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Scan deal - Intel Core i5 2500K Combo £515
Scan deal - Intel Core i5 2500K Combo £515

Scan deal - Intel Core i5 2500K Combo £515

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Intel Core i5 2500K Combo

* Silverstone KL03B Kublai, Black, Mid Tower, eATX, w/o PSU
* 750W Coolermaster RS750-ACAAE3-UK GX, 80 PLUS, 85% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, 120mm Fan
* Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.3GHz GPU 850Mhz 6MB Cache 95W Retail
* Asus P8P67-M PRO Rev3, Intel P67, S1155, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 2200/2133, SATA6GB/s RAID, MATX
* 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9ms, NCQ
* 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
* Pioneer DVR-S19LBK 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, RAM x12, SATA, Black, Retail Labelflash

£429.99(ex VAT) £515.99(inc VAT)

Hey, recently bought a new graphics card, (Radeon 6870) and unfortunatly it wont work with my current PC it's really outdated. So was just wondering what you guys think on this deal of the day? Opinions on price and if it will work well with the 6870. Cheers, Millzee.

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Think its getting cold because of the novatech deal .... which was i7 combo and was 477 quids

hotukdeals.com/dea…207

Edit: oops... that one expired
Edited by: "Tandom24" 13th Jun 2011

If you're in the market for a fairly up market i5 system and you're happy with the parts list then it's pretty good as the individual components from Scan would cost you around £550.

@OP

It's a good price for what it comes with (as killie99 pointed out) and it will work with a 6870

Only issue I have with it are those RAM sticks. They've got big heatsinks which will interfere with any aftermarket cooler you get that isn't an all-in-one water cooler (Antec Kuhler 620/920 or Corsair H-series), which you will want if you want to overclock, and if you don't wanna overclock then a K-branded CPU w/ P67 motherboard is very unneeded and a system based around a non-K branded chip with a H61/H67 motherboard would be a lot cheaper.

Edited by: "sk82jack" 13th Jun 2011

Original Poster

What sort of systems would you suggest? I'm happy to spend around the £550 mark, but i'm not too sure on what i'm after so any suggestions would be great, cheers.

Millzee

What sort of systems would you suggest? I'm happy to spend around the … What sort of systems would you suggest? I'm happy to spend around the £550 mark, but i'm not too sure on what i'm after so any suggestions would be great, cheers.



Depends what the main use of the PC is, and whether you'd rather buy in parts or a complete system, and whether you can overclock or if your just happy for it to sit at stock speed.
Also depends if you need anything else with that £550 such as monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse?
Edited by: "sk82jack" 13th Jun 2011

Original Poster

Parts or system is fine, I just want a general gaming PC, I heard the 6870 is a good card, I want a system that can run games that are recent, I really struggle with most games on my current PC, So i'm looking to build around the 6870

Just seen your edit - I've got a monitor, OS is sorted and i'm happy with my keyboard and mouse, so it's just £550-£600 to spend on a tower with everything except the graphics card.
Edited by: "Millzee" 13th Jun 2011

If your confident enough to overclock then something like this would be good for you. Choose a case that you like if you don't like the look of the cm690 but its a very good case.

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/8568/unledhpk.png
Edited by: "sk82jack" 13th Jun 2011

You can shave £6 off the CPU at Amazon, possibly also still at eBuyer.

If your confident enough to overclock

I thought the new 1155 motherboards made that easy with the EFI BIOS? I guess it depends how far you want to push it?

Edit: And just read a review of the motherboard - it has an OC Genie button for basic overclocking.
Edited by: "iandhind" 13th Jun 2011

Original Poster

sk82jack

If your confident enough to overclock then something like this would be … If your confident enough to overclock then something like this would be good for you. Choose a case that you like if you don't like the look of the cm690 but its a very good case.


So you'd say this is a good setup for all the latest games etc? And the price is good or just average?

This will be one of the best gaming set-ups at the moment (excluding the graphics card). Scan are generally the cheapest retailer online I've found but they sometimes do really good deals on certain products (tomorrow they start their Super Saver deals again - so check those out!).

iandhind

You can shave £6 off the CPU at Amazon, possibly also still at eBuyer. I … You can shave £6 off the CPU at Amazon, possibly also still at eBuyer. I thought the new 1155 motherboards made that easy with the EFI BIOS? I guess it depends how far you want to push it?Edit: And just read a review of the motherboard - it has an OC Genie button for basic overclocking.



As iandhind said you may find the CPU cheaper elsewhere, so look around a bit on the parts, but as I said before, Scan are generally quite cheap in comparison to most if their not on deals elsewhere.

Yeah Sandy Bridge overclocking is a piece of cake....you leave the FSB at 100MHz and then just change the multiplier, so for a 4.5GHz overclock, change the multiplier to x45, but your better off going up in stages until you find the point of instability, then you up the voltage, and then up the multiplier to instablity,.....etc, until you hit the overclock you want.

Check out this guide:

How to Overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K

If your still confused, you can just use the OC Genie II button (as iandhind pointed out) which will give you an instant 4.2GHz overclock!

MSI OC Genie II
Edited by: "sk82jack" 14th Jun 2011

I think it's swings and roundabouts really. Money could certainly be saved on the case, whilst the Silverstone case is nice I would not spend £90 on it - I'd use the Antec mini P180 at the £80- £100 price range but it does only support uATX.

The other way of looking at it is that Scan are giving you about £40 off by buying the bundle so they're effectively giving you the case for £50 (and the case is then good value at £50).

I think the Scan bundle is better value than SK82JACK's choice but that's my personal choice - double the amount of RAM. If you do go for SK82JACK's choice I'd save a few quid by buying the OEM 2500k as you don't need the heatsink that comes with the retail package.

Another way to save a few more quid, and have a better choice of components, is to wait until Friday afternoon when Scan put up their weekend deals as there is ALWAYS a plethora of motherboards/cases/ram to choose from.

Here's a link to what appeared on the weekend deals a couple of weeks ago electric-spoon.com/sca…tml

Edited by: "killie99" 14th Jun 2011

killie99

I think the Scan bundle is better value than SK82JACK's choice but that's … I think the Scan bundle is better value than SK82JACK's choice but that's my personal choice - double the amount of RAM. If you do go for SK82JACK's choice I'd save a few quid by buying the OEM 2500k as you don't need the heatsink that comes with the retail package.Another way to save a few more quid, and have a better choice of components, is to wait until Friday afternoon when Scan put up their weekend deals as there is ALWAYS a plethora of motherboards/cases/ram to choose from.Here's a link to what appeared on the weekend deals a couple of weeks ago http://www.electric-spoon.com/scan_archive/todayonly/todayonly_2011-05-29-Sunday.html



Games don't even utilise 4GB of RAM let alone anywhere near 8GB, so if your trying to keep costs down, it's an unnecessary purchase imo.

The OEM CPU is only £3 cheaper (at scan, didn't look elsewhere) and I would say 2 years extra warranty and a cooler for any problems you may have with your aftermarket cooler, or even for selling it on in the future it would come in handy.

If you swap the RAM for the XMS3 8GB (these) then it comes to £555.70 which you could easily bring it under the £550 mark by changin the PSU to the non-modular version, but a modular PSU is always nice to have when you can afford it, a lot less mess lol And the XFX PSU is a lot better than the one in the bundle as it's a SeaSonic based unit so you know it's gonna be good quality

But I do agree with you about waiting for Scan's deals. They do some amazing deals sometimes, you just gotta be patient, but the only thing with that is your never gonna get all the deals you want at one point, so unless you sign up to AV forums for free shipping with Scan, your not gonna get all the best deals.

That's what I did anyway...just waiting for some good deals on PSU, CPU cooler and HDD now....then I'm sorted!!

Edited by: "sk82jack" 14th Jun 2011

How much did you buy your 6870 and where from by the way as I ordered one too but it just fell through

Original Poster

I got it from Aria, I got two free games with it too (Shogun 2 and Stalker) was £127, pretty nice deal. So your setup is what you'd suggest? I'm not too good with the technical sides of things so not too sure what i'm looking for

Millzee

I got it from Aria, I got two free games with it too (Shogun 2 and … I got it from Aria, I got two free games with it too (Shogun 2 and Stalker) was £127, pretty nice deal. So your setup is what you'd suggest? I'm not too good with the technical sides of things so not too sure what i'm looking for



That's a nice deal. Thanks I'll check it out

Well you can drop the price a lot more if you want by changing the PSU to a non modular version (600W minimum and never go for a own-branded PSU or anything, stick to the quality makes such as Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Cooler Master, Antec, Enermax, Silverstone, etc)

Also if you won't ever run 2 graphics cards in Crossfire you can go for the MSI P67A-C45 (also doesn't have the OC Genie II button)

And then the case is more of a personal choice as it depends on what your comfortable looking at but any case you like, just do a google search of the name of the case followed by "review" (e.g. "Cooler Master cm690 lite review") and just see what they say about it.

But essentially, yes, my set-up is what I would suggest.

sk82jack

Thanks for the overclocking hints - 2500k on order from Amazon so I'll be trying those out

iandhind

sk82jack Thanks for the overclocking hints - 2500k on order from Amazon … sk82jack Thanks for the overclocking hints - 2500k on order from Amazon so I'll be trying those out



No problem man

good day today to think about buying your system:

Coolemaster Storm Scout £51.59
Coolermaster GX550 PSU £45.59 or get a moduler Silent Pro M 600W for £65.99
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ HS/fan £16.79
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 £94.79
CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K £154.79
Corsair Memory Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz £33.59 or there is an 8GB kit for £59.99
Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 £35.99

All these from the 'today only' page and then pick your choice of DVD drive.

Under £500 with the 8GB memory option and about £450 with the 4Gb option.

There might be better options on the weekend deals but then again maybe not - I'd buy today

killie99

good day today to think about buying your system:Coolemaster Storm Scout … good day today to think about buying your system:Coolemaster Storm Scout £51.59Coolermaster GX550 PSU £45.59 or get a moduler Silent Pro M 600W for £65.99Coolermaster Hyper 212+ HS/fan £16.79Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 £94.79CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K £154.79Corsair Memory Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz £33.59 or there is an 8GB kit for £59.99Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 £35.99All these from the 'today only' page and then pick your choice of DVD drive.Under £500 with the 8GB memory option and about £450 with the 4Gb option.There might be better options on the weekend deals but then again maybe not - I'd buy today



Now that's a good deal if I've ever seen one!

Weekend deals look not bad. You can get a i5 2500k retail and an Asus P8P67 LE Rev3 bundle for £245.99 which I reckon is the best of the offers (saving about £20 off normal prices).
Plenty of cases and power supplies to choose from, I like the Antec 650W earthwatt units (£59.99) and the usual suspects for memory and hard drives.
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