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August 29, 2013 1:45:16 PM

I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


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New part list http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xIwZ

Thank you Seladon for this suggestion

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August 29, 2013 1:49:52 PM

Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.

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August 29, 2013 1:51:15 PM

I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 
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August 29, 2013 1:57:17 PM

RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.



Havoc2510 said:
I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 


Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.

I also thought about an i5-3570k but decided against it because a FX-8320 is more future proof with it's 8 cores which might not be useful now but for next gen games it could prove better than quad cores, thank you for your suggestion, I will also get those 2 sticks of 4gb rather than 1 of 8gb :D 
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August 29, 2013 1:59:22 PM

Here's the build that I recommend you :

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.42 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£174.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.86 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £613.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 21:58 BST+0100)
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August 29, 2013 2:02:24 PM

Yebol said:
Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.


That's odd, it may be true but that seems really weird to me..... I'd still seriously consider the benefits of Windows 7 over W8, obviously it's your call but while it may seem great on paper, the lack of software and Metro interface may end up driving you crazy!!!
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August 29, 2013 2:03:25 PM

Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.



Havoc2510 said:
I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 


Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.

I also thought about an i5-3570k but decided against it because a FX-8320 is more future proof with it's 8 cores which might not be useful now but for next gen games it could prove better than quad cores, thank you for your suggestion, I will also get those 2 sticks of 4gb rather than 1 of 8gb :D 


If you do a little research AMD "redefined" what a core was, so for future proof believe it or not, the quad core intel is better :) .
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August 29, 2013 2:05:25 PM

Seladon said:
Here's the build that I recommend you :

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.42 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£174.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.86 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £613.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 21:58 BST+0100)


Wow! This looks awesome thank you so much for finding these parts for me! I assume that I could switch the case for my CiT Vantage I just love the look of that specific case so i'm hoping the parts would all fit in. :) 

I'll get my uncle to take a look at this build and see if he can get for cheaper at business price but i'm sure I have enough for this build anyway!!
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August 29, 2013 2:10:38 PM

I'd really go Intel + Nvidia, yes it will be a bit more expensive but it will be 100 times better as well
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August 29, 2013 2:16:17 PM

Havoc2510 said:
Yebol said:
Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.


That's odd, it may be true but that seems really weird to me..... I'd still seriously consider the benefits of Windows 7 over W8, obviously it's your call but while it may seem great on paper, the lack of software and Metro interface may end up driving you crazy!!!


http://www.game-debate.com/blog/?b_id=4853&author=Worry...

I don't mind W8 since i've got used to it on my laptop and all i'm going to be doing is gaming on this PC any other software use will be Skype and that works fine on my laptop atm :)  Thank you for your suggestions anyway :D 
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August 29, 2013 2:18:59 PM

Havoc2510 said:
I'd really go Intel + Nvidia, yes it will be a bit more expensive but it will be 100 times better as well


I understand but I have seen a video with this sorta spec build and it ran Crysis 3 on High settings @ 1080p which is pretty cool, that was of course before I got this suggestion so maybe that'll be a little better :) 
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xIwZ
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August 29, 2013 2:21:41 PM

RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.



Havoc2510 said:
I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 


Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.

I also thought about an i5-3570k but decided against it because a FX-8320 is more future proof with it's 8 cores which might not be useful now but for next gen games it could prove better than quad cores, thank you for your suggestion, I will also get those 2 sticks of 4gb rather than 1 of 8gb :D 


If you do a little research AMD "redefined" what a core was, so for future proof believe it or not, the quad core intel is better :) .


I obviously have not done my research :p  I would go for a 6 core Intel for future proofing but that would be waaaaaaaaaayyyyy to expensive for my build :) 
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August 29, 2013 2:30:35 PM

The problem with your case is that it doesn't have any front panel usb 3.0 port.
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August 29, 2013 2:36:27 PM

Havoc2510 said:
Obviously this is a bit more expensive, but with your uncle's discount, this is the much better option: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xJij


You lose the big benefit from dual channel memory, and get a GPU that isn't quite as good, to get a slightly better CPU, which won't make any in-game difference. I definitively don't agree with his recommendation.
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August 29, 2013 2:43:56 PM

Seladon said:
Havoc2510 said:
Obviously this is a bit more expensive, but with your uncle's discount, this is the much better option: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xJij


You lose the big benefit from dual channel memory, and get a GPU that isn't quite as good, to get a slightly better CPU, which won't make any in-game difference. I definitively don't agree with his recommendation.


Oh dear. that RAM was a big mistake :p  But the GPU and CPU are better so with a change of RAM this would be the better system
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August 29, 2013 3:16:58 PM

Still don't agree. The GTX 660 Ti is NOT better than the HD 7950. Here's the comparison between the two cards http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7950-vs-GeForce-GTX-6.... On most of the things, the HD 7950 as it is straight out of box is better than the GTX 660 Ti, and that is without taking the 7950's ability to overclock much, much more than the GTX 660 Ti. There's not a single doubt about the fact that the 7950 beats the 660 Ti. Of course, you get a better CPU, I'll give you that, but as I said, it is really worth, paying more money, to get less in-game performances ?
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August 29, 2013 3:21:25 PM

Well I suppose that's a fair comment, in the end it is down to personal preference as well as benchmarks..... I have always been an Nvidia fan so I would still choose the GTX 660 Ti but definitely on specs alone the 7950 is the better card.
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August 30, 2013 4:50:12 AM

Havoc2510 said:
Amended version: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xJz4


It looks okay but it's almost £700 and I don't think my uncle could get £150 off of it and also I think the 7950 would be better than the 660 Ti and it's cheaper as well.
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August 30, 2013 6:43:48 AM

Yebol said:
Havoc2510 said:
Amended version: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xJz4


It looks okay but it's almost £700 and I don't think my uncle could get £150 off of it and also I think the 7950 would be better than the 660 Ti and it's cheaper as well.


Sure, just go with what's right for you. If CPU isn't as important to you, then you'd be better off with a cheaper AMD chip + motherboard. If you need a better GPU but are on a tight budget, again the Radeon will be better, it's all based on what you need and what you can afford.
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August 30, 2013 8:20:28 AM

Havoc2510 said:
Yebol said:
Havoc2510 said:
Amended version: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xJz4


It looks okay but it's almost £700 and I don't think my uncle could get £150 off of it and also I think the 7950 would be better than the 660 Ti and it's cheaper as well.


Sure, just go with what's right for you. If CPU isn't as important to you, then you'd be better off with a cheaper AMD chip + motherboard. If you need a better GPU but are on a tight budget, again the Radeon will be better, it's all based on what you need and what you can afford.


I've seen a few videos by someone with a very similar build to mine only different mobo psu and stuff like that (fx-8320 and ati 7950) and he does benchmark tests and from what I've seen this will be a really great build :) 
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August 30, 2013 9:35:29 AM

===== UPDATE =====

I just received a message from my uncle when he sent the total price and it comes to £565 with these specs (he mixed them up a little)

PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ 3GB
AMD FX 8320
ASRock 960GM-U3S3 FX (USB 3.0 & SATA 3) mATX
Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866Mhz
Seagate 1TB Sata 3 HDD
24x DVD-RW SATA
CiT Vantage Blue
Evo Labs 600w ATX Powersupply with 12cm fan, silent
Windows 8 64bit.

I can't see anything wrong but if anyone else does please contact me asap :) 
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August 30, 2013 2:13:22 PM

Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.



Havoc2510 said:
I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 


Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.

I also thought about an i5-3570k but decided against it because a FX-8320 is more future proof with it's 8 cores which might not be useful now but for next gen games it could prove better than quad cores, thank you for your suggestion, I will also get those 2 sticks of 4gb rather than 1 of 8gb :D 


If you do a little research AMD "redefined" what a core was, so for future proof believe it or not, the quad core intel is better :) .


I obviously have not done my research :p  I would go for a 6 core Intel for future proofing but that would be waaaaaaaaaayyyyy to expensive for my build :) 


Lol no need to go with a six core intel ( lol who does that) just go for the quad core i5-3570k. Its 30 pounds more, and in the long run is a better investment as it can perform better than an eight core 8350.

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August 30, 2013 2:15:40 PM

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September 3, 2013 1:17:09 AM

RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
RazerZ said:
Yebol said:
I am creating a gaming build for my self and I was basing it off a YouTubers $750 build but making it my own as well. I would love to hear some peoples opinions on it, btw the price is £615 but because my Uncle has an IT business he said he could get parts cheaper for me so really it'll probably only be at £550 which I don't really mind. :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xHZ2


Get a corei5-3570k for better performance and dual channel 4Gbx2 ram.



Havoc2510 said:
I would go Intel if your budget can afford it. Also, if you're getting 8GB of RAM get 2x4GB sticks, and I'd personally get Windows 7 over W8 as many programs weren't designed for W8 (in other words, its not a developed enough OS). I'd also get a GTX 660 over the Radeon. Hope this helps :D 


Thank you for your suggestion I was picking W8 over W7 because I read an article on here, I think, that said that W8 was actually better for gaming for about 5 FPS to 15 in some cases which I thought would be a lot more helpful because I am going to be recording lots of my gameplay for my youtube channel so the more fps i get the higher settings and higher quality looking videos :)  i'll check out the GTX 660 as well.

I also thought about an i5-3570k but decided against it because a FX-8320 is more future proof with it's 8 cores which might not be useful now but for next gen games it could prove better than quad cores, thank you for your suggestion, I will also get those 2 sticks of 4gb rather than 1 of 8gb :D 


If you do a little research AMD "redefined" what a core was, so for future proof believe it or not, the quad core intel is better :) .


I obviously have not done my research :p  I would go for a 6 core Intel for future proofing but that would be waaaaaaaaaayyyyy to expensive for my build :) 


Lol no need to go with a six core intel ( lol who does that) just go for the quad core i5-3570k. Its 30 pounds more, and in the long run is a better investment as it can perform better than an eight core 8350.



Hmm, can you recommend a good mobo to go with that?
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September 3, 2013 7:05:46 AM

Most of the parts that he picked are from cheap brands, I would definitively not trust it.
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