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First Ever Gaming Build Is This the best cost/quality ratio?

Hi,

Im a noob looking to build my first ever system. I want hd gaming on a 24 inch monitor. I have £700 to spend. I may upgrade to a 27" monitor down the line. I just want to know if this build is the best i'm going to get for the money. I love arma so want the best possible arma 3 experience as well as a good experience with the upcoming ps4/xbox one ports.

Heres my build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1cUsQ

If you can improve it in any way Im open to suggestions! Im not ordering untill 26th June! Thanks in advance.
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  1. Are you overclocking?
  2. 1. If you ever want to overclock, then you need a Z87 chipset. I recommend an Asrock Extreme4 Z87.
    2. Just get a 1TB HDD. The exact same drive (Caviar Blue), just in 1 TB form.
    3. Get the XFX Core Pro 550W PSU; made by Seasonic, and cheaper (depending on where you buy it) than your PSU.
    4. You need 2x4 GB of RAM in order to utilize dual channel. I recommend Corsair Vengeance LP @ 1600 MHz RAM (if you can afford it).
    If you want to save a bit of money, you can go with an IB CPU instead of Haswell, and get the Asrock Extreme4 Z77 and an i5-3570k CPU; this will save you about $30 USD, so if you need that money, then go for it. Otherwise, good choices :)
  3. Not planning to originally because I dont have a clue about it. I may look into it down the line though.
  4. Dang it dannyboy ninja! :L
  5. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£146.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£73.11 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£315.32 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £734.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:38 BST+0100)

    -Unable to overclock
    -2x4gb for dual channel ram
    -Bigger HDD at a cheaper price
    -Better quality psu, unfortunately it's non-modular
    -GTX 770 maxes everything on 1080p

    OR

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.59 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£114.95 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£208.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £706.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:45 BST+0100)

    -Leaves the option of overclocking open, but you need to add an aftermarket cpu cooler when you decide to overclock.
    -Weaker gpu, but the 7950 is still pretty good. It is stronger than the GTX 760.
  6. realchaos said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£146.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£73.11 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£315.32 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £734.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:38 BST+0100)

    -Unable to overclock
    -2x4gb for dual channel ram
    -Bigger HDD at a cheaper price
    -Better quality psu, unfortunately it's non-modular
    -GTX 770 maxes everything on 1080p

    OR

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.59 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£114.95 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£208.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £706.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:45 BST+0100)

    -Leaves the option of overclocking open, but you need to add an aftermarket cpu cooler when you decide to overclock.
    -Weaker gpu, but the 7950 is still pretty good. It is stronger than the GTX 760.


    I give a +1 on both builds. Those are great :)
    However, on a single 1080p monitor, one doesn't need a 770 GPU...
  7. I love how you've managed to squeeze a 770 in on my budget realchaos! Will the i5 4430 handle cpu intensive games with ease? (i.e. Arma 3) Because that sounds like a winner. Will a non modular PSU mean its an absolute ball ache to build? I have never done this before. How many hours is it likely to add?

    Thanks for the the info dannyboy. something to consider once ive looked into oc'ing
  8. I think i want to go with Nvidea! I think i'll go with the 770 for future monitor upgrades. Im looking into catleaps atm! thanks all though you have provided much food for thought
  9. The i5-4430 is fine for games.
    A non-modular psu does make it harder, but it just takes some creativity, patience and like an extra 15-30minutes to hide all the cables.
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