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£700 (approx $1,150) PC Build

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June 14, 2011 8:07:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, aiming for tomorrow

Budget Range: £700/$1,150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (both recent and upcoming, e.g. Rift, Bad Company 2, Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3), at High settings

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: No preferences over brands, although using an Intel CPU.

Overclocking: Eventually, yes.

SLI or Crossfire: In the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to run games as high as possible on this budget, and was wondering if it would be a good idea to drop down to 4gb of RAM and get a better GPU.

Here's the build I have just now:

CASE: NZXT M59
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-m59-classic-series-black-mid-tower-gaming-case-with-side-window-w-o-psu

CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

CPU COOLER: Corsair A50
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-cooling-air-series-a50-performance-cpu-cooler-intel-lga-775-1366-1156-amdam2-am3

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-p67a-gd53-(b3)-intel-p67-s-1155-pci-e-20-ddr3-2133-sata-6gb-s-sata-raid-atx-sli-xfire

RAM: 8gb (2x4gb) Corsair XMS3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-xms3-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-27-165v

GPU: Sapphire HD 6850 Toxic
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-sapphire-hd-6850-toxic-4400mhz-gddr5-gpu-820mhz-960-stream-processors

PSU: Corsair 650W 650TX V2 (is this big enough?)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-enthusiast-650txv2uk-tx-v2-series-85-eff-sli-eps-12v-80-plus-bronze-140mm-fan

HDD: 500GB WD Caviar Blue
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-western-digital-wd5000aakx-caviar-blue-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache-8ms

DVD DRIVE: Pioneer DVR-S19LBK
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/pioneer-dvr-s19lbk-24x-dvdr-12x-dvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-ram-x12-sata-black-retail-labelflash


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June 14, 2011 10:22:06 PM

The popular choice amongst GPU's, and I've recommended it to others who want the highest game settings or overclock their GPU, is to get a reference 6950 and unlock it to a 6970. They're about £200 on scan's website, just a little more than your 6850. And you'll also want to keep that 8GB or RAM. I can hit 4GB easily during BF:BC2. You're PSU is more than enough also.

Might possibly need about 750W though if you want to Crossfire 6950's unlocked to 6970's in the future. 6850's in crossfire will pull around 400W, 6970's in crossfire will pull about 550W. Those power measurements were in bare minimum setups also according to a TweakTown article. So, you're 650W PSU would be more than enough for crossfire 6850's but you'd might want a little more cushion if crossfiring the 6970's. When I refer to 6970's or 6950's unlocked to 6970's, take it as the same thing as the power consumptions would be identical between the versions.
June 15, 2011 1:36:57 PM

I 'd also suggest a 6950 2GB to compliment this build well.
at 1900 X 1200 I think that is ur best bet.
If u absolutely cannot afford it, upgrade ur RAM at a later time when u feel the need.

Ur PSU is good enough even if u CF 6950s. But might be a good idea to have some head room if u know u 'll definitely CF them get a 750w unit.
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