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First Gaming Build Advice £800 Budget

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June 2, 2012 4:17:47 PM

Hey Guys,

I could really use some advice on my first gaming build. I have a budget of £800 but I have to buy everything including OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse as well as all the other stuff. I will probably not be using overclocking or SLI (I can't afford it :(  ) . The primary use for the system will be gaming and I'm looking to play games such as Starcraft II and Skyrim. However, I'm mainly going to play slightly older games such as Empire Total War. I am most likely going to buy the system at the end of June. I would prefer to use UK suppliers such as Scan and Ebuyer. This is what i have been thinking about so far:

CPU: Intel i3 2120 or 2130 (I would really like a quad core but I don't think this is possible with my budget).
MOTHERBOARD: I haven't got a preference at the moment.
CASE: Antec 100 or Antec 300
PSU: 600W Corsair Builder Series
RAM: 4 GB corsair (nothing too fancy)
HDD: 500 GB Seagate
OS: Windows 7
GPU: This is causing me the most trouble as I want a good graphics card for gaming yet I don't to pay excessively for something that will turn out to be overkill. I will most likely be gaming at 1920x1080. The options I am considering are the 560 ti, the 6870 and the 7850.
MONITOR: A cheap 1920x1080 monitor of some kind.
KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Just something suitable for low-end gaming.

Thanks for spending the time to read this post :bounce: 
June 2, 2012 10:15:23 PM

How about this from aria.co.uk:

Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE DVD Writer
500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive
Microsoft Comfort Curve Desktop 2000 Wired Black USB Keyboard & Mouse Bundle - OEM
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline #996770 (2x4GB) 1333 (PC3-10666) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V
GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V GEN3 Intel H61 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
Antec 300 Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Chassis
23" Dell UltraSharp U2312HM Widescreen IPS LED Monitor - Black
MSI Twin FrozR III HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Total (with VAT and P&P): £789.37

If you wanted you could fit a quad core Intel 2300 in but the only place i'd cut is the screen (and it's a really nice screen so I personally wouldn't)
June 3, 2012 2:18:04 AM

Okay, if you add in OS AND monitor... well.. I don't really know. I mean, here's the typical 700 pound build (minues OS and monitor I suggest) I would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£157.19 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS7000C-Cu Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£15.53 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£75.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.19 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£179.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £703.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-03 03:09 BST+0100)

Now, where to save money? Well, you could choose to ditch the CPU cooler for now and overclock later on. That save us 15. Then, you could drop to a 500GB HDD, saving about 30 more. Drop the case to an NZXT Tempest or something like that (HAF 912 at the most), saving you about 30 more. So right now, we're at 625 without OS or monitor. But are we done? Not even close. For we come to the PSU... which is too much for your needs. This one: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/corsair-power-supply-cm... is more than enough (you could even go lower). That saves you 30 more. So we're at about 600 Pounds (sorry, I'm in the US, no pounds symbol. However, prices ARE in Pounds). That leaves 200 for OS and monitor... which would get you a bad monitor and a Win7 64 bit OS... the only other place where you could cut would be to cut the RAM down to DDR3-1333 and possibly a lower CAS latency, but that would save you 10 at the most. However, the build would have:

- A quad-core CPU ready for overclocking (just need to buy a cooler)
- A GREAT GPU that'll max out any game on the market. Also a great overclocker
- A semi-decent case... this is the one weakness
- A reliable PSU
- 500GB of 7200rpm storage space
- A motherboard that is tested and true, and will allow for OCing in the future

Tell me if you have any problems. I'm not sure on the monitor, though, and the case will be a stretch. I'd try for at least a HAF 912
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June 3, 2012 2:20:48 AM

So, overall, here is what I'd suggest:

CPU: i5-2500k
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3
Memory: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 1.5v RAM
HDD: 500GB 7200rpm
GPU: Sapphire 7850 :o 
Case: HAF 912 or lower
PSU: Corsair 600W
OS: Win7 64 bit Home Premium
Monitor: Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/lg-monitor-e2441vbn

Total, that'll come REALLY close to 800... possibly a TEENSY bit over.
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June 3, 2012 2:23:05 AM

I think he can do better than a CX600. It is not super low quality, but there are better PSUs out there. 600W is enough to CF that 7850 btw.
June 3, 2012 2:24:59 AM

Oh, I know. Good point on that, too. Alternatively, switching to a nice 500W or 550W PSU is okay as well.
June 3, 2012 9:10:14 PM

Thanks for all your help guys I really appreciate it. This is what I think I am going to go for (the brackets indicate the supplier):

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus (Scan) £67.79
HDD: 500GB Seagate ST500DM002 (Scan) £54.95
RAM: 8GB Corsair DDR3 XMS3 PC3-12800 1,600 (Scan) £42.19
PSU: OCZ Technology ZS Series 550W (Scan) £43.19
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Desktop MK120 Wired Keyboard/Mouse (Scan) £12.58
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM (Scan) £71.64
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B (Scan) £13.16
Motherboard: ASROCK Z68 Pro3 Gen3 1155 DDR3 ATX (dabs) £71.98
GPU: Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7850 860 MHz 2GB (dabs) £179.98
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k (CCL) £157.19

This comes to a total of £815.17. I think I might try and push the budget a little to squeeze in a cpu cooler such as a Gelid Tranquillo v2.
June 3, 2012 9:15:34 PM

Er... OCZ isn't a very good PSU manufacturer. Apart from that, everything looks good! I don't know anything about CPU cooler availability in the UK, though
June 3, 2012 9:27:34 PM

Nothing wrong with OCZ, got a 9/10 from johnnyguru.
June 3, 2012 10:01:36 PM

I forgot the monitor which is included in the total price but not in the list. It 's a an 21.5 inch Acer V223HQVbd 1920x1080 and its on scan for £90.36.
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