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Evening guys,

Could anyone help me spec a system for my girlfriends sister? She's been saving up for an eternity, and I want to make sure she gets a great deal.

I will bullet point what needs to be known.

  • Budget - £600 (Absolute maximum £650)
  • Games - Mostly Skyrim, but many others too.
  • Also needs monitor, keyboard and mouse (all in budget)
  • No need for OS.
  • Not much requirement for storage - any chance we could sneak an SSD into this build?
  • No need for overclocking. Not really any need for things to look nice, just want a no-nonsense rig that will play games well. e.g. Things like USB 3.0 aren't important.

Your help would be hugely appreciated, as I am struggling to figure out how to split the budget to get a balanced system.

Many thanks in advance,
Tom
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post #4 of 7
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Many thanks for that xnuw.

We don't need a CD/DVD drive, and I think wil will only be needing a mouse now so looks good price wise.

Thoughts on this?

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Here: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/rS67

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£95.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£60.65 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£28.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£174.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £480.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 21:55 GMT+0000)

Left space for someone else to put a monitor and peripherals in. You could change the HDD to a 1TB Caviar Blue, if you have spare change.
post #6 of 7
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Many thanks for that xnuw.
We don't need a CD/DVD drive, and I think wil will only be needing a mouse now so looks good price wise.
Thoughts on this?

the parts you mentioned, are fine, my thoughts are the i5 3330P have no igp, compared to i5 3330 w/c has HD 2500, i find it useful for me when I was building since I build my rig first without the videocard being bought last of the parts, since I'm low on cash then, and looking for setting it up immediately to check for any defective component & can be useful to troubleshoot the system when the videocard is down, and also there's a lucid feature which allow switching igp & discrete videocard, though I never really see any difference during just browsing and gaming, my videocard still work at any of those scenarios.

on the motherboard, its not neccessary to get a z77 chipset especially on non overclockable proccessor like the one we pick, the B75 & H77 chipset come-in handy though if your going to include an ssd + hdd while using an igp the H77 would be a better pick. Dont bother getting P67, H67, H61, Z68, mobo though they are great deals, most of these board is going ot have few hiccups with ivy bridge proccessor, your going to flash the BIOS or your going to request a new chip or something.

on the psu the antec neo 520 is fine, though quite overkill for a 300W system, yeah go ahead, for peace of mind and future use. the antec VP450P has some ugly non sleeve cables thats the only drawback, but reviews of this particular psu is astonishing max load can be upto 550W though not sustainable.
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Razer Goliathus Control DIGITUS 5.1 Surround Home Theater System - DA-1... 
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AMD Phenom II X4 840  Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H  Kingston Value RAM DDR3 1333 (2x2GB)  Samsung Spinpoint 3 HD103SJ 1TB/32MB  
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KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Genius Keyboard Spillproof  FSP Supersonic 550W  Aopen Nagas G3  Edifier Speaker Aurora 2.1 
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Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Red LED Fan  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1  Philips 32PFL 3605/98 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Control DIGITUS 5.1 Surround Home Theater System - DA-1... 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD Phenom II X4 840  Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H  Kingston Value RAM DDR3 1333 (2x2GB)  Samsung Spinpoint 3 HD103SJ 1TB/32MB  
Optical DriveCoolingMonitorMonitor
Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer  3R System Iceage 120 Boss II  LG Series LH70 32" (32LH70YR) Full HD LCD TV Asus 18.5" VH197D LED  
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Genius Keyboard Spillproof  FSP Supersonic 550W  Aopen Nagas G3  Edifier Speaker Aurora 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon x4 860K 3.7~4.0 Ghz 95W FM2+ Processor  Asus A68HM-PLUS Socket FM2+ Zotac ZT-90603-10M GTX 950 AMP ED. 2GB 128bit ... Mushkin Blackline 997164F 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 213... 
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Wow, thanks, that is a brilliant response and has answered alot of questions.

Cheers pal
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Crucial M4 SSD Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 x64 Dell P2414H @ 80Hz 
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