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#31 Delusiv

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

  • 1 x Gigabyte 7580 Wireless Optical Mouse & Keyboard Set £21.99
  • AOC N950SW 18.5" Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor £74.99
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit £80.99
  • Zalman Apache CPU Cooler £14.99
  • Templar Midi Case £19.99
  • 1 x 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive £59.99
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Gaming RAM £50.99
  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Graphics Card £206.99
  • Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard £49.99
  • 4.0GHz AMD FX-8350 8-Core CPU £189.99  <------ Is this a good CPU? What is its Intel equivalent?
  • Xigmatek 600W PSU £49.99
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty
Price = £820

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 29 January 2013 - 04:26 PM, said:

Can anyone build something using this website that's under £900? (That runs GW2 Smoothly in Medium/High settings)

https://www.vibox.co.uk/build-your-own

I did another build for you using pcspecialist, I did try vibox but didnt like the price it came out with and the configuration. This is without key / mouse and without monitor though.

Case
PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V LK: PCI-E 3.0 READY, SLI, CROSSFIREX
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£69)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2013
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £909.00 including VAT and delivery.

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Edited by Eon Lilu, 29 January 2013 - 05:03 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 29 January 2013 - 04:56 PM, said:

  • 1 x Gigabyte 7580 Wireless Optical Mouse & Keyboard Set £21.99
  • AOC N950SW 18.5" Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor £74.99
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit £80.99
  • Zalman Apache CPU Cooler £14.99
  • Templar Midi Case £19.99
  • 1 x 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive £59.99
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Gaming RAM £50.99
  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Graphics Card £206.99
  • Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard £49.99
  • 4.0GHz AMD FX-8350 8-Core CPU £189.99  <------ Is this a good CPU? What is its Intel equivalent?
  • Xigmatek 600W PSU £49.99
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty
Price = £820

You want this cpu : i5-3570k
You probably want a better case than what you have chosen. I would suggest : Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Gaming Case or Antec 902 Gaming Case
Out of the options I would also go with this motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard

If you choose the more expensive already overclocked i5 cpu you will need better cooling. If you choose the 3.4 ghz i5 you should be fine.

Edited by Eon Lilu, 29 January 2013 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

View PostEon Lilu, on 29 January 2013 - 05:08 PM, said:

You want this cpu : i5-3570k
You probably want a better case than what you have chosen. I would suggest : Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Gaming Case or Antec 902 Gaming Case
Out of the options I would also go with this motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard

If you choose the more expensive already overclocked i5 cpu you will need better cooling. If you choose the 3.4 ghz i5 you should be fine.

Hey thanks alot for your comment,

I've made the changes you've said and it now looks like this:

  • 1 x Gigabyte 7580 Wireless Optical Mouse & Keyboard Set
  • AOC N950SW 18.5" Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • Zalman Apache CPU Cooler
  • Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Gaming Case
  • 1 x 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Gaming RAM
  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Graphics Card
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard
  • Xigmatek 600W PSU
  • 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K 4-Core Ivy Bridge CPU
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty

Price: £985


Can you suggest ways to cut back and save some money? I mean is the £80 Case really necessary?


(I need the windows 7, keyboard and mouse and monitor)


https://www.vibox.co.uk/build-your-own


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

Basically with that setup you have the option later on for upgrades, if you choose a cheapy small case, cooling won't be as good and you will not have room to upgrade later.

Also the Zalman Apache cooler is quite large, it is not liquid cooling its a large fan based cooling, which is fine just the size of it + the graphics card in a small case will give no chance of upgrades later and hardly any room.

Which is why I suggest a decent case, so your not restricted in your choices and it gives better cooling and upgradeability in a year or two.

Personally I would suggest going with PCspecialist, they have great quality, good support, it seems cheaper but only slightly than vibox and they have finance options so you don't have to pay it all at once. Thats where I bought my pc back in august.

Edited by Eon Lilu, 29 January 2013 - 10:28 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

View PostEon Lilu, on 29 January 2013 - 10:23 PM, said:

Basically with that setup you have the option later on for upgrades, if you choose a cheapy small case, cooling won't be as good and you will not have room to upgrade later.

Also the Zalman Apache cooler is quite large, it is not liquid cooling its a large fan based cooling, which is fine just the size of it + the graphics card in a small case will give no chance of upgrades later and hardly any room.

Which is why I suggest a decent case, so your not restricted in your choices and it gives better cooling and upgradeability in a year or two.

Personally I would suggest going with PCspecialist, they have great quality, good support, it seems cheaper but only slightly than vibox and they have finance options so you don't have to pay it all at once. Thats where I bought my pc back in august.

Are there any other cheaper cases from that selection you can suggest? And is that cooler not very good then?

EDIT: What about the Galaxy Bubble Gaming Case? It says it's spacious.... and to be honest i dont really plan on upgrading it... i just want it to last atleast 5 years........

Edited by Delusiv, 30 January 2013 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Using http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk I've come up with this: (I choose a random motherboard as i have no idea which to choose, please advise) (Also please point out unecessary things, i didnt know if that cooler was necessary either) Posted Image
Case COOLERMASTER ELITE 311 BLUE CASE Posted Image
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache Posted Image
Motherboard ASUS® P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX Posted Image
Memory (RAM) 8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB) Posted Image
Graphics Card 2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable Posted Image
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE Posted Image
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM Posted Image
Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT Posted Image
Power Supply 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan Posted Image
Processor Cooling Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler (£19) Posted Image
Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD) Posted Image
Network Facilities 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs Posted Image
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD Posted Image
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79) Posted Image
Office Software FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2013 Posted Image
Anti-Virus BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL Posted Image
Monitor AOC 21.5" WIDESCREEN LED TFT - 1920 x 1080, 5MS, D-Sub, DVI-D (£89) Posted Image
DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables 1 x 2 METRE DVI-D CABLE (£5) Posted Image
Keyboard & Mouse LOGITECH® MK260 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO (£22)

Edited by Delusiv, 30 January 2013 - 11:02 AM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 30 January 2013 - 11:02 AM, said:

Using http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk I've come up with this: (I choose a random motherboard as i have no idea which to choose, please advise)

I would recommend bumping it up to the Asus P8Z77-V LX. That P8Z77-M is a micro-ATX board, which is a smaller form factor and may make your system unnecessarily more cramped. mATX boards certainly have their uses, but if you're planning on a standard-sized PC in an ATX mid-tower case I don't see any reason you'd benefit from a smaller-than-standard motherboard.

I think the cooler you picked out is fine; I have no idea if its a "good" one because I've never heard of that brand, but I'm sure its fine as long as you aren't planning on some extreme overclock. If you don't intend to touch your processor's clock settings, the stock intel cooler is fine but you will still want to replace it sooner or later.

A 450 W no-name power supply is probably not going to cut it for this system. That 600 W unit is more than enough in terms of wattage but it still may not be a reliable unit. The cheapest one they offer on that list that I would still trust is that Corsair TX650. I wish they had some of Corsair's lower-end products, though.

Edited by typographie, 30 January 2013 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

I would go with this personally but its a little over your budget. I would not choose wireless keyboards or mouse as they tend to have problems and your losing power to change batterys while your playing games, which is annoying as hell...but I stuck on your keyboard and mouse anyway.

Case
PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V: PCI-E 3.0 READY, WIFI, SLI, CROSSFIREX
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£69)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8 Standard Edition 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2013
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080 (£119)
DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables
1 x 2 METRE GOLD PLATED V1.4 HDMI CABLE (£8)
Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® MK260 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO (£22)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £1,076.00 including VAT and delivery.

Unique URL to re-configure: http://www.pcspecial...-pc/RGow3QxYT0/

Edited by Eon Lilu, 30 January 2013 - 02:36 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

View Posttypographie, on 30 January 2013 - 02:26 PM, said:

I would recommend bumping it up to the Asus P8Z77-V LX. That P8Z77-M is a micro-ATX board, which is a smaller form factor and may make your system unnecessarily more cramped. mATX boards certainly have their uses, but if you're planning on a standard-sized PC in an ATX mid-tower case I don't see any reason you'd benefit from a smaller-than-standard motherboard.

I think the cooler you picked out is fine; I have no idea if its a "good" one because I've never heard of that brand, but I'm sure its fine as long as you aren't planning on some extreme overclock. If you don't intend to touch your processor's clock settings, the stock intel cooler is fine but you will still want to replace it sooner or later.

A 450 W no-name power supply is probably not going to cut it for this system. That 600 W unit is more than enough in terms of wattage but it still may not be a reliable unit. The cheapest one they offer on that list that I would still trust is that Corsair TX650. I wish they had some of Corsair's lower-end products, though.

Guys thanks for your comments,

I've had someones suggest me this build which is cheap but can it run GW2 smoothly with decent settings? (so sorry to keep changing it about im such an idiot when it comes to computers lol)

Currently:£867.88
Saving:£355.83

Your Specification view the products in your bundle
  • Corsair Gamer Series GS800 80+ 800W PSU £92.99
  • 2 x 500GB Sata III Hard Drives (1TB Total) £79.98
  • CIT Blue Vantage Gaming Case £36.99
  • 1 x Samsung DVD-RW - Blu Ray ROM Optical Drive £55.99
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit £80.99
  • 1 x Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card £29.99
  • Zalman CNP S12X CPU Cooler £74.99
  • 2x AMD Radeon HD 7750 - Crossfire Graphics Cards £174.99
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz Gaming RAM £55.99
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H Motherboard £78.99
  • 3.6GHz AMD A8-5600K 4-Core Trinity APU £105.99
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty
This is done on Vibox. Let me know what you think (I promise this is the last suggestion xD)

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 30 January 2013 - 05:13 PM, said:

Guys thanks for your comments,

I've had someones suggest me this build which is cheap but can it run GW2 smoothly with decent settings? (so sorry to keep changing it about im such an idiot when it comes to computers lol)

Currently:£867.88
Saving:£355.83

Your Specification view the products in your bundle
  • Corsair Gamer Series GS800 80+ 800W PSU £92.99
  • 2 x 500GB Sata III Hard Drives (1TB Total) £79.98
  • CIT Blue Vantage Gaming Case £36.99
  • 1 x Samsung DVD-RW - Blu Ray ROM Optical Drive £55.99
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit £80.99
  • 1 x Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card £29.99
  • Zalman CNP S12X CPU Cooler £74.99
  • 2x AMD Radeon HD 7750 - Crossfire Graphics Cards £174.99
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz Gaming RAM £55.99
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H Motherboard £78.99
  • 3.6GHz AMD A8-5600K 4-Core Trinity APU £105.99
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty
This is done on Vibox. Let me know what you think (I promise this is the last suggestion xD)

I would not recommend that build at all for gw2.

GW2 does not like SLI or dual graphics cards or overclocking.
The power supply is overkill
The cpu is not what you should go for. i5-3570k or i5-3570 is better choice.
Motherboard is not that great and older than current motherboards.
Ram is overkill, 1600mhz is fine.
CPU cooler is massive and takes up way too much space.
Soundcard is overkill, onboard sound is fine.
Case is small meaning if you want to add stuff later in a few years to make your pc last longer, you won't be able to.

Infact im 90% sure that the cpu cooler + the two graphics cards won't even fit in that case..or it will but be very very tight squeeze with 2 harddrives, large cooler, soundcard, 2 graphics cards and a 800w power supply...be lucky to fit all that insdie that case and still have good airflow.

For GW2 I would not reccomend that pc or for any gaming pc tbh.

Edited by Eon Lilu, 30 January 2013 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 30 January 2013 - 05:13 PM, said:

This is done on Vibox. Let me know what you think (I promise this is the last suggestion xD)

I don't blame you for being indecisive, this is a pretty major purchase. Even more so with British pricing + VAT.

But that build is flat-out bizarre. Not only is that processor wayyy too slow for what GW2's going to throw at it, that system looks like someone picked parts almost at random. They don't really make much sense with each other.

We need to clarify a couple of things in this thread. What is your actual budget? I only know that previous builds in the ~£900-range have been too much. Also, do you need a monitor at this time or not? It keeps vanishing and reappearing in each build, and its further complicating the budget issue.

Edited by typographie, 30 January 2013 - 10:08 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

View Posttypographie, on 30 January 2013 - 10:08 PM, said:

I don't blame you for being indecisive, this is a pretty major purchase. Even more so with British pricing + VAT.

But that build is flat-out bizarre. Not only is that processor wayyy too slow for what GW2's going to throw at it, that system looks like someone picked parts almost at random. They don't really make much sense with each other.

We need to clarify a couple of things in this thread. What is your actual budget? I only know that previous builds in the ~£900-range have been too much. Also, do you need a monitor at this time or not? It keeps vanishing and reappearing in each build, and its further complicating the budget issue.

Thanks for your comment,

Things i definitely need with this: Monitor, Windows 7

My budget is £900 and under

I know now that i need an i5 3570k, and also have been recommended the Radeon HD 7870, but this is all i know! I know nothing about motherboards or cooling or cases or anything! Im hopeless. All i want is a build that can run GW2 smoothly and any upcoming games such as Elder scrolls online. Sorry to be indecisive but i am careful what i spend £900 on! :P

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:03 AM

Excuse the lack of a direct link, I can't figure out how Eon did that:

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It comes to £849 after VAT. I rolled back the video card to an HD 7850, which is realistically plenty for gaming at 1080p. This is a decently-balanced system, its strong where GW2 needs it to be strong and I think its approximately the best you can do within your constraints.

The Core i5-3570K differs from the -3570 and -3470 in that it can be overclocked easily—at stock settings, it performs about the same. Since you aren't very tech savvy, I would recommend dropping it to the -3470 and saving the £30 (almost $50, srsly?!!) unless you are really interested in learning how to overclock, or if you want to pay someone else to do it. And in the end, overclocking doesn't really have that big an impact anyway.

I don't think you [urgently] need anything better than the Intel stock cooler, which saves you more money. Its loud, but without an overclock its effective enough. It would be good to replace it eventually.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

View Posttypographie, on 31 January 2013 - 01:03 AM, said:

Excuse the lack of a direct link, I can't figure out how Eon did that:

It comes to £849 after VAT. I rolled back the video card to an HD 7850, which is realistically plenty for gaming at 1080p. This is a decently-balanced system, its strong where GW2 needs it to be strong and I think its approximately the best you can do within your constraints.

The Core i5-3570K differs from the -3570 and -3470 in that it can be overclocked easily—at stock settings, it performs about the same. Since you aren't very tech savvy, I would recommend dropping it to the -3470 and saving the £30 (almost $50, srsly?!!) unless you are really interested in learning how to overclock, or if you want to pay someone else to do it. And in the end, overclocking doesn't really have that big an impact anyway.

I don't think you [urgently] need anything better than the Intel stock cooler, which saves you more money. Its loud, but without an overclock its effective enough. It would be good to replace it eventually.

Thanks alot mate,

I think i'll go with this, i do not plan to overclock or anything so this should be fine for me, hopefully this will last me a good few years of gaming :) Im also going to swap out Windows 8 and have Windows 7 instead. I assume you used pcspecialist for this build?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Just entered it in to check it out for myself,

Came up with this:

Checking your specification...Posted Image

    We've checked your specification for compatibility. Please consider our advice below before proceeding:
  • You have selected a 650W power supply, but based on our calculations you actually only need a 350W power supply. We have calculated your specification to require around 326W of power including a 20% allowance. Although it is not a mandatory requirement to select a lower wattage power supply, doing so will save you money and the last thing we'd like to do is over charge you!
Does it matter? Shall i just proceed?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

View PostDelusiv, on 31 January 2013 - 10:29 AM, said:

Does it matter? Shall i just proceed?

They're trying to calculate actual power draw, which is always lower than what we try to plan for. Upgrades, peripheral devices and power supply load are all factors as well, and we'd normally recommend a well-regarded 500-600 W PSU for this sort of build. The actual system draw may only be in the 300's, but you don't want to cut it that close.

The site's PSU offerings are limited. The no-name 350 W and 400 W units they offer may not sustain enough wattage during high-load usage, and certainly give you no room for upgrades. The 600 W unit they offer is the same price as the Corsair TX650 on that site, and I know the latter is reliable; I actually own one myself.

So, of the options on that site, the TX650 is the cheapest one I'd trust in a mid-range gaming PC. It is a bit more wattage than you need, but you won't likely ever have to worry about power. I think you could even add another HD 7850 in Crossfire someday and be fine.

I do wish someone else would chime in with opinions on that build before you buy it though, I'm confident in it but I don't want to be the only voice you're relying on. :P

Edited by typographie, 31 January 2013 - 02:18 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

View Posttypographie, on 31 January 2013 - 02:03 PM, said:

I do wish someone else would chime in with opinions on that build before you buy it though, I'm confident in it but I don't want to be the only voice you're relying on. :P

Thanks very much,

Two IT Technicians at my work have been helping me with this and have said your build would be suitable.

I am most likely going to order this tonight if anyone else would like to comment on the build please do.

Im looking forward to this and actually finally playing GW2! And many other games!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:00 PM

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Can anyone build something using this website that's under £900? (That runs GW2 Smoothly in Medium/High settings)
i5-3570K
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
HD7870
8Gig Corsair DDR3-1600
1 TB hard drive
CM Elite 334u
DVD-RW
Corsair GS600
Xigmatek Loki cooler
No PCI card
Win 7/8 Home Premium

£882.90

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

View PostQuaker, on 01 February 2013 - 04:00 PM, said:

i5-3570K
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
HD7870
8Gig Corsair DDR3-1600
1 TB hard drive
CM Elite 334u
DVD-RW
Corsair GS600
Xigmatek Loki cooler
No PCI card
Win 7/8 Home Premium

£882.90

He needs a monitor inside of that £900 too, though.

#51 Eon Lilu

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:35 AM

Ok don't ask me how I did it but I managed to make a build with PC Specialist with monitor, keyboard and mouse, an i5, an ATI 7870 and 8 gig ram for just over 900 pounds.....

I want it on record though normally I would never suggest this build I would advise to cough up the extra 100-200 pounds because the difference in future upgradability and how long your pc will last is a huge difference between a £800 pc and a £1000-£1100 pc. Your restricting your options in case size, cooling, and upgradability with this build so making upgrades later will be pretty limited at best.

It has everything you need though and fits in your budget with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Build one will be the bare minimum and what you asked for in your budget. Build two is what I suggest you should get and is so worth to just cough up the extra money for it because in the long run it will be worth it but it's your choice.

Also the 1st build does not have wireless internet but the 2nd build has built in wireless internet and networking.

Build one.

Case
COOLERMASTER ELITE 311 BLUE CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling
Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler (£19)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2013
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Monitor
AOC 21.5" WIDESCREEN LED TFT - 1920 x 1080, 5MS, D-Sub, DVI-D (£89)
DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables
1 x 2 METRE DVI-D CABLE (£5)
Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® K200 USB MEDIA KEYBOARD (£10)
Mouse
LOGITECH® OPTICAL USB MOUSE (£5)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £902.00 including VAT and delivery.

Unique URL to re-configure: http://www.pcspecial...-pc/B4RPptqUET/

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Build 2.

Case
COOLERMASTER CM STORM ENFORCER - GAMING ENTHUSIAST CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V: PCI-E 3.0 READY, WIFI, SLI, CROSSFIREX
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£69)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2013
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080 (£119)
DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables
1 x 2 METRE GOLD PLATED V1.4 HDMI CABLE (£8)
Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® K200 USB MEDIA KEYBOARD (£10)
Mouse
LOGITECH® OPTICAL USB MOUSE (£5)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £1,089.00 including VAT and delivery.

Unique URL to re-configure: http://www.pcspecial...-pc/9nyVkYgLNc/

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Personally I would go with build 2, you will have a much better experience and is worth the extra money, if you want to upgrade in a few years to overclocked cpu, a second graphics card, more ram etc you will be able to do it alot more easily and have plenty of room and cooling with that case and cooler. You also have a much better quality monitor with build 2 and wireless internet / networking. I think all that is extremely worth the extra £150+ so please consider it.

Seriously I would take the 2nd build, but it's up to you if you really do have to stick to budget, the 1st build will give you the bare minimum of what you ask for, and that's it, if you ever need to upgrade anything but the ram, I don't think you will be able to without changing the case and the cooling.

Hope that helps.

Edited by Eon Lilu, 02 February 2013 - 05:44 AM.


#52 Delusiv

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

I've gone with Typographie's build as it was in my budget and suits me perfectly as i don't plan to overclock or make any changes and i also only play MMORPGs, thanks for everyone's suggestions.




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