£800 build.

So, the gist of it is that I want to build, or buy, depending on which is best, with the budget of £800 (about $1300).
I'll be using it as a multimedia and hopefull gaming PC.
Thanks!
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  1. What you allready have ? ( monitor , what resolution, keyboard,mouse , OS)
  2. sosofm said:
    What you allready have ? ( monitor , what resolution, keyboard,mouse , OS)


    I don't remember my monitor, I'll tell you when I get home. I run Windows 7 64 bit and have a pretty standard kb & mouse. I can understand the monitor but does the other stuff matter too much? Just wondering, I'm kind of new to it.
  3. Any preference to Intel/AMD CPU or Nvidia/AMD Graphics card?
  4. Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache OEM Processor
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244099

    Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module Non-ECC CL9 1.5V (2 of these for 8GB total)
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179755

    Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3 Z68 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/284388

    Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/349749

    Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Case - with USB3.0 on front panel
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/341398

    Arctic Power Pro 850W Modular 14cm Fan PSU - 4x PCI-E 8x SATA
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/229935

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Intel and AMD Socket Heatpipe Cooling Fan
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253477

    Kingston 120GB V+200 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 535MB/s Write 480MB/s
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/341349

    Total Cost: £798.18 (with free delivery option)

    Opinion: Having a beefier PSU will help if you choose to X-fire later. The SSD will make you productivity use much faster and pleasant as will the far superior CPU.

    Having USB 3 front connectors is surely a must for a new build these days. Hence case selection. If you need more storage I suggest pulling out your current HD or finding a cheap deal at a later point. HD's are still overpriced from the flooding to the point I recommend buying second hand or waiting until they drop again, SSD's just offer too much in comparison.

    GPU wise I would say the performance between the 7870 and gtx580 is much of a muchness, but power draw and temperature of the 7870 is far superior. Also possibility of multi monitor gaming is a big draw as it is now realistic on a single GPU like this.
  5. CPU:Intel Core i5-2400
    CPU Cooler: Intel Boxed Heat Sink and Fan
    Motherboard: MSI PH61A-P35
    RAM: Wintec AMPO 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 3AMD31333-4G2K-NHR
    Graphics: Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB SATA 6Gb/s
    Case: Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01
    Power: Antec EarthWatts Green EA430D 430 W
    Optical: Samsung 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222AB

    Thats the $600 build posted on tom's buyers guide which comes to roughly £530. To increase to £800 you can now add a better GPU and get a better powersupply. Try the 6950, or wait until the 7850 which comes out late March/early April. If you are going to get a better GPU i'd suggest a PSU around 500-600 watt, make sure you get a reliable manufacturer (antec, corsair).

    Because you're looking to watch a lot of films you could upgrade your hardrive to 750gb's or 1tb but this can always be done at a later date when prices fall and when you fill the 500gb one.

    Many people will state that you'll want to upgrade your motherboard to a H67 or a Z68 however i don't believe you can afford it at this price range. Sticking with a i5 2400 as i don't think you'll want to be OC'ing so there's no point paying the extra £35 for something that will hardly make any difference.
  6. MOBO : Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+Z68+%28B3%29/Gigabyte+GA-Z68AP-D3+Intel+Z68+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=45563
    CPU : I5 2500K
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Processors/Intel+Core+i5+%281155%29/Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Unlocked+Processor+-+OEM+?productId=48273
    RAM : 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte (2x4GB) 1600
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/8GB+Mushkin+Enhanced+Blackline+Frostbyte+LV+%23996988+%282x4GB%29+1600+%28PC3-12800%29+240-Pin+DDR3+SDRAM+CAS+9-9-9-24+1.35V+?productId=43961
    HDD : 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3.5" SATA III
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/SATA+%28Serial+ATA%29/500GB+to+1TB/500GB+Seagate+Barracuda+7200.12+3.5%22+SATA+III+Internal+Hard+Drive+%5BST500DM002%5D+?productId=46054
    SSD : Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" SATA-III
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Solid+State+Drives/Mushkin+Chronos+60GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=46083
    GPU : MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Twin FrozR III Power Edition
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA/NVIDIA+GTX+570+Series/MSI+GeForce+GTX+570+OC+Twin+FrozR+III+Power+Edition+1280MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=44468
    PSU : 650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze (Seasonic OEM)
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/650W+XFX+Core+Edition+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+%28Seasonic+OEM%29+?productId=45333
    DVD-RW : LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+DVD+Drives/DVD%C2%B1RW+Dual+Layer+Writers/LG+GH22NS70+22x+DVD%C2%B1RW+with+DL+%26+RAM+SATA+Optical+Drive+-+OEM+Black+?productId=46140
    CASE : Zalman Z11
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Zalman+Z11+Plus+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+w%2F+USB3.0+?productId=48831
    CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+Coolers/Cooler+Master+Hyper+212+EVO+Quiet+CPU+Cooler+?productId=47248
    TOTAL : £799.88 with delivery tax included.
  7. sosofm said:
    MOBO : Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+Z68+%28B3%29/Gigabyte+GA-Z68AP-D3+Intel+Z68+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=45563
    CPU : I5 2500K
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Processors/Intel+Core+i5+%281155%29/Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Unlocked+Processor+-+OEM+?productId=48273
    RAM : 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte (2x4GB) 1600
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/8GB+Mushkin+Enhanced+Blackline+Frostbyte+LV+%23996988+%282x4GB%29+1600+%28PC3-12800%29+240-Pin+DDR3+SDRAM+CAS+9-9-9-24+1.35V+?productId=43961
    HDD : 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3.5" SATA III
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/SATA+%28Serial+ATA%29/500GB+to+1TB/500GB+Seagate+Barracuda+7200.12+3.5%22+SATA+III+Internal+Hard+Drive+%5BST500DM002%5D+?productId=46054
    SSD : Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" SATA-III
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Solid+State+Drives/Mushkin+Chronos+60GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=46083
    GPU : MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Twin FrozR III Power Edition
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA/NVIDIA+GTX+570+Series/MSI+GeForce+GTX+570+OC+Twin+FrozR+III+Power+Edition+1280MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=44468
    PSU : 650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze (Seasonic OEM)
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/650W+XFX+Core+Edition+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+%28Seasonic+OEM%29+?productId=45333
    DVD-RW : LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+DVD+Drives/DVD%C2%B1RW+Dual+Layer+Writers/LG+GH22NS70+22x+DVD%C2%B1RW+with+DL+%26+RAM+SATA+Optical+Drive+-+OEM+Black+?productId=46140
    CASE : Zalman Z11
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Zalman+Z11+Plus+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+w%2F+USB3.0+?productId=48831
    CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+Coolers/Cooler+Master+Hyper+212+EVO+Quiet+CPU+Cooler+?productId=47248
    TOTAL : £799.88 with delivery tax included.


    This build gets my vote. If you wanted to go over budget a little then I would get a 128GB SSD, personally a 60GB wouldn't be enough for me.
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