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Gaming Build Advice Wanted (Budget £600ish)

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April 30, 2012 11:32:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As Soon As Possible

Budget Range: £600 (Possibly go a bit over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Internet, Watching Films

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,,,

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, GPU not bothered, 22" LCD/LED Monitor With HDMI and Headphone Port (for Xbox) or Larger, Any good motherboard, Midi Case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad Core Processor - £156.79

XFX ATI Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card HD-695X-ZNFC HDMI - £159.99

Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 (B3) - £71.64

Antec Three Hundred Two Midi Tower Case - ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX, 2 x USB 3.0 - £54.99

Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 XMS3 8GB Desktop Memory - £40.61

Corsair CX 500W V2 ATX2.2 80 PLUS® Power Supply - £47.99 (Collect in store)

Asus VS228H 21.5 LCD - £117.61

For Hard Drive I'd like a 1TB SATA III drive, I did have one for £60 but the prices keep changing alot.

Total - £649.62 Without HDD

As I said I'd like to get the price down a little bit, but If it's going to last a while before I have to upgrade it I'm not that bothered if I go £100 or so over.

And I was also considering getting a 6850 or 6870 instead to bring the price down a little.

I'm also wonder if I should get the i5 2500k or get a 3750k and a ivy bridge motherboard.
May 1, 2012 12:53:51 AM

Good build!
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May 1, 2012 1:01:04 AM

Use Anandtech's GPU12 to find out which games each are better on.
May 1, 2012 1:05:43 AM

Nice site, the 6950 and the 7850 seem virtually the same, but I've read on a few websites that you can get a 50% overclock on the 7850 quite easily.
May 1, 2012 1:58:06 AM

Just realised too that I could get the antech 300 USB 2 for a little less as the Motherboard doesn't have any USB 3 Headers. I'd need a z77 chipset for that, but then would it be worth getting the 3750k instead?
May 1, 2012 2:15:22 AM

i5-3570k is definitely worth it.
May 1, 2012 2:42:52 AM

Is there much of a difference though from the 2500k, especially in terms of overclocking?
May 1, 2012 3:22:44 AM

That is not the reason why I suggest 3570k. IB will utilize PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 completely.
May 1, 2012 3:34:07 AM

Yes but pcie 3 isn't being used by anything yet and most z68 boards have usb 3. At the moment the z77 boards look a bit too expensive.
May 1, 2012 4:44:41 AM