Hey everyone. Recently, one of my friends has decided to build his first gaming pc. He already has a monitor, keyboard and OS, so this will not be included in the list. He is not interested in overclocking, which is why there is no CPU Cooler listed.
The budget is £700 with a view to buying as many parts as we can off Amazon.co.uk. After lots of research, we've managed to put together a list of parts. We were just wondering if all the parts are viable or not. The parts list is as follows:
Case: Antec One Midi Tower Case - Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, 2 x USB 3.0 - £44.99 (Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CXM 500W Modular 80 Plus Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU - £51.09 (Amazon UK)
CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 Quad Core Retail CPU - £155.90 (Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte H87-HD3 Motherboard - £76.61 (Amazon UK)
RAM: Corsair CMY8GX3M2A1600C9R Vengeance Pro Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 - £65.29 (Amazon UK)
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue (3.5 inch) - £49.97 (Amazon UK)
Graphics card: Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card - £198.96 (Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST Black Retail DVD Rewriter x24 Speed with Nero 10 and Power2Go 7 Software SATA (Scan Code: LN48925) - £16.78 (Scan UK)
Wireless adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 300MBPS High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter - £13.91 (Amazon UK )
Total cost: £673.50
My main concerns are:
1) Is the PSU sufficient enough? Would it be worth getting a more powerful one for future upgrades?
2) Will the motherboard support an Nvidia GPU?
3) Will the Intel CPU Cooler provide sufficient cooling?
Feel free to change any of the parts or come up with better solutions. Thanks for your time.
1. For that card 500W is min. recommended so you will have no problems with PSU
2. Yes, any mobo will support any gpu these days.
3. Without overclocking you should have no issues (you will need case fans (front in, rear out) to keep everything cool, if you notice that case is warm on top after an hour of gaming, get moar fans).
Now, I doubt there is really any need for an optical drive these days, better opt for a thumb drive or something.
Also, that HDD. Computer will be SLOW. Better take one with less memory but more speed (caviar black) or at least take SSD as well to put programs in. There is no reason to build a PC like that and have it bottlenecked by hard drive.
This will run games at a much higher FPS. Just a tiny bit over, I hope that isn't a problem. What res is your friends monitor? If it's anything below 1080p save to money and get a GTX 760, maybe spend it on a nice 120GB SSD.
Am definitely impressed with some of the part lists that you two have suggested.
Are you sure that HDD would be slow? Would there be a significant different in speed if we put a Western Digital Caviar Black in the build?
I was surprised that you managed to fit a GTX 770 into that build. My only concern is with one of the parts that you picked. How come the Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB is £41.40 on Scan.co.uk? Isn't that overpriced, considering the amount of storage space and that it's only got a 16MB Cache? Compared to the one I suggested, it has 64mb Cache and 1TB of storage. Have I missed something?
Hmm, what kind of difference would I see if I went with an i5 4670k instead of a AMD FX-6300? I'm not too familiar with AMD CPUs, what would be the Intel equivalent of an AMD FX-6300?
As far as I'm aware, at the moment, he will be running this build on quite a small monitor, 19". I think the resolution was 1366x768. My guess is that he'll probably upgrade to a single 1080p monitor in the near future. The games which he plays today aren't too GPU intensive. RTS and RPG games are definitely his preferred type of games. An example of this would be Starcraft 2. He would also like this build to last quite a while. He's currently on a laptop playing games at 10-20 fps, so I'm certain he won't mind lowering some settings if need be.
Hmm, so what I see at the moment is two options. Either go for the AMD CPU and get a GTX 770. Alternatively, go for an Intel i5 CPU and get a GTX 760. Also, looking at the part lists that have been suggested, PCI-Express Wi-Fi adapters seem to be the better choice then.
@Commentaires yes I did, the EVGA was at 1072/1502 and the MSI was at 1020/1502, 52MHz on the core clock to me is not worth 3c and 9dbA. And like OP said, his friend has no plans to OC so the OC headroom of the EVGA is redundant.