Not sure if I should build or buy this gaming pc (£700 budget)

So I'm buying my first gaming pc and my budget is £700. I won't go any higher and I've found this. I have found this pc: http://www.box.co.uk/Box_Gamer_Core_i5_with_NVidia_Geforce_GT_1358838.html.

It's the best I can find but I wanted to know if I can build a better pc for the same price. If you could send some link or list what I would need (windows 7 included) that would be great. Thanks!
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  1. That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.
  2. aatje92 said:
    That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.



    So do you think I should go ahead and buy it or build and change a few things?
  3. CrispyLips said:
    aatje92 said:
    That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.



    So do you think I should go ahead and buy it or build and change a few things?



    You can definitely do better for that price:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£85.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£218.67 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.17 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.59 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £715.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 11:57 BST+0100)

    Note: I would suggest using the ATX Pro4. For some reason, PC Part Picker doesn't believe that it exists in the UK.
  4. CrispyLips said:
    aatje92 said:
    That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.



    So do you think I should go ahead and buy it or build and change a few things?


    Well building yourself always brings risks so if you haven't done that before i'd say it's a good buy.
  5. Jack Revenant said:
    CrispyLips said:
    aatje92 said:
    That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.



    So do you think I should go ahead and buy it or build and change a few things?



    You can definitely do better for that price:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£85.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£218.67 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.17 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.59 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £715.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 11:57 BST+0100)

    Note: I would suggest using the ATX Pro4. For some reason, PC Part Picker doesn't believe that it exists in the UK.


    Seems like a bit of a step up from the other one, Ive been avoiding the thought of building it but I'll try to find out where to start since it'll be my first build. Thanks for the help
  6. CrispyLips said:
    Jack Revenant said:
    CrispyLips said:
    aatje92 said:
    That is a decent PC actually. Altough that psu is a bit overkill to say the least. And it's odd that they use a Z77 mobo with a non K cpu.



    So do you think I should go ahead and buy it or build and change a few things?



    You can definitely do better for that price:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£85.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£218.67 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.17 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.59 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £715.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 11:57 BST+0100)

    Note: I would suggest using the ATX Pro4. For some reason, PC Part Picker doesn't believe that it exists in the UK.


    Seems like a bit of a step up from the other one, Ive been avoiding the thought of building it but I'll try to find out where to start since it'll be my first build. Thanks for the help




    It's more powerful in pretty much every respect. A stronger CPU which is also from the current generation, a GPU which is nearly on par with the Radeon HD 7950, RAM with a brand behind it, and a PSU not from a brand famed for its pyrotechnics.
    I strongly recommend building your PC. It gives you control over all the components that go into it, gets you better deals, and is quite satisfying to boot.
    Happy to help. :)
  7. That's a good price for a pre-build PC like this. Building yourself is always cheaper. If you build the system yourself you can save some money to buy a SSD and/or a better graphics card (GTX 660Ti, GTX 670, GTX 770).
  8. JCCST said:
    That's a good price for a pre-build PC like
    this. Building yourself is always cheaper. If you build the system yourself you can save some money to buy a SSD and/or a better graphics card (GTX 660Ti, GTX 670, GTX 770).



    So do you think I should keep the 7870 or get a 660ti, the only problem with that though is that they're more expensive.
  9. I'm no expert but I have picked up a few things from building my own PC recently, I think that pre-built one is good but for your budget I built my own PC with an SSD and got a new desk/chair/keyboard/mouse too! Wouldn't you rather windows 7 or are you not fussed?
  10. Ya, don't forget with Windows 7 that will add some to the cost.

    Building a PC can be fun but it can also be very frustrating. I agree with what everyone says here, it will always be cheaper and more rewarding, but you are balancing that with the headache of building your own computer.
  11. Hey friends
    What you think about this....?
    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU

    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £179.99 £179.99 Aria PC Buy
    CPU Cooler

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.10 FREE £24.10 Amazon UK Buy
    Motherboard

    Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £137.65 £137.65 Aria PC Buy
    Memory

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £52.99 FREE £52.99 Dabs Buy
    Storage

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £49.99 FREE £49.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Video Card

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card £162.15 FREE £162.15 Amazon UK Buy
    Case

    Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case £32.99 FREE £32.99 Ebuyer Buy
    Power Supply

    XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £52.59 FREE £52.59 Dabs Buy
    Optical Drive

    LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer £14.99 FREE £14.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Total: £707.44
  12. princejeet said:
    Hey friends
    What you think about this....?
    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU

    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £179.99 £179.99 Aria PC Buy
    CPU Cooler

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.10 FREE £24.10 Amazon UK Buy
    Motherboard

    Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £137.65 £137.65 Aria PC Buy
    Memory

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £52.99 FREE £52.99 Dabs Buy
    Storage

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £49.99 FREE £49.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Video Card

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card £162.15 FREE £162.15 Amazon UK Buy
    Case

    Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case £32.99 FREE £32.99 Ebuyer Buy
    Power Supply

    XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £52.59 FREE £52.59 Dabs Buy
    Optical Drive

    LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer £14.99 FREE £14.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Total: £707.44


    Please start a new thread for this..
  13. Bexx said:
    I'm no expert but I have picked up a few things from building my own PC recently, I think that pre-built one is good but for your budget I built my own PC with an SSD and got a new desk/chair/keyboard/mouse too! Wouldn't you rather windows 7 or are you not fussed?


    If you mean rather than windows 8 then I don't really mind. And the problem is that I'm new to pc building and gaming pc's so I would need everything listed for me. And also, I'm not really sure whether the pc build above is thatt big of a step from the pre-build for the money.
  14. JCCST said:
    princejeet said:
    Hey friends
    What you think about this....?
    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU

    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £179.99 £179.99 Aria PC Buy
    CPU Cooler

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.10 FREE £24.10 Amazon UK Buy
    Motherboard

    Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £137.65 £137.65 Aria PC Buy
    Memory

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £52.99 FREE £52.99 Dabs Buy
    Storage

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £49.99 FREE £49.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Video Card

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card £162.15 FREE £162.15 Amazon UK Buy
    Case

    Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case £32.99 FREE £32.99 Ebuyer Buy
    Power Supply

    XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £52.59 FREE £52.59 Dabs Buy
    Optical Drive

    LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer £14.99 FREE £14.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Total: £707.44


    Please start a new thread for this..


    Ammmm
    I m just giving suggestions for £700 pc.
    Thank you.
  15. princejeet said:
    JCCST said:
    princejeet said:
    Hey friends
    What you think about this....?
    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU

    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £179.99 £179.99 Aria PC Buy
    CPU Cooler

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.10 FREE £24.10 Amazon UK Buy
    Motherboard

    Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £137.65 £137.65 Aria PC Buy
    Memory

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £52.99 FREE £52.99 Dabs Buy
    Storage

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £49.99 FREE £49.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Video Card

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card £162.15 FREE £162.15 Amazon UK Buy
    Case

    Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case £32.99 FREE £32.99 Ebuyer Buy
    Power Supply

    XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £52.59 FREE £52.59 Dabs Buy
    Optical Drive

    LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer £14.99 FREE £14.99 Amazon UK Buy
    Total: £707.44


    Please start a new thread for this..


    Ammmm
    I m just giving suggestions for £700 pc.
    Thank you.


    Looks like your asking about a possible setup for yourself. Make your posts more clear.
  16. CrispyLips said:
    Bexx said:
    I'm no expert but I have picked up a few things from building my own PC recently, I think that pre-built one is good but for your budget I built my own PC with an SSD and got a new desk/chair/keyboard/mouse too! Wouldn't you rather windows 7 or are you not fussed?


    If you mean rather than windows 8 then I don't really mind. And the problem is that I'm new to pc building and gaming pc's so I would need everything listed for me. And also, I'm not really sure whether the pc build above is thatt big of a step from the pre-build for the money.


    It's a definite step up, if you're referring to mine. However, it's not a massive improvement. Just superior components, most with better brands behind them. I consider that worthwhile, but as others have said, that prebuilt is surprisingly reasonable.
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