your expert opinions on this rig..

yutani

Active Member
case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU

motherboard: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

cpu: Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

memory: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 unbuffered

graphics card: XFX HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

dvd writer: Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer

don't need monitor/keyboard, operating system or monitor.. hopefully i'll grab a decent sized hdd from the classifieds :smashin:

so love to know peoples opinions of this budget gaming rig, with the option of upgrading in the future..

all in should be just shy of £400..

anything i've missed or am i making any mistakes with any of these components..

all help and opinions appreciated..
 

LJx

Well-known Member
My only strong opinion on it is that you should buy a cheaper motherboard and spend the money you save on an i5 CPU. The only reason to get a P67 chipset motherboard is to overclock and that CPU can't be overclocked anyway so you could use a H61 board
 

shadowboxer

Active Member
Although I agree with LJx that you could accomodate an i5 perhaps with a much cheaper H67/H61 motherboard, if your after the option of upgrading in the future and this system is primarily a gaming one, I would stick with an i3 2100/2120 and get a cheapish Gen3 Z68 motherboard such as the MSI Z68A-G43-G3 which can be had for around £86 from Aria and Overclockers for example. This will allow you to add in a Sandy Bridge i5 or i7 (and overclock) and with a BIOS update will accomodate Intel next generation mainstream processor family, Ivy Bridge. This will cost around the same as your current setup. If you can stretch the budget I do recommend a better PSU, the Coolermaster ones are not very good. Review here.
 

shadowboxer

Active Member
Example build from Overclockers, £407 excluding delivery.

Your basket
Product Name Qty Price Line Total
OcUK ATI Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card **BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL DEAL** OcUK ATI Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card **BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL DEAL** £99.95
(£83.29) £99.95
(£83.29)
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £91.99
(£76.66) £91.99
(£76.66)
MSI Z68A-G43-G3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard MSI Z68A-G43-G3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £86.58
(£72.15) £86.58
(£72.15)
Antec High Current Gamer 520W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £56.99
(£47.49) £56.99
(£47.49)
BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £32.99
(£27.49) £32.99
(£27.49)
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX) Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX) £19.99
(£16.66) £19.99
(£16.66)
Samsung SH-S222AL/RSMS 22x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe ReWriter (Beige/Black/Silver) - Retail Samsung SH-S222AL/RSMS 22x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe ReWriter (Beige/Black/Silver) - Retail £18.98
(£15.82) £18.98
(£15.82)
 

yutani

Active Member
great points shadowboxer and LJx..

now i'm in a dilemma :confused: haha

i3 or i5 setup.. as a complete novice to gaming on a desktop and never overclocked anything.. ever! i'm stuck between 2 stools i guess :rolleyes:

on the one hand i want the best bang for buck from the intial build, but also keen to moderately keep up with the tech and upgrade as and when needed...

appreciate the comments regards the case too, i picked that chassis at random tbh ha..

decisions, decisions..
 

shadowboxer

Active Member
Tough call I guess. Go with high quality components that can/will be carried over to future builds ie case and PSU. The internals, mobo/cpu/ram are often upgraded together. There was a good review of retail Battlefield 3 performance recently, basically showed that even though it can use four cores there was very little performance drop when using a dual core i3. I'll have a look see if I can find it.
 

LJx

Well-known Member
I am not much of an overclocker so the way i was thinking was to go down to an H61 board and get an i5 2400, that way you don't need one of the expensive boards for overclocking features and you can use the stock cooler.
But like shadow says if you are thinking of the 2500k then you will need one of the more expensive boards for the overclocking features, you are probably likely to want an aftermarket cooler too.
So in that case you don't really have an option of getting a cheaper motherboard as I think the cheapest Z68 boards are about £80 ish.
It just depends what you want to do
 

shadowboxer

Active Member
If you have no interest in overclocking, and the focus is better performance in games then yeah the best for your money would be along the lines of i3, H67/H61, 4GB RAM, decent PSU and put the savings towards a GTX560Ti which can be had for around £149.99 from some places. Amazing value for money and is significantly faster then the 6850.
 

yutani

Active Member
cheers again to both of you for the advice.. invaluable!

think i'm leaning toward an i5 of some description with a cheaper motherboard.. hows this:

case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU £49.98

motherboard: Biostar H61MHB Socket 1155 6 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard £46.20

cpu: Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz Socket LGA 1155 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £144.80

memory:Kingston 4gb Ddr3 1333mhz Memory Module Non-ecc Cl9 £16.00

optical drive: LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials £13.98

gpu: XFX HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £117.99

total excluding delivery: £388.95

probably all change tomorrow haha..
 

yutani

Active Member
If you have no interest in overclocking, and the focus is better performance in games then yeah the best for your money would be along the lines of i3, H67/H61, 4GB RAM, decent PSU and put the savings towards a GTX560Ti which can be had for around £149.99 from some places. Amazing value for money and is significantly faster then the 6850.

ooh shadowboxer puts a spanner in the works haha :D

yeah i think we're gearing towards better performance off the bat for my budget (£400) i'm obviously intrigued that the likes of b3 will still perform under an i3 therefore leaving more budget for the bells and whistle a higher spec gpu can offer..

choices choices :facepalm:
 

yutani

Active Member
revised shopping list thanks to shadowboxer and LJx

case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU £49.98

motherboard: Biostar H61MHB Socket 1155 6 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard £46.20

cpu: Intel Core i3 2105 3.1GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £104.57

memory:Kingston 4gb Ddr3 1333mhz Memory Module Non-ecc Cl9 £16.00

optical drive: LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials £13.98

gpu: Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card £167.03

updated total: £397.76

any thoughts you two ha...??
 

shadowboxer

Active Member

yutani

Active Member
booom.. bang under budget. you're a legend shadowboxer.. :D

looking to order end of next week, hopefully prices won't fluctuate too much.. loving that case/psu combo too
 

shadowboxer

Active Member
No problem. Look good luck with the build.
 

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