Gaming Rig <£1000

Hi all,

Looking to build a new rig for myself purely for gaming as my current one is ancient:



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon, Ebuyer, OCUK, Scan (open to others if the prices are cheap) Would prefer UK sites over international

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for quality as opposed to raw power at the expense of reliability, although i would preferably like the system to contain an ATI 5870 if possible.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080,

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to stay below the £1000 mark

Here is a build i have researched, suggestions on where to save money are appreciated or if anyone can come up with a better complete build im totally open to that too :) at the moment it is totally build on but money can probably be saved by sourcing from multiple sites, but i was a little short on time when i put this together:

Coolermaster CM-690 V2 Dominator Black Midi Tower Case with Mesh Top Panel w/o PSU :

Asus Crosshair III Formula, AMD 790FX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC)/1333, SATA II, RAID, ATX:

TW3X4G1333C9A - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V:

650W Corsair Professional CMPSU-650HXUK, Modular PSU:

1GB Asus HD 5870, PCI-E 2.0, 4800MHz GDDR5, GPU 850MHz, 1600 Cores, DP/ 2x DL DVI-I/ HDMI:

Akasa AK-CC017 Freedom Tower CPU Cooler 4x Nickel Plated Copper Heatpipes S775/1156/1366/AM2/AM3:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, S AM3, 3.4GHz, 8MB Cache, 125W:


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  1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 £123
    Get this as you can easily make it match the performance of the 965. You only have to increase the multiplier by one. Also make sure you get the MBOX version, as that is the newest C3 revision.

    Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 £115
    A cheaper option with a bit more of an upgrade option with SATA 6Gbps so that you could add a fast SSD in the future if you're interested in that kind of thing.

    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £95
    Scan only stock Corsair RAM which is usually overpriced compared to comparable sets from other brands.

    XFX HD 5870 1GB £315
    This one has a nice big fan on it, which should help to keep the card cooler and quieter compared to the original stock design.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £37

    Antec Truepower New 750 £98
    Powerful enough for two 5870s, if you don't want to be able to crossfire then a 550W PSU would be my recommendation.

    Your case £60

    Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM £15

    Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM £76

    Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ/V2 £30
    About the same price as the Asaka cooler, but should perform a bit better in both temps and noise. Only needed if you are going to overclock or want a step up in terms of quiet compared to the stock cooler. You will need some thermal paste as well which should cost between £5-10.

    Total: £975
  2. Purchased :) many thanks for the advice.
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