Newbie Gaming System £1500

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 -

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month.

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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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. Here is a full build - minus monitor, speakers and stuff.

    CPU: Intel i7-930 2.8GHZ LGA1366 £240
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/193596

    Mobo: Asus P6X58D-E X58 £180
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/219007

    RAM: Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory CL7 1.65V £126
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159927

    GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 £320
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199644

    PSU:Corsair CMPSU-750W HX Modular PSU £120
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164950
    Powerful enough for two 5870s and an OC on the CPU.

    HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB OEM £55
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
    OR
    Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 1TB OEM £55
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158798

    Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 £81
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164961

    OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM £78
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

    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.

    £1256

    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.
  4. http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/2051/1700.png" class="img lazy">

    Something like this.

    Andd add a fre HHD which i forgot =)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Quote:
    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.
  9. Gaming KB! seriouly? why ppl get them is beyond me, the Logitech Illuminated is a really professional good looking very easy to use keyboard
  10. 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.
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