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June 28, 2012 11:36:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 
2-3 weeks
Budget Range: 
upto £1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
purely gaming
Parts Not Required: 
monitor, Keyboard, mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: 
any thats trustworthy
Country:
uk england
Parts Preferences:
nvidia for graphics but not fussed
Overclocking:
possibly
SLI or Crossfire: 
would consider
Monitor Resolution: 
1920x1080
Additional Comments:

must be able to handle games like bf3 if possible.

More about : gaming build 1100

June 28, 2012 1:25:19 PM

Hello, heres a list of parts i recommend.

Corsair 750w Modular Power Supply £89.70
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 Motherboard £154.52
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-pro-intel-z...

Intel i5 2500k CPU £167.34
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...

Corsair Vengeance Ram £47.76
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-...

EVGA GTX670 £323.60 Graphic Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-670-28nm-pc...

Corsair H80 CPU Cooler £52.32
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-cooling-hydro-se...

1Tb Hitachi Deskstar HDD £73.32
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-hitachi-0f13180-desk...

Samsung 64Gb 830 SSD £53.98
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-samsung-830-series-...

Samsung writemaster DVD Writer £13.18
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...

Total £981.91

I've left enough to get a decent case as i feel its a fashion thing as much as a housing for the parts. The ssd is big enough to be used as a caching ssd you can remove that it was just a thought for a bit of extra poke. hope its helps any questions leave a reply and i'll try and answer them.
June 28, 2012 1:25:36 PM

Hello, heres a list of parts i recommend.

Corsair 750w Modular Power Supply £89.70
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 Motherboard £154.52
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-pro-intel-z...

Intel i5 2500k CPU £167.34
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlo...

Corsair Vengeance Ram £47.76
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-...

EVGA GTX670 £323.60 Graphic Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-670-28nm-pc...

Corsair H80 CPU Cooler £52.32
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-cooling-hydro-se...

1Tb Hitachi Deskstar HDD £73.32
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-hitachi-0f13180-desk...

Samsung 64Gb 830 SSD £53.98
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-samsung-830-series-...

Samsung writemaster DVD Writer £13.18
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...

Total £981.91

I've left enough to get a decent case as i feel its a fashion thing as much as a housing for the parts. The ssd is big enough to be used as a caching ssd you can remove that it was just a thought for a bit of extra poke. hope its helps any questions leave a reply and i'll try and answer them.
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June 28, 2012 6:24:30 PM

The Thermaltake frio performs better than the H80. So does the Noctua Nh-D14.
June 28, 2012 10:10:01 PM

aria.co.uk:
1TB Seagate Barracuda Green 3.5" SATA 3GB/s Internal Hard Drive [ST1000DL002]
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
£724.13

dabs.com:

Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Quicklinx:7XD5Q200 | Mfr#: ST1000DM003
In stock £64.99 £64.99

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

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD Laptop Kit + FREE Norton Ghost 15
Quicklinx:7SR9Q200 | Mfr#: MZ-7PC128N/EU
Ordered upon request £77.98 £77.98

XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Double Layer H.D.T Cooling System
Quicklinx:7KHXQ200 | Mfr#: CAC-SXHH6-U02

£228.94

amazon.co.uk:

Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

Fractal Design Core 3000 Series ATX Case - Black Pearl - Fractal Design
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

£87.13

Total price including all P&P and VAT: £1040.20

EDIT you also get £25 off at DABS.COM so actual final price is £1015.20
June 29, 2012 5:25:34 AM

maybe being a noob but whats wrong with i7?
a b C Monitor
June 29, 2012 5:34:57 AM

It hurts gaming performance and isn't going to be utilized for 5-10 years.
June 29, 2012 8:48:57 AM

gj17 said:
maybe being a noob but whats wrong with i7?


the i5 has plenty enough poke to not bottleneck your GPU when gaming. The i7 only really comes into play when you do a lot of video encoding because the larger cache and the hyperthreading are utilised; apart from that i don't think the price difference warrents the need to spend less moeny else where to be able to get an i7.
June 29, 2012 9:23:33 AM

does anyone have anymore suggestions?
June 29, 2012 10:29:35 AM

As the others said, you won't need an i7 for gaming these years. An i5 is perfectly fine, and will in many situations actually perform better, for gaming. Save the i7 money and spend more on another component, or just keep the money.

Keep in mind that you will need a 750W PSU to SLI 2x 670s. I would recommend the Corsair TX750. It costs a bit more than other PSUs, but it's quality.

Since you don't seem like a person that will do any extreme overclocking, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will be plenty for you, and save you some money as well.

What I came up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£178.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£113.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£43.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£99.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£13.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £994.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

EDIT: UPDATED THE BUILD SO ALL PARTS CAN BE ORDERED OFF SCAN.CO.UK

As for the case (I have not included it in the build above), find one that you like. You should have plenty of money left to choose one. Check out this link for cases available in the UK sorted by rating. Find one that you like, post it here, and we'll tell you if it works or not.

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