My son's first gaming pc

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  1. killiefan

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    All comments welcome! Please note that my son and I are noobs when it comes to these things.

    We have two quotes for a custom build from local independent pc specialists. The price is the same, but are they any good and which should we go for? Can't upgrade any parts unless the improvement is the same cost - budget's been maxed!

    Option 1 - Intel Core i5 3570K; Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard; nVidia GTX 660Ti 2GB Graphics Card; Wireless N 300 PCI Card; CoolerMaster Elite 430 Gaming Case; 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Corsair RAM; 128GB Crucial M4 Solid State Drive; 1TB SATA III Hard Drive; Samsung DVDRW Optical Drive; Corsair 750W CX Power Supply and either Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium 64Bit.

    Option 2 - Intel Core i5 3570K; ASRock H77 Pro4-M M-ATX motherboard; 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz Kingston RAM; 3GB ATI Radeon HD7950 graphics card; 1TB SATA III Hard Drive; 120GB SSD (SATA III); Asgard ATX Case; 600W PSU (don't know model); Windows 8 64 Bit; 22xDVD writer (don't know model); wireless LAN (300 Mbps).

    Oh, the budget is £1,000. Self-build isn't an option - but if there's an enthusiast out there living in the south-west who fancies a little job we're all ears :thumbsup:.

    Or should we look at some of the internet retailers?

    Much obliged.
     
  2. Mr Incredible

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    If it's gaming then I'd be comparing Graphics cards. Here's the two above compared. The 2nd one has a better games performance for some games. Depends on what you think he could be playing! It looks pretty close between the two.

    AnandTech - Bench - GPU12
     
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  3. IRISH HITMAN

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    Check out these websites these have pre built systems and you can change the specs if needed

    Www.overclockers.co.uk
    Www.scan.co.uk

    And option 1 that you mentioned is a pretty good system if you were priced for 1000 off the retailer
     
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    Option 2 has the wrong sort of motherboard, they are using a H77 motherboard with a 3570K instead of a Z77, that means you won't be able to overclock it so I definitely wouldn't trust them to build it. The parts look OK apart from that, you will probably get a better deal off the net though but those two options are not terrible value

    DinoPC as recommended above have some of the best deals I have seen.
    PCspecialist have an excellent reputation with regards to customer service if thats a concern but I don't know how they compete on price these days.
    Scan do OK deals to.
     
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    Id have the 7950 from the second put into the first and get them to reduce the psu as its overkill for either system. The second system looks to have a couple of compromises on some of the parts and with your budget you shouldn't have to.

    Where are you based?
     
  7. killiefan

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    I can change the graphics in option 1 to the Radeon HD7950 for £26 (I might just haggle for it cost free:devil:). Dropping the PSU to 650W should free some budget - best to upgrade the motherboard to the V version or try for a 2TB hard drive?

    Based in Bristol.
     
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    The 2tb is up to you if you feel the need for the extra storage.

    The 7950 should fall in budget but I guess it depends how much they are charging to build it.

    To be honest a 550 psu would cover what you have going in by plenty.
     
  9. killiefan

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    Thanks. Could you comment on the possible motherboard change to the P8Z77-V version instead of the P8Z77-M?
     
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    Theres not too much between them but one is matx and one is atx.

    That said the audio chip is better on the v and you have better option for expansion if ever needed. Also your cards wont be sat on top of each other like on a matx board if you have grfx and wifi.

    My choice would be the v.
     

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