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£500-£600 Custom build

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February 24, 2012 3:08:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime

Budget Range: £500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Recording, Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Re-using mouse and key-board

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Preferably intel over AMD, nVidia over ATI

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I play WoW and HoN. I want to move onto full on gaming on PC instead playing them on my PS3 (Skyrim, Battlefield 3, MW3 etc.)

More about : 500 600 custom build

a b B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2012 4:49:24 PM

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

When you decide, let us know, we can help. Your mobo, cpu and power supply all depend on a yes or no answer.
February 24, 2012 4:52:48 PM

When I mean by maybe, I actually meant possibly for the future. Sorry about that but does it make a difference?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2012 6:17:19 PM makes a huge difference.

If your not overclocking, then you don't need an unlocked cpu.

If your not planning xfire/sli, then you can go with a much cheaper motherboard.

If your planning xfire/sli, you'll need a much more powerful power supply and a xfire/sli compatible motherboard.
February 24, 2012 6:27:39 PM

Well I do want to the overclock in the future but is SLI/Crossfire needed in games such as Battlefield 3, Skyrim or Mass Effect 3?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2012 10:55:00 PM

What you want is a 2500K cpu.

A coolermaster hyper 212+ cpu cooler for overclocking.

A decent Z68 motherboard with either 16x/8x or 8x/8x, not 16x/4x. I recommend Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 or any Asus Z68.

2x4GB 1.5v DDR3-1600

HD6950 1GB or GTX560ti. If your waiting a bit, the new GTX6XX and HD78XX should be out soon. The HD79XX are already out but way out of your price range.

A good quality 80+ certified 750w power supply from Antec, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic.

February 25, 2012 4:18:52 AM

iJay97 said:
Well I do want to the overclock in the future but is SLI/Crossfire needed in games such as Battlefield 3, Skyrim or Mass Effect 3?

If you don't overclock you can actually get a system that is more powerful as there will be more money for the GPU, the cheapest K series is the 2500K which is £160 which is more than a quarter of your budget.

SLI/Crossfire is not needed.
February 25, 2012 4:30:14 AM

As an example of a build you won't be able to overclock but is still pretty powerful:

Intel Pentium G840 £55

Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V £48

8GB Mushkin Silverline 1333 £33

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 £138

500GB Seagate Barracuda £58

550W XFX Core Edition £48

Silverstone SST-PS04B £29

Samsung 22" S22A200B £96

MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit £70

Sony 24x Internal DVD-RAM+/- Writer £13

Total cost: (With P&P and VAT) £599.92

That said my pc was built for a little under £600, but to do that you have to be willing to use ebay.
February 25, 2012 12:05:20 PM

eBay is not a problem for me as I only buy from eBay's top sellers (assuming that they're not frauds). Although is manufacturer warranty still on the item if you buy from eBay? I would of bought components from eBay by now if I just knew if there was.
February 25, 2012 9:56:06 PM

If they are factory sealed, yes.
February 26, 2012 9:47:07 AM

Even then it's iffy, it depends on the part. I always ask for a receipt of the part (when they bought it) in case of RMA requirements. Haven't had to do that yet so can't say what would happen but i think it'd be okay.