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First time gaming build - £500 - £800 how does this look? UK

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May 22, 2012 9:29:57 AM

Hi all,

Im looking to build my first PC ever and would like it to be capable of some decent PC gaming. Ive got a PS3 and Xbox for the console style games.

Ive only ever bought off the shelf Dells but Im fine with adding hard drives, rebuilding system, finding errors etc. I mainly use my current Dell Inspirion for photoshop work, Acid pro and soundforge music editing, itunes and surfing.

Upon doing a little research the build always comes down to money. Im ok for hard drives once this machine is built as I will transplant from my old PC but I would like to get a SSD for the C drive but dont know whats good or speeds etc?

Here is a list of components Ive found so far, any good or any changes I should make? Would like to stick with an i5 and nvidia and I need the win 7 oem.

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Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: £500 - £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Music Production

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference but would like to order all parts from one site

Country: South East England, UK

Parts Preferences: i5 and nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Highest

Additional Comments: would like the option to upgrade in the future. Want an SSD C drive.

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So far I have this (sourced from ebuyer):

Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card = £178.70

Intel Gamer Bundle with Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard Intel i5 2500k Processor and 8GB DDR3 (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance LP Blue Memory = £289.97

Coolermaster CM690 II Lite with Coolermaster GX 650W PSU *Special Offer Bundle* = £99.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit = £66.95

Kingston 120GB V+200 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 535MB/s Write 480MB/s = £69.99

Kingston 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Bracket and Screws = £3.99

TOTAL: £709.59


May 22, 2012 1:05:05 PM

I think you misunderstood the monitor resolution prompt. What resolution are you on right now? Anyway, I don't have a lot of experience in UK building, but here's the build I'd suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.97 @ Novatech)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£106.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.10 @ Ebuyer)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£70.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£204.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.19 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £768.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 14:04 BST+0100)
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