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£600 Gaming Machine

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January 10, 2012 12:23:47 PM

Mods please delete this thread - posted elsewhere.

I am a medical student who does graphic and web design work on the side. I also play fairly demanding PC games (e.g. crysis) a few hours a week. I currently use a Dell XPS laptop for this purpose, but I would like to move to a desktop in the near future. I have never built a PC before, however i'm willing to give it a go as i'm not completely computer illiterate and enjoy practical things.

The system I have designed below seems, in my inexpert opinion, to offer reasonable performance and value for money. I have selected these components as I believe they allow me to expand in future by:

1) Overclocking the CPU to increase performance.
2) Adding another graphics card in SLI/crossfire.
3) Adding another hard drive in RAID.
4) Adding a second display.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of January

Budget Range: < £600 for the computer itself, ~£100 for the display

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphic and web design (Adobe CS5 suite), audio and video encoding

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Value for money is extremely important as I am a student

Motherboard - £84.11
Asus P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155 Onboard graphics output 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

CPU - £168.40
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Graphics Card - £125.10
Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

RAM - £40.50
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit

PSU - £36.52
Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430 Watt Power Supply

HDD - £68.60
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM

DVDRW - £13.55

Case - £44.34
Antec Three Hundred Midi Case

CPU Cooler - £15.99
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler

Total: £597.11

Plus this display:
LG IPS225V IPS LED 21.5" HDMI Monitor

I would be grateful if someone experienced could cast their eye over my list and tell me whether or not everything is compatible and if I can achieve similar performance more cheaply by substituting components.



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January 10, 2012 12:54:08 PM

Just a thought - that PSU is probably underpowered for the type of system i'm building, isn't it?

January 10, 2012 1:44:29 PM

Maybe a better PSU (especially if you plan no xfire)

Maybe get a different HDD. I suggest a Samsung Spinpoint, or a black drive. But HDD's are farrrrrr too expensive right now.

Other than that, that seems like a great build. The 6870 should scream at 1920x1080, considering a single 6850 can max out Skyrim.

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