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June 24, 2013 1:02:25 AM

I want to build myself a gaming PC on a budget of about 600-700 GBP. Ive put together a potential build on PCPARTPICKER and would like to know if it would be reasonably easy to assemble and all the parts work together!

Thanks

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19FdY
June 24, 2013 1:11:57 AM

You don't need an octa core processor for gaming, quad core at maximum.

I recommend cpu water cooling instead of a fan, like corsairs pre made ones.

Do you really need an optical drive? It could save you some money if you didn't get one as it is not necessary.
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June 24, 2013 1:15:46 AM

Good build. All the parts will work together and is quite easy to assemble ( just google some tutorial videos and Corsair 200R's review on Anandtech if you need more helps ). Overall I'd swap for an OC-suited motherboard, and a more reasonable-priced RAM kit instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£77.96 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£48.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£161.50 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £681.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 09:15 BST+0100)
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June 24, 2013 1:22:33 AM

jaehyun0102 said:
You don't need an octa core processor for gaming, quad core at maximum.

I recommend cpu water cooling instead of a fan, like corsairs pre made ones.

Do you really need an optical drive? It could save you some money if you didn't get one as it is not necessary.



http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19FvL

Dont you need an optical drive to be able to put disks in your machine? Or is my in-exprience showing?

And my room is extremely cool and i think a fan should do the trick from what i have heard.

Ive changed the cpu to a 4 core now also which has reduced the proe alot!

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June 24, 2013 1:27:18 AM

Madn3ss795 said:
Good build. All the parts will work together and is quite easy to assemble ( just google some tutorial videos and Corsair 200R's review on Anandtech if you need more helps ). Overall I'd swap for an OC-suited motherboard, and a more reasonable-priced RAM kit instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£77.96 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£48.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£161.50 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £681.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 09:15 BST+0100)


What you think now?

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19FBN

Thanks!!
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June 24, 2013 1:28:28 AM

More and more games will be able to take advantage of 8 cores CPU. Right now we already have Crysis3, F1 2010 and a few MMORPG titles. No need to reduce the CPU, it will only hurts gaming and multitasking performance. Also, no need for a water cooler unless you're going to spend at least 100 GPB on that, since most, if not all of the sub-100 GPB water cooler are worse than air coolers at a lower price range.
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June 24, 2013 1:30:40 AM

Stanben said:
jaehyun0102 said:
You don't need an octa core processor for gaming, quad core at maximum.

I recommend cpu water cooling instead of a fan, like corsairs pre made ones.

Do you really need an optical drive? It could save you some money if you didn't get one as it is not necessary.





http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19FvL

Dont you need an optical drive to be able to put disks in your machine? Or is my in-exprience showing?

And my room is extremely cool and i think a fan should do the trick from what i have heard.

Ive changed the cpu to a 4 core now also which has reduced the proe alot!



Well I use steam and origin to download my games so I never use my optical drive.
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June 24, 2013 1:33:24 AM

Stanben said:

What you think now?

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19FBN

Thanks!!


Stay away from FX41x0, 61x0 because their performance is quite crappy. If you want to reduce the price without sacrificing too much gaming performance then a FX6300 would do the job well. It's being priced low in the UK right now, which is even greater for any budget system. I changed the vga for a 7870XT also, which is a crippled HD7950 with much higher performance and OC potential than a normal 7870 ( just found it on pcpartpicker UK, a great deal I must say ):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£77.96 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£48.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£164.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £625.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 09:32 BST+0100)

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June 24, 2013 2:04:26 AM

If you could stretch your budget to 700, then this is what you should buy.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (£75.50 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£48.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£208.39 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.95 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £750.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 10:03 BST+0100)
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