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£650 gaming machine

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June 19, 2011 3:24:37 PM

Hi guys

hoping to buy later today. looking for thoughts on my build below. trying to keep it £650 max (although i've gone slightly over already :whistle: )

thanks for reading!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) £600 - £650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com or scan.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in future)

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Mobo: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) - £104.00
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-p67a-gd53-%28b3%29-i...

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K - £159.97
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212+ - £19.18
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-p...

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Ripjaws - £33.92
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240501

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC - £173.47
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-gtx-560-ti-...

H/D: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 - £39.58
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spin...

DVD: Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x - £14.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220986

Case: HAF 912 - £53.36
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239757

PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W - £50.38
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-corsair-cmpsu-600cx...

Total: £658.43

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June 19, 2011 3:45:56 PM

Build looks solid and ready to buy now :D 

I notice you said that you would go SLI in the future, my only advice would be to do it within a year. Technology is advancing too quickly and just buying the new latest card at that time would be much better. Nobody looks at the 200 series and not many at the 400 series when going SLI, and that was just last year. I do realize that most people post that they will go SLI/Crossfire in the future, but i'm pretty sure that the majority don't.

Aside from that, Good Luck with your build!
June 19, 2011 3:46:45 PM

Like you said you are already over, but from what you are getting and what you are listing for usage, I would recommend getting a 750W power supply.
It will then be enough to power the SLI of the 560 Ti and the overclocked 2500k.
Such as: Corsair TX750 V2 at £83.70
It's basically extra £33 now so that you don't have to spend £83 later to upgrade the psu when you SLI.

Otherwise looks like a nice solid build.


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June 19, 2011 4:04:28 PM

thanks amd :)  what are your thoughts on the psu i linked above? is XFX a good brand psu or should i stick with a corsair?
June 19, 2011 4:26:09 PM

xfx psu's are sourced from seasonic, corsair psu's are sourced from seasonic

go with whichever is cheaper
June 19, 2011 4:59:59 PM

Hey, I am on another thread helping another user in a similar situation but I don't really want to start building for him because I am in Australia and he is in UK. The price of my build will be way off from what he get in UK. Can you guys help him out?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/313618-31-build-help#...

Sorry about the interruption.
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