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July 22, 2013 2:18:27 PM

Sorry about this, but I don't have anyone at home to ask. My laptop is old and cheap, and is now struggling to run games at all in the current heatwave here in the UK. So I've decided to build my own PC, seeing as I've got time before going to university.

I'll be using it for all the usual things, surfing the web, watching videos, word processing etc., and of course gaming. Assume the more demanding games, I don't play many at the moment, but only because my laptop can't handle it.

Budget Range: roughly £1000, so about $1500

Processor: intel i5-4670K
Motherboard: Asus z87-Pro
Video Card: MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB
DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DRW-24B1ST
Case: Coolermaster Storm Enforcer
Power Supply: Corsair TX650 V2

I already have the keyboard, mouse, speakers and headphones.

Does this all work together? Have I picked anything stupid (too bad or too good compared to the other parts)? Have I missed anything obvious?

Also, what monitors would people recommend? Looking at ones in the area of £120 ($180). I'll probably be buying most of my stuff of Amazon; however much I dislike it they are reliable and cheap. I'm in London, though, so I have the option of going to a variety of shops.

I don't know if I will want to overclock or not, so I want to leave the option open for the future.

Thanks in advance.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2013 2:46:23 PM

Edit: You've changed your thread. Dont go for an Intel, because it's M$ they're super overpriced. Whereas virtually all AMD CPU's are unlocked giving the potential for overclocking. They will give you alot more performance/£. And everything with your build looks fine.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvC7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvC7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvC7/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor (£114.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£90.96 @ Dabs)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£5.25 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£117.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Editi 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£70.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£279.95 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£73.00 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: BenQ VW2230H 21.5" Monitor (£106.80 @ Dabs)
Total: £981.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 22:56 BST+0100)

The pc should be able to play any game on the highest settings. You can reach an easy 5+ghz using the h100i. And you can overclock the 7970 using AMD overdrive.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 2:03:15 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£186.63 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£74.26 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£122.25 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.00 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.94 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£379.99 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£94.04 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBET DVD/CD Writer (£11.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1012.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 10:03 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 2:17:31 AM

That FX8120 is a very bad idea. If you go with AMD then grab an 8350, 8320 or at least a 6300. Bulldozer (the 8120 architecture) was a total failure. But honestly stick with your Intel choice - it's what anyone else would recommend at that budget. Looks like you've already done your research and come up with an excellent build there. As for a monitor:

http://www.ebuyer.com/291443-iiyama-prolite-x2377hds-23...

This is an incredible monitor for the price and I'd highly recommend it. Ebuyer are brilliant for returns too if you don't like it. I've returned several monitors to them that I didn't like after trying them. No questions asked and they actually send out a courier to collect it so you don't even have to pay the delivery.

And that £1000 is actually more like $1300 I'm afraid. Americans get their stuff a lot cheaper relative (blame it on VAT to a large extent).
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 2:19:57 AM

Good recommendation from both the suggested builds by the way (and only thing you're missing) is the CPU cooler. If you want the option of overclocking, you should buy a decent cooler (though spending £90 on one is nuts - get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo for £25-30). And that BenQ monitor is not a great monitor.
July 23, 2013 5:34:27 AM

sam_p_lay said:
That FX8120 is a very bad idea. If you go with AMD then grab an 8350, 8320 or at least a 6300. Bulldozer (the 8120 architecture) was a total failure. But honestly stick with your Intel choice - it's what anyone else would recommend at that budget. Looks like you've already done your research and come up with an excellent build there. As for a monitor:

http://www.ebuyer.com/291443-iiyama-prolite-x2377hds-23...

This is an incredible monitor for the price and I'd highly recommend it. Ebuyer are brilliant for returns too if you don't like it. I've returned several monitors to them that I didn't like after trying them. No questions asked and they actually send out a courier to collect it so you don't even have to pay the delivery.

And that £1000 is actually more like $1300 I'm afraid. Americans get their stuff a lot cheaper relative (blame it on VAT to a large extent).

So do I actually need to change any of the parts?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 6:33:37 AM
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Nope - your choices are sound. Except like I say get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo cooler in there if you want to overclock.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 6:37:48 AM

Oh and also make sure the RAM is two sticks, not a single stick. You have dual-channel memory capability there so the system can access both sticks at once for double the potential performance. With a single stick you'd lose that advantage.
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