Gaming PC for £700.

SamGriffiths

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Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, maybe a month or 2.

Budget Range: £700 after tax and everything else

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing, watching online T.V. (nexflix)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere in the U.K.

Location: England

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 3x 1600x900 (Eyefinity/Surround)

Additional Comments: I would like some ideas on a gaming rig for around £700 (not bothered about going over by £20/£30) and I will be using it with Eyefinity or nVidia Surround. I'm going to be playing games like Battlefield3/4, GTA 5 Minecraft, ARMAII/III/DayZ.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My currant PC can't play any high end games.
 

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.13 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£64.78 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£240.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.64 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £673.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 06:33 BST+0100)

This is much better.
 

yasserBasha

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cpu is total failure for i5 ... get good job or don't make crappy builds
 

yasserBasha

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i know that but the i5-3350p is crappy and PHII x4 965 has higher cache and potent overclock
i would've recommended i5-3570k but AMD here is better
 

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No, it isn't. Even with a HUGE overclock the phenom isn't better than this i5. Its just not possible. Its a 3 year old CPU. It uses old tech. Its comparable to an i3 when its overclocked. These are the simple facts. I upgraded from a phenom 2 x4 965BE OCed at 4.0ghz to my i3. The i3 is faster in every application.
 

SamGriffiths

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Okay, thanks, so now I'm torn between these two builds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£105.50 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.12 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£240.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£103.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £702.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 17:16 BST+0100)

And.

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£105.50 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.12 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£220.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.64 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £675.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 17:17 BST+0100)
 

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second build is the best ... VGA is more powerful than the first and you actually don't need that much PSU (900w!!) plus it doesn't surpass your budget
GO with the second
 

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I thought I changed out the PSU to the same one as the second one, also you had the wrong HD 7950, http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=647 they look about even in to me, it's push and pull but still, also the HD 7950 overclocks like a beast.
 

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you didn't provide the"boost" edition so i presented the comparison between the regular one and the GTX660 ti
but there is another side ... you have a strong rig for gaming and nVIDIA offers Physx (aka eye candy of games ) which adds fine details and visual effects to your gaming experience make it more realistic .
It's not tiebreaker but when you can have it ; why not ?
 

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Physx is in very few games and is being used less and less. AMD cards are better value for money in the current market.

 

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