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£800 Gaming Rig

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April 10, 2012 10:04:19 AM

Hi all,
My friend recently asked me to build him a system for around £800. He said he wanted watercooling (as he wanted to OC) and a few other things. Here is the build:

Graphics: nVidia GTX 570

Processor: Intel Core i7 2700K (Can also be 2600K)

Corsair H60 Water Cooler

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68

RAM: Vengeance 1600MHz

CD/DVD Drive: Sony Internal 24x DVD RW


Is the build okay? :hello: 

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April 10, 2012 10:13:53 AM

Seems ok but i would bump the core down to a i5 3570k when it comes out later this month (as i7s are generally not much better for gaming as hyberthreadings more for running several different tasks/ video editing.What about the Case,HD,OS u already got them and if u but be careful buying from WAEPLUS (seem to have very bad reviews ie taking weeks to deliver)
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April 10, 2012 11:24:21 AM

Agree that getting an i7 is pointless for gaming, if you're not waiting for Ivy Bridge get the i5-2500K.

Personally the only difference I can see between the motherboard you chose and the one below is that yours has 2 Firewire ports (1 on the back panel):
Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 £120
So if you don't need Firewire then the fact that it it cheaper makes it the better choice. Unless you know of another difference which is important to you.

Better (and actually more powerful) PSU:
XFX Pro 550W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze £48 (£2 delivery)

An all-in-one water cooler (like the Corsair H60) is no better for overclocking than a good air cooler, so he could probably save ~£10 there.
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April 10, 2012 11:57:20 AM

I'd agree with Silvune's comments, although by more powerful he means greater amperage on the 12V line which is the most important line.

I'd be a little wary of as i've never heard of them before but if you do buy i'd love to hear how you got on as they have decent prices.

Finally is a hard drive required? or an OS? as i don't see them in your selection.
April 11, 2012 2:11:32 PM

The hard drive is a 500GB one.

As for the water cooling, what suggestions do you have? He wants to overclock to like 4.2GHz.

As for the i5, I thought the i7 would be a better choice? Since I thought they'd be top of the line ...
April 13, 2012 2:25:27 PM

Depends on what he's going to use the PC for. If it's just games get he 2500k