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Need to chop £200 off this £800 gaming build!

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June 7, 2011 7:54:01 PM

Hey guys

I'm building 2 computers, 1st one for me with a budget of around £800. 2nd one for a friend with a budget of around £600 (he could be pushed slightly higher if it means the difference between good and bad :D ).

I've put together a spec for the £800 one below, but need some advice!

1. thoughts on this build? anything I could do to improve?

2. i'd quite like to keep a similar build for my friend so need help shaving £200 off the parts below, whilst trying to keep it as good as possible ;) 

They're both going to be used primarily for gaming.

* I'm unsure as to the case and am very open to suggestions here!

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Mobo: Asrock P67 EXTREME4 V3 - £131.46
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261255

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K - £164.00
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

RAM: G-Skill 8Gb 1600MHz - £64.63
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264750

GPU: Gigabyte HD 6950 2GB - £194.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251205

PSU: Corsair 750W HX Modular PSU - £109.98
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164950

H/D: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - £41.79
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

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

Case: CM Storm Scout Case - £74.03
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165238

TOTAL : £795.87

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Thanks for reading, appreciate any comments and help =)
June 7, 2011 7:59:24 PM

you can cut 30 by going to 4 GB of ram, you dont need 8 for gaming, You can also shave some money off by getting a 600W PSU, 750 is overkill and you could get by with a 550W but 600W to be safe. you could also save like 10 or 15 switching to a haf 912 or other cheaper case.

To really shave off 200, you will need to abandon the i5-2500K and go with an AMD build.
June 7, 2011 9:02:37 PM

thanks for the replies sleapeasy

i like the idea of cutting back on the ram, psu and case. my friend is keen to stick with the i5-2500k however. i had been thinking of a downgrade of the GPU to an 6850 and perhaps buying a cheaper motherboard? what are your thoughts and recommendations?
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