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£540 everything other than Graphics Card

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January 26, 2012 9:51:50 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks

Budget Range:£540 for everything other then the Graphics card, i have bought a hd6850 already

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming - bf3 , star wars, diablo 3 :o 

Parts Not Required: OS, Graphics card, mouse, keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anything willing to ship to the UK

Country: Scotland

Parts Preferences: Intel processor other than that anything

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire yes

Monitor Resolution: not sure need to find a monitor first as im selling my old one

any comments or rough builds i should follow would be great :bounce: 

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January 26, 2012 9:53:06 AM

oh and i want a screw in heatsink for the CPU i hate the clip in type, snapped my last one ....
a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2012 10:08:58 AM

Here's a few website to shop about for the best UK prices: - check their "today only deals"

Ebuyer and Scan are my preferred out of the bunch.

Parts ideas:

CPU: i5-2500k
GPU: Not required
MOBO: Z68 - something like ASRock Extreme3 GEN3
RAM: 4-8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel 1.5v CL9 (either 2x2GB or 2x4GB sticks)
PSU: 430w Corsair builder or 500w Corsair/XFX/Antec/SeaSonic (see which prices are best)
HDD: The smallest size you can get away with really at cheapest price. HDD prices are insanely high currently. 7200RPM would be recommended though.
CASE: Your choice really :)  almost any mid-tower-atx would be fine :)  don't waste too much budget here on something "unnecessary"
OPTICAL: DVD-RW of your choice, LG and Samsung both do Optical drives for about £15
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January 26, 2012 10:13:28 AM

just looked at scan today only deals -

1TB Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda 7200.12, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V

Asus P8Z68-V LX, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX

Intel Core i7 2600K Unlocked S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.4GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 8MB Cache 95W Retail

£435, sounds decent ish? might make me go over my budget when i add in the other costs?
a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2012 10:26:05 AM

No reason AT ALL to buy the i7-2600k over the i5-2500k for gaming. They perform exactly the same. If anything, buy a bigger PSU and buy another 6850 with the money saved to make a crossfire build.

The ASUS motherboard is good, but be aware it doesn't support SLI. Something like the ASUS P8Z68-v PRO might be better or one of the equivalent Gigabyte Boards. Look for something that supports crossfire/SLI at x8 x8 if you think you might consider doing this.

The SeaGate barracuda is a good HDD, although you haven't included prices for anything on that list so I cant really comment if its a worthwhile purchase or not :) 

RAM is good stick with it.

Do you plan to over-clock? An after-market CPU cooler might be another worth-wile consideration.
a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2012 11:16:06 AM

Silvune said:

I would recommend getting RAM without tall heatspreaders as they are unnecessary on DDR3 RAM and just make it more difficult to choose a CPU cooler, if you ever decide to install one.

+1 Corsair do a Low-Profile version of their Vengeance RAM with the same price and specs.

Its called "Corsair Vengeance LP"
January 26, 2012 12:10:02 PM

although i was going for a Intel setup alot of people have told me AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition is a great cpu - well bang for your buck, is amd something to look at? never liked amd, but have no reason not to like them
a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2012 2:30:44 PM

PSU your looking at about 450w for a single 6850 which will cost around £50-60
Case = £50-60 (dont spend too much here) could do it even cheaper if wanted
HDD = £83 Spinpoint F3 that someone posted earlier
Monitor = £120 ish for 22" 1080p
DVD-RW Drive = £20 ish

Total of roughly £300 - could be done cheaper with deals and offers and some shopping around. Certainly do able with £280.