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I previously asked about the performance of an iMac for video editing and some gaming and for the price and concessions i'd be making i'm not quite sold on the idea just yet so i'm tossing up the idea of building a gaming pc and then buying a new Macbook Air 13inch to run alongside it in a docking station but plugged into the monitor. This way i can use the more powerful gaming PC to game and create video content, then switch over to the Macbook Air for my everyday use such as web browsing and for on the go use. I also have a Nexus 7 which i'll have on the desk as well so it would be a pretty sweet set up i think, but i'd like some input on the spec i've laid out for myself. I'd like to keep the budget including a 1080p monitor to around £700-£800 which i've done with the components below coming in at £690 from eBuyer but if i shop around that may come down, this will basically leave me with enough in my budget to buy a Macbook Air. What i need to know is, will this make a good gaming machine and be able to handle video recording and editing at 480p or higher?

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache

Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory

Asus P8H61-MX USB3 Socket 1155 VGA DVI 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard - only costs £37 which is either a good bang for buck motherboard or i should change it for something else?

EVGA GTX 650 Ti SuperSuperClocked 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card - has good reviews from what i've read

OCZ 240GB Vertex Plus SSD - 2.5" SATA-II - Read 255MB/s Write 255MB/s

the reviews say it's a good bang for your buck drive as it's below a hundred pounds, i'll keep the OS on there etc

Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive - SATA-III 3.5" Hard Drive - 7200RPM - 64 MB Cache

As for case i'm not a fan of anything flashy, as long as it has good ventilation etc i'm happy so i'll go for the Casecom 6788

As for monitor i was looking at this LG http://www.ebuyer.com/388225-lg-ips224v-21-5-led-lcd-hdmi-monitor-ips224v-pn but if you have any better suggestion for something thinner but still at full 1080p HD and below £150 i'm all ears


asked Dec 21 '12 at 19:42

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would the current Mac Pro base model be good for gaming? Better than an iMac?

answered Dec 22 '12 at 03:49

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I wouldn't recommend a Mac Pro at the moment, they are due for a refresh and won't come close, price to value, on building your own PC, of course nothing really does though.

(Dec 25 '12 at 22:26) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

I think that you are a very logical person. Personally, I like to have a custom built gaming PC to play games, but I like a Mac to do other tasks like graphic design and video editing.

Let's talk about the parts that you've selected.
I don't agree with your SSD choice, because it costs so much, and it's only SATA II. You should probably get an SSD with 120-128GB that is SATA III so that you get much faster transfer rates at a cheaper cost like this SSD:
It's only £90, and it's much faster. With this extra money, you should probably get a better motherboard.

I think that this motherboard will work well with the rest of your computer:
It comes in at about £83, and it's much better than the motherboard that was selected previously.

Since you will be gaming, you should probably get a graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory instead of 1GB. Check out these two:
They only cost about £20 more, and it should last much longer with the extra memory.

I'm out of time, so if you have any questions or want me to suggest something, I'll be back later. I hope I was able to help!

answered Dec 22 '12 at 11:46

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yeah i think you're right with the SSD, i can get it for £90 so an awesome price for that amount of storage but the read/write speeds aren't great for an SSD. As for graphics i've done a bit more reading and the GTX 660 is the better choice, only one model up from the GTX 650 but the clock speeds of the 660 put it to shame in all areas, will go for a better motherboard as you suggest as well.

I'm bidding on a gaming PC that was recently built that has everything in this speck aside from an SSD that i could save about £200 on over building it myself so i may just buy that then add the SSD assuming i get it at the price i'm happy with. I'll know in two days time

(Dec 25 '12 at 03:15) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

would anyone recommend this spec below on a refurbished Advent PC? was thinking all i'd need to do is buy an SSD, perhaps new case for it, the AMD card might be able to handle the games i'll throw at it but if not i'd upgrade it but overall i'd have a good gaming machine costing just over £500 plus the upgrades would put it at about £600. Then a screen would bring the overall total to £720 or so within my budget so could afford to buy a Macbook air right away, any thoughts? Great time to put a computer together as well by the way, the sales are great!

Intel Core i7-3770 3rd Generation Quad Core 3.40 GHz

2.0 TB Hard Disk Drive

AMD ATI Radeon HD6770 Video card with VGA, HDMI and DVI out

16GB DDR3 System Ram

Dual Layer DVD R/W Drive

On Board 10/100/1000 Network Card

On Board 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Card

Multi Card Reader

8 USB 2.0 ports (6 rear, 2 Front)

2 USB 3.0 ports

Front headphone and microphone jacks

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium complete with COA License

500W PSU

answered Dec 28 '12 at 06:17

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