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£600 ish Gaming PC

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April 26, 2012 2:22:12 PM

Hey Guys, wanna make a new build which will last me a good few years. I know most of you guys use dollars but everything is a bit more expensive in the UK so therefore prices are a bit different >.< £600 is just under $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week (My birthday:3:3)

Budget Range:£600 ($1000) Before Rebates. Can go around $150 over but i'd rather not.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, video editing and watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Keboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Case and fans.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon or ebuyer.

Country: England

Parts Preferences: 8GB 1600MHz Ram. Intel i5 Sandybridge 2500k
Overclocking: Maybe/Not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will be using this mostly for gaming and want it to last a few years. Silent would be great too but im getting a NZXT H2 Silent case and have some quiet fans so I guess the graphics card won't be heard that much?

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April 26, 2012 2:44:31 PM

Firstly, don't even bother including price's in $$ if your buying within the UK. Prices are very different and the exchange rate will never balance out.

Websites to buy parts from:

Do you require an operating system in your build? Will you need to buy Windows 7?

Ok so now the build:

CPU: i5-2500k - yes without a doubt get this into your build

RAM: 1600MHz RAM, 8GB (2x4GB sticks), Corsair Vengeance tends to be the best priced in the UK ~£40

PSU: 550w XFX Core Edition (Bronze rated)

GPU: GTX 560Ti/6950 (maybe next tier up will see how the budget goes)

Mobo: Z77 chipset is going to be your best option, ASUS would be my brand recommendation

HDD: This really depends on how much storage space you need, look for 7200rpm drives though, 500GB currently priced around £50-55 and 1TB I've seen a few deals for around £65 ish

DVD-RW: Something basic, ~£15 mark

Case: Don't waste too much of the budget here, £50 maximum, just choose something you like :) 

CPU cooler: You WILL want to be over-clocking that 2500k at some point :)  personally my cooler of choice is the Arctic Freezer 13 (non-pro-version). It's fairly small so there's no issues with height and spacing (92mm fan) and can easily handle overclocks of 4.6GHz. Solid price at ~£20 too.

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April 26, 2012 3:17:16 PM

Lieutenant Awesome said:
Get an i5 3570k, new tech.

It's not really worth the extra cost from what I've seen so far. Keep hearing of lots of issues with over-clocking and heat due to the smaller 22nm set up.

2500K is rock solid. It's been proven time and time again on these forums and everywhere else. You don't get much better price vs. performance from any other CPU. Hence why the 2500k is so popular.
April 26, 2012 3:25:23 PM

Its not worth the extra cost if you already have a SB, but for a completely new build you should get IB. It has way newer technology like PCI-E 3 which makes it futureproof, and is a much quicker CPU. Sure, it doesn't OC past 4.6 very well, but who needs that anyway.
April 26, 2012 3:32:02 PM

Please ensure the following are compatible.

CPU: i5 2500k if you want to overclock. If you do not want to overclock, please choose i5 2570k

the following is recommended with i5 2500 as a CPU

MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V-LX. (others like the Pro version or ASROCK extreme iv are expensive...see the second thread)

RAM DDR3 is cheap. Throw in an 8gb stick. I recommend G.Skills

GPU: GTX 560Ti. Ideally, GTX 680 or GTX 580 (they are very expensive)

There are many to choose from. I would probably prefer Asus or EVGA

COOLERS Many choices to choose from: Cooler Master Hyper plus or EVO, Cooler Master H100 or Noctua NH-D14

PSU, CASE, DVD/BLURAY, HDD: plenty of choices from pretty cheap to very expensive. I would keep the CASE and DVD/BluRay costs minimum. I would get a good PSU. HDD is your choice...

Please see this review at Tom's,review-...

April 26, 2012 3:35:26 PM

I did not recommend i7 2600k or i7 3930k, although they are very good, but expensive. i do not think i7 2600k is worth the extra money for performance. i7 3930k is fantastic but expensive (£450 plus).