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    Hey guys, its time that I get rid of my junk of a pc that I have had for around 10 years.

    I would like it to handle the most strenuous games out there on max graphics It must also able to edit photos and videos with ease as Im going to be going uni this year for photography.

    However, I would like to spend at the most £1600 as I'll also need a monitor which Im also indecisive on what to get.

    So, can anyone help me, please.
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    (Original post by fernandolive)
    Hey guys, its time that I get rid of my junk of a pc that I have had for around 10 years.

    I would like it to handle the most strenuous games out there on max graphics It must also able to edit photos and videos with ease as Im going to be going uni this year for photography.

    However, I would like to spend at the most £1600 as I'll also need a monitor which Im also indecisive on what to get.

    So, can anyone help me, please.
    That my friend...is a very nice budget.

    256gb SSD 180
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Gtx 670, better than 580, £340
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-g...58mhz-cores-13

    2x4gb DDR3 £40
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8...624894&sr=8-11

    i7 3770k £260
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...ache-35x-ratio

    mobo £105
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...dvi-d-hdmi-atx

    That's the main stuff anyways, i would search for more but i gotta study >.<

    the gtx670 i say over the 680 as the performance isn't too far off (just a few fps so the extra say £150 price tag for 680 makes it not worth it)
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    Dont get me wrong I wouldn't mind spending a lot less. however, I though for what I want out of my desktop that how much I would have to spend. Bearing in mind I would stay with it for around 5 years.
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    (Original post by fernandolive)
    Dont get me wrong I wouldn't mind spending a lot less. however, I though for what I want out of my desktop that how much I would have to spend. Bearing in mind I would stay with it for around 5 years.
    I agree with the components posted by DarkTitan.

    For case/PSU I would recommend either http://www.ebuyer.com/220862-coolerm...le-rc-692-kka3 or http://www.ebuyer.com/270605-cm-stor...-1000-kwa-650w

    But you have enough room in your budget to spend extra on one that looks really good if you'd like (personally I'd rather save my money than spend money on how my PC looks ).

    CPU Cooler: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gelid...oogle+shopping

    If you want a blu ray drive get a blu ray drive, if not a 24x Lite-On DVD Drive for £15 will do just fine. Something like this for a hard drive.
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    (Original post by fernandolive)
    Hey guys, its time that I get rid of my junk of a pc that I have had for around 10 years.

    I would like it to handle the most strenuous games out there on max graphics It must also able to edit photos and videos with ease as Im going to be going uni this year for photography.

    However, I would like to spend at the most £1600 as I'll also need a monitor which Im also indecisive on what to get.

    So, can anyone help me, please.
    Darktitan gives a pretty good combo.......the other good priced mobo is the Asrock extreme 4 z77 as i recall.

    And ask me about the bundle with the case and power supply hassi94 gave, i've got 690 II case bundle, case is huge and spacious.
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    What resolution?
    How many monitors?
    You can build a top notch gaming rig for under a grand (excluding OS, peripherals ect)
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    (Original post by ELs123)
    What resolution?
    How many monitors?
    You can build a top notch gaming rig for under a grand (excluding OS, peripherals ect)

    Well I was thinking of one for now. however, I would like to maybe add another in the near future maybe 2? I'm not too sure but I would definitely like to have the option.
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    Here's one i've put together for just the tower

    https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Sho...5253473622c83f

    Really OTT. Few things you could save money on such as the motherboard and blu-ray writer
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    CPU can be bumped up to a i7 ivy bridge but no benefit in gaming. and an i5 will still do good with rendering.

    4GB is the sweet spot, its so cheap might aswell get 8GB. the more the merrier depending on how intensive your video and photo editing is.

    SSD - optional boot drive and storage for programs like adobe photoshop and a selection of games

    Windows 7 - Just assumed its a fresh build. otherwise save yourself a nice 70 quid

    750W modular (in this price range it would be daft not to go modular) - more than enough for SLi 670 in the future if you want to go that far.

    1TB storage - standard

    Mobo - not much to say, pcie 3.0, sli and xfire support.

    2GB 670 - Not sure the res your monitors would be so if you use huge res maybe wait for a 3 or 4GB card to come out. 2GB should still be plenty as its a beastly card. no point going for the premium 680 as performance gap in minimal tbh.

    case - your choice
    Aftermarker cpu cooler - your choice (I would recommend dark rock pro / advanced or the thermaltake frio)
    cd drive / blu ray drive - your choice
    soundcard optional.

    Go for an IPS monitor since you need the best colours for editing images.

    There is no need to spend the full 1.6k unless you want the top of the line stuff.
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    (Original post by fernandolive)
    Hey guys, its time that I get rid of my junk of a pc that I have had for around 10 years.

    I would like it to handle the most strenuous games out there on max graphics It must also able to edit photos and videos with ease as Im going to be going uni this year for photography.

    However, I would like to spend at the most £1600 as I'll also need a monitor which Im also indecisive on what to get.

    So, can anyone help me, please.
    Motherboard:
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 http://www.ebuyer.com/363229-asus-p8...rd-p8z77-v-pro
    Processor:i7-3770khttp://www.ebuyer.com/349026-intel-c...bx80637i73770k
    Cpu cooler:Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2(too keep noise down when your computers under load and increase life expectancy of your processor)http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...20-50014&src=3
    Graphics:2gb 670 gtxhttp://www.ebuyer.com/368520-gigabyt...-gv-n670oc-2gd
    Hard drive:2TB http://www.ebuyer.com/319641-barracu...in-st2000dm001
    Optical drive:Blu-rayhttp://www.ebuyer.com/240172-samsung...-sh-b123l-rsbp
    SSD:240gb Crucial for fast booting and increased performance in programs saved in it,etc(if you want)http://www.ebuyer.com/278645-ocz-240...t3-25sat3-240g
    Case & Powersupply:Both very good cases with plenty of airflow and a 650 watt power supplyhttp://www.ebuyer.com/220862-coolerm...le-rc-692-kka3 or http://www.ebuyer.com/270605-cm-stor...-1000-kwa-650w
    Ram: Depends on how much video editing you'll be doing so either 8gb http://www.ebuyer.com/248846-corsair...z8gx3m2a1600c9or 16gb http://www.ebuyer.com/248759-corsair...16gx3m4a1600c9
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Motherboard:
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 http://www.ebuyer.com/363229-asus-p8...rd-p8z77-v-pro
    Processor:i7-3770khttp://www.ebuyer.com/349026-intel-c...bx80637i73770k
    Cpu cooler:Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2(too keep noise down when your computers under load and increase life expectancy of your processor)http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...20-50014&src=3
    Graphics:2gb 670 gtxhttp://www.ebuyer.com/368520-gigabyt...-gv-n670oc-2gd
    Hard drive:2TB http://www.ebuyer.com/319641-barracu...in-st2000dm001
    Optical drive:Blu-rayhttp://www.ebuyer.com/240172-samsung...-sh-b123l-rsbp
    SSD:240gb Crucial for fast booting and increased performance in programs saved in it,etc(if you want)http://www.ebuyer.com/278645-ocz-240...t3-25sat3-240g
    Case & Powersupply:Both very good cases with plenty of airflow and a 650 watt power supplyhttp://www.ebuyer.com/220862-coolerm...le-rc-692-kka3 or http://www.ebuyer.com/270605-cm-stor...-1000-kwa-650w
    Ram: Depends on how much video editing you'll be doing so either 8gb http://www.ebuyer.com/248846-corsair...z8gx3m2a1600c9or 16gb http://www.ebuyer.com/248759-corsair...16gx3m4a1600c9
    Your SSD link takes me to a OCZ agility SSD. yuck.
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    A hint of warning with the corsair vengence ram's regarding the tall heatsinks. I've got a pair of 4gbs and it doesn't give much of an height clearance which means in future you can't add big cpu coolers. Although corsair do now supply vegenance ram's with a low profile heatsinks which is what I would recommend.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%...9-9-24-xmp-15v
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Your SSD link takes me to a OCZ agility SSD. yuck.
    I focused on value for money, with the read/write speed and amount of space.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    I focused on value for money, with the read/write speed and amount of space.
    Read write speed is virtually irrelevant for SSDs. The only thing you should really look for is reliability - which the ocz drives don't have
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    (Original post by hassi94)
    Read write speed is virtually irrelevant for SSDs. The only thing you should really look for is reliability - which the ocz drives don't have
    I'm sorry
    but the 120gb version has a lot of good reviews, but maybe they were very eager customers.
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    Thanks a lot for all your help guys. I'll do some more research on the parts given.

    Ill make sure to post my final set up so you can all see it.

    Once more, thank you.

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