High End Gaming System £1300/$2000


Sep 12, 2011
I bolded some stuff to make skim reading easier


Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely this Wednesday-Friday

Budget Range: £1300/$2000 is the absolute max.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: frapsing games, video editing, general games, surfing the web, general stuff.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I think scan.co.uk is the only website I can use as I'm using finance options to pay.

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in about a years time I'll grab another 570.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I need a case large enough for SLI, a monitor that is generally quite big 22" plus and the bigger the better. I edit videos often and game levels that I make. I'm not sure whether an ssd is worth it since the computer will most of the time be left on but I'm not too techy so you tell me I guess.

two builds I was thinking about:



The first doesnt include windows 7 which was an accident and I dont require a blue ray drive on the second. I'm ordering soon so i just figured I'd post to see if anyone has suggestions on what I can make better or if anything can save me some $$$$

Build #2 (bottom link) but I would make these changes.

This board has a 16+2 phase configuration as does the Pro version.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z68-v-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-(x16)-vga-on-board-atx £125.62 Inc VAT
Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 S1155 Motherboard

And you want a 850w psu to push two of those cards in SLI and have enough headroom from o/c, drives, fans, etc...

This modular psu down below is manufactured by Seaonic and it's top of the line.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-xfx-pro-p1-850b-nlg9-modular-88-eff-80-plus-silver-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-atx £95.82 Inc VAT
XFX P1-850B-NLG9 PRO850W Modular Power Supply (PSU)


Sep 12, 2011

Updated those, Thanks! Just worried on a few things now. Do you think I have made the best choice on case for the budget? Would you say an SSD is worth the price tag? I'm not sure whether I should just pocket the money for it or even get a smaller one.

would the 2600k be worth it for the amount of video editing I'm doing? Is there better CPU coolers for the price, i saw an arctic freezer 13 for the same or even cheaper but in terms of cpu coolers I know absolutely nothing about the specs.

I've researched most of these but everyone opinion just makes me feel safer with all the money i'm putting into it.

Thank you