1. #1
    Keyboard Turner
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Derby, England

    £800 First time Desktop Build

    Hey guys

    Decided it's time I upgraded from my laptop to a desktop for gaming (it's a no brainer, I know!). First time I will actually be building a desktop but it doesn't look too bad and pretty fun so I thought I'll give it a bash! (Have friends on stand-by to help if it all goes tits up :P)

    Budget £800 - Can't go too much higher (maybe £50 or so)
    Resolution 1920x1080 - Or the best I can get within budget
    Games / Settings Desired WoW on High/Ultra with at least 30 FPS in 10 man raids. SC2, Diablo and a few steam games on High/Ultra
    Country England
    Parts that can be reused Nope
    Do you need an OS? Yes
    Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)? I have a 24" 1080p TV that I use for my Xbox that I figured I could use as a monitor, it has all the right connections. I do need a mouse and keyboard though due to only having a laptop atm, been looking at a Razor Deathadder and preferably a laptop style keyboard (I just like the Function keys to be really close to the top numerical ones) so if you have any advice on that it would be great!

    Thanks for your time!

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    Aug 2009
    Sorry, your post got stuck in the spam filter! All fixed now - sorry for the inconvenience.

  3. #3
    Elemental Lord Notarget's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Dark Side of the Moon
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£75.29 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£183.09 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.63 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard (£32.99 @ Novatech)
    Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse (£38.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £828.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 14:01 BST+0100)

    If possible maybe this GPU instead:

    Sapphire 7870 XT Which lands you right on £850 but it might be more when shipping is accounted for so that's why picked the other 7870.
    CPU: Intel i7-4790k 4.7GHz MB: ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1-Gaming 1519MHz Boost RAM: Corsair Pro 16GB 1866MHz
    SSD: Samsung 850-EVO 500GB PSU: Corsair RM550 CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Monitor: 1440p Dell U2515H 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! (not updated) ||Old Build || Antivirus + Security 10 || AV-TEST 2016

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    Keyboard Turner
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Derby, England
    Thanks for the speedy replies!

    How much of a performance boost would the Sapphire 7870 XT be over the Radeon HD 7870? If it would be big enough I think I can stretch for it.

  5. #5
    Bloodsail Admiral Drudgery's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    I'm not sure if that pcpartpicker link is broken but I can't seem to find the XFX 550W for that listed price.

    Your other option is to purchase the following two items from Dabs which will save some money...

    PSU: http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550...-psu-8K0S.html

    GPU: http://www.dabs.com/products/best-va...lack-8G9Q.html

    The graphics card doesn't seem to come with AMD's 'Never Settle Reloaded Bundle' so I'd check to see if they;re still available with that retailer. Anyway overall you'll be spending around the same if you bought these two items from Dabs since delivery comes to £0.99 for both these items together.

    Also if you register with topcashback you get 2% off your purchase before VAT, which I know doesn't amount to much but again it makes things a little cheaper overall.

    Lastly to save a little bit more money, since delivery from Aria is around £10

    Get your CPU from Amazon

    and your case too.

    For something a little cheaper


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