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New Gaming Build £600 Budget

Last response: in Systems
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 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 for £74.98 at dabs

Mobo: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 £74.98 at dabs - would like a Z68 mobo for quick sync and power saving options

CPU: i3 2100 £89.99 at dabs - 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

PSU: ocz zs series 650w 80+ bronze £54.99 at dabs

HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive £82.99 at dabs

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 900MHz 1GB £169.99 at dabs - 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
CPU : I5 2500K
RAM : Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix
HDD : Seagate 1TB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III
PSU : Corsair 600W CX Series V2
CASE : Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black
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 £145.21 and you are in 600£ budget.