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£800-£1000 Gaming System

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July 14, 2010 4:03:08 AM


I'm looking to build a new PC for around £800-£1000, the purpose of the PC is mainly to watch HD video and play video games, I mainly play MMO's so I don't think I would need a very expensive graphics card, maybe invest more in the processor, case and motherboard so I future proof it, I can always add a graphics card later and SLI/crossfire?

I would like something easy to overclock as this will be my first attempt at overclocking! Cheers!

Monitor is included in the price but not the operating system

Thank for your advice!

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July 14, 2010 6:05:02 AM

So far I have this:

Asus Crosshair IV Formula MB - ~160
AMD 965 BE 3.4ghz - ~140
Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 12800, 7-8-7-20 (not sure about the voltage) - ~100
Haf 922 case - ~80
Corsair TX 650w ( I might want to Crossfire, should I go with a 750w?) - ~ 80
LG DVDRW Optical drive - ~15
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - ~ 50
24in BenQ LED Monitor 1920x1080 - ~160
5770 GFX 1GB GDDR5 - ~130 ( The reason I'm choosing 5770 is that I'm in a hurry to build this so trying to save costs, then I might just upgrade to crossfire in a couple of months)
Cooler - This and the motherboard is what I'm most stuck on? Can anyone suggest one?

Total - ~910 inc VAT.


a b B Homebuilt system
a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 2:53:31 PM

With a budget of £1000, you have £90 spare, the 5850 is about £220-230 so bring your build to £1000 and you have a decent graphics card too.

You could always get a cheaper case too.
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July 14, 2010 8:41:18 PM

Get cheaper GSKILL RAM, and most MMOs don't support crossifre or SLI so get a strong GFX card, at least a 5850, 5870 and an Athlonx4 and oc the hell out of it maybe. And I would stick with the 750W, the mobo looks a bit 2 fancy for your needs as well.

Hey thanks for the 5850 and 5870 suggestion, after doing some research I realized just how good your advice was, I totally forgot why ATI and NVIDIA are constantly releasing SLI/Xfire driver updates. I will definately go for a 5850 although I'm wondering if it's worth waiting until Xmas when the 6000 series are released, I wonder how big of a price drop the 5850s will get.

Also, off topic but, would buying an i5 lynnfield with a Gygabite p55 UD3 MB be better then the AMD route?

Also, any suggestions for a cooler? Was thiking either the venom, titan fenrir or a corsair h50 (although the latter is expensive).

a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2010 9:25:39 PM

No I don't think that motherboard would be worth considering for a P55/1156 build. And wouldn't get much, if any benefit from going with Intel for your uses.

And out of those I would go for the Titan Fenrir.