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New Gaming Build £600 Budget

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March 9, 2012 11:19:17 PM

Hi I'm looking for some feedback on my plans for a new gaming build and would like some feedback on the system and where I can make improvements and stay in budget and where I can afford to save some money

Approximate Purchase Date: Buying in 6-9 months (will probably buy components over time so I notice less of a hit on my wallet

Budget Range:Approximately £600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Encoding, Watching Films, Web Design & Coding, MS Office, and Web Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Monitor: 32" Toshiba, - silly resolutions, at 720p is at 1184x680 and 1080p at 1768x914 or something cant remember off the top of my head

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Using Dabs.com at the moment but if it can be beaten on price I'm open to suggestions

Country: England

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, not too bothered about GPU make - as long as I can do desktop resizing on my monitor like I currently can with my nVidia mobile GPU I'm happy :bounce: 

Overclocking: If I can I will, but wont be too bothered if that is something I do later down the line when I can afford to add a CPU cooler etc, but the GPU will definitely be overclocked

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but I will be more inclined to stay with a single GPU where possible due to power usage

Additional Comments: Needs to keep cool, and play games better than my 4yr old laptop haha, I currently play Skyrim on 1366x768 medium settings, high textures, 2xAA & 16xAF 25fps min 35fps avg whilst outdoors


My Plan:

Case: Not too sure yet, needs to keep everything cool, and not be too noisy, I don't care too much for glowing lights and a window unless everything is color coordinated or the windowed option is cheaper. Although I am tempted by http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-df35-dark-fleet-mid-tower-case-736Y.html for £74.98 at dabs

Mobo: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 £74.98 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-z68ap-d3-lga1155-intel-z68-ddr3-atx-usb-3-0-7MQB.html - would like a Z68 mobo for quick sync and power saving options

CPU: i3 2100 £89.99 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i3-2100-3-10ghz-lga1155-3mb-79Q3.html - was tempted to save £20 and go for the g860 seeing as I would like to get a 2500k at some point in the life of the system

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP £36.99 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-xmp-79V4.html

PSU: ocz zs series 650w 80+ bronze £54.99 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-zs-series-650w-80--bronze-power-supply-7H4C.html

HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive £82.99 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata-6gb-s-64mb-7200rpm-hard-drive-7XD5.html

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 900MHz 1GB £169.99 at dabs http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-560-ti-900mhz-1gb-pci-express-hdmi-superclocked-7VQG.html - either something like this or wait to see what the prices of things are like once 78xx and nVidia 6xx series are in shops

Total Spent: £584.91

I welcome all advice, suggestions and everything from everyone :) 

Edited to fix the links
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March 10, 2012 7:34:27 AM

MOBO : Asus P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155
http://www.ebuyer.com/281367-asus-p8z68-v-lx-socket-115...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz...
RAM : Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix
http://www.ebuyer.com/342352-crucial-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160...
HDD : Seagate 1TB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III
http://www.ebuyer.com/252858-seagate-1tb-3-5-barracuda-...
GPU : MSI GTX 560Ti OC 1GB GDDR5
http://www.ebuyer.com/320764-msi-gtx-560ti-oc-1gb-gddr5...
PSU : Corsair 600W CX Series V2
http://www.ebuyer.com/269259-corsair-600w-cx-series-v2-...
CASE : Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/233740-coolermaster-elite-430-all...
TOTAL : £625.62 with shipping taxes.
You can buy cpu cooler later to overclock your cpu.
If you don't want to overclock buy i5 2400 http://www.ebuyer.com/251595-intel-core-i5-2400-3-1ghz-... £145.21 and you are in 600£ budget.
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