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Need help with build suggestion for friend?

Apr 21, 2010
4,621 (1.65/day)
Redditch, Worcestershire, England
System Name RyZen Reynolds
Processor Ryzen 1600 6c/12t -3.8Ghz@1.26v
Motherboard Asrock AB350m
Cooling Wraith Spire
Memory 16GB DDR4 2800
Video Card(s) PNY GTX 780 Ti
Storage Seagate 1TB - 128GB SSD
Display(s) BenQ G2420HD
Case Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair VS 550w
Mouse Zalman ZM-M401R
Keyboard Razor Lycosa
Software Windows 10 Home x64
I have been asked to build a gaming rig for a friend of mine, only need the tower no OS/peripherals etc my budget is £700 max need some help getting the most performance possible with the budget, will most likely be using ebuyer/dabs/OCUK etc
Apr 16, 2011
665 (0.27/day)
coventry UK
System Name Gwafwar
Processor i5 2500K @ 4.6Ghz
Motherboard Msi p67a gd45
Cooling EK H30 HF240
Memory 16Gb Hyper X 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) Palit GTX970
Storage 840 250Gb 6TB on 3 drives
Display(s) 3x 27" 1080p Lg's
Case Coolermaster 690 II pure black
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply FSP 80+bronze 800W
Mouse Saitek X65-f HOTAS
Software Win7 ultimate 64,
For £700 just for the tower you should be able to use your own rig as the template.

The current price of the Hd6870 1GB is around £130-140. I would be tempted to use this card for a few reasons. Firstly it's very good performance to price. Secondly for the price of 2 of them you can get a single Hd6970. I'd avoid the Hd6950 unless you can guarantee a reference dual bios design and unlocking of the shaders. Even then they retail for £200-240 You can almost get 2 of the 6870's for the price point.

The I5 2500K is retailing for about £163 on novatech. If you can find it cheaper with postage go for it. But postage is free on novatech over £50 so they tend to compete with most places.

Z68 motherboards can be had for as little as £90. Again i use novatech as a benchmark and search other sites to compare prices. The UD3 your using should be £110 or somewhere there about.

Your biggest savings should be found on HDD and SSD's You have to shop around for the deals. But you should be able to save a fair bit by been selective. Again keep an eye on postage and you shouldn't go wrong.

For a decent PSU/price i got an fsp from amazon. Fsp while not been the best are still better than a no brand. The one i got was £75 and is a modern design, decent output and is modular. A corsair with similar output was £50-60 more. http://www.amazon.co_uk/dp/B007C2R2KA/?tag=tec053-21