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£900 Budget Gaming PC

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April 14, 2012 11:35:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: £800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net, programming, watching films, etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.ebuyer.com/ , http://www.scan.co.uk/ , http://overclockers.co.uk/ , http://www.aria.co.uk/

Country: UK

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not for now, but maybe in future (SLI)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a stable build that will serve me for the next 3 years at least



Hello everyone,

I'll be building a gaming rig in the next couple of weeks and I'd like your opinions and advices about my current choices.

I've already bought a processor, GPU and RAM but I'm still hesitating between the rest of the components, therefore I need your help to make sure that everything is okay and will be compatible.

I've already made another post here, but now my budget has increased and I changed my mind about most of the components I had previously chosen.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Unlocked Processor - Retail (ALREADY BOUGHT)

MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Twin FrozR III Power Edition 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (ALREADY BOUGHT)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit (ALREADY BOUGHT, was £12 cheaper when I bought it, a few days ago)

Asus P67 Sabertooth

OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5" SATA-3 Solid State Hard Drive

Asus 24x DVD±RW DRW-24B3ST SATA ReWriter - Black (Retail)

CM Storm Scout + Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU *Special Offer Bundle*

Thermalright Archon Rev. A

500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive

Well.. that's it so far, £900 roughly. I'm open to any suggestions :) 

Cheers.




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April 15, 2012 12:27:50 AM

Cooler Master psu's aren't recommended on here. Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th. Ivy Bridge + Z77 board + new generation vid card = PCI-E 3.0



http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+To... £65.99 inc. VAT
Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £62.39 inc. VAT
750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa... £109.99 inc vat
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... £167.99 (inc. VAT)
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cooling/c... £29.99 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/... £32.39 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte #996995 (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive... £76.98 inc vat
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6GB/s 8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/opticaldr... £14.48 inc vat
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card... £262.79 inc. VAT
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Total: £822.99 inc. vat.


*** SSD's get cheaper by the week. Pick one up at a later date.

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Mush... £99.95 inc. VAT
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive


http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syste... £68.88 inc. VAT
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
April 15, 2012 11:49:44 AM

Thanks for your reply, Why_Me.

I know Ivy bridge is due out soon but I've already bought a CPU, so I'm not going to buy it. That applies to the RAM and GPU too.

I've chosen that PSU and case due to the bundle, since I like the CM Storm Scout, and silent pro m series is not a bad PSU either, as far as I'm aware. I know there are better out there, but for now I'll stick to that bundle. Alternatively I've chosen another PSU, which is:
Corsair 650W Enthusiast Series 80 plus bronze
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-corsair-enthusi...

If it performs better, then I don't mind replacing the silent pro. Also, I'd appreciate if you could give some feedback about the sabertooth p67.

Thanks in advance.
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April 15, 2012 12:08:39 PM

The Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W is a good PSU.
However neither it, nor the Corsair TX650 V2, would support GTX 570 SLI. This is because they don't have enough PCIe connectors. You need a PSU with four PCIe connectors.
April 15, 2012 2:58:37 PM

Thanks a lot for your replies.

One last question from me.

From these 2 cases and these 3 PSUs which one would you pick up and recommend for my build:

Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/147047-coolermaster-silent-pro-70...

750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...

Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze
http://www.ebuyer.com/257232-corsair-tx-650w-v2-psu-80p...

(The difference in price doesn't matter)

Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+To...

and

Coolermaster Storm Scout Black Mid Tower
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-storm-scout...

Thanks for your time.

!