-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: aria.co.uk, scan.co.uk, 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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    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.)
  4. Hi, I just came up with this:

    CPU: Intel Pentium G630
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors+-+CPUs/Processors+-+Intel/Pentium+-+Socket+1155/Intel+Pentium+G630+2.70GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=49361

    GPU: Radeon HD 6870
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-hd-6870-oc-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-920mhz-1120-stream-processors-hdmi-2x-mini-displayport-2x-dvi

    Mobo: MSI Z77
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z77a-g45-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/DDR3/Dual+Channel+-+%281600MHz%29/Corsair+Vengeance+Low+Profile+8GB+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+%28CML8GX3M2A1600C9%29+?productId=45511

    Optical Drive:
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/DVDRW+Dual+Layer+-+SATA/LG++24x+Internal+DVDRW+GH24NS90+SATA+Black+Bare+with+m-Disk+Support+?productId=49545

    HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+Seagate+Barracuda+ST1000DM003+3.5%22+SATA+III+Hard+Drive+?productId=48501

    PSU: Corsair GS600
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-psu-corsair-gaming-series-gs600-cmpsu-600guk-80-eff-80-plus-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx

    Case: CM Storm Enforcer
    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Cooler+Master+CM+Storm+Enforcer+Black+Midi+Tower+Windowed+Chassis+w%2F+USB3.0+?productId=44604

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/MICROSOFT+Windows+Home+Premium+7+SP1+64-bit+EN+1pk+-+OEM+%5BGFC-02050%5D+?productId=38272

    Total: £560.49

    This is a decent setup with some space to improve the CPU/GPU later on. Any thoughts guys?
  5. Anyone?
  6. 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.
  7. How about this from aria.co.uk

    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
  8. You can pick up a gtx 570 pretty cheap at scan at the moment.
  9. EddieSG said:
    Anyone?



    good build except like obsama1 said - get a i3 at least for the CPU its only £28 more. I also like metal orient's build, it has a stronger GPU.

    i3 2100 £77.99
    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Intel+Core+i3-2100+3.10GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+OEM+?productId=50439
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