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Ok, So I'm in the market for a new PC and would ideally like it to come from Overclockers (heard all good things about them!)

I've got around £700 to spend, although change would be lovely as I'd love to upgrade my Macbook Pro whilst I'm at it...

Main use - gaming. GTA IV with the Police Add-on (LCPD FR) Specs for this are;

Recommended System Requirements * OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3 * Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz * Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista) * 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space * Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI,

If possible, Min of i5 and at least 4gb memory, hard drive size isn't a huge issue as I mostly use dropbox for files and spotify for music, so would only really be for software.

Anyone help?

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Ok, So I'm in the market for a new PC and would ideally like it to come from Overclockers (heard all good things about them!)

I've got around £700 to spend, although change would be lovely as I'd love to upgrade my Macbook Pro whilst I'm at it...

Main use - gaming. GTA IV with the Police Add-on (LCPD FR) Specs for this are;

If possible, Min of i5 and at least 4gb memory, hard drive size isn't a huge issue as I mostly use dropbox for files and spotify for music, so would only really be for software.

Anyone help?

Do you need software? Have you got operating system discs? Do you need monitors? Do you need speakers? Sound card?

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Software - Nope, got everything I use

OS - Got a spare licence for Windows 7 64bit I can use

Monitors - It'll share my TV because of space

Sound/Speakers - Onboard sound card will be fine for my use, and will keep my current 2.1 set

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I recently built a custom computer, bought various different parts from Amazon! It's quite lovely for overclocking, I had it up once up to 5.50Ghz with no trouble, and a much more bonus that the temperature only rose up to 55 Degrees (Celsius) - and that was whilst I was working on high end video editing with multiple video editing software opened up!

...Busy at the moment, but I'll get the specs for you later on and you can have a look!

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What about physical size of the PC, is that an issue? Do you need something small/shuttle case size, or MicroATX size or do you want a massive beast?

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And RAM is dirt cheap at the mo. I got some an 8GB high speed RAM kit from Crucial for £25.

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Just to give a rough idea, Ben. (I always buy from eBuyer and trust them 100%).

£047.97 Case - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262923

£082.49 Motherboard - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/345350

£145.50 Processor - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/387256

£070.49 Memory - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/352934

£180.26 Graphics - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/260570

£098.82 Harddrive - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/321969

£625.53 Total.

Will run the vast majority of games on high/extra high. I have a similar set up (8GB of memory and a SSD drive paired with a 10k RPM drive, slightly older processor, same graphics card), and run Battlefield 3 on the highest settings with no noticeable drop in frames per second. I think I dropped one or two settings down a notch purely to make it easier to actually see the enemies as some of the camouflage is a little too effective sometimes...

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I cannot recommend getting an SSD too much - I've recently upgraded. You'll want a normal sized drive as well for everything else, and I believe Steam has added some support for moving stuff between drives recently.

Overclockers I've used regularly and had no problems with. Though be mindful of the product descriptions as to when you need to buy mounting brackets, separate pastes, coolers etc.

That said if you're not comfortable assembling your own machine you often don't save that much these days if you can find a pre assembled one with the specs you want.

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Build it yourself:

i5 3570K (need the K model, it's unlocked)

16gb RAM (no point doing different right now)

Take a look at Scan.co.uk in the Today Only deals, they often have mboard+CPU deals there (http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/index.aspx).

Or even self build deals for £400

2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 3 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms OEM NCQ
520W Antec Neo Eco 0-761345-285209, Modular, 82% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Fan, ATX v2.3, PSU
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
Asus P8H77-M LE, Intel H77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub (VGA) DVI-D HDMI, Micro ATX
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail
Silverstone Precision PS08B Black Tower Micro ATX Performance Case 1x120mm Fan USB 3.0 w/o PSU

Add a graphics card and you are almost ready to go.

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I did a self build a new computer last year. I always use novatech.co.uk and have done so for the last 11 years.

I tried putting the link in, but for some reason it won't work.

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Overclockers, eBuyer, Dabs, Scan and Novatech are pretty much the best companies out there for buying computer stuff.

I also would agree with CmdKeen; don't buy a standalone SSD, I did link a Hybrid in there and that works brilliantly on my laptop which I use as a Sai/Photoshop drawing machine, and it did work well in my gaming PC but the 10k RPM Raptor outdoes it on loading times. ;)

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Just to give a rough idea, Ben. (I always buy from eBuyer and trust them 100%).

£047.97 Case - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262923

£082.49 Motherboard - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/345350

£145.50 Processor - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/387256

£070.49 Memory - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/352934

£180.26 Graphics - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/260570

£098.82 Harddrive - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/321969

£625.53 Total.

Will run the vast majority of games on high/extra high. I have a similar set up (8GB of memory and a SSD drive paired with a 10k RPM drive, slightly older processor, same graphics card), and run Battlefield 3 on the highest settings with no noticeable drop in frames per second. I think I dropped one or two settings down a notch purely to make it easier to actually see the enemies as some of the camouflage is a little too effective sometimes...

Roughly the spec I had in mind.

The reason I prefer Overclockers is they do financing, so I can buy up to £700, pay a deposit and pay it back before the 12 months interest free (buy now, pay in 12 months)

In relation to size, doesn't need to be a micro atx, got plenty of room for a standard sized pc :)

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I would suggest joining the overclockers forums and asking them to spec you some hardware. They're very helpful over there.

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Hey buddy, got some specs for my custom build...

Motherboard: SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard

Processor: Intel Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770K CPU (4 x 3.50GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Continuous Operation CPU Cooler

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply

Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech MK260 Wireless Desktop

Ram: Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengenace 16GB 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Memory Two Module Kit

Fans: Aerocool Shark 12cm Quad LED 15 Blade Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan - Blue x 2

Case: Aerocool X-Warrior Screwless Gaming Mid Tower Case

Graphics: Sapphire 11191-02-20G HD 6570 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card

HDD: Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII

All this amounted to about 800 quid - However, I'm not telling you at all to go spend that much :p Stay in your budget, you could probably get a cheaper case, graphics card, PSU + less ram as you wanted 4gb so it'll all button down to 700 quid...

I seriously recommend the processor and motherboard though! The motherboard has a thermal armor, within that thermal armor are two mini fans for the motherboard itself so it's good for keeping everything cool! The i7 is just a beast itself!

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