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Gaming PC


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hi guys i am planning on building a gaming pc however i am a complete noob in this area. I have a budget of around £2000-£2300 and want a very good gaming machine.

I have decided on getting a I7 2600k 3.4ghz processor

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM [BX80623I72600K]

And would like a GTX 590 graphics card

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with FREE Gaming Mouse []

(would like to get 2 of these to use in an sli configuration however unsure if my budget will strech so may have to wait to purchase the 2nd one)

unsure on what else i should buy so can u guys help me out cheers


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ok guys i have decided on what i want to buy i want to know if all this stuff is compatible and what sort of performance i would get.

Hard drive

2TB Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive - Aria Technology


8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B - Aria Technology


Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail - Aria PC


Gainward Geforce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Aria Technology


Coolermaster HAF X Gaming Tower Case - Black (RC-942) [RC-942-KKN1]


ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Intel P67 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - Aria Technology

Total = £1340

besides a monitor keyboard and mouse is there anything else i should pick up and is any extra cooling required?

actually as i wud like to add another 590gtx at some stage would this motherboard be more suitable for me?

ASUS Sabertooth Intel P67 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - Aria Technology

also what psu should i buy
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go to pcspecialist.co.uk

you can xeon cpu ( workstation ) now that a pc

have a look youtube at intel xeon gaming


Standard Member
A power supply, to SLI two of those your going to need something around 1200w to give sufficient headroom. Theirs a review up at guru that shows two in SLI drawing around 890w under full load so you might as well go slightly above a 1000w to give yourself expansion room. Although I would suspect a good quality 1kw PSU should be fine, corsair etc.

Given how much you are spending you might also want to add a SSD as your primary boot drive, and use the F4 as a storage drive.


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never mind i didnt read it properly sorry so i would need a gud quality 1kw or a 1200w psu, with the parts i have selected would this be a good setup for gaming?
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two of those graphics cards is crazy, unless you are gaming on 2560x1600 displays, maybe 3 of them aswell.
Maybe you could get two 580 in SLI instead


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i would like the best card available while i have the cash really so i dont have to upgrade for a while


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A system like that really deserves a pair of SSD drives in striped RAID 0 to really get the most out of it.


Standard Member
Reconsider getting the absolute best system and keeping it for ages. Spend half the money for a top notch one and the other half for an upgrade in a couple of years. There is a good chance your system is still going to be ridiculously powerful in 2 years but missing all the newest technologies like the DX12, thunderbolt ports, new shader models or whatever Intel comes up with for their new architecture in 2013.

In particular, don't bother with the GTX 590 unless you do plan on using it for multiple 2560x1600 displays. Anything above the Radeon HD 6970 or GTX 570 is unlikely to produce any noticeable differences.

edit: Definitely consider an SSD for the operating system. Probably the most noticeable performance difference I've ever seen with a single component.
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