New Build for around £2000


Sep 14, 2011
Hi Guys,

Looking for a build as described below:

Approximate Purchase Date:November/December

Budget Range: £1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet Browsing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Sounds system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Optional

Country of Origin:England

Parts Preferences:Intel/Nvidia/Coolermaster HAF X case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: Dependant on the monitor

Additional Comments: Any reccomended internal lighting suggestions would be much apprecited, if watercooling can be implemented then this would be important too =]




Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit £75


CPU: i7-2600k £235
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme4 GEN3 z68 £148
GPU: x2 Sapphire 6970's £269 each
PSU: Corsair HX850w £125
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 £45
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 £140
HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Black £64
CPU Cooler: Noctua £66
Case: HAF-X £134
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Reader/Writer £65


Monitors: £312 (£104each) LG E2260V-PN Full HD WLED 22" x3

Bottom Line total: £1947 (room to shove another 8GB ram in if you really wanted to)
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan $149.99 and a $10 rebate with free shipping.

EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-K2 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard $299.99 and a $10 rebate.

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 BX80623I52500K $219.99.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL $149.99

2x-MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $1199.98.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $219.99.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99.

High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $199.99

Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler Ultimate OverClocking King Supports up to 240W TDP Dual 130mm VR Fans $68.99

LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM $69.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $139.99

LG W2753VC-PF 27" 2ms Full HD Tilt & Swivel Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor300 cd/m2 50000:1 $339.99.

The total for this Super build is $3197.88 US or 2,022.90 GBP You might be able to find these components in England cheaper since you are used to shopping there as you can see I pulled these off the Newegg site.


I think your pricing is way off mate.

In the UK computer comonents are alot more expensive. We get landed with 20% VAT and Import Tax.
Not to mention i dont think an 850w PSU has a hope in hell of running SLI 580s. You want to be looking more at 1000w.

The build you suggested, in the UK, looks like this:

EVGA Z68 FTW - £200 (only one place sells it)
i5-2500k - £160
G.SKILL 16GB - £116
MSI Extreme Edition Lightning 580's - £480 each, £960
Corsair GT SSD - £167
2TB Caviar Black - £117
Antec 850w PSU - £142
Thermal Take HSF - £41
LG Blu-Ray - £65
WIN7 PRO 64-bit - £107
LG 27" Monitor - £270

£2345 total in the UK

oh wait and i forgot the case...

HAF X - £134


£2479 total price. A little over budget i think :D

Why in the world would you link do a newegg build on this thread when the OP is a Brit?



You would be amazed the amount of people who think they can put together a build on NewEgg, slam a conversion rate into google and expect to come up with a budget fitting build for a UK based buyer :(


Sep 14, 2011
It's alright, I can understand some people don't see the £, and just automaticaly opt for a $ build on the forum...

I would like to make one alteration and that is can anyone advice, for a new budget of up to and around £3000, and build that includes a watercooling kit, possibly some LED's/ Cold Cathode Tubes for lighting and any other recommended case lighting, along with using either the 560 ti/ 580 GPU instead of the 6970's currently listed?
something like this ?

Award winning supplier, performance hardware & systems -


OS- 76

Monitors- 330

i5 2500k- 162 why the 2600k it gives no gain in perfromance over the 2500k in gaming situation

Corsair Carbide 500r- 104 already here in the states and it is a pretty good case

Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3- 147

Cosair 8gb 1600mhz- 42 finally got that ram to 1.5v. it is also here in the states already

Corsair force 3 120gb- 125 get the new firmware (1.3)

Samsung F3 1tb- 43 fast reliable drive

OCZ ZX 1000w- 144

12x Blu Ray drive- 42

MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr II- 746



obsidian86 - Nice build but with 3 cards right off the bat, your really limiting future expansion. Although future expansion wont be needed, for a very long time, buying x2 6970's with room to add a third, is probably a better option than buying x3 6950's right from the get go. (not sure what PSU would be needed for 3way 6970's though, i presume like 1200w?)

Nice motherboard choice, is just got a great review from TOMs z68 round-up.,review-32277-18.html


Sep 14, 2011
I was just reading that article aswell and I took from it that the Asus P8Z68 Deluxe was the best motherboard as it out performed in most of the classes...

Wouldn't this be the better of the motherboards?


ASUS make really great products, there's no doubt about that. I think the Extreme7 came out on top due to its fully functional PCI 3.0 support ("IvyBridge Ready"). After all the review was for "Enthusiast" boards, and Enthusiasts need upgrade paths :)

those look like reference designs which can be unlocked to 6970s

well least on the pic they show

the others that Im sure can unlock are the sapphire toxics but its a bit too expensive

1000 watts will do for 3 6970s

hardop drew 1000watts with 2 6990s


Additional cooling wouldn't be required unless heavily over-clocking. Just make sure you get a GTX580 with 2 cooling fans, something like the MSI one, just to help ease the temps from running SLI. Side case fans also help to blow cold air directly onto the cards.

MSI GTX 580 £373


Sep 14, 2011
Fancy re-doing pasting the build with the updated MOBO/ 2x MSI 580's and anything additional you can think of... Don't worry about budget :p

It's when i post the no limit Enthusiast post then we can have some fun xD


CPU: i7-2600k £235 [...] he-95w-oem
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme7 GEN3 z68 £225
GPU: x2 Gigabyte 580's 3GB version £904 (£452 each)
PSU: OCZ ZX Series 1000W 80 Plus Gold £145
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 £45 [...] 4-xmp-150v
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 £140 [...] te-175mb-s
HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Black £64 [...] -cache-8ms
CPU Cooler: Noctua £66 [...] cpu-cooler
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