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    Well this is my one of my first posts, and will probably be my most important post I make, So I might as well say hi first. Now I am in need of some help on building a Gaming rig for around £600-800 I know a bit about computers just not what sort of things I should choose.

    I'm looking to play games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, Empire Total War and EVE Online on high with a decent fps, I have done a little legwork myself and come up with:

    Case: Asus TM-21 Micro ATX tower without PSU
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...X-Tower-No-PSU

    MoBo: Gigabyte GM-P55-UD2 Intel P55 Express SATA 3gig
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...SATA-RAID-uATX

    Processor: Intel i5 750 Lynfield 2.66
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...che-95W-Retail
    Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB SATA 3Gb/s
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1072299

    DVD Drive: Samsung SH-s223c
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1101491

    PSU: Silverstone Tech Rider
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W-...-pin-120mm-Fan

    RAM: 4Gig Unbufferd Corsair RAM
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...-9-9-9-24-150V

    GPU: Asus HD 5770 GGDR5
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-A...I-I-D-Sub-HDMI

    The total sits at £593.09 which is dead on centre of my budget I'm pretty sure it is DX11 supported, all I really want to know is it capable of what I want it to do above? I was thinking of maybe going with an AMD proccesor because they are cheaper but I've heard that they don't hold up against an i5.

    I will look into overclocking it as well in the future, many thanks Hexus, sorry if this is the wrong board.

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    Re: £600-800 PC, newbie help

    If you were running the CPU at stock speeds it looks a nice build. You could always get a Phenom II X4 955 and a 785G motherboard and put the £40 into an HD5830 as this should be between £160 to £180 when it is released in the next week or two.

    The motherboard has a 4+1 phase VRM so it is not ideal for overclocking the Core i5 750 massively but if you are using stock voltage(or a slight voltage bump) it should be fine I think but I would make sure that you attach a fan or some heatsinks to the VRM section. I would also investigate how far you could push a Core i5 750 using only the stock cooler too.
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    Re: £600-800 PC, newbie help

    Well Overclocking is not essential, I just want to make sure it will run most of games available today on high with a good fps, as I don't want to be spending £700 and get a glorified toaster.

    Oh and I admit I am a little bit of a graphics whore when it comes to eye candy.

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    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Storage:
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      • Graphics card(s):
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    Re: £600-800 PC, newbie help

    Quote Originally Posted by GooGaRoo View Post
    Well Overclocking is not essential, I just want to make sure it will run most of games available today on high with a good fps, as I don't want to be spending £700 and get a glorified toaster.

    Oh and I admit I am a little bit of a graphics whore when it comes to eye candy.
    I would wait a bit then until the HD5830 has been released in the next few or so.

    Anyway some of the bits you have listed are out of stock anyway.


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    Re: £600-800 PC, newbie help

    Ok no problem, I'm not a huge rush if I'm honest, Phenom II X4 955 CPU and a 785G MoBO and with the £40 spare from the CPU get a HD 5830 when they are released.

    Thanks very much Cat.

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    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: £600-800 PC, newbie help

    Quote Originally Posted by GooGaRoo View Post
    Ok no problem, I'm not a huge rush if I'm honest, Phenom II X4 955 CPU and a 785G MoBO and with the £40 spare from the CPU get a HD 5830 when they are released.

    Thanks very much Cat.
    Anyway, I would check the following webpage daily for offers:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/

    I would also look on Ebuyer and Novatech too and with latter retailer you can get cashback from Quidco and TopCashBack on purchases. You maybe able to get a Core i5 750 on special offer too and sometimes the RAM can be much cheaper on Novatech and Ebuyer when compared to Scan.

    I would also look at the Scan free postage offer too:

    http://forums.hexus.net/scan-care-he...tup-guide.html

    http://forums.hexus.net/scan-care-he...0-07-08-a.html


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