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    Advice on Building a gaming pc

    first of all hi and thank you to everyyone who helped my build my fiirst pc.

    right ok i want to build a gaming pc

    ive got about 2k to spend

    so first bit what would be a good tower and mboard

    also is there a good power supply with long leads or will i have to buy connectors to
    make them longer

    hopefully i will have enough money for a decent moniter as well

    and was looking into getting 12g ram just to fill the slots up and help comp run better

    so thts it to start then after that just need gcard and hard drive and dvd cd rom

    thats all i thunk but im sure i have missed something.

    look forward for the help .

    thanks Dark

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    You don't need to spend £2000 to get a decent gaming system.

    I would look to spend less and then keep around £500 for graphics cards upgrades over the next few years. This way you will have better gaming performance over the lifespan of the build IMHO.

    12GB of RAM is not needed for modern games when 4GB will do. TBH,if you get 8GB now you will be fine for years.

    A Core i7 is also not really needed for a gaming build as a Core i5 will do the job fine.

    Also,are you going to overclock??

    TBH,your current system would still do the job.

    I would overclock the Q6600 and get a better graphics card.

    AMD Bulldozer is being released in the next few months and will probably affect the pricing of current CPUs too.


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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    tbh the system i got was my first home build and although ive only had one ever problem(then it turns out dident put enough paste between heatsink and prosesser).

    and wanted another better system as my young one now uses the comp more and i suppose it one way of gettting another and at least if one packs up ill have the other as back up.

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Do want to run a dual card setup or just one more powerful card??


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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Do want to run a dual card setup or just one more powerful card??
    duel would be good but 1 is also good

    so tbh not sure as 2 as an option what sort of price diff would be 1 or 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkclone View Post
    duel would be good but 1 is also good

    so tbh not sure as 2 as an option what sort of price diff would be 1 or 2?
    You can buy a cheaper motherboard. You can get a P67 single card motherboard for around £100 whereas the ones which can run two cards are nearer £150.


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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    You can buy a cheaper motherboard. You can get a P67 single card motherboard for around £100 whereas the ones which can run two cards are nearer £150.

    if its roughly about 50ish between the 2 m board then duel would more to suit me tbh

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Are you going to overclock or do you keep the CPU running at stock speeds??


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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Are you going to overclock or do you keep the CPU running at stock speeds??
    i suppose i should look into overclock at some point (tbh bit nervous to do so )but i may as well to have the option to do so.

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    You can get free postage from Scan BTW but they will get the Core i5 2500K on the 26th of January as opposed to the 19th of January for Ebuyer.

    I consider the following build:

    Intel Core i5 2500K ~ £185

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

    For a gaming computer the Core i7 2600K is not worth the extra outlay IMHO.

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V ~ £98

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248846

    Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 ~ £154

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247073

    This can do both symmetrical SLI and Crossfire at PCI-E 2.0 8X. It also USB3.0 and SATA3.0 too.

    Corsair CWCH50-1 Cooling Hydro Series H50 High-performance CPU Cooler ~ £55

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177411

    Sapphire HD 6950 2GB ~ £240

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250396

    This has the potential to be unlocked to an HD6970 2GB. A pair of HD6950 2GB cards in Crossfire is faster than a GTX580 AFAIK.

    Corsair Professional Series AX750 750W Modular PSU ~ £134

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227500

    There are cheaper PSUs available but the this unit is based on the Seasonic X-750.

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive ~ £40

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Case - With Windowed Side Panel ~ £112

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221748

    OR

    CM Storm Sniper Black Case ~ £131

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221748

    Windows 7 Retail ~ £115

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168373

    LiteOn IHAS124-19~ £12

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

    The total comes to around £1145 to £1164.


    You may want to add an appropriate SSD but I am not so clued up on these ATM. The Corsair ones do seem to having issues ATM.

    A 120GB SSD should be around £180.

    Also,do you need a colour accurate monitor or one which is more optimised for gaming??

    A colour accurate 24" monitor will be around £300 to £500. A gaming optimised 24" monitor should be under £300 IIRC.

    Edit!!

    You could probably get a cheaper air cooler for the CPU as the Core i5 2500K does not run that hot it seems.
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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    Well many of the p67 more expensive motherboard has automatic overclocking features which work quite well.

    The Asus system seem to be best, the MSI system is good but not quite so good, the gigabyte one is probably the weakest.

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    first of all thank you for taking the time to produce the list that u have.

    i will look at it in depth tomorrow

    only one question i have at the moment is as the i5 processer is out on the 26th

    also there is a i7 also out on the same day i no the i7 is a bit more expensive but would that be a bit better?

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    AFAIK the Asus P67 motherboards are having issues ATM.


    Quote Originally Posted by Darkclone View Post
    first of all thank you for taking the time to produce the list that u have.

    i will look at it in depth tomorrow

    only one question i have at the moment is as the i5 processer is out on the 26th

    also there is a i7 also out on the same day i no the i7 is a bit more expensive but would that be a bit better?
    Like I said in post 10 Ebuyer has the CPUs out on the 19th and also that a Core i7 2600K is not worth an extra £80 IMHO.


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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    SSDs are just releasing the new generation now. Perhaps install on the HDD and wait a couple of months ?
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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    ok had a good look and all i need now is a moniter i suppose i need a gaming moniter over 23 if poss

    and just need to wait for processercomes in stock and ill make an order

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    Re: Advice on Building a gaming pc

    This 23" monitor looks good for the price:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-de...cp-displayport

    It is both colour accurate and will be fine for gaming it seems:

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2311h.htm

    This monitor is not colour accurate but is a 120HZ monitor:

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