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  • quadfather 30 Oct 2012 14:53:10 10,566 posts
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    That ebay Vibox looks ok, but as Andy says, the graphics card is a bit pants. It's a b75 mobo too. I'm not too up on that chipset, but other people are

    I went for the slightly more futureproof mobo (z77) and dropped the cpu to an i3 instead of an i5, and I managed it all for around 500 - this included chip, mobo, 8gb, 128gb ssd, 660ti, 24" monitor

    this was a combination of overclockers + scan

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  • kadooosh 30 Oct 2012 15:46:29 1,201 posts
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    overcorpse wrote:
    rodpad wrote:
    http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/intel-ivy-bridge-i5-3450-gaming-pc-2tb-16gb-ddr3-ati-7770-1gb-galaxy-computer.html?___store=default

    Intel i5-3450 CPU with an AMD 7770 GPU there for £510.
    Oh i see the 7770 is shit on an AMD system but its ok on an Intel system and add in the fact that that it comes with no operating system either.Where as he could buy this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140814887846?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2648 for 12 quid more have a better graphics card that over clocks like a beast and comes with Windows.

    Try harder.
    right, pretty srei like the one overcorpse has posted here..seems t be good specs for the price and i can find alot that beats it for the money with os. anyone else agree? thanks btw foryour help, dont wan to waste my money on something crap!
  • Maturin 30 Oct 2012 16:40:41 2,744 posts
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    I've changed my mind on a pre-built and am building my own system instead, that way I actually get the bits I want. Have just ordered the following:

    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer case
    Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
    Asus P8Z77-V motherboard
    Intel i5 3570K CPU
    16GB Corsair Vengeance CL9 1600MHz RAM
    OCZ 120GB SSD

    I didn't order an aftermarket cooler for the CPU. For now I'm happy enough to use the stock cooler and run at stock speed. I don't plan to overclock for a while and I'll get a flashier fan then.

    I'm going to use my existing GTX460 graphics card out of my current PC, plus a couple of hard drives. Got my birthday coming up at the end of November and will get a new GPU then.
  • whatthefu 30 Oct 2012 16:59:06 823 posts
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    Bought a new system case, usb 3, turns out the header on the motherboard isn't compatible. And I thought these things were backwards comapatible.
  • whatthefu 30 Oct 2012 19:28:27 823 posts
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    my MB is usb 2, but the case only has a front cable to suit a usb3 motherboard
  • Lukus 30 Oct 2012 19:32:37 18,955 posts
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    overcorpse wrote:
    @Buztafen Your damn right i'd buy the i5 system for £508 seeing as the only game i really play on PC is EvE Online and Club Penguin (Kids) so i could upgrade at a more leisurely pace,but back then that PC was £657.But for someone like kadoosh who wants to play games like BF3 or its ilk on decent settings and on a limited budget today then you cant discount an AMD system.Savvy?
    This guy thinks he's some kind of futuristic Jack Sparrow.

    Edited by Lukus at 19:32:57 30-10-2012

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  • Maturin 2 Nov 2012 23:27:36 2,744 posts
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    Maturin wrote:
    I've changed my mind on a pre-built and am building my own system instead, that way I actually get the bits I want. Have just ordered the following:

    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer case
    Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
    Asus P8Z77-V motherboard
    Intel i5 3570K CPU
    16GB Corsair Vengeance CL9 1600MHz RAM
    OCZ 120GB SSD

    I didn't order an aftermarket cooler for the CPU. For now I'm happy enough to use the stock cooler and run at stock speed. I don't plan to overclock for a while and I'll get a flashier fan then.

    I'm going to use my existing GTX460 graphics card out of my current PC, plus a couple of hard drives. Got my birthday coming up at the end of November and will get a new GPU then.
    Built this today. Worked straight out of the gate. Very very happy with it. Even with my old GTX460 I can now get 60-100fps in Flight Sim X (which is very CPU heavy - unusual for a game).

    Still going to get a new GPU though later this month. :)
  • TVoJ 3 Nov 2012 00:34:11 1,395 posts
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    Maturin wrote:
    Maturin wrote:
    I've changed my mind on a pre-built and am building my own system instead, that way I actually get the bits I want. Have just ordered the following:

    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer case
    Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
    Asus P8Z77-V motherboard
    Intel i5 3570K CPU
    16GB Corsair Vengeance CL9 1600MHz RAM
    OCZ 120GB SSD

    I didn't order an aftermarket cooler for the CPU. For now I'm happy enough to use the stock cooler and run at stock speed. I don't plan to overclock for a while and I'll get a flashier fan then.

    I'm going to use my existing GTX460 graphics card out of my current PC, plus a couple of hard drives. Got my birthday coming up at the end of November and will get a new GPU then.
    Built this today. Worked straight out of the gate. Very very happy with it. Even with my old GTX460 I can now get 60-100fps in Flight Sim X (which is very CPU heavy - unusual for a game).

    Still going to get a new GPU though later this month. :)
    How much?
  • Maturin 3 Nov 2012 00:35:56 2,744 posts
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    £550 - bought all the parts from Ebuyer.
  • Maturin 4 Nov 2012 12:20:19 2,744 posts
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    A few days on from the build and I'm delighted with it. Have got most of my audio production, photography and productivity software installed. Downloading a Steam game from my library each night.

    Computer performance is excellent and the whole thing is so much quieter than my previous PC. Particularly happy with the motherboard - the software that comes with it is very good especially for tuning fan speeds, and the built in wifi is very good too. There's also an Android app that lets me remote control the PC a bit like smartglass.

    Now trying to decide on a new graphics card. Mainly trying to weight up whether to get a GTX660ti or spend a bit more for a GTX670.
  • Salaman 5 Nov 2012 12:31:22 18,256 posts
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    Boohoo. The company I ordered with at the start of October cancelled my order at the end of October. After I rang them it turns out that I'm a new customer paying with credit card, so they always phone up for additional security and to prevent fraude. Splendid idea except they claim they couldn't get hold of me so they cancelled the transaction.
    I don't recall any missed calls from Germany though.

    I've re-ordered it now:
    CPU:
    AMD A10 5800K Black Edition mit AMD Radeon HD 7660D Grafikeinheit, Box, FM2

    CPU Cooler:
    20XCP1 XilencePower CPU-Kühler AM2/939/754

    MOBO:
    ASUS F2A85-M LE, FM2, mATX

    RAM:
    16GB-Kit G.Skill RipJawsX PC3-14900U CL10

    SSD:
    12OV41 OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

    Tower:
    NZXT Phantom 410 Midi - White , ATX, ohne Netzteil

    PSU:
    be quiet! Pure Power 350 Watt / BQT L7

    DVD:
    207A8D ASUS DRW-24B5ST bare

    583€ + 9.99€ shipping that's about 475£ all in.

    They better bloody build and ship it this time around!

    Edited by Salaman at 12:32:41 05-11-2012
  • silentbob 5 Nov 2012 12:50:33 28,919 posts
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    Probably been mentioned, but anyone on a Sandybridge Z68 (and up - any Ivy Bridge I think) chipset, I can highly recommend throwing in a 60G SSD and enabling Intel Smart Response caching. It's an extremely effective and cheap way of making that 'not so fast' spinning disk actually quite quick indeed.

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  • mikew1985 5 Nov 2012 12:58:57 12,117 posts
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    that through the atelco crowd salaman?

    Let us know how the remainder of the process goes, I'd be interested in trying them.
  • Salaman 5 Nov 2012 13:16:10 18,256 posts
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    Yeah that's Atelco. I bought my current PC with them 6 years ago funnily enough as I had just moved to the UK back then. (and in my memory, I had used a UK company. I was surprised to see the previous order on my account on the Atelco site). Apparently I didn't think of using a local UK company for some reason.

    They dispatched it quickly and it was nicely put together with cables tied away neatly and such. So I'm glad to use them again.
    I'll let you know how it goes this time.
  • Maturin 5 Nov 2012 13:39:54 2,744 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    GTX 670's are due to drop in price soon I think, since it's direct competitor (the AMD 7950) also recently dropped.
    Yup.

    Though I've ignored that. :)

    Have just ordered an MSI Power Edition 660ti. Excellent performance at 1080p, overclocks to 670 performance and is £100 cheaper.
  • MikeP 5 Nov 2012 15:45:29 1,677 posts
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    @Maturin Did you need to get anything else, or did it come with all the cabling etc?

    I'm planning on building my own machine next time around, and I'm trying to avoid a quest for lots of fiddly little bits!
  • Maturin 5 Nov 2012 15:48:44 2,744 posts
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    @MikeP the motherboard and case came with all the cabling I needed.

    The mobo had 2 x 6GB SATA cables, 2 x 3GB SATA cables. There were also little connector blocks to make fitting all the little case connections such as the power LED, reset button etc. easier.

    The case came with a big bag full of loads of different screws, nuts and bolts for making any changes to the configuration, plus plenty of cable ties for tidying up.
  • Maturin 6 Nov 2012 11:43:39 2,744 posts
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    Finally tried out my new PC with Crysis 2. 1080p Extreme setting, DX11 pack, High Res Pack - 45-50fps. And that's with my old GTX460 graphics card.
  • superdelphinus 6 Nov 2012 12:15:44 7,278 posts
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    Yeah you have pretty much the same system I built a few weeks ago, but a different gpu. It's so quick :)
  • Salaman 6 Nov 2012 13:43:25 18,256 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    Boohoo. The company I ordered with at the start of October cancelled my order at the end of October. After I rang them it turns out that I'm a new customer paying with credit card, so they always phone up for additional security and to prevent fraude. Splendid idea except they claim they couldn't get hold of me so they cancelled the transaction.
    I don't recall any missed calls from Germany though.

    I've re-ordered it now:
    CPU:
    AMD A10 5800K Black Edition mit AMD Radeon HD 7660D Grafikeinheit, Box, FM2

    CPU Cooler:
    20XCP1 XilencePower CPU-Kühler AM2/939/754

    MOBO:
    ASUS F2A85-M LE, FM2, mATX

    RAM:
    16GB-Kit G.Skill RipJawsX PC3-14900U CL10

    SSD:
    12OV41 OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

    Tower:
    NZXT Phantom 410 Midi - White , ATX, ohne Netzteil

    PSU:
    be quiet! Pure Power 350 Watt / BQT L7

    DVD:
    207A8D ASUS DRW-24B5ST bare

    583€ + 9.99€ shipping that's about 475£ all in.

    They better bloody build and ship it this time around!
    Uh oh.

    Too much memory.

    No storage hard drive to go along with your SSD.

    That PSU won't power any graphics card upgrades.

    The onboard graphics (the 7660) isn't capable of playing any games at an acceptable framerate. You'll have to dial back the visuals lower than what you'd end up seeing on a console.

    You've been massively ripped off my friend, sorry.
    Well I specced it up myself. So not as much ripped off as shafted myself. Although it's not as bad as it seems.

    I debated about 8 or 16gb of ram and decided to go for 16 now rather than upgrading later. I never get around to upgrading. My 6 year odl PC that just died still has the 2 Gb it came with slotted in.

    No storage drive as I have a 2TB HDD to salvage from my just dead PC.

    I did wonder about the PSU and whether I should get something beefier than the 350. But the now dead PC has a 650W in it which I can use of need be. (unless it turns ou the PSU is what caused to to die).

    I wasn't sure whether I'd need a "discrete graphics card" as they seemed to be called or not. I figured I'd start out with this and if it sucks horribly I'd spring for an additional card afterwards.
  • Salaman 6 Nov 2012 16:05:12 18,256 posts
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    Well. Only have myself to blame I guess. :-/
    Where were you a month ago when I was double checking in here if this build made sense?
    ;-)
  • Maturin 6 Nov 2012 16:12:46 2,744 posts
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    My new GPU has just arrived. MSI Power Edition 660TI.

    Just been playing Crysis 2 at 60fps. :-)

    So that's the build finished. Worked out about £750. Very happy with it.
  • Salaman 6 Nov 2012 16:19:49 18,256 posts
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    Well I'm not really a graphics whore. My old PC was getting long in the tooth and when it spluttered, I decided to get a new one instead of throwing money at getting it fixed.

    So if it runs better than my 6 year old current PC (AMD Athlon64 X2 4600+, with 2GB of DDR2 ram and a RADEON HD4870 1GB -upgrade from the original Nvidia NX7900GT) I'll be pleased.

    If it runs borderlands 2 on medium or something I'll also be happy.
    If it doesn't run the latest games at the highest settings I won't be too upset.

    Don't mind swapping the PSU and putting in a 60-70 euro graphics card even though that bumps it above what I was planning to spend originally.
  • mikew1985 6 Nov 2012 17:27:11 12,117 posts
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    I'd wager your 4870 will run stuff better than any onboard chip.
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