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October 25, 2013 4:55:58 PM

Hi people, decided to abandon my next gen console and build a gaming rig but need help with picking the parts. I have a flexible budget but obviously cheaper the better but I don't want to compromise too much on quality. Any help is much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend (unless there is something towards end of Nov/Dec worth waiting for)

Budget Range: £700-£1000 (can go over if really necessary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but i have a separate budget for this.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, not sure which is better Win8 or Win7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any trusted UK sites.

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Probably.

SLI or Crossfire: No but potentially in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: Currently 46" LED 1080 TV. Will purchase a monitor of atleast 1920x1080.

Additional requirements: Needs to be really quiet when watching movies/tv programs, don't mind a bit of noise when gaming however.

I play a wide range of games and would like to play comfortable at 1080 at least with high-ultra settings and high fps if possible. Take Battlefield, Skyrim as benchmarks. For this reason i would like a very good GPU which will still perform at high-ultra settings until at least the end of 2014.

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October 25, 2013 5:10:28 PM

Good build for you (right in your budget) -

Also, I like Win 7 better than 8 (more user friendly). However, win 8 will be supported in more upcoming things and can also be changed to look like Win 7.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£57.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£77.33 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£225.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.24 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£64.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £802.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 01:08 BST+0100)
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October 25, 2013 5:30:23 PM

Thanks for the reply.

With this build what sort of FPS would i be looking at in Battlefield for example on ultra settings?

Also is there any advantage/disadvantage getting an AMD CPU? I thought the intel i5's were considered the better gaming CPUs especially in regards to overclocking?
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October 25, 2013 5:38:11 PM

If you've got a flexible budget don't bother with AMD, go Intel instead. Gaming generally favors Intel. I went slightly over the max but this would be a very solid system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£107.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£136.61 @ Dabs)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.86 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£329.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£119.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1097.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 01:37 BST+0100)
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October 25, 2013 6:06:19 PM

alwyyn said:
Thanks for the reply.

With this build what sort of FPS would i be looking at in Battlefield for example on ultra settings?

Also is there any advantage/disadvantage getting an AMD CPU? I thought the intel i5's were considered the better gaming CPUs especially in regards to overclocking?


Amd gives more "bang for the buck performance", Intel gives "pricier solid performance". However, for your budget the Amd 8350 is a fine choice. Pair it with a closed-loop water cooler and you'll OC right past the performance of an i5.

Also, you mentioned game fps with this build - Bf3 (ultra, 1080p, 70-80fps), Bf4 (40 fps at 1440p, around the same fps as Bf3 at 1080p).
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October 25, 2013 6:39:47 PM

Again thanks for the responses.

If I was to go for the first build but put a r9 290x in instead and a 650 watt psu which would put the cost at just over £1000 would it be worth it ? Would I need to change any other parts ? as I understand its a hot and quite loud gpu. I know it's probably abit overkill going for that gpu but it should last longer before I decide to upgrade it. Or would the rest of the build hold that card back?
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October 25, 2013 6:44:54 PM

alwyyn said:
Again thanks for the responses.

If I was to go for the first build but put a r9 290x in instead and a 650 watt psu which would put the cost at just over £1000 would it be worth it ? Would I need to change any other parts ? as I understand its a hot and quite loud gpu. I know it's probably abit overkill going for that gpu but it should last longer before I decide to upgrade it. Or would the rest of the build hold that card back?


Adding the 290x and 650 watt psu would be fine (will not bottle-neck the system) :p 
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October 25, 2013 7:03:07 PM

Thanks alot for your time. Will make a couple of adjustments to your original build and purchase later today. Really looking forward to it.

Thanks again
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October 25, 2013 7:55:26 PM

alwyyn said:
Thanks alot for your time. Will make a couple of adjustments to your original build and purchase later today. Really looking forward to it.

Thanks again


Your welcome, glad I could help! (also, you can select a best solution so the thread is finished).

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