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post #1 of 8
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Fellow OCN-ers, I require your assistance!

My friend has decided (wisely) to move from PS3 to PC and needs help making a rig.

His budget is £550 ($880) and this is excluding mouse, keyboard, monitor and other peripherals.

Could I get some suggestions for a good, balanced gaming rig?

He originally sent me this as a suggestion doh.gif :http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-i7-2700K-Quad-Core-PC-Gaming-Computer-16GB-1TB-ATI-HD6450-1GB-/300671924653?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item46017179ad&_uhb=1#ht_2225wt_1139

Any help will be appreciated, if I've forgotten to mention anything just let me know. thumb.gif

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 8
This is what i came up with for $900 on newegg. thumb.gif

CPU Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz Quad-Core $190
MoBo ASUS P8B75-V $100
GPU MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II $230
Memory CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $43
PSU CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 $62
HDD Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB $85
OS Windows 64-bit Home Premium $99
Optical Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20
Case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $46
CPU Cooler hyper 212 evo $30
Edited by xthrillkillx - 8/25/12 at 9:18pm
Main Rig
(21 items)
 
First Build
(14 items)
 
Voodoo
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3930K  ASUS Rampage IV Extreme  XFX Radeon R9 290  CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2X Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB RAID 0 Western Digital Black 500GB (Upgrading to 2TB) XSPC Reservoir with D5 Pump Rasa CPU Waterblock 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
RX360 Radiator Windows 8 Pro 64bit  3x ASUS VS248H-P Corsair Vengeance K70 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
CORSAIR AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X  Corsair Vengeance M60 Creative Sound Blaster Z 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Creative GigaWorks T40 ( T40 LR + T40 center) Acoustic Audio 10" 600W Subwoofer  Creative Fatal1ty Headset  Logitech G27 & Xbox 360 Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition at 4.2GHz ASUS M5A97 AM3+ MSI R6950 unlocked to 6970  8GB DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 120gb ssd, WD Blue 750 ASUS DRW-24B1ST Hyper 212 evo Win 8 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
3 24s Corsair 650 NZXT Apollo Black Corsair M60 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Pentium III 1GHz ASUS cuv4xd 3DFX Voodoo 5 5500 AGP 2GB  
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
80GB CM v12 98SE and xp pro Rosewill 350 
Case
Thermaltake Xaser II 5000 Plus 
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Main Rig
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First Build
(14 items)
 
Voodoo
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3930K  ASUS Rampage IV Extreme  XFX Radeon R9 290  CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2X Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB RAID 0 Western Digital Black 500GB (Upgrading to 2TB) XSPC Reservoir with D5 Pump Rasa CPU Waterblock 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
RX360 Radiator Windows 8 Pro 64bit  3x ASUS VS248H-P Corsair Vengeance K70 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
CORSAIR AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X  Corsair Vengeance M60 Creative Sound Blaster Z 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Creative GigaWorks T40 ( T40 LR + T40 center) Acoustic Audio 10" 600W Subwoofer  Creative Fatal1ty Headset  Logitech G27 & Xbox 360 Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition at 4.2GHz ASUS M5A97 AM3+ MSI R6950 unlocked to 6970  8GB DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 120gb ssd, WD Blue 750 ASUS DRW-24B1ST Hyper 212 evo Win 8 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
3 24s Corsair 650 NZXT Apollo Black Corsair M60 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Pentium III 1GHz ASUS cuv4xd 3DFX Voodoo 5 5500 AGP 2GB  
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
80GB CM v12 98SE and xp pro Rosewill 350 
Case
Thermaltake Xaser II 5000 Plus 
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xthrillkillx View Post

This is what i came up with for $900 on newegg. thumb.gif
CPU Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz Quad-Core $190
MoBo ASUS P8B75-V $100
GPU MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II $230
Memory CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $43
PSU CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 $62
HDD Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB $85
OS Windows 64-bit Home Premium $99
Optical Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20
Case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $46
CPU Cooler hyper 212 evo $30

Ok I've tried locating those components, but with the UK being stupidly expensive, I reach the maximum budget before even choosing a case or adding the OS.

Also bump.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Bump for more opinions please! smile.gif

If I don't get more suggestions he's going for this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170880412833?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_3659wt_1271 rolleyes.gif
Edited by Paradigm84 - 8/28/12 at 10:06am
post #5 of 8
3450 - £144.95

Gigabyte Z77-DS3H - £69.95

EVGA 2048MB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti - £239.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500Watt - £46.50

Gskill ares 8gb - £38.83

Barracuda 1TB - £58.50

Coolermaster Elite 371 - £32.99

total - £631.77

Yes this is missing a w7 but will be a super strong build for a while if he is willing to cough up some extra cash for a real gaming rig. These parts can all be found on overclock.co.uk and this is including vat.
If he can't come up with the money, then just drop the 660ti down to a 560ti and he will be set. Should drop about 100 off the price tag, and should land you very close to your budget with a MUCH better graphics card then the one in that ebay build... Where you are paying extra because of the case, and because it is prebuilt. Most the case tho, they just use something flashy which makes people think it is a gaming rig. This isn't the kind of budget to be flashy with, we need all the power we can get.
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i5 3570K Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 EVGA 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix 16gb (2 x 8gb) 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
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i5 3570K Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 EVGA 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix 16gb (2 x 8gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
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post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xRehab View Post

3450 - £144.95
Gigabyte Z77-DS3H - £69.95
EVGA 2048MB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti - £239.99
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500Watt - £46.50
Gskill ares 8gb - £38.83
Barracuda 1TB - £58.50
Coolermaster Elite 371 - £32.99
total - £631.77
Yes this is missing a w7 but will be a super strong build for a while if he is willing to cough up some extra cash for a real gaming rig. These parts can all be found on overclock.co.uk and this is including vat.
If he can't come up with the money, then just drop the 660ti down to a 560ti and he will be set. Should drop about 100 off the price tag, and should land you very close to your budget with a MUCH better graphics card then the one in that ebay build... Where you are paying extra because of the case, and because it is prebuilt. Most the case tho, they just use something flashy which makes people think it is a gaming rig. This isn't the kind of budget to be flashy with, we need all the power we can get.

Cheers for the help, but he's just informed me that he needs a monitor + speakers + mouse + everything else for £700 mad.gif

Here's what I've come up with, any chances anybody could give it a look through?



Cheers for the help everybody, +rep to all. thumb.gif
post #7 of 8
drop the aftermarket cooler, he wont need it since there will be no overclocking. Use the money saved to upgrade to a 560 ti. The regular 560 isn't that strong especially compared to the 560 ti for a little bit more. Other then that it seems to be the best you can do for the money. Also, does he need a keyboard and w7 too? you don't have them listed in your current build

edit - also check out the mobo I listed. It is a z77 which can make use of all the benefits of ivy bridge, just something to consider if you can fit it in
Underwater
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 EVGA 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix 16gb (2 x 8gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
PowerCaseAudio
OCZ ZT 750W NZXT Switch 810 Gun Metal  ultrasone pro 750 
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i5 3570K Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 EVGA 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix 16gb (2 x 8gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
PowerCaseAudio
OCZ ZT 750W NZXT Switch 810 Gun Metal  ultrasone pro 750 
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post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xRehab View Post

drop the aftermarket cooler, he wont need it since there will be no overclocking. Use the money saved to upgrade to a 560 ti. The regular 560 isn't that strong especially compared to the 560 ti for a little bit more. Other then that it seems to be the best you can do for the money. Also, does he need a keyboard and w7 too? you don't have them listed in your current build
edit - also check out the mobo I listed. It is a z77 which can make use of all the benefits of ivy bridge, just something to consider if you can fit it in

He won't be overclocking, but the Intel stock cooler isn't particularly great, my brothers PC overheated several times even though his 2500K wasn't overclocked.

As for the keyboard/ W7, I'm giving him my old Logitech G11 and he already has W7.

Also you have a point, I have no idea why I picked the mobo over the one you suggested. thumb.gif
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