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Ok so a friend is wanting a gaming rig for around the £500 ($850) mark. I've been onto part picker and come up with this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3Pkhb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3Pkhb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3Pkhb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£136.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£48.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card (£89.63 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£89.50 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.91 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £564.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-23 10:22 BST+0100)

It is a little expensive as she is also wanting a Monitor and peripherals any ideas?
post #2 of 26
First off you dont need a 750 watts PSU its massive overkill a 350 watts PSU could power that system.

Second you dont want a Corsair RM.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1455892/why-you-might-not-want-to-buy-a-corsair-rm-psu
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post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

First off you dont need a 750 watts PSU its massive overkill a 350 watts PSU could power that system.

Second you dont want a Corsair RM.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1455892/why-you-might-not-want-to-buy-a-corsair-rm-psu

Ok, I will swap it out then for the Zalman 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply which is cheaper as well. I like to have a little extra power on a PSU (you are right 750 is ott) so that if she decided to upgrade parts it shouldn't be an issue smile.gif but 550w should allow for that.

Anything else I can do to shave a few pounds off? (down to £524)
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by 8BitPandaz View Post

Ok, I will swap it out then for the Zalman 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply which is cheaper as well. I like to have a little extra power on a PSU (you are right 750 is ott) so that if she decided to upgrade parts it shouldn't be an issue smile.gif but 550w should allow for that.

Anything else I can do to shave a few pounds off? (down to £524)

That PSU is not much better.
Grab a Cooler Master V550S or a Seasonic G seriers or a XFX XTR instead.
And yes 550 watts is more then enough for any system with one video card.
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post #5 of 26
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The Seasonic ones are well out of budget as is the cool master one you suggested
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

That PSU is not much better.
Grab a Cooler Master V550S or a Seasonic G seriers or a XFX XTR instead.
And yes 550 watts is more then enough for any system with one video card.

Although they do look like good PSUs they are not within the budget If I can make a saving elsewhere I will look into getting one of the better PSUs and the Zalman one seems to be quite good, any reason why I shouldn't get it?
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post #7 of 26
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I honestly didn't realise the original PSU I clicked on was £80+ I thought it was £60 (which was the CX750M) but the Zalman one is £50 which puts it firmly within the budget so is there any big reason why I shouldn't get it? I have looked for reviews of which there are few but they are positive. If you can see where I could save money else where then please let me know smile.gif
post #8 of 26
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I honestly didn't realise the original PSU I clicked on was £80+ I thought it was £60 (which was the CX750M) but the Zalman one is £50 which puts it firmly within the budget so is there any big reason why I shouldn't get it? I have looked for reviews of which there are few but they are positive. If you can see where I could save money else where then please let me know smile.gif

Zalman has not made that PSU, Enhance Electronics has and since there are no reviews of it anywhere i have no idea what platform it uses or how good it is.
In that case i dont feel like recommending it.
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post #9 of 26
I would go with the corsair CX430M.

Corsair makes a good power supply, it is damn cheap, and it is slightly modular.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m

I would also go with the i5 4440. It is only 0.1mhz slower which will make no difference in gaming and it will save you a few bucks.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54440

The ram you choose however is a bit under powered for gaming.

I would spend just a wee bit more and get this ram.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996988

Lastly, I am not too sure if it is a great idea to be running an i5 off of a 4 pin power connector. I know it should be fine, but I am not a fan of 4 pin power connectors. This gigabyte board has a full 8 pin cpu power connector, and gigabyte usually makes a more reliable mobo than asrock anways and it is only a few bucks more.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab85md2v
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post #10 of 26
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I would go with the corsair CX430M.

Corsair makes a good power supply, it is damn cheap, and it is slightly modular.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m

I would also go with the i5 4440. It is only 0.1mhz slower which will make no difference in gaming and it will save you a few bucks.

Well to be technical Corsair does not make PSU´s.
And its cheap for a reason its not that good.
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