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So far, I have picked out these parts:

Extras: 15m ethernet cable, Akasa K32 High Performance CPU Cooler intel, 120mm Akasa Black Case Fan x2 for antec,
RAM: Corsair vengence DDR3 2x4gb (8 gb)
Hard drive disk: 2TB Seagate SATA III
CPU: Intel i3 2120 (because it is less than a pound more than the 2100 and so it is practically a free 0.2 gh upgrade!)
Graphics card: Radeon 1GB XFX HD 6870 Double D cooling
Case/Chassis: Antec 300
PSU: 600W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series

10 items - total: £470.15

I still cannot decide on a mother board which is 100 pounds or lower.. PLease could someone help me out?
From this link please
http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/motherboards-intel/1016/735/714/1014/713/753/1012
 

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If your on a tight budget your priorities are a bit wrong. Ditch the massive HDD to something more sensible like 500GB (do you need that much porn?) and shove the cash on a better graphics card.
 
OK I would look at a board like the ASRock Z77 Pro3 would be a good board for you within your budget http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-Z77-Motherboard-Socket-Intel/dp/B007P709Q6/ref=sr_1_14?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1337267763&sr=1-14 Since you are using a 3rd party cooler you may want to change off the Corsair Vengeance memory it can stand 2" tall and may make it hard to mount a number of good HSF (heatsink/fans). Pick up the Corsair Vengeance Low Profile memory or some G. Skill Ares memory to make sure you don't run into this problem in the future.


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What I would do

Intel

http://www.cclonline.com/product/44985/BX80623I32100/CPUs/Intel-Core-i3-2100-3-1GHz-Dual-Core-Processor/CPU1114/
Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual Core

http://www.cclonline.com/product/75860/GA-H61M-S2PV/Motherboards/Gigabyte-H61M-S2PV-Socket-1155-Motherboard/MBD0342/
Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Socket 1155 Motherboard

http://www.cclonline.com/product/60879/CMV8GX3M2A1333C9/Desktop-Memory/Corsair-CMV8GX3M2A1333C9-Desktop-Memory-8GB-Kit-1333MHz-C9-DDR3-Dimm/RAM0309/
Corsair CMV8GX3M2A1333C9 Desktop Memory 8GB Kit 1333MHz C9 DDR3

http://www.cclonline.com/product/66223/ST500DM002/Hard-Drives/Seagate-Barracuda-500GB-Hard-Drive/HDD1190/
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive

http://www.cclonline.com/product/60911/OCZ-ZS550W-UK/Power-Supplies/OCZ-ZS-Series-550W-80-Bronze-Power-Supply/PSU0243/
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze Power Supply

http://www.cclonline.com/product/25920/CPC-T45UB-U01/Cases/Xigmatek-Asgard-ATX-Mid-Tower-Case/CAS1165/
Xigmatek Asgard ATX Mid Tower Case

http://www.cclonline.com/product/76215/4260183362456/Graphics-Cards/Gainward-GeForce-GTX-560-Ti-Limited-Edition-448-Cores-1280MB-Graphics-Card/VGA0562/
Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Limited Edition 448 Cores

Total £463.75

You don't need a fancy CPU cooler for that CPU slicing down on the HDD and cutting the cooler lets you get a better GPU where you will then notice a performance hike.

Or

Personally I wouldnt get the i3 I would get the above parts and an AM3+ board with a Phenom II X4 965BE or 960T it can be overclocked at stock is loses very slightly to I3 gaming but wipes the floor with it in other tasks.

 

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I see no point in him buying a fancy motherboard to sit with a budget CPU. In all likelihood will he upgrade the CPU in under 12 months? If not he buys a fancy mobo full of stuff he wont use and when he does then upgrade it will likely be new socket and new mobo so the fancy board would then simply have been wasted £
 

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since the intel is a sandybridge and the asrock p67 better supports the sandy bridge, might as well go witht hat save a couple of bucks.

also you guys, with all this mumbled up parts completely different to what i wanted, i am confused more than ever! i will have to research soo much more now!
 

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The build I listed is for gaming I cheaped out/skinned down on anything not needed in order to get the best graphics card and stay under £500 the graphics card is where you will feel an actual boost in your gaming, big HDD's and expensive motherboards dont get you more FPS, CPU coolers and boards that allow you to OC are a bit pointless with a CPU you cant OC. The GPU is the thing you need to focus the funds on when building. Better to get a good one now and a smaller HDD, then in future you can easily add more HDD's for storage.
 

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okay! thanks, i will lookinto. also people are suggesting an i5 as the i3 will be obselete before it even arrives !
 

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I'm assuming your budget is £500 at that budget I wouldnt get an i5 as you will end up then with a bargain bin graphics card so the extra grunt of the i5 is essentially wasted a system has to balance a kick ass CPU will never be a good buy if its paired with a GPU that cant keep pace.

Mercer lists a nice i5 build if you ditched the SSD to it totals £470 you would still though need to find an extra £200 to get a decent GPU totaling £700-ish

Basically £700-ish and above i5 is the choice under that level its a toss up between Phenom II's or i3's in order to make a balanced system

Some games (BF3 multiplayer) can benefit from a quad thats why i tossed in the AMD Phenom II idea feel free to ignore it if it muddies the water :)
 

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Heres what i would get..



BitFenix Survivor CORE, Black, Mid Tower Gaming Case with Handle w/o PSU Lan Party Favourite!
£39.98 £47.98
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/bitfenix-survivor-core-black-mid-tower-gaming-case-with-handle-w-o-psu-lan-party-favourite!
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
£56.98 £68.38
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-barracuda-720014-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-64mb-cache-8ms-ncq-oem
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black LP, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
£32.80 £39.36
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
MSI Z77A-G43, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX
£64.77 £77.72
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z77a-g43-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
Intel Core i5 2400, S1155, Sdy Bridge, Quad, 3.1GHz, HD2000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W
£146.58 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2400-s1155-sdy-bridge-quad-31ghz-hd2000-igp-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail
1GB XFX HD 6870 Double D cooling, 4200MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, 1120 Stream Processors, 2x DVI/ HDMI/ 2x mini DisplayPort
£98.68 £118.42
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-6870-double-d-cooling-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-900mhz-1120-stream-processors-2x-dvi-hdmi-2x-mini

Total = £508.03
 

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wow this is pretty good.. did we miss anything?

sure beats my current basket:
Antec 300
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black
20m ethernet
120mm Akasa AK-174BK-S Black Case Fan, x2
600W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS600
Intel Core i3 2120, S1155, 3.3GHz (i3 was only 3.1GHz)
500GB Seagate (everybody screamed at me to get rid of my 2 tb for a 500)
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
2GB Asus Radeon HD 7850

£575
 

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oh wait! we are missing the psu and the other stuff which would bring it to the same price as my setup..

about 550 pounds
 

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Save for an extra month and get this setup..


LN36083
BitFenix Survivor CORE, Black, Mid Tower Gaming Case with Handle w/o PSU Lan Party Favourite!
£39.98 £47.98

1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
£56.98 £68.38

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black LP, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
£32.80 £39.36

MSI Z77A-G43, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX
£64.77 £77.72

Intel Core i5 2400, S1155, Sdy Bridge, Quad, 3.1GHz, HD2000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
£122.15 £146.58

600W PSU, Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2UK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3
£43.60 £52.32

2GB Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II, 4840MHz DDR5, 870MHz, DVI-I/HDMI/2 x Mini Display Port
£160.78 £192.94


Total£634.87
 

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
NOPE! I have -5 in my account and i am selling everything but the kitchen sink to afford this. and my parents will pay the rest.. they will never pay if it is more than 600! LAWL thanks for the laugh! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

id lvoe to get the i5 and the 9850 but i can only afford either the i5 or the 9850.. i wonder which one..i
 

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Surely you can scrape the extra £34 together just do some jobs for people cutting lawns etc etc, but if it comes down to it ditch the i5 for the i3 2120 and get the 7850.
 

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So you approve of this:
Antec 300
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black
20m ethernet
120mm Akasa AK-174BK-S Black Case Fan, x2
600W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS600
Intel Core i3 2120, S1155, 3.3GHz (i3 was only 3.1GHz)
500GB Seagate (everybody screamed at me to get rid of my 2 tb for a 500)
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
2GB Asus Radeon HD 7850

£575.55
 

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it is annoying for normal use but great for lan parties. i cant unscrew those two bits just to take otu the side panel! thats madness!