Help Putting together a gaming rig

  David77777 27 Nov 12

Hey guys. I have a budget of 1.5k and im looking for peoples opinions on what components I should use to put together a rig that will provide the best possible gaming experience. The budget is for the tower alone as i have the monitor etc.

  Chronos the 2nd 27 Nov 12

Is this a rig you will be building yourself or are you looking for prebuilt as you can get an excellent PC for that sort of cash.

  David77777 27 Nov 12

It is one that i am going to build myself (with help) although always open to prebuilt if the perfect one came along. My knowledge is not huge so I am trying to put the question to different people to see what they would actually come up with given the 1.5k budget. Maximum performance is key for me but being able to upgrade in future would be nice too.

  Chronos the 2nd 27 Nov 12

I have been building for some years now and although it probably is more of a labour of love now as opposed to being very much cheaper and believe that a great deal of the fun is researching components.

I am on the phone at the moment and will not be on my PC until tomorrow where I will post a spec or two.

  David77777 27 Nov 12

I agree with you. This is the first time I have had time to build and I am currently enjoying looking at different things. Although there is alot to it!

If you could post a spec that would be fantastic and greatly appriciated.

  Forum Editor 27 Nov 12

Transferred to our Games forum from Tech Consumer advice.

  Chronos the 2nd 28 Nov 12

Here we go.

Mobo. Z77X-UD3H

CPU i5 3570K

RAM Corsair Vengeance

PSU EVGA SuperNova NEX 650W

Cooler Corsair H100i Hydro CPU Cooler

SSD Samsung 256GB 830

HDD 1TB Harddrive


Optical DVD Writer

Sound card Asus Xonar DGX 5.1

I have not included the case as that is something I feel you should look for yourself as it is you that will be looking at it. But you want to be looking for good airflow from front to back preferably with exhaust from the top. As I have included the H100 cooler ,which has a twin fan/radiator, you need to have two fan points at the top of the case though it is simple enough to swap the cooler for a single fan radiator, this.

This is just a guide and comes to around £1004 and you will notice that the components are all from Scan Computing. That is only because I buy most of my components there and they have excellent customer service should anything go wrong.

  David77777 29 Nov 12

Thanks for the advice man!! Really helpful i will start ordering components soon!.

  Chronos the 2nd 29 Nov 12

Your welcome.

  Mr Mistoffelees 29 Nov 12

To add to Chronos the 2nd's good advice: I have a Core i5 3570k, running at 4.5GHz, cooled with an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro This is performing very well inside a Zalman Z9 case (below 40C running Prime95 on all cores) and very quite too.

  Chronos the 2nd 29 Nov 12

Mr Mistoffelees

Good coolers, but I must admit to being hooked on the self contained water coolers. Just downsized my case (see specs) //Lian Li V354A//Gigabyte H77-D3H//I5 2500K //CM Hyper TX3 //8GB XMS3 Classic 1600 MHz//Asus Direct CU 11 GTX 670//128GB Crucial m4//2 x 1TB HDD//Corsair AX 650 PSU//Dell U2711//Dell U2410// and was most annoyed that I could not use my Khuler 920. Lucky I had the Hyper T3X kicking about. I am looking for a decent low profile cooler as the above is just a little to snug.


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