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CPU/MOBO/GPU/RAM/HDD - £500-600 budget

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June 15, 2012 1:46:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (within the next month)

Budget Range: (£500-600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (mostly for gaming)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard/mouse/display/speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (ebuyer/ebay/amazon)

Country: (England)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (best value/performance)

Overclocking: stability>power

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: (1080p)

Additional Comments: Finding parts for a friend. I upgraded my computer a year ago and I need to learn what the best value/money options are today for a computer which will be used mostly for gaming.

Here are some ideas I have at this point:

Intel i5 2500K - offered great value/performance a year back, is it still the king for gaming builds?
GTX 560ti - good gaming performance for under £200. Please let me know if there might be better options now

Leaves with around 140 - 240 budget for... mobo/psu/hdd/memory

Mobo: not sure
PSU: not sure
case: functionality> aesthetics. Anything in the £10-40 range?
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz/1600MHz?
HDD: He just needs a decent sata drive. Has plenty of space so a 128GB SSD would be good if the budget allows for it.

Is this looking feasible or spilling over a bit? Open to a completely different build if necessary

Thanks
June 15, 2012 1:57:26 PM

Yeah looks fine, but you won't have enough left for an SSD from £600.

Most of it will just be personal preference on brands.
June 15, 2012 2:34:55 PM

From Dabs.com:


Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
Quicklinx:7Y8SWS00 | Mfr#: BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU
Ordered upon request £34.99 £34.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
Quicklinx:80XRWS00 | Mfr#: Z77 Extreme 4
Usually shipped in 3 days £109.99 £109.99

Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 822MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI
Quicklinx:7SDHWS00 | Mfr#: ZT-50306-10M
In stock £146.98 £146.98

XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU
Quicklinx:7NSWWS00 | Mfr#: P1-550S-UKB9
Due in 1-2 days £47.98 £47.98

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD Laptop Kit + FREE Norton Ghost 15
Quicklinx:7SR9WS00 | Mfr#: MZ-7PC128N/EU
In stock £79.99 £79.99

Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB
Quicklinx:7YXJWS00 | Mfr#: BX80637I53570K
In stock £179.98 £179.98

Total price (with VAt and P&P) £601.17

If you look about you will be able to save a few quid here and there, but i thought i'd keep it to one shop
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June 15, 2012 3:36:39 PM

Thanks. Good recommendations. I see it is around the top end of the budget. Should I also consider an AMD build? A Phenom ii x4 965/560ti combo and can run most games on high or maxed out. This computer will not be doing intensive multitasking multimedia work, only horsepower required will be for gaming really. But future proofing is also important imo. The i5 2500K CPU will work great with the 560ti and it would be nice if it works with the next GPU he buys too. Just a thought really, mostly because AMD mobo's are cheap and it might allow for more flexibility when selecting a GPU.
June 17, 2012 2:53:18 PM

Going with an AMD build isn't worth it as you get much better performance out of intels CPUs if you wanted to save a bit of cash and get a GPU boost you could change the mobo, GPU and CPU to these:

Intel Core i5-3450 S1155 3.1GHz 6MB
Quicklinx:7YXLWS00 | Mfr#: BX80637I53450
In stock £144.99 £144.99

Gigabyte B75M-D3V S1155 Intel B75 DDR3 mATX
Quicklinx:8013WS00 | Mfr#: GA-B75M-D3V
In stock £54.99 £54.99

Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 860MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
Quicklinx:80T9WS00 | Mfr#: 11200-00-20G
In stock £179.98 £179.98
June 21, 2012 8:59:26 PM

is the i5 3570k the successor to the 2500K? So that is probably the top option within that performance range for gaming... I think we'll stick with that one in this case.

the B75M-D3V is significantly cheaper, can I pair that up with the 3570K CPU? What are the main advantages over paying extra for something like the ASrock extreme4? I think at least 6 USB ports, good overclocking stability, full support for powerful GPU (and multi GPU) and up to ~4 SATA slots are the minimum things to expect. If the cheaper mobo can do all of this then I think it might be worth getting instead.

I'm not familiar with the ATI gpu range. If we say around £250 for GPU, can you recommend anything worth considering against the 560ti? (regarding price/performance). After looking around the 7850 at it's current price point is a better deal than the 560ti.

Thanks
June 21, 2012 11:02:14 PM

I don't think you can OC a B75 board.

Best price performance is probably 7850

GTX 560Ti £140
7850 £180
GTX 570 £200
7870 £250
June 22, 2012 3:52:24 PM

Thanks. We'll go with the ASRock Z77 board in that case

CPU - i5 3750K ~£180
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 ~£109
Memory - 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz ~£35
XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU ~£50
Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 ~£180
Crucial m4 SSD (128GB) ~£80

= ~£634 total

I think we are done. Any more suggestions? and we'll probably go with dabs because they have good prices and it's nice to get it all from one vendor.
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June 22, 2012 3:54:57 PM

I think at least 6 USB ports, good overclocking stability, full support for powerful GPU (and multi GPU) and up to ~4 SATA slots are the minimum things to expect. If the cheaper mobo can do all of this then I think it might be worth getting instead.
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