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£700-£1000 gaming rig

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March 13, 2012 9:30:28 PM

Hi all, thinking about trying to build my own gaming rig. Read up on a few things, but would appreciate some help putting together a picture of what I can realistically get within budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: £700-£1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, office work, watching movies

Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard, maybe speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no idea

Country: England

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: would like a quiet rig, but not exactly crucial, and would be playing mostly offline RPG games (Skyrim, etc.)

This is my first build. I read a couple of similar threads but they were from mid-2011 so not sure if I should be looking for something different?

Thanks in advance!

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March 13, 2012 9:41:47 PM

up to £1000 is a healthy budget

sli or crossfire shouldnt really be necessary at that resolution

best uk pc shops

aria.co.uk

scan.co.uk

ebuyer.com

dabs.com

novatech

overclockers.co.uk

the new ivybridge cpus and new nvidia graphics cards will be along shortly so may be worth waiting for them

for your needs an intel 2500k would be sufficient or the ivybridge equivalent when it comes

z68 motherboard

8gb ram

120gb ssd

gtx570 or amd 7950 or wait for new nvidia kepler cards

aftermarket cooler--hyper 212 is cheap enough but effective enough for a 4.5ghz overclock
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March 13, 2012 11:18:21 PM

Hahah, I'm like a kid at christmas on sites like that - I never know what I should be restrricting myself to for a solid, good value pc. Any help narrowing down what I should be looking at specifically would be great.
March 14, 2012 10:55:43 AM

mcnumpty23 has it right, especially about waiting for Kepler, it's supposed to be released this month so worth waiting for.

If you had to buy right now i managed a build at www.Aria.co.uk:
Sorry about no prices or links but i have just done a load of builds and it's easy enough to search for them.

Intel Core i5-2500K
Corsair Cooling Air Series A50
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB
PALIT GeForce GTX 580
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200
530W be quiet! Pure Power L8
Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE DVD Writer
Fractal Design Core 3000
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM

All comes to £986.83 with P&P and VAT

If you want to save a fair bit you can throw out the CPU cooler and SSD and it comes to £824.08

and even more savings can be had changing GTX 580 to GTX 560 Ti and Z68 and i5 2500k to Gigabyte H61 D3v and i5 2400 which would come in at £635.62

!