Help me build a cheap gaming pc?

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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  1. 500-700 what.
  2. Where would you be buying parts? Also, does the budget include peripherals and OS?
  3. X79 said:
    500-700 what.


    £500-700 (pounds)
    sorry I missed that out
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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


    -----------------------------------------------


    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


    -----------------------------------------------

    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.
  7. 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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