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October 22, 2013 5:57:00 PM

Hello all!

First of all, thank you for looking at my thread! I really appreciate any help!

Im looking to build my first gamin PC later next week. I need a powerful PC which is capable of fast video editing and rendering, as well as high end gaming. Although the main games played will be Minecraft. (YouTuber)

I also need this to be a triple monitor setup, which i think needs a certain gpu type.

Would anyone be able to recommend me parts or a complete setup for this?

Budget: £1000 incl shipping

Mouse/Keyboard needed: No

OS needed: No

Monitors needed: Do not include in setup price etc, but im looking for cheap ones so any advice would be great!


Preferences:


    SSD's or SSD with SATA HDD
    None 3D
    RAM intensive
    Not fussed about cases, any will do
    Needs to have WIFI


All help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

- Sam

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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 1:26:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£251.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£108.12 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£100.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£72.13 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£87.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.38 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £922.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 09:20 BST+0100)

Do you plan to over clock? Do you plan to add a second GPU in the future?

For wireless adapters, I personally use a Linksys USB 3.0 Adapter that I cannot find anywhere on the internet. I would just look for something with good reviews.
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October 23, 2013 1:56:05 AM

I would overclock if i knew how to do it!

Brilliant help thats exactly what im looking for! How much of a benefit would it be to have 2 GPUs?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 2:19:55 AM

bajansam said:
I would overclock if i knew how to do it!

Brilliant help thats exactly what im looking for! How much of a benefit would it be to have 2 GPUs?


Generally adding a second GPU will increase your performance by at least 80%. Its more of a way to extend the amount of time before your PC is out dated. I doubt it will make a difference on Minecraft though.
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October 23, 2013 2:38:34 AM

FastGunna said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£251.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£108.12 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£100.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£72.13 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£87.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.38 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £922.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 09:20 BST+0100)

Do you plan to over clock? Do you plan to add a second GPU in the future?

For wireless adapters, I personally use a Linksys USB 3.0 Adapter that I cannot find anywhere on the internet. I would just look for something with good reviews.


FastGunna said:
bajansam said:
I would overclock if i knew how to do it!

Brilliant help thats exactly what im looking for! How much of a benefit would it be to have 2 GPUs?


Generally adding a second GPU will increase your performance by at least 80%. Its more of a way to extend the amount of time before your PC is out dated. I doubt it will make a difference on Minecraft though.


Is overclocking worth doing?

Yeah i could maybe have 2 GPUs, which ones would you recommend then maybe add up to £200 for another GPU
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October 23, 2013 3:21:57 AM

Sorry, I actually meant for later on. So let's say in 2-3 years your PC can't handle the latest games as well as it used to, you could get a second GPU at that time to give a boost for a lot less than upgrading to a new card. If you would want to upgrade by adding a second GPU later on, then getting a motherboard and Power Supply that can handle it now is a good thing. You can also just upgrade to a new GPU in the future if you wanted. The build I suggested would be great for both over clocking and can handle 2 GPUs.

Also not positive on the shipping, you might be able to fit this in instead of the 7950. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xga... it will perform much better than a 7950.

I have not over clocked yet, I plan to try it in the future. I can't really answer if over clocking is worth it or not, some people say it is, some say its not. I personally don't want to void my CPU or GPU warranties so I'll wait until I have enough money to cover replacing it if I do something terribly wrong.
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October 23, 2013 3:46:38 AM

FastGunna said:
Sorry, I actually meant for later on. So let's say in 2-3 years your PC can't handle the latest games as well as it used to, you could get a second GPU at that time to give a boost for a lot less than upgrading to a new card. If you would want to upgrade by adding a second GPU later on, then getting a motherboard and Power Supply that can handle it now is a good thing. You can also just upgrade to a new GPU in the future if you wanted. The build I suggested would be great for both over clocking and can handle 2 GPUs.

Also not positive on the shipping, you might be able to fit this in instead of the 7950. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xga... it will perform much better than a 7950.

I have not over clocked yet, I plan to try it in the future. I can't really answer if over clocking is worth it or not, some people say it is, some say its not. I personally don't want to void my CPU or GPU warranties so I'll wait until I have enough money to cover replacing it if I do something terribly wrong.

Alright, i may get that then. What makes that so much better?

Also, i noticed the 128 SSD and the HDD, how would that work?
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October 23, 2013 5:07:35 AM

SSD for your OS and key,select programs and HDD for your content,i suppose. Having the OS on the SSD makes your system rather snappy.
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October 23, 2013 6:15:43 AM

navask01 said:
SSD for your OS and key,select programs and HDD for your content,i suppose. Having the OS on the SSD makes your system rather snappy.


Ahhh i see. How would i set that up though? Do i just simply plug them both in...? Isnt there something to do with raid?
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October 23, 2013 6:31:10 AM

FastGunna said:
Sorry, I actually meant for later on. So let's say in 2-3 years your PC can't handle the latest games as well as it used to, you could get a second GPU at that time to give a boost for a lot less than upgrading to a new card. If you would want to upgrade by adding a second GPU later on, then getting a motherboard and Power Supply that can handle it now is a good thing. You can also just upgrade to a new GPU in the future if you wanted. The build I suggested would be great for both over clocking and can handle 2 GPUs.

Also not positive on the shipping, you might be able to fit this in instead of the 7950. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xga... it will perform much better than a 7950.

I have not over clocked yet, I plan to try it in the future. I can't really answer if over clocking is worth it or not, some people say it is, some say its not. I personally don't want to void my CPU or GPU warranties so I'll wait until I have enough money to cover replacing it if I do something terribly wrong.


Would the 280x GPU work fine with 3 monitors?
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October 23, 2013 12:41:23 PM

A little information about overclocking. It really does vary from chip to chip whether you can overclock well or not. This goes for both GPU and CPU, or just about anything else which can be OC'ed (RAM, monitor etc). (This is due to the tiny differences in each chip which can happen during manufacturing.)

There are a couple of things to take note of. One is your systems current bottleneck with a particular task. If your PC is limited in GPU power, then obviously a CPU overclock won't help and vice versa.

It also depends on the CPU/GPU/RAM/Mobo you have. Some are great tools for overclocking while others aren't. Some, you won't see any real life benefit in either. I personally have not seen much of an improvement with my CPU OC (i5 3570K @ 4.7GHz) because I don't usually do anything CPU intensive. Most applications and games I have would run fine on this CPU stock. On the other hand, my GPU OC is great for getting extra performance.

OP, since you are doing both gaming and editing, (and recording) I would say an OC to any area would be of benefit to you (but how much depends how much you can OC). CPU and GPU would provide the most, while RAM would not show too much benefit with most things. (Gaming is one.)
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October 23, 2013 2:02:03 PM

The 280x is more powerful because its a higher end card. It will have no problem running 3 monitors (same for 7950) they have 3 video outputs. I'll link a guide for running 3 monitors.

I have both an ssd and a HDD, all I did was format both and install windows on the ssd. Then when programs ask where to be installed I usually choose the ssd (for programs such as steam, Skype, gimp, other video/recording software), then I put games and data on the HDD. For me the SSD is C: drive and HDD is E:. I never had any problems with setting it up or using both, just make sure you select where your installing things and you'll be fine. Also keep in mind its best to keep 10-20% of your SSD open to maintain performance so for a 120gb about 12-20 gb.

Eyefinity guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-803443/eyefinity-s...
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October 26, 2013 8:42:26 PM

navask01 said:
The following is an excellent guude on installing two drives.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265764-32-guide-insta...

I thought it was more complex! :p  thanks!
PyjamasCat said:

OP, since you are doing both gaming and editing, (and recording) I would say an OC to any area would be of benefit to you (but how much depends how much you can OC). CPU and GPU would provide the most, while RAM would not show too much benefit with most things. (Gaming is one.)

So you would recommend OC'ing the CPU and GPU? Is there a guide anywhere for this? or should i take it to a PC specialist?
FastGunna said:
The 280x is more powerful because its a higher end card. It will have no problem running 3 monitors (same for 7950) they have 3 video outputs. I'll link a guide for running 3 monitors.

I have both an ssd and a HDD, all I did was format both and install windows on the ssd. Then when programs ask where to be installed I usually choose the ssd (for programs such as steam, Skype, gimp, other video/recording software), then I put games and data on the HDD. For me the SSD is C: drive and HDD is E:. I never had any problems with setting it up or using both, just make sure you select where your installing things and you'll be fine. Also keep in mind its best to keep 10-20% of your SSD open to maintain performance so for a 120gb about 12-20 gb.

Eyefinity guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-803443/eyefinity-s...

That guide will be useful! thank you! The info on the SSD will also help, i think i gt the idea with the ssd now!
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October 26, 2013 8:43:24 PM

Anyone recommend any other computer builds for under £1000?

So far i have come to this:

CPU: i7-4820K 3.7Ghz Quad-Core £249.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-D3H £117.55
RAM: Crucial BLE2CP8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 16GB (£108)
Storage: 256GB (£125)
Storage: Seagate 1TB (£54)
Case: Aerocool Strike-X GT (£49.99)
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 2013 Edition GS 800W (£80)
GPU: MSI R9 280X (£225)
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October 26, 2013 9:02:30 PM

bajansam said:
Anyone recommend any other computer builds for under £1000?

So far i have come to this:

CPU: i7-4820K 3.7Ghz Quad-Core £249.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-D3H £117.55
RAM: Crucial BLE2CP8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 16GB (£108)
Storage: 256GB (£125)
Storage: Seagate 1TB (£54)
Case: Aerocool Strike-X GT (£49.99)
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 2013 Edition GS 800W (£80)
GPU: MSI R9 280X (£225)


Looks good as is.

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October 26, 2013 9:07:10 PM

FastGunna said:
bajansam said:
Anyone recommend any other computer builds for under £1000?

So far i have come to this:

CPU: i7-4820K 3.7Ghz Quad-Core £249.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-D3H £117.55
RAM: Crucial BLE2CP8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 16GB (£108)
Storage: 256GB (£125)
Storage: Seagate 1TB (£54)
Case: Aerocool Strike-X GT (£49.99)
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 2013 Edition GS 800W (£80)
GPU: MSI R9 280X (£225)


Looks good as is.


Awesome! now i just need to work out how to put it all together and get it to work! Hopefully i dont mess up!
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October 27, 2013 6:02:22 AM

bajansam said:
FastGunna said:
bajansam said:
Anyone recommend any other computer builds for under £1000?

So far i have come to this:

CPU: i7-4820K 3.7Ghz Quad-Core £249.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-D3H £117.55
RAM: Crucial BLE2CP8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 16GB (£108)
Storage: 256GB (£125)
Storage: Seagate 1TB (£54)
Case: Aerocool Strike-X GT (£49.99)
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 2013 Edition GS 800W (£80)
GPU: MSI R9 280X (£225)


Looks good as is.


Awesome! now i just need to work out how to put it all together and get it to work! Hopefully i dont mess up!


First time can be overwhelming, just take your time and you should be fine. I took 2-3 hours on my first (didn't help that I set a box on the SATA cables and thought they didn't come with the parts). Once you get to the wiring just take it one wire at a time, doesn't have to be pretty. You can always take all the wires out and make it look good after you know where they all go.
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