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    Hello, i have a budget of 700 (really all im willing to spend atm) for a gaming comp. This is what i've got Just need some last minute advice before purchase regarding what i have picked, eg better value for money alternatives, better quality, or cheaper alternatives. As i said my budget is 700 but i can go a bit over if it means better value for money. Another thing is i need a case, im not looking to spend loads as i really don't care for looks but i would like to make sure its 1)big enough for what im ordering 2)has good ventilation and 3)has all the ports etc ill need.
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    don't think your wish list is set to public. i can't see it anyway

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    Sorry, set it to public. should be able to see it now.

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    actually, i think you've pasted the wrong url too. just takes me to my wish lists

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    Haha try it now

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    got the list...

    Swap the RAM to 1600MHz stuff, save yourself 20
    - Vengeance LP, or Mushkin Frostbyte
    Get the MSI Twin Frozr 7850... more future proof than the GTX570 due to extra VRAM
    Save 10 and get this modular PSU! https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=46238

    Consider the Ivy cpu 3750k with the savings

    /edit: If the hdd is going to be a boot drive, do NOT get a "green" drive. Get a normal 1TB even if it is a few more .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceboy View Post
    got the list...

    Swap the RAM to 1600MHz stuff, save yourself 20
    - Vengeance LP, or Mushkin Frostbyte
    Get the MSI Twin Frozr 7850... more future proof than the GTX570 due to extra VRAM
    Save 10 and get this modular PSU! https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=46238

    Consider the Ivy cpu 3750k with the savings

    /edit: If the hdd is going to be a boot drive, do NOT get a "green" drive. Get a normal 1TB even if it is a few more .
    spaceboy is the man for this type of thing mate.

    having said that xD

    i would put any savings into getting a 7950, 7800s dont do enough imo.
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    I dont even see any wishlist now, but generally follow Spaceboys advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by marsey99 View Post

    i would put any savings into getting a 7950, 7800s dont do enough imo.
    I tend to agree, but the recommendations above don't quite save enough for a 7950... Even with the 2500k, you're still looking at 740 minimum, compared to the 700 of the original list, or the 680 my list comes to
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    Ok the wishlist has been revised, all good? also any case recommendations? again not fussed on looks so aslong as it fits everything nicely with good ventilation and ports.

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    List for reference : https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/zQxspmybeGHH7Wvc3LMeow,,

    Looks pretty good to me, can't see how to squeeze in a 7950 under 750

    Only thing I'd consider would be the IvyBridge i5 - gives you PCI3 support, and native sata3/usb3 : https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=49755


    Case-wise, if that's still under the 700 total budget then you might actually be better keeping the 2500k as it frees a little more for the case.

    Z11 at 54 seems good, comes with fans : https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=48831

    or the old fave Fractal R3 at 70 : https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=46520
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    I heard the 2500k is better suited for gaming thoe? really only looking for gaming performance and don't intend to upgrade in the future, ill be looking 4/5 years minimum out of this machine before i intend to upgrade so still worth that CPU? My current one has done me 3 years and even when i bought it it was a bit out of date.

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    If it was me, I'd get the 3570k just for the ability to use PCI3 in the future.

    It's slightly quicker than the 2500k, but doesn't overclock as high.
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    ill stick with the 2500k as by the time i use a pci3 anything ill prob be better suited buying a new comp thanks for all your help

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    Fair enough mate, enjoy - and feel free to upload pics when it arrives
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