£900 Budget Gaming PC

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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  1. 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+Tower/Cooler+Master+HAF+912+Plus+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?productId=42044 £65.99 inc. VAT
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies+-+PSUs/Non-Modular+700-950W/750W+OCZ+ZS+Series+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45459 £62.39 inc. VAT
    750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/intel1155z77chipsetmotherboards/ga-z77x-d3h.html £109.99 inc vat
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

    http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Processors-Launch-March-23-2012 £167.99 (inc. VAT)
    Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cooling/cpucoolers/rr-212e-16pk-r1.html £29.99 inc vat
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/DDR3/Dual+Channel+-+%281600MHz%29/8GB+Mushkin+Enhanced+Blackline+Frostbyte+%23996995+%282x4GB%29+1600+%28PC3-12800%29+240-Pin+DDR3+SDRAM+CAS+9-9-9-24+1.5V+?productId=44336 £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/harddrives-internal/sata500gbto1tb/st1000dm003.html £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/opticaldrives/satadvdwriters/ad-7280s-0b.html £14.48 inc vat
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards+-+AMD/Radeon+HD+7870/Sapphire+Radeon+HD+7870+2048MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=49169 £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/Mushkin+Chronos+120GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=45660 £99.95 inc. VAT
    Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive


    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/MICROSOFT+Windows+Home+Premium+7+SP1+64-bit+EN+1pk+-+OEM+%5BGFC-02050%5D+?productId=38272 £68.88 inc. VAT
    MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
  2. 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-enthusiast-series-650txv2uk-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-a

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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-700w-modular-psu-single-12v-rail-with-50a-rs-700-amba-d3

    750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies+-+PSUs/Non-Modular+700-950W/750W+OCZ+ZS+Series+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45459

    Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze
    http://www.ebuyer.com/257232-corsair-tx-650w-v2-psu-80plus-bronze-certified-cmpsu-650txv2uk

    (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+Tower/Cooler+Master+HAF+912+Plus+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?productId=42044&rqcType=r#rqc

    and

    Coolermaster Storm Scout Black Mid Tower
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-storm-scout-gaming-mid-tower-black-case-w-o-psu-refresh-version

    Thanks for your time.
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