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May 6, 2012 10:38:41 PM

Hello all,

Currently I'm still using my old E7400/9800GTX+ PC, which does well in lots of games but is showing its age and stopping me from buying many new games. Now I dont have all the money immediately, so I'm planning on getting the PSU and the graphics card first (in about 2 weeks) and then the rest in a months time.

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next two months.

Budget Range: £650

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Overclockers, Aria, Dabs

Country: England

Overclocking: Ive dabbled in CPU overclocking so I'm not adverse to it (and in the long run I will anyway to keep it running well down the line)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)


Current plan is:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i5-3570...

MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/G.Skill+RipJawsX+8...

VTX3D Radeon HD 7850 2048MB
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

1TB Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5" SATA III 6GB/s Internal Hard Drive
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Hard+Drives+-+I...

Corsair Builder Series CX 600W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Fractal Design Define R3 Midi Tower Case
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

This all comes to about £750, but I'm being helped with the GPU and PSU, so I'll only pay about half for them. Ideally looking to stick within £700 if possible though.

I already have fans and a CD/DVD drive, and I'll pick a decent CPU cooler depending on whats on offer at the time (not just going for a cheapo one ofc). I was considering a SSD, but I cant justify the money for the 30 seconds a day it's going to save me. Tbh I dont find load times that bad currently so I see no real need (maybe a future purchase)

I've never got a VTX3D card and there are many companies doing an identical spec'd card at similar prices, so if anyone has any reasons to go with anyone I'll listen. This - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX... - is the best alternative I've seen.


Many thanks for any input at all guys :) 

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May 6, 2012 10:43:32 PM

Im-not-allowed-to-EDIT:

Whilst I kind of follow GPU and CPU news, I admit I know little about Mobo's and RAM, but these both seem to hit a decent price/performance mark.
The Mobo is one of the cheaper ones I could see, but I cant see as I'm missing out on anything (I'm probably wrong) but someone will know more than me I'm sure.

Thanks again!
May 6, 2012 10:59:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£172.97 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£52.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£12.49 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£12.49 @ Amazon UK)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£54.51 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£186.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 775W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£80.33 @ Maplin Electronics)
Total: £746.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-06 23:59 BST+0100)
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May 6, 2012 11:07:41 PM

Thanks for the input.
Can I ask why those parts? (I've got to ask so I learn lol).

Afaik the cheaper 650w PSU I chose would be enough and also Dabs don't sell that card. Other places do though, but could you explain why the Sapphire one, with the same specs, is better?

Thanks
May 6, 2012 11:28:14 PM

I chose the Sapphire one because it was actually on PCPartPicker, so if yours is the same price, go ahead and use that one.
THe 600W PSU is enough, but it doesn't open up as many options if you want to Crossfire. However, it is your choice.
May 7, 2012 7:44:32 AM

Ah makes sense, thanks!
May 7, 2012 8:28:37 AM

I just knocked the below together on Scan:

Intel Core i5 3570K (£177.78)
Asus P8Z77-V LX (£93.32 )
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black L (£38.59)
2GB Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II (£189.34)
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s (£68.38)
600W PSU, Corsair Builder Series (£53.52)
Corsair Carbide Series 300R (£53.16)

The total comes to £683.68, including shipping. If you're getting help with the GPU and PSU, the you could get a 90GB SATA III SSD...I'd thoroughly recommend one, they make your system very responsive.

When you start to OC, remember and get a decent aftermarket cooler. The Hyper-212 is great and costs about £25, so it doesn't need to break the bank.
May 7, 2012 1:13:28 PM

diellur said:
I just knocked the below together on Scan:

Intel Core i5 3570K (£177.78)
Asus P8Z77-V LX (£93.32 )
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black L (£38.59)
2GB Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II (£189.34)
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s (£68.38)
600W PSU, Corsair Builder Series (£53.52)
Corsair Carbide Series 300R (£53.16)

The total comes to £683.68, including shipping. If you're getting help with the GPU and PSU, the you could get a 90GB SATA III SSD...I'd thoroughly recommend one, they make your system very responsive.

When you start to OC, remember and get a decent aftermarket cooler. The Hyper-212 is great and costs about £25, so it doesn't need to break the bank.

Whats wrong with the RAM I chose?
May 7, 2012 4:10:48 PM

UVB076 said:
Whats wrong with the RAM I chose?


It doesn't exist
May 7, 2012 6:51:53 PM

wait dafuq the amazon link was wrong /:
May 7, 2012 7:16:30 PM

had a quick look on aria.co.uk and put this together.

Intel Core i5-3570K £167.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M £97.86
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 £39.95
VTX3D Radeon HD 7850 2048MB GDDR5 £173.24
1TB Seagate Barracuda Green Hard Drive [ST1000DL002] £61.99
650W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply £57.95
Zalman Z11 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis w/ USB3.0 £53.99

Total price with delivery and VAT: £664.27

basically the same as diellur's but a little cheaper
!