Best Gaming Desktop

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Hi Guys,

What are people’s thoughts on what is the best gaming desktop about for around £1000? Ideally using an i7 chip and dx11

Cheers and Thanks
 
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Just specced this in another thread, not quite in budget but i'm sure you could make it fit, probably by dropping the PSU. Case is personal preference:

Product Name Qty Price Line Total
Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £298.99
(£259.99) £298.99
(£259.99)
Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - OEM + Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Game £199.99
(£173.90) £199.99
(£173.90)
XFX X58i Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £134.99
(£117.38) £134.99
(£117.38)
Corsair HX 750W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-750HXUK) £114.99
(£99.99) £114.99
(£99.99)
OCZ Obsidian 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600Mhz Triple Channel Kit (OCZ3OB1600LV6GK) £79.99
(£69.56) £79.99
(£69.56)
Coolermaster Gladiator RC-600 Case - Black (No PSU) £62.99
(£54.77) £62.99
(£54.77)
Asus Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card (90-YAA060-1UAN00Z) £59.98
(£52.16) £59.98
(£52.16)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS) £52.99
(£46.08) £52.99
(£46.08)
Alpenföhn Nordwand CPU Cooler (Socket 775/1366/754/ 939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3) £43.99
(£38.25) £43.99
(£38.25)
Sony Optiarc AD-7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe Optical Drive (Black) - OEM £18.99
(£16.51) £18.99
(£16.51)
Sub Total : £928.59
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.25
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £140.98
Total : £1,080.82
 
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Cheers Superewza

forgot to mention generally want a pre built system been down the self build several times and cant be bothered with the hassle.
 
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Which Processor

Which processor do you reckon is better.

AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition AM3

OR

Intel® Core™ i7 920
 
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For gaming, which ever is cheaper. As a purely gaming machine, these CPUs (when at stock frequencies) peform similarly, the 965 may even have the edge. But this doesn't really matter because in modern games the graphics card will limit the performance before either of these CPUs do.

I totally agree with Ritsugamesh's suggetsion for machine, its on a cracking offer this week - well worth getting (with an upgraded GPU and Case).
 
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For gaming, which ever is cheaper. As a purely gaming machine, these CPUs (when at stock frequencies) peform similarly, the 965 may even have the edge. But this doesn't really matter because in modern games the graphics card will limit the performance before either of these CPUs do.

I totally agree with Ritsugamesh's suggetsion for machine, its on a cracking offer this week - well worth getting (with an upgraded GPU and Case).

The i7 is the better processor even @ stock in my opinion, anything that pushes the CPU more than the GPU and i7 tends to turn out on top. As soon as you start push that i7 just alittle higher than stock it starts to rape the 965 (as it should for the price).

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-965,2389-8.html
 
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If you want a rig purely for gaming, go for the cheaper i5 route and use the saved money for perhipherals; maybe decent sound. A 5870 sat on a clocked i5 will run games within about 5% of an i7 at the same speed.
 
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