Gaming System £800 Budget


Nov 10, 2009
Approximate Purchase Date: between now and end of August, can wait if there is something big around the corner from then though.

Budget Range: 800 British pounds = 1 314.4 U.S. dollars, obviously the cheaper the better, I just need it to be able to do the things I require

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Warching movies, online video game streaming (own3d, xfire etc.) frapsing video games for youtube, playing video games at generally high graphics. surfing the web, music.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, speakers, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK Based site or at least one that delivers to the UK fairly easily

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: generally prefer intel and nvidia as I have used them for every computer and laptop I've had but if there is better bang for the buck in AMD and ATI I'm more than happy to try them out

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment but in the future will most likely be added.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

I have been looking at the following build in the threads however my only problem is the RAM and the HDD, How much would it cost to up these quite a bit and other than that would the build be able to run games such as: League of Legends, Skyrim, SC2, Shogun 2, SWTOR and so on, I play a wide variety of games and record a lot of videos and stream often so I am in need of something that can handle me running fraps or streaming while I play. but with my current laptop I'm unable to play them at the settings I would like (high) and it is consistently over heating

Striker's "Gamer's delight" build

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $305

Motherboard: MSI P67A, bundled above

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $33

Graphics card: Galaxy 58NLH5HS3PXZ GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $439

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $40

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60

Power supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $70

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $30

DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $18

That comes to $998 after rebates.
This is a GTX 580! The most powerful single GPU gaming card! This is the epitome of a single GPU card configuration. It doesn't get better than this.

With full SLI support (minus power supply ) this build can take anything you can throw at it. It outperforms similar builds with dual 6850's, and demolishes any single GPU config there is.

If you want a single card, this is the way to go.

Oh and just incase anyone from the UK is in here, could anyone reccomend a site that would have these parts? I'm looking currently just prefer to order it all from once place.

Thanks for reading :hello:

You might be able to find another monitor and case to cut down on the total price. £68.33 inc. vat £61.12 inc. VAT
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case £71.92 inc. VAT
750W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply £109.36 inc. vat
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Z68 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £163.29 inc. vat
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £21.88 inc. VAT
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler £29.16 inc. VAT
4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - CMX4GX3M2B1600C9 £40.98 inc. vat
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache £14.99 inc. vat
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black £137.99 inc. VAT
MSI GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £73.52 inc. vat
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English £129.87
Iiyama E2208HDD 22 LCD Monitor 16:9 Widescreen Full HD 1920x1080 Resolution 5ms Response Time VGA DVI HDCP Tilt Stand VESA 3 Years Warranty- Black

Total: £843.35 inc. vat

metal orient

Mar 17, 2011
Unfortunately here in the UK, we can only dream of getting things for that price.

I'd second Why_Me's suggestion but with a few changes:

1. Get the fractal core 3000 instead of HAF, cheaper and i think looks better.
2. Corsair A50 over coolermaster 212, its a slightly better cooler and has an easier install than the CM. only £2 more.

There's also a bit of jiggery pokery with sites and such:

CPU, Screen,OS,DVD all exactly the same

CPU HSF, HDD,MB, PSU,GC: (bear in mind PSU, GC and HDD on today only deals, but will be around for weekend, and are often on anyway)

RAM and Case

All comes to:

£452.96 from Ebuyer
£379.53 from SCAN
Total £832.49

Marginal savings from the above build of £10.86, every little helps though right?

Having said all this Bulldozer launches in September, so if you can wait for that there may be some pretty good price slashing from Intel, who's prices have actually risen since they came out.