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Need a new gaming PC, where to buy?

RobertWF

Standard Member
This is a bit impulsive, but The Witcher 2 has just highlighted how old my PC is and I've decided it's time for an upgrade. I got My last PC from computerplanet.co.uk 2 and a half years ago so it's done. I have no idea about building one or really much about them, I got help here the last time but my account has been lost :(.

My budget is £1400, if anyone knows of a good place to buy a gaming PC I would greatly appreciate the info.
 

Deadringers

Distinguished Member
I've e-mailed that lot to ask them about it. Could you have a peek at this one for me?

PCSPECIALIST.CO.UK - Intel Sandy Bridge PC, Intel Sandy Bridge Computers, Build Your Own Intel Sandy Bridge PC

Adding 2 x 570's, i7-2600k on here and changing a few other things like adding liquid cooling and a better power supply I can get it to £1400 with windows 7 installed, what do you think?

Looks like a good PC, what case did you go for?

However I would personally not got for SLI as it could be a bit of a pain to add different profiles etc and the scaling is not always the best...I would go for 1 580.
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
Looks like a good PC, what case did you go for?

However I would personally not got for SLI as it could be a bit of a pain to add different profiles etc and the scaling is not always the best...I would go for 1 580.

The coolmaster CM690,

Here's what I've got so far then.

i7-2600k
(No idea what motherboard to pick)
8GB kingston....DDR3 (1600mhz) 2x 4GB
3GB Nvidia GTX 580
Crosshair 650w........(does this need to be better?)
Coolit eco A.L.C
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
Well with all that It comes just over my £1400 which is fine, If I do go for the 580 could I add another 580 in the future maybe?

Also what about the motherboard, I've just got the first one on the list picked.
 

richard plumb

Distinguished Member
you could build it yourself for about a grand. Stick a 590 in there, or an ATI 6990 if you want the current top end, or a 580 will last you just fine.

i5 2500k is more than enough for gaming, most games won't benefit from the hyperthreading of the i7.

Then the money you save can be used to replace the graphics card in a year or two, or the CPU.
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
I'd love to build it myself but I've never done it before and would be affraid incase I messed it up :(
I've found a new website that seems to be cheaper I'll have a look see.

*Edit*
What about this one then guys?

Cooler Master 690 Black Dominator
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked (4 x 3.3GHz) 6MB
Corsair Hydro Series H50 V2 (Advanced Liquid Cooling)
Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 - 3 GB - (ZOTAC) (PCI-E)
Asus P8P67 Pro (Intel P67) - B3
Corsair 600W (CMPSU-600CX) PSU
CPU Overclocking
1 TB (1000 GB) SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 32MB
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT
 
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drskhaled

Active Member
have you tried Overclockers, got my rig from them last year and their service was excellent and more importantly the speed of delivery (3-5days).

since your budget is 1400 have you considered an SSD drive for your OS and other programmes. It wont affect gaming speed but its nice to have windows start up so quickly.
 

Sega Mega Dave

Distinguished Member
Do you need a monitor, keyboard etc...? Also do you need an operating system?
 
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Sega Mega Dave

Distinguished Member
Specification

Coolermaster CM690-II Advanced Case - Black

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad Core Processor

Akasa Venom CPU Cooler

Asus P67 Sabertooth Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard **B3 REVISION**

Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz C9 Memory Kit

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin FrozR II 1536MB GDDR5

OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB Solid State Hard Drive

Western Digital Blue 500GB SATA 6Gb/s HDD

Samsung BluRay ROM DVDRW Lightscribe Optical Drive

Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card with built in Headphone AMP

Corsair TX 850W V2 Power Supply

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Fully Cable Managed

Total: £1,382.84 inc VAT

Thats from overclockers but you can custom chose any option you like. You dont need an SSD like i chose but they are good and load things a lot quicker, 60gb isnt much hence why i put the second hard drive in for installing games.

You can overclock it yourself after, there are plenty of guides on the net and its easy enough to do.
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
I think I'm gonna go with your suggestion Sega, Although I've added Corsair Hydro H50-1 Watercooling Kit , This is also with stage 3 overclocking, comes in at £1,413.85 inc VAT.

My only concern is the 580, will this card last me a while?
 

drskhaled

Active Member
solid state drives have much faster access andwrite speeds than traditional HDD's. Programmes installed on it will usually load up much faster. I keep my games on a seperate HDD as SSD's are usually smaller and more expensive (128gb is mine). Its a luxury i guess but really nice to have windows start really quickly
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
solid state drives have much faster access andwrite speeds than traditional HDD's. Programmes installed on it will usually load up much faster. I keep my games on a seperate HDD as SSD's are usually smaller and more expensive (128gb is mine). Its a luxury i guess but really nice to have windows start really quickly

Yeah I read up a little on it also, If i get a smaller SSD one for the OS then windows will boot much quicker hm? And a larger one for all my other stuff.
 

Sega Mega Dave

Distinguished Member
Yeah I read up a little on it also, If i get a smaller SSD one for the OS then windows will boot much quicker hm? And a larger one for all my other stuff.

What most do on a budget is get a smallish SSD for OS and maybe their favourite most played games and then a standard hard drive for all their other games.

SSD's are expensive, the larger capacity and faster read/write times the more they cost.

Don't get fooled into thinking they're a needed as they aren't, they're a nice to have luxury but i'd always invest in other areas first.
 
Looks like a good PC, what case did you go for?

However I would personally not got for SLI as it could be a bit of a pain to add different profiles etc and the scaling is not always the best...I would go for 1 580.

A single 570 OC edition is no slouch, even when SLI aint working. When it does work, it absolutely destroys a single 580.
 
I think I'm gonna go with your suggestion Sega, Although I've added Corsair Hydro H50-1 Watercooling Kit , This is also with stage 3 overclocking, comes in at £1,413.85 inc VAT.

My only concern is the 580, will this card last me a while?

Definately dude. People are still happy with a single 5870 for gaming, so your more than covered. It's not until the console cycle ends where we will be back to more regular GPU upgrades.
 

Deadringers

Distinguished Member
I think I'm gonna go with your suggestion Sega, Although I've added Corsair Hydro H50-1 Watercooling Kit , This is also with stage 3 overclocking, comes in at £1,413.85 inc VAT.

My only concern is the 580, will this card last me a while?

the 580 is still the fastest single GPU in the world I believe.

The only reason the 590 would / is faster is because it is two cards stuck on one board.

With a bit of over clocking the 580 will smash anything and everything you throw at it :)

So yes the 580 will last you for a good couple of years at any rate.

Plus you could in a year - 2 years time just add another 580 in there with a beefed up PSU and you will be good to go.

Just no point in my eyes to get the 590 which is not an over clocker either.
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
Overclockers also said it'll be built in 2 days as apposed to the 7-10 days on the other site I was looking at, so that's another bonus.

Thanks a lot everyone for your help!
 

Dr Force

Distinguished Member
I'd love to build it myself but I've never done it before and would be affraid incase I messed it up :(

Hi Rob

I did it and I had never built anything with electronics in my life.

Once you have installed the MOBO the rest is pretty much self explanatory. It also helps whenyou want to changesomething ou know how itwas put together.

I'd recommend buying seperate components and doingit yourself mate.

Cheers
Dave
 

RobertWF

Standard Member
Hi Rob

I did it and I had never built anything with electronics in my life.

Once you have installed the MOBO the rest is pretty much self explanatory. It also helps whenyou want to changesomething ou know how itwas put together.

I'd recommend buying seperate components and doingit yourself mate.

Cheers
Dave

Thanks Dave but I think I've got a pretty good deal here, I'm gonna go for it, If I add another GPU some time down the line that'll be a bit of experience for me an I'll perhaps build my next one :)
 

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