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£750-£1k gaming system for the future

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March 30, 2012 12:37:37 PM

Budget Range: £750-£1k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.
Parts Not Required: CPU. Will use Celeron G530 until Ivy Bridge release (unless MB is incompatible, I could buy a cheap processor if necessary, but with just a month [rumors of June are false] to Ivy Bridge, would prefer not)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Overclockers.co.uk

Parts Preferences:

22nm/Ivy Bridge compatible MB (would it make sense to wait? why go for deluxe versions? motherboard is the component I struggle most with understanding... )

GTX 680 required, 60gb+ SSD (any point with bigger?), 8gb+ ram. Tower should be light, with plenty of cooling. 500gb+ HDD. No monitors, keyboard/mice/etc needed.

Overclocking? Don't know. Cost vs benefit? Opinions?
March 30, 2012 6:52:46 PM

Buy sandy bridge; there will be hardly any difference between that and ivy and a celeron will seriously bottleneck your system

What games will you be playing on this system and what res?
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March 30, 2012 7:44:59 PM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.


http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- full review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




This build is set up so that you can add another one of those gtx 680's later on in SLI.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/ <---- This place has free shipping and usually gets those Asrock boards first (UK). They also finance.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+To... £65.05 inc. VAT
Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £75.59 inc. VAT
850W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply (Seasonic OEM)

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4

Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad Core 3.4Ghz
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Coolers+-+Air... £26.38 inc. VAT
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/... £39.59 inc. VAT
G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL)

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+... £71.99 inc. VAT
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - HDD

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Mush... £94.99 inc. VAT
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/D... £13.09 inc. VAT
Sony 24x Internal DVD-RAM+/- Writer SATA Black Bare Drive

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX... £429.95 inc VAT
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (02G-P4-2680-KR) [02G-P4-2680-KR]

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Syste... £70.50 inc. VAT
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
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