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    £800 budget gaming PC.

    Hi,

    Seems to be a real friendly and responsive forum, so I was wondering if you all could help me decide on a build for a new PC. I currently have (and need to keep) a dual monitor setup, but I'd plan to extend it to three monitors in the near future, so I'd appreciate if this was available out of the box. I'd also need to dual boot (Ubuntu for work, Windows for games) so known compatibility with Linux would be great. I'd prefer to have an Intel processor and AMD graphics if possible (the latter for Eyefinity). I'd like it to be great for gaming (Skyrim, Diablo 3 etc, none of which I can play at the moment but I really want to be able to). Any help would be massively appreciated!

    I may be willing to edge over the £800 mark if needs be to get the desired setup, or if doing so would give a significant benefit.

    Cheers!

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    Thanks for the quick response! Out of curiosity, if I were to extend the budget by £200 and £400 respectively (total £1000 and £1200), what modifications to that setup would you make and what difference would you expect it to make to gaming? This is mostly a hypothetical, as my intended budget is still £800 - but I'd rather wait a month longer and pay the extra if it would make a noticeable difference and save me upgrading a few months down the line.

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    I would upgrade the graphics card to whatever fits your budget,a 7970 would be awesome.

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    Hi, the spec vanthus posted looks good, if you are willing to raise the budget I would recommend a solid state drive (SSD), they are really good.
    I don't know why vanthus posted a sandy bridge processor (there may have been a specific reason) but you could get a newer ivy bridge processor for the same price.

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    Geez you guys are fast! Thanks so much, that's brilliant. Yeah, an SSD would be good and I'd probably look to get one for Windows (I run Ubuntu on one already), with a 1TB for storing everything like you've already put in that spec. Definitely going to have to put some thought into this now! Would the latter spec be notably better in terms of graphics for my gaming? In terms of whether settings would be mid, high, ultra or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigben View Post
    I don't know why vanthus posted a sandy bridge processor (there may have been a specific reason) but you could get a newer ivy bridge processor for the same price.[/url]
    I didn't know that

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    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ew,3200-5.html This one shows the 7970 on ultra

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3135-6.html This shows the 7750 on high

    As you can see the 7970 gets much better frames per second on ultra than the 7750 does on high. I would definitely recommend the 7970 if you can afford to stretch the budget as it will last longer.
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    Much appreciated. I'll give it some thought!

 

 

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