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Build Advice £800 all rounder/gamer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Challymo, 12 Apr 2011.

  1. Challymo

    Challymo New Member

    12 Apr 2011
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    Around £800

    Main uses of intended build:
    Watching online videos and surfing, watching video files, playing of games such as dawn of war 1 and 2 and command and conquer to Mass effect 2 and fallout 3 and expansions. Office applications

    Parts required: All components

    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    Dell XPS 630i with crossfire 3870 cards

    Monitor resolution:
    22" samsung monitor resolution 1680*1050 and 40" sony tv 1920*1080, will be gaming mostly on the tv using a HDMI cable

    Storage requirements:
    Around 1TB wont need any more as I already have external storage for archiving

    will you be overclocking: yes/no (delete as required)
    Would like to overclock

    Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers):
    Nothing special required

    Extra information about desired system:
    After looking through the buyers guide in this months Custom PC I have devised a spec that better fits my preferences please see below for my ideas;

    Motherboard,CPU and RAM:
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K
    MoBo - Asus P8P67
    Ram - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Vengeance
    All pre overclocked to 4.6Ghz

    Power Supply:
    As with buyers guide - Antec Truepower New TP-650

    Graphics Card:
    1GB Sapphire 6870 Toxic

    As with buyers guide - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

    Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced

    2x Coolermaster Sickle Flow 120mm fans

    I work this out to be within my budget of £800 but would like some input as to suitability for purpose, compatibility, reliability etc...
    Just a bit of background on myself, I am a desktop support technician and have much experience fixing computers but this is just a little out of my depth and my first pc build from scratch.
    Thank you in advance for all advice and help.
  2. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

    16 Mar 2011
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    just change the GFX card to a 560 ti and you are good to go, but you don't need to buy the pre overclocked bundle as it is simplicity itself to do it anyway. no need to pay the premium for scan to do it. get a gelid tranquillio or a thermaltake frio, and you'll be a happy bunny in no time. If you can squeeze in an SSD, it'll make a world of difference too
  3. mucgoo

    mucgoo Well-Known Member

    9 Dec 2010
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    Don't get the bundle and save a little.
    With that budget you can get a better graphic card.
    Consider getting a SSD
  4. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

    16 Dec 2008
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    ATI cards I find are better for multi monitor setups actually.
  5. Challymo

    Challymo New Member

    12 Apr 2011
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    some good advice there, I have always preffered ATI cards but will do some reading up on nvidea after the advice. The SSD is a potentially out of my budget at the moment but will check costs and try and find some more money. As with the bundle I looked at the cost of the individual items and there didnt seem to be a huge price difference which is why I went for it.
  6. rob the bank

    rob the bank New Member

    13 Mar 2010
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