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    Check out Scan's "today only" deals, they often have very good deals in there, entire systems, mobo & processor bundles, mobo & memory bundles etc.

    Worth a look!

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    Cooler Master CM-690 II Lite Dominator Case - Black #44448 £ 47.49 £ 47.49
    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail This product is not available at the counter #43216 £ 124.99 £ 124.99
    MSI P67A-G45 Intel P67 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard #44075 £ 79.16 £ 79.16
    8GB Mushkin Blackline LV #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 #44336 £ 62.77 £ 62.77
    2TB Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive #41535 £ 46.89 £ 46.89
    600W Corsair Builder Series 600CX V2 Power Supply This product is not available at the counter #44572 £ 41.99 £ 41.99
    Gigabyte GeForce GT 440 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card #43802 £ 53.55 £ 53.55

    This is what i had in mind, (had it saved in notepad) This is only to start me off. SSD is slighlt outta my buget currently. But will get one as soon as i can.
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    If this is primarily a gaming rig I would save money on the processor, as no games utilise more than two cores, and spend a bit more on the GPU to improve what ends up on the screen. Personally, I'm longing for a GTX 560 Ti at the moment. Or, for bang for your buck an HD 6850 if you would consider ATI.

    Sure, an overclocked i5 might get you more bragging rights, but you won't see any gaming performance benefit over a well configured oc'ed i3 system.

    Current Rig: MSI P6N SLI, Q6600 @3.0GHz, 8GB OCZ SLI P6400 5-4-4-15, 640Gb WD Black, 1TB WD Green, 2x Geforce 8800GT SLI, Nesteq ASM 600W, Coolermaster Centurion 534
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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    Cooler Master CM-690 II Lite Dominator Case - Black #44448 £ 47.49 £ 47.49
    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail This product is not available at the counter #43216 £ 124.99 £ 124.99
    MSI P67A-G45 Intel P67 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard #44075 £ 79.16 £ 79.16
    8GB Mushkin Blackline LV #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 #44336 £ 62.77 £ 62.77
    2TB Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive #41535 £ 46.89 £ 46.89
    600W Corsair Builder Series 600CX V2 Power Supply This product is not available at the counter #44572 £ 41.99 £ 41.99
    Gigabyte GeForce GT 440 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card #43802 £ 53.55 £ 53.55

    This is what i had in mind, (had it saved in notepad) This is only to start me off. SSD is slighlt outta my buget currently. But will get one as soon as i can.
    That graphic card sounds abit on the cheap side for a decent one on a gaming rig (ill look up the specs later)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsanger View Post
    no games utilise more than two cores
    This depends on which games you play.







    ... and if you have more than two cores, you don't have to close down other applications which are running in the background.

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    I knew when I posted that someone would correct me! OK, so, very few games utilise more than two cores - granted, that will be more and more as newer games are coded with multicore processors in mind. I still say that for the budget, and for a gaming PC you should save the money on the processor and spend it on a graphics card. Frames per second and texture fill rates are what you need for games - at least for me, preferring FPS or racing games.

    Anyhew, I think this might make interesting reading.

    My gaming rig has become almost exclusively that now I have moved house. General stuff I do on my lappy, I have a Win7 mediacentre connected to the TV, and a noddy box for downloads and network shares, so my focus for my next games machine is purely gaming. I wish I had the money for an i7, and even an i5 system starts to bump up total system costs a lot, so an overclocked i3 will probably form the basis of my next gaming box. With a decent graphics card like a GTX560Ti it'll spank an i5 with a GT440 oh no he di'unt!!

    You'll have to decide what your machine is going to need to do, and spec it accordingly. Let us know what you plump for and how it turns out.



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