£600 PC with R3 case or similar and SSD

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I am looking to build a new pc for my dad.

I have the R3 case and love it, nice and quiet. Plus the SSD is awesome for the OS and applications.

The machine would mainly be used for photo editing and general usage (word, excel, internet), but he has also expressed an interest in playing some games, mainly FPS type games, left for dead etc (nothing to new i wouldn't have thought). More than anything it need to be fast and quiet.

Everything I spec seems to go well over his £600 budget and I think this is because I am speccing to high for what he actually needs (i.e. 170 quid GPU). You help would be most useful.

Edit - He has monitor, keyboard, mouse - so would just need base unit and OS (Win 8)

Thanks in advance
 
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I came over budget

YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £184.99
1 x Silverstone Raven 3 Full Tower Windowed Case - Black/Gold (SST-RV03B-W USB 3.0) £94.99
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £89.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.99
1 x MSI HD 7750 2048MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card £71.99
1 x Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive £59.99
1 x OCZ CoreXtreme 500w '80 Plus' Power Supply £32.99
1 x Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PVI38G160C9K) £29.99
Total : £661.42 (includes shipping : £13.75).




but you could go cheaper and get this. Though i recommend staying with the i5 as it will last you a lot longer, or you could just upgrade to i5 when needed.

YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £99.95
1 x Silverstone Raven 3 Full Tower Windowed Case - Black/Gold (SST-RV03B-W USB 3.0) £94.99
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £89.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.99
1 x MSI HD 7750 2048MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card £71.99
1 x Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive £59.99
1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (ST1000DM003) £49.99
1 x OCZ CoreXtreme 500w '80 Plus' Power Supply £32.99
1 x Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PVI38G160C9K) £29.99
Total : £626.36 (includes shipping : £13.75).

 
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Cool thanks linwelin , I will look into those, when I said R3 I should have been more specfic its the Fractal Design R3 (although it looks like OCs no longer sell this) but is was little cheaper than the Silverstone Raven 3.
 
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The Ivy Bridge i3 and i5, with one been nearly half the price of the other, does the i5 offer nearly double performace in all areas? He will be performing lots of photo manipulation.
 
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Excluding case this is what I came up with:

YOUR BASKET
1 x MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti-448 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £143.99
1 x Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £99.95
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £89.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.99
1 x Toshiba (7K1000.D) 500GB SATA 6GB/s 32MB Cache - OEM (DT01ACA050) £47.99
1 x XFX Pro 450W Core Edition '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £43.99
1 x Patriot Viper "Black Mamba" Generation 3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PV38G160C9K) £26.99
Total : £544.88 (includes shipping : £10.00).




I was originally going to hit up a 7770 as its cheaper by £40 but if he uses CUDA cores then Nvidia would be a better bet and the 560 is the cheapest Nvidia which is decent for gaming really. Other than the 460's etc which OcUK don't stock.

i3 currently is a good little processor everything really. Gaming wise only single core heavy MMo's and BF3 multi 64 man servers really makes it struggle. It has hyperthreading so it can utilise 4 threads on its 2 cores for things like video editing etc.

Left £60 for the case of your choice :)
 
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Excellent thank you all, I have taken bits from all, but went for an i3, with 7770.

Hoping all the drivers work with Windows 8, as this is will be my first Winow 8 build
 
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