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Need some major help with the parts for a 1000£ Gaming Pc

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September 9, 2013 5:28:33 AM

Hello!

So I'm going to build a gaming Pc for University and I honestly have no idea of how to pick out the best parts. My hope is that it will last for about 4 years, maybe with some minor upgrades. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible, probably sometime this week


Budget Range: A soft maximum of 1000£ slightly over won't bother me but somewhere around that range


System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'm only looking for gaming performance here, anything else is secondary


Parts Not Required: Mouse and speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It doesn't really matter as long as they ship to Edinburgh, Scotland and are trustworthy


Country: Great Britain, Scotland, Edinburgh


Parts Preferences: Preferably a 1TB hard drive and a 128 GB SSD. The Graphics card needs to have ports for at least one more screen.


Overclocking: Maybe, not initially but the possibility would be great unless it costs too much too allow for it.


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, same as with overclocking


Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, if you are able to fit in a small secondary monitor for split screen then that would be nice but not necessary Something like a 1280 x 854. The secondary monitor would just be used for internet browsing and watching youtube.


Additional Comments: If possible I would like it to not have too many lights on it since it will be in the same room as where I sleep. It would be nice if it wasn't loud either, some noise is fine, just not too much.

If you don't feel like picking out a keyboard just allow for somewhere around 40-60£ for that in the build and I'll pick one myself.

I know that some of this is a bit specific, I hope it doesn't cause any unnecessary problems

Again thank you in advance for the help :D 

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September 9, 2013 5:55:40 AM

You could go for one of the highest end gaming systems for that price, if you want a really powerful processor and system with a good SLI upgrade path:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£113.75 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.85 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£304.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £1032.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 13:53 BST+0100)

If you don't mind the red team, a processor that uses more power and not as great single thread performance:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£145.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£85.16 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.85 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£304.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £989.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 13:55 BST+0100)
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September 9, 2013 6:03:14 AM

Hi there,
Nice to see someone using the correct layout for once ;) ,

How does this build sound?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.34 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£168.96 @ Dabs)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £871.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 13:57 BST+0100)

It has room for both overclocking and sli if you wish, I haven't included a monitor as I don't know a whole lot about them and I'd prefer not to recommend something I know nothing about, the build is a little pricey considering that, you could always slightly lower the cost of the case for a little saving or change the power supply a little. Hope this helps anyway.

Thanks,
Duffy.
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September 9, 2013 4:26:27 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
You could go for one of the highest end gaming systems for that price, if you want a really powerful processor and system with a good SLI upgrade path:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£113.75 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.85 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£304.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £1032.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 13:53 BST+0100)

If you don't mind the red team, a processor that uses more power and not as great single thread performance:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£145.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£85.16 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.85 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£304.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £989.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 13:55 BST+0100)


I think I'll be going with the AMD build here, it is slightly cheaper which allows for the added cost of an OS and a keyboard, my old PC was AMD too and I really liked it

Thank you for the great suggestions from both of you, I would never have been able to get anywhere without them. :D 
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