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Build Advice £550 Budget PC - does this all look okay?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Harty, 6 Sep 2012.

  1. Harty

    Harty New Member

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    Hey there. I have dwelt long on this, researching each individual part, it's performance and reliability, and I believe I have come up with a final build.
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    CPU: Intel i5 2500 - £160.98
    GPU: XFX Radeon 7850 Core Edition - £154.79
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) - £38.16
    HDD: 1TB Samsung HD103SJ - £59.87
    MOBO: MSI Z77A-G43 - £75.32
    DVD/RW: Sony AD-7280s - £13.73
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    Price (with free P&P): £558
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    I know the obvious suggestion is to get a 2500K and a more OCable motherboard. The reason I got the regular 2500 is because I have no interest in overclocking.

    My main question is - how can I cheapen the price without reducing performance? This current setup will do everything I need from a computer, but it it a heavy strain on my wallet.

    Note: I already have a case, monitor and an OS.
    Thanks in advance. :rock:
     
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  2. dangerman1337

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    I think you can get an Intel i5 3570(k) than a 2500 and grab an AMD 7850 (the VRAM will likely help in future games and has good OC potential) rather than a 6850.
     
  3. Harty

    Harty New Member

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    Doh, I did enter a 7850, it's one of those awful typos.
    How well does the Intel 3570k perform compared to the 2500? I have heard they have some overheating issues? :eyebrow:
     
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    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    It's work getting the 2500K or 3570K just because they will hold their value much better than the non-K versions.
     
  5. Harty

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    Hmm, looking at the prices on Scan and Amazon, the Intel 3570 is a bit mor epricey than the 2500, which is exactly the opposite of what I need - the current build I have planned already stretches my budget from an original £500 to £560, I can't afford any more. A 2500 will do just fine I think.
     
  6. malbluff

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    i5-3570 outperforms i5-2500, not by a huge ammount, but as they're virtually same price, better value + latest tech. Do notice mobo you are using has the highest capabilities, including overclocking. If you are getting 2500 and/or not wanting to overclock, there's no point getting a Z77 board. Wasted capabilities. Personally, I think you'd be better to get the i5-3570K. Then you've got the best performance/capabilities, and at least the CAPABILITY to overclock, should you want to have a "dabble", in the future. If you really want to reduce costs, stick with the i5-2500 (you might be able to get a "deal" on say Scan's today only page), and a H61 mobo. Perfectly adequate, just not most "up to date"
     
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    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    I was about to say the same thing about the motherboard.
     
  8. Harty

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    Hmm, thanks guys. I might actually go for a H61 then. Just how well do they perform, and what model of them should I get?
     
  9. Harty

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    In fact, looking at the H61, I really don't want a mATX or uATX mobo. What other cheaper alternatives would you recommend other than the Z77a?
     
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    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    You could go for a B75 board such as this which comes with the usual goodies of USB 3 and SATA III for just under £60.
     
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    As a matter of fact I was just looking at that exact board! I think I may go for this piece - it seems to be compatible with the rest of my hardware, and it's a nice cut on the price. Thanks guys!
     
  12. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    I've not really looked at the B75 boards before but if you aren't looking to overclock and don't need PCI-E 3, they look pretty good value.

    EDIT: That board does have PCI-E 3, I'm a noob.
     
  13. Harty

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    The build has been trimmed down to about £540, which is more than ideal, thanks again!
     
  14. terrorbyt

    terrorbyt MultiModder

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    That's my motherboard, it's a great budget board ;)

    if the OP doesn't want to overclock he could get a similar speed i3 cpu for half the price of the i5. if he's not overclocking he's effectively paying over £70 extra for two extra cores. Just a thought :)
     
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    Thanks for the thought, but I hear that many of the games I want to play, usually MMOs, are quite CPU heavy, so the extra two cores will come in handy!:thumb:
     
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    That's good, if it's something you need it's always worth paying for
     
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    I was considering an i3 myself the other day, but was rightly talked out of it.

    Harty, what about this?
     
  18. malbluff

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    One thing to bear in mind with B75 board, I'm not certain, but I think it only supports 1333MHz ram, with Sandybridge.
     
  19. terrorbyt

    terrorbyt MultiModder

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    You are 100% correct, something which I didn't realise until soon after I'd built my PC (see sig). I have 1600MHz RAM installed but the speeds are locked to 1333MHz as I'm using a Sandy Bridge CPU. If I had an Ivy Bridge the speed would be unlocked.

    It's worth pointing out that the speed difference (as I've been assured) is negligible.
     
  20. Harty

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    I may have to have a look at that CPU. How well does it perform in relation to the 2500?



    From the MSI website:

     

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