£500-£600 Custom build

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.)
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  1. Quote:
    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.
  2. When I mean by maybe, I actually meant possibly for the future. Sorry about that but does it make a difference?
  3. Ummm....yeah....it 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. As an example of a build you won't be able to overclock but is still pretty powerful:

    Intel Pentium G840 £55
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Processors/Intel+Pentium+%281155%29/Intel+Pentium+G840+2.80GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=44716

    Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V £48
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+H61+%28B3%29/Gigabyte+GA-H61MA-D3V+GEN3+Intel+H61+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=48248

    8GB Mushkin Silverline 1333 £33
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1333MHz/8GB+Mushkin+Silverline+%23996770+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+1333MHz+9-9-9-24+?productId=41882

    XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 £138
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/AMD/AMD+6870+Series/XFX+AMD+Radeon+HD+6870+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=44533

    500GB Seagate Barracuda £58
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/500GB+Seagate+Barracuda+7200.12+3.5%22+SATA+III+Internal+Hard+Drive+%5BST500DM002%5D+?operation=shoppingBasketAdd&productId=46054&context=superSpecial

    550W XFX Core Edition £48
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/650W+or+less/550W+XFX+Core+Edition+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+%28Seasonic+OEM%29+?productId=45332

    Silverstone SST-PS04B £29
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Silverstone+SST-PS04B+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?productId=48258

    Samsung 22" S22A200B £96
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Samsung+22%22+S22A200B+Widescreen+LED+DVI+Monitor+?productId=47605

    MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit £70
    https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/MICROSOFT+Windows+Home+Premium+7+SP1+64-bit+EN+1pk+-+OEM+%5BGFC-02050%5D+?productId=38272

    Sony 24x Internal DVD-RAM+/- Writer £13
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+DVD+Drives/DVD%C2%B1RW+Dual+Layer+Writers/Sony+24x+Internal+DVD-RAM%2B%2F-+Writer+SATA+Black+Bare+Drive+?productId=48288


    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.
  8. 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.
  9. If they are factory sealed, yes.
  10. 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.
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