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$750 or £500 Gaming Rig, Opinions please.

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November 16, 2011 10:58:28 PM

This is going to be my first Build from scratch so I just wanted some opinions on my current build plan.

I plan to use this PC for some pretty heavy gaming.

CPU: Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz 3mb Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/254976-intel-core-i3-2100-3-10ghz...

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB DDR3 Overclocked Dual Fan Edition
http://www.ebuyer.com/232853-gigabyte-gtx-460-oc-1gb-gd...

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/261288-msi-p67a-gd53-b3-p67-socke...

Memory: 2x2GB G Skill 1600MHZ (9-9-9-24)
http://www.ebuyer.com/240501-g-skill-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-160...

Case and PSU: CoolerMaster Silencio 550 with CoolerMaster GX 550W PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/267881-coolermaster-silencio-550-...

Extra Case Fan: CoolerMaster HAF 120mm
http://www.ebuyer.com/254078-coolermaster-high-air-flow...

HDD: I am using my old HDD until prices start to fall
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST3160812AS-RK-Barracuda-...

What do you think of that build?

All opinions are greatly appreciated.

P.S: I would have liked to have got an i5-2500k, but due to my lack of funds I will wait until later to upgrade to an i5. In the futue I hope to add:

Another GTX 460 in crossfire
A 1000W PSU
i5-2500k
An SSD boot-up drive

Then overclock the S**t out of it! Good Plan?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 11:09:55 PM

Go with the i5 2500k straight up, you're using $750 for this comp, anything over $700 and I'll put a i5 in.
November 16, 2011 11:15:04 PM

The i5-2500k is about $225-250 while the i3-2100 is $135, is it really worth $100?

Btw im converting £ to $ as im British so these prices may seem steep to you as electronics over here are more expensive than in the US.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 11:27:10 PM

Oh yeah, it's worth it. I have the i5 2500k and I have boot times of like 10 seconds (and I don't even have a SSD). If you can, definitely get the i5 2500k.
November 16, 2011 11:30:45 PM

Thanks for the reply, If I get a i5-2500k I would need a larger PSU right?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 11:36:19 PM

Nope! The i5 is the same as the i3, a 95W CPU, although you might want a higher Wattage PSU if you plan to SLI.
November 17, 2011 5:01:10 PM

Ok, cheers, does the rest of the build look ok to you?
November 17, 2011 5:11:21 PM

Your build looks decent. However if you magically have a $70 lying around, you can get the Asus Maximus Gene Z if you are into overclocking. Although it's m-ATX...
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