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New Gaming PC AMD 8320 and XFX 7870 tahiti LE

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June 21, 2013 11:10:28 AM

Hi

Just wanted some opinions on a first gaming build and a couple of answers to some questions.

My budget is £750 but I need to include a monitor in this keyboard/mouse ive got but everything else I need.

Here's what i've got so far:

CPU
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor £113.99

Motherboard
ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard £49.99

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £32.99

Storage
Kingston SSDNow V Series 30GB 2.5" Solid State Disk £39.95

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £50.97

Video Card
XFX Radeon HD 7870 tahiti le Double D Edition 2GB Video Card £180.00

Case
Cooler Master RC-450-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case £48.36

Power Supply
Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply £47.25

And the rest is for the monitor. Which Im still unsure about, I'd like above 24" ideally 27" but dont want it if its gonna look crappy from about 1.5m away.

Questions.

Am I ok to cheap out on the mobo, I dont plan on doing any OCing?

Is the PSU going to be sufficient?

Is it worth getting 1440p resolution down the line i.e a catleap monitor?

Any suggestions for a better gaming build for the price?

First post here but i've been lurking for a while. Thanks in advance!

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a c 245 4 Gaming
June 21, 2013 11:25:45 AM
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You can do better than that for £750. If you're not overclocking don't bother with an AMD FX. Better would be to get an Intel i5-4430. That 30GB SSD won't even hold an OS, and 400W is not sufficient enough for any modern GPU. You will need 500W minimum, 550W to be on the safe side.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£82.84 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£280.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.94 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.69 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £764.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-21 19:24 BST+0100)

- CPU will be fine if you're not overclocking
- Better case
- Better GPU
- More and faster RAM
- More storage
June 21, 2013 11:39:01 AM

g-unit1111 said:
You can do better than that for £750. If you're not overclocking don't bother with an AMD FX. Better would be to get an Intel i5-4430. That 30GB SSD won't even hold an OS, and 400W is not sufficient enough for any modern GPU. You will need 500W minimum, 550W to be on the safe side.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£82.84 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£280.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.94 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.69 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £764.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-21 19:24 BST+0100)

- CPU will be fine if you're not overclocking
- Better case
- Better GPU
- More and faster RAM
- More storage


Hi thanks for the quick reply! Im going to need a monitor though in this so realistically Ive got £600 for the remainder of the parts. The reason I went AMD was just price with mobo. I know intel is better for gaming by a few fps but i thought the price with mobo justifies it. Would love a gtx 670 but with a monitor too it aint gonna happen!
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a c 245 4 Gaming
June 21, 2013 12:26:06 PM

martw said:

Hi thanks for the quick reply! Im going to need a monitor though in this so realistically Ive got £600 for the remainder of the parts. The reason I went AMD was just price with mobo. I know intel is better for gaming by a few fps but i thought the price with mobo justifies it. Would love a gtx 670 but with a monitor too it aint gonna happen!


Yeah if you need a monitor GTX 670 ain't gonna happen. :lol: 

Maybe try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£77.51 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.62 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£218.67 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£41.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.83 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £612.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-21 20:25 BST+0100)
June 23, 2013 6:23:06 AM

Gonna go with the 670 and wait another month for monitor. Will use on tv till then! Thanks
!