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September 22, 2013 8:27:03 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking for a gaming pc that I can run and record games like bf3 at ultra settings, I'm not wanting to blow to much money on it, around 500-700 if possible, I thought it would be good to go with the AMD fx-8350 along with a sapphire radeon hd 7950, but I'm not sure since this is my first build. Long story short can anyone give me a list of parts that would be good for my price range?


Thanks - Cameron

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September 22, 2013 8:37:31 AM

500-700 what.
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September 22, 2013 8:45:37 AM

Where would you be buying parts? Also, does the budget include peripherals and OS?
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September 22, 2013 8:58:15 AM

X79 said:
500-700 what.


£500-700 (pounds)
sorry I missed that out
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September 22, 2013 9:02:05 AM

slomo4sho said:
Where would you be buying parts? Also, does the budget include peripherals and OS?


I'd buy the parts from amazon and I've got a spare copy of the OS so that's not a problem all I need is basically the computer hah
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September 22, 2013 9:10:34 AM

CameornRock said:
slomo4sho said:
Where would you be buying parts? Also, does the budget include peripherals and OS?


I'd buy the parts from amazon and I've got a spare copy of the OS so that's not a problem all I need is basically the computer hah


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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£147.48 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (£81.70 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£51.93 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.68 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£239.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£11.49 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.58 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £661.60
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September 22, 2013 9:24:40 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£104.56 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£227.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.80 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£11.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £727.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 17:18 BST+0100)

- Fast HDD

- Top GPU

- More or less ideal CPU

- Ideal RAM amount

- SLI/CF capability



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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£147.48 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£51.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£100.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£227.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.80 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£11.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £722.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 17:21 BST+0100)

- Top CPU too, on par with an i5

- More RAM

- No SLI


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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£51.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£83.16 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£227.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.80 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£11.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £698.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 17:23 BST+0100)

- Lesser CPU, but still good

- A nice SSD

- Good if you must stay under 700£




Note that it's of course possible to make things even cheaper. I'm just putting it out there so you can

get a feel for what's possible. You've got a good budget to get a great gaming PC.

Also @Epis I doubt that PSU would hold with such a high-end GPU and CPU;

especially when you factor in OC'ing too.
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September 22, 2013 9:36:09 AM

Epis said:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£11.49 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £661.60


Only problem is that the case has a £142.30 delivery charge...


Consider the following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£147.48 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler (£22.44 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£84.82 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£60.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.68 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£227.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.58 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.61 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £698.33

Consider upgrading the PSU if you want to aggressively overclock both the CPU and GPU:

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.86 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £718.61
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