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£500-600 gaming PC advice needed.

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May 31, 2012 2:27:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Planning on buying early july

Budget Range:£500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, diablo 3, witcher 2 possibly and some older games as well) browsing, movies and possibly some work :) 

Parts Not Required: Dont need Monitor, mouse or keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know any websites

Country: UK

Parts Preferences:p referably Intel CPU not really fussed about the rest.

Overclocking: its unlikely but I may do it.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (I think)

Additional Comments: Ok my friends brother is building this for me he has come up with two possible builds and I would like some feedback and advice on them thanks :) 


Build no. 1


1 x Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £94.99
1 x MSI HD 6850 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £83.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.98
1 x Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB SATA 6GB/s 16MB Cache - OEM (0F13178) £53.99
1 x GeIL Enhance Corsa 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (GEC38GB1600C9DC) £43.99
1 x Gigabyte H61MA-D2V Intel H61 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £42.00
1 x Antec VP450P 450W '80 Plus' Continuous Power Supply £41.99
1 x Xigmatek Asgard II Midi Tower Case - Black/Orange £29.99
1 x Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.98
Total : £504.00 (includes shipping : £11.75).

These are prices from overclockers.co.uk I believe.


Build no. 2


1 x Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £109.99
1 x Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £94.99
1 x MSI HD 6850 "Dual Fan Edition" 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £89.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.98
1 x Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB SATA 6GB/s 16MB Cache - OEM (0F13178) £53.99
1 x GeIL Enhance Corsa 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (GEC38GB1600C9DC) £43.99
1 x Antec VP450P 450W '80 Plus' Continuous Power Supply £41.99
1 x Xigmatek Asgard II Midi Tower Case - Black/Orange £29.99
1 x Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.98
Total : £577.99 (includes shipping : £11.75).

Sorry if the format of these is bad I just copied and pasted from his emails.
One thing that is worrying me is that he hasnt put down any CPU cooler so will he be using just the stock one and will this be enough?
Do these prices seem about right or should I get him to shop around a bit?
Please feel free to suggest a completely different build or swap some parts around.

Thanks for reading and thanks for ayn advice you wish to give :) 
May 31, 2012 3:03:44 PM

I don't think that i3-2120 is overclockable. Only the "k" series CPU's are unlocked and therefore are overclockable (safely at least). That being said, there is no reason to get the z77 MoBo. Just go with build # 1.

Also, not too sure about the quality of the Hitachi Deskstar. Maybe you should stick with WD Caviar Blue.
May 31, 2012 4:56:19 PM

I'd also say go for build 1 but i'd also like to make a suggestion of the build below, it has a GTX 560Ti and an i5 2300 so will be somewhat more powerful:

Intel Core i5-2300 2.80GHz LGA1155 6MB
Quicklinx:79Q5WS00 | Mfr#: BX80623I52300
In stock £137.98 £137.98

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

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
Quicklinx:7Y8SWS00 | Mfr#: BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU
Usually shipped in 3 days £34.99 £34.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English
Quicklinx:7J00WS00 | Mfr#: GFC-02050
In stock £69.99 £69.99

XFX 450 Watt Core Edition Single Rail PSU w/ Full Wired Cables
Quicklinx:7NSVWS00 | Mfr#: P1-450S-U2B9
Due in 1-2 days £39.99 £39.99

XIGMATEK Asgard III Case
Quicklinx:7PP6WS00 | Mfr#: CCC-AE45TS-U01
Ordered upon request £29.98 £29.98

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD-RW SATA OEM (Black)
Quicklinx:7WXQWS00 | Mfr#: SH-222BB/BEBE
In stock £11.98 £11.98

Gigabyte H61M-D3V S1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ATX
Quicklinx:7Y3QWS00 | Mfr#: GA-H61MA-D3V
In stock £45.99 £45.99

Seagate 500GB Barracuda SpinPoint SATA 3Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB 3.5"

All comes from DABS.com, total price with VAT and p7p is £574.32 but you can get £25 off so the final price is £549.32.
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May 31, 2012 10:33:57 PM

thanks very much for the help
he just sent me another build which looks pretty decent

1 x Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £185.99
1 x MSI HD 6850 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £83.99
1 x MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard£77.38
1 x Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB SATA 6GB/s 16MB Cache - OEM (0F13178) £53.99
1 x XFX Pro 450W Core Edition '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply£41.99
1 x Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU)£41.99
1 x Zalman Z9 Plus Tower Case with Fan Controller - Black£40.99
1 x OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £17.99
Total : £559.30 (includes shipping : £12.50).


any changes anyone would make to this one? and in terms of value which one is more worth its price the first build or this one?
thanks again.
May 31, 2012 10:36:06 PM

The GPU is going to limit gaming performance. Get the i5-3450 and use the $ saved on a Radeon 6870.
June 1, 2012 8:41:37 AM

As Azeem says the GPU will be the limiter in games

I personally don't see the point in getting an an unlocked CPU unless you intend to OC it, or there is no real price difference between unlocked or locked) and the price difference between them is compelling.

Also he seems to be sourcing his build from OverclockersUK who are expensive better places to look at are:

Scan.co.uk
Aria.co.uk
Dabs.com
ebuyer.com
CCLonline.com
QuietPC.com
June 1, 2012 1:44:28 PM

yeah he said he just uses that site to put the build together and then looks elsewhere for prices to make it cheaper.
I have asked him to downgrade th CPU and upgrade the GPU waiting on a reply.
Thanks very much for the input guys.
June 3, 2012 9:07:35 AM

Ok here is a new build what do you guys think about it

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/9kqI

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/9kqI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/9kqI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/9kqI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£135.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P61-USB3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£58.93 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card (£149.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.53 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £571.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-03 10:07 BST+0100)
June 4, 2012 11:08:47 AM

looks good to me
June 4, 2012 2:10:32 PM

thanks Im thinking about adding in an SDD for improved loading speeds but atm cannot afford it. What do you recomend I downgrade to get it?
June 4, 2012 2:46:50 PM

Nothing, just wait and prices will keep tumbling
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