Your advice on specs for gaming needed - please help!

  amsterdamski 12:46 27 Nov 2011

My 15 years old wants a new PC for gaming. It has to be under £1000, ideally under £900 if possible. He plays online a lot (games through Steam and also games like Skyrim The Elder Scrolls). After a lot of shopping around it seems that Dino pc can accomodate his specifications most cheaply.

He insists on a system whcih can be overclocked and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570. Have tried to keep the other specs low. Can anyone please advise on the following specifications:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: NEW! Xigmatek HDT-S963 Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Memory: 8.0GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x 4GB) Hard Drives: 1TB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1,280MB Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio PSU: 18034 - 700W Xigmatek

Many thanks.

  birdface 14:21 27 Nov 2011

Looks like another trying to promote Dino.

Having a look at the Reviews would put me off from buying from them.

1st review I came to.

  gengiscant 14:27 27 Nov 2011

i5 2500K instead of i7 2600K P8P67 Motherboard instead of Z68 500W PSU instead of 700W Certainly not that cooler if he wants to overclock. 2 x 500GB hard-drives instead of 1 x 1TB.

  gengiscant 14:28 27 Nov 2011

Damn forgot about the double enter for lists. Though why that should be necessary is still a mystery.

  amsterdamski 20:28 27 Nov 2011

thank you buteman - found a different outlet which seems more reliable (at least judging by the number of happy reviewers).

Gengiscant - thank you for your suggestions, i have 2 additional questions. What if P8P67 Motherboard is not an option? You say 2 x 500GB hard-drives instead of 1 x 1TB. It's a dumb question I know, but do I need a graphics cards for each hard drives? the new supplier does not offer a cooler - would I need to install a new one?

the new specs are:

CPU: Intel® Core™i5-2500k Quad Core (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics Motherboard ASUS® P8Z68-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX RAM: 8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB) Graphics card: 1.25GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 570 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready

Memory - 1st Hard Disk 500GB SEAGATE Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s HDD, 32MB Cache (7200rpm) 2nd Hard Disk 500GB SEAGATE Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s HDD, 32MB Cache (7200rpm)

Power Supply 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)

Any further advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

  gengiscant 04:25 28 Nov 2011

It would be helpful if you could have provided a link to the PC maker then I could have a look and see if there was a better spec for you. As to your questions.

You only need the one graphics card.

I suggested two hard drives as,in my opinion it is wiser not to have everything on one drive. If it fails you might lose all,if you have two hard drives then one can act as a back up to the other.

I would not worry to much about a cooler at this stage this can easily be bought later,the one that will be supplied will be fine.

As for the motherboard if there is no choice for a P8P67 then the Z68 will also be fine. The only reason I suggested the P67 over the Z68 is that the latter comes with options that most people will not use and tends to cost more.

  amsterdamski 19:17 28 Nov 2011

hi gengiscant,

the pc maker is pc specialists -

many thanks

  gengiscant 19:24 28 Nov 2011

Thanks,will have a look tomorrow and post back. Just to confirm you would ideally like to spend under £900 an obviously not wanting to build yourself?

  amsterdamski 20:43 28 Nov 2011

Correct - under £900 and unable to build it myself. Thanks.

  gengiscant 10:11 29 Nov 2011

I think the spec that you have is about right, I have done much the same but have dropped 1 harddrive to keep the cost under £900. Here is a screenshot.PC

  amsterdamski 16:00 29 Nov 2011

Thank you gengiscant - will have a look.

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