£750 PC build - opinions and advice appreciated

The PC is intended to run modern games, specifically Rome 2 and Shogun 2.

http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/8d1969973a124b93b64d4a04a81417d8

As a novice I am concerned about a few points:
- General compatibility of components
- If the PSU is powerful enough
- Quality of GPU for Total War games - the higher the detail the better
- Is anything missing that I need
- Will everything fit in the case

Many thanks for anyones input. I am open to changes, additions or removals.
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  1. 760GTX needs at least 550W
  2. Thank you. I have upped it to a 600W version of the same model:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/cf2c7cdd332747fe97d735b57ec7ba2c
  3. Not a fan of the case and if you want the Corsair PSU then get the 600W. You'll never have to worry about power then.

    Better SSD:http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-samsung-840-evo-sata-iii-basic-slim-7mm-3-core-mex-controller-read-540mb-s-write-410mb-s-256mb
  4. You won't have problem with ROME II and Shogun 2 since I am both running on gtx560 on high settings well

    However I am worried about the case, micro? The mobo has multi - GPU support so I am not sure if it will fit in that case.

    Anyway I don't want to mislead you, wait for other opinions
  5. Thanks both.

    The 600W corsair is now in the build.

    Is the Samsung SSD considerably better than the Crucial? I would like to avoid waiting for it coming into stock.

    Thanks for pointing out the case. Would either of you be able to recommend something more suitable?

    Thank you.
  6. Since you're planning to game I make getting a 500GB+ storage hard drive a higher priority than a 120GB SSD. You'll find that the SSD will fill up relatively quickly. Personally, I run Windows, Office and couple of other small things on my SSD and have a 2TB hard drive for games and other stuff.

    Thermal paste - typically required for installing a 3rd party cooler. Except you don't have a 3rd cooler listed, so I have to ask why thermal paste is listed.
  7. what resolution? do you have more storage, as 128 might allow you to install those 2 games and not much less. If you can stretch the extra £50 to the GTX770 you'd be much better off, you can save £15 by losing the MX4 (not needed the cooler will have a thermal pad on it and it's good enough for now, buy it when you get a better cooler for OCing), and dropping the blue ray down to a dvd RW. Do you intend to OC?

    drop to a cheaper mobo http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z87m-pro4-intel-z87-s-1150-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-micro and you'll be able to save another 20, which leaves you £15 shy of the difference to a 770. If you catch the daily deals right you'll get the price down.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/fractal-design-core-1000-black-micro-atx-mini-tower-performance-case-with-120mm-quiet-fan-w-o-psu-(s this might be a better case and cheaper too.

    Yes this is forcing compromises, but they are compromises with little actual loss attached to them so that you can get a lot of benefit.
  8. Thank you Paul, I have removed the cooler paste. Will repost the basket if someone is kind enough to recommend a case.

    I will look at getting a second harddrive when the initial SSD fills up. I want to minimise the cost initially and will expand with a data HDD at a later date. Thanks for mentioning it though.
  9. dave89 said:
    Thank you Paul, I have removed the cooler paste. Will repost the basket if someone is kind enough to recommend a case.

    I will look at getting a second harddrive when the initial SSD fills up. I want to minimise the cost initially and will expand with a data HDD at a later date. Thanks for mentioning it though.


    see above
  10. Good thermal paste is necessary when you plan to overclock.

    Here's a better case for about the same price.
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210e001
  11. Thank you 13thMonkey. I just missed your post.

    The storage amount is something I am ok with at the moment. I have removed the paste, changed Mobo to your suggested one, changed the case, and chosen a GTX770 graphics card (is this a good one?) and downgraded to a DVD drive.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/deaad8f2997b462ba869110e8f9b47e1

    Thank you for your input.

    Envy14tpe - Thank you for the case recommendation.
  12. Extra info: I will be sticking to 1920 x 1080 for now and no overclocking plans.
  13. envy14tpe said:
    Good thermal paste is necessary when you plan to overclock.


    This is true. Except it also requires a half-decent 3rd party cooler. It's not the sort of thing you do with the stock cooler. As the OP hadn't listed a 3rd party cooler I merely queried why the paste was listed, he might've already had a cooler he planned to use on it. From him removing the paste I assume that he doesn't already have a cooler and that he doesn't plan to overclock.
  14. That's correct Paul. Do you think the rest of the build is looking good now?
  15. I didn't overclock with cheap thermal paste and would never recommend doing so.

    Build looks much better. It's a smaller case so you might want to add some Corsair AF Quiet fans.
  16. Thank you envy. Thanks all.
  17. when you have a constrained budget (who doesn't) it's all in the compromises, but a 4670 and a 770 will always be good.
  18. I just posted a change. Do you really do that much editing? I'd really recommend the 8320 instead.

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/237C8
    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£72.58 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £727.99
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