Spec me a rig please.

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Hey there, need a computer spec, budget is around 400 including shipping.

I have the monitor, windows, peripherals, so just need a case and everything that goes into it.

I would prefer the case to be small (kinda crowded where i live).


Thanks! :)
 

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Will youn require a separate gpu?

Spec below anyway:


Your basket
Product Name Qty Price Line Total
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £91.99
(£76.66) £91.99
(£76.66)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache - OEM (ST500DM002) £58.99
(£49.16) £58.99
(£49.16)
Gigabyte H61MA-D3V Intel H61 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £47.99
(£39.99) £47.99
(£39.99)
Corsair Builder Series CX 430W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply (CMPSU-430CXUKV2) £34.99
(£29.16) £34.99
(£29.16)
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) £29.99
(£24.99) £29.99
(£24.99)
BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £29.99
(£24.99) £29.99
(£24.99)
OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £17.99
(£14.99) £17.99
(£14.99)
* Sub Total : £259.94
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.50
VAT is being charged at 20.00% VAT : £54.49
* Total : £326.93
 
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Yup, need a graphics card... oh wow, have prices of stuff gone up?


I was planning on upgrading from my i3, gtx460 pc, as in going to a better pc. (selling the old pc to a friend)
 
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this is a spec that im about to start building for a mate, in about an hour or so.
u could probibly get cheaper ram to bring the price down.

this would be an average 2500k build
i know its way over ur budget but its not a million miles away.

YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £173.99
1 x Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard REV 1 £84.98
1 x Asus HD 6850 DirectCU V2 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £84.95
1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache - OEM (ST500DM002) £58.99
1 x Cooler Master GX 550W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £58.99
1 x Zalman Z9 Plus Tower Case with Fan Controller - Black £52.99
1 x G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ) £39.95
1 x OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £17.99
Total : £594.25 (includes shipping : £17.85).

 
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Why would you want to go mini-itx for a gaming rig and restricted budget?

Forget about how small you can make it, just use decent components, and take a decent case. The Asgard / CM 430 Elite are pretty small anyway.
 
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Past hour ive been going through the shop... Come up with this... any suggestions? Possibly on money saving :o

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £127.99
(£106.66) £127.99
(£106.66)
Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £99.95
(£83.29) £99.95
(£83.29)
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard REV 1 £84.98
(£70.82) £84.98
(£70.82)
Lian Li PC-A05FNB Aluminium Midi Tower Case - Black £73.98
(£61.65) £73.98
(£61.65)
Corsair Builder Series CX 500W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply (CMPSU-500CXUKV2) £44.99
(£37.49) £44.99
(£37.49)
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) £29.99
(£24.99) £29.99
(£24.99)
OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £17.99
(£14.99) £17.99
(£14.99)

Total : £486.91
 
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Yeah go with the Z77 version.

I'm not certain the CX500 is suitable for even a 460.

Also, I hope you are prepared to remove that lovely aluminium hard drive cage, in case the graphics card is too big. But Lian Li's are great (having owned one).

The 460 is an OK card, look up reviews to see if it will perform in BF3 to your liking.
 
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With the cage in place it seems that the lian li PC-A05FN case can take graphics card up to 280mm long.

However, the GTX 460 1GB graphics card performs no better than the HD 6850 1GB and costs over £40 more. Therefore, I would strongly suggest reverting back to the 6850. If you can afford the extra for a GTX 560Ti - then I would go for it - though I would also be tempted to get a HD 6850 2GB instead for a further £16.

As for the PSU, the CX 500W is a decent choice, though I would be tempted to get a decent 550W PSU if you are going for one of the better cards.

The i3 2120 + Z68 combination does make sense if you plan to upgrade in the future and definitely want to overclock the future CPU (as sandy bridge i3 CPUs can't overclock at all). Though you may be better off (in terms of performance now) getting a cheap H61 board and instead opt for a low-end i5 2000 series quad core or even a second-hand i5 2500K. This option will cost about the same money and offer you a lot more CPU power now (though you won't get features like SATA3, overclocking and SLI/CF).
 
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With the cage in place it seems that the lian li PC-A05FN case can take graphics card up to 280mm long.

However, the GTX 460 1GB graphics card performs no better than the HD 6850 1GB and costs over £40 more. Therefore, I would strongly suggest reverting back to the 6850. If you can afford the extra for a GTX 560Ti - then I would go for it - though I would also be tempted to get a HD 6850 2GB instead for a further £16.

As for the PSU, the CX 500W is a decent choice, though I would be tempted to get a decent 550W PSU if you are going for one of the better cards.

The i3 2120 + Z68 combination does make sense if you plan to upgrade in the future and definitely want to overclock the future CPU (as sandy bridge i3 CPUs can't overclock at all). Though you may be better off (in terms of performance now) getting a cheap H61 board and instead opt for a low-end i5 2000 series quad core or even a second-hand i5 2500K. This option will cost about the same money and offer you a lot more CPU power now (though you won't get features like SATA3, overclocking and SLI/CF).

Ok, thanks for the advice. My current basket looks like this:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £173.99
(£144.99) £173.99
(£144.99)
Asus HD 6850 DirectCU V2 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £84.95
(£70.79) £84.95
(£70.79)
Lian Li PC-A05FNB Aluminium Midi Tower Case - Black £73.98
(£61.65) £73.98
(£61.65)
OCZ ZS Series 550W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £46.98
(£39.15) £46.98
(£39.15)
MSI H61M-P31-G3 Intel H61 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £35.99
(£29.99) £35.99
(£29.99)
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) £29.99
(£24.99) £29.99
(£24.99)
OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £17.99
(£14.99) £17.99
(£14.99)
Sub Total : £386.55
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £17.85
VAT is being charged at 20.00% VAT : £80.88
Total : £485.2

I would mainly use it for BF3. Are the 6850s good for BF? I heard some horror stories with drivers from Ati... I've been using a gtx 460 so far for BF, and the driver support is excellent.
 
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