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Newbie Gaming System £1500

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a b 4 Gaming
June 19, 2010 6:58:55 AM

Hi guys, i'm in the UK, finally going to have money for this so would appreciate lots of advice from you veterans. Here goes -


BUDGET RANGE: £1500-£1700 after tax.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, everything else is secondary, my old system will be for music and downloading, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I require advice on everything, from speakers to headset, can budget a bit more for peripherals.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have no preference, I'll trust you guys.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and NVidia, although I don't really know why, if better options are about i'll do it.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in future. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't know, must be good for FPS. Decent size too.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am prepared to stretch my budget if you guys thought it would be worth it in terms of performance or futureproofing, etc.

Looking forward to your reply.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 19, 2010 8:56:11 AM

Thanks for the reply. I'm really after a full list of everything from cpu to headset as i just don't have to intrinsic knowledge of components and their compatibility. Any help please!
June 19, 2010 9:58:39 AM

let me do something quick here.

mouse/keyboard: 100
speakers/: 100-150 (IMO better to get a very good speaker system than average headset and average speakers)
screen: 200-250

so thats around 1000-1300 for the system itself

1tb HDD: 80

i7: 250

mobo: 200

ram: 200

case/psu: 200

470: 300

win7: 80

this is a very rough estimation and brings you at around 1700 although if you look at the real prices I think It'll be more like 1500
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a b 4 Gaming
June 19, 2010 11:10:27 AM

Here is a full build - minus monitor, speakers and stuff.

CPU: Intel i7-930 2.8GHZ LGA1366 £240

Mobo: Asus P6X58D-E X58 £180

RAM: Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory CL7 1.65V £126

GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 £320

PSU:Corsair CMPSU-750W HX Modular PSU £120
Powerful enough for two 5870s and an OC on the CPU.

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB OEM £55
Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 1TB OEM £55

Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 £81

OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM £78

Optical Drive: SATA ~£15

If you want to OC the CPU:
Some thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5 £6
A Prolimatech Megahalems £43 and a Scythe S-Flex fan, £13.


I do not know monitors well enough to give a definitive recommendation, but I think you should look at 22-24", 1680x1050 - 1920x1200 res. Try to find one with high contrast ratio (dynamic contrast is not the most reliable spec or sometimes even give good performance), low response time 2-5ms.
June 19, 2010 11:59:47 AM

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June 19, 2010 12:06:29 PM

I'd take the last build with one 5850 since otherwise it's a little over budget. And get a newer mobo,gaming mouse and keyboard.

And I eccomend a decent speaker system over headphones.
a b 4 Gaming
June 20, 2010 4:54:11 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Also, hard drive space isn't a big deal for me, are the ssd's worth it? i'd sacrafice space for performance... any thoughts?

And is there room for future expansion with this set up?

Many thanks.
June 20, 2010 7:21:18 AM

If you've got the money SSD's are very very fast. You should be looking at one of the 120gb corsair series if you want to use at as you're only drive. Or OCZ. But intel has slow read and writes. But those SSD's don't come cheap. They make a huge difference though. So would raiding two HDD's btw.
June 20, 2010 2:46:22 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Also, hard drive space isn't a big deal for me, are the ssd's worth it? i'd sacrafice space for performance... any thoughts?

And is there room for future expansion with this set up?

Many thanks.

If you are talking about the build i did for you earlier, then yes, get 1 5850 and not 2, use the funds available to get the HDD (which i forgot to include - Samsung Spin Point 1TB for example)

SSDs, are they worth it? no not really, yes the insane boot times are fast and a novalty, but they dont really give you better performance. i would wait untill they drop in price.

June 20, 2010 2:47:25 PM

Gaming KB! seriouly? why ppl get them is beyond me, the Logitech Illuminated is a really professional good looking very easy to use keyboard
June 20, 2010 3:23:48 PM

because gaming keyboards look nicer and have lots of macros.(or mine does anyways)

I love my sidewinder x6 it looks great has over 70 prgoggramable macros(I only use 10 though lol) and is amazingly comfortable. Not to mention the volume wheel just rocks.