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November 14, 2013 7:58:50 AM

Hi I'm building a PC for gaming on an £800 budget, but I'd also like to go under it as 800 is a stretch for me currently. The games I play currently are Minecraft and League of Legends, and I would also like to be able to stream on twitch tv and host a server while maintaining an above 30 fps at a far distance, or a close to far distance anyway.

My friend encouraged me to build my own PC and he'll also be helping put the parts together, but I'd like to know from more knowledgeable people what I can cut back on, or which alternatives are better for my build.

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 - 1.0 - motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 990FX - Socket AM3+ (£107.98)

GRAPHICS CARD: HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ X Graphics card - 2 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM (£153.64)

PROCESSOR: AMD Black Edition - AMD FX Black Edition 3.8 GHz Processor (£119.99)

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-600 2.5" (£86.95)

HDD: Seagate Pipeline HD 1 TB Internal hard drive Serial ATA-300 3.5" ST31000322CS (£38.99)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 ) - 1.5 V (£70.74)

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair CX750 Power supply - 750 Watt (£69.30)

CASE: Gigabyte GZ-G2 Gaming Case Plus with USB 3.0 Ports & 2 Front Fans (£45.99)

WINDOWS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - 64-bit - Licence and media (£70.00)

£763.58 TOTAL

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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 8:46:41 AM

Here is something you might consider

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£76.20 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.57 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£136.97 @ Aria PC)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£55.81 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£56.95 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.36 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £696.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 16:46 GMT+0000)
November 14, 2013 8:53:02 AM

Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon
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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 9:06:11 AM

opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon



-Yes 750W will be ok if you overclock like hell and add 2 graphics cards.
-For the parts i picked for you, that PSU will be more than enough even with little bitt overclocking
November 14, 2013 9:10:43 AM

maurelie said:
opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon



-Yes 750W will be ok if you overclock like hell and add 2 graphics cards.
-For the parts i picked for you, that PSU will be more than enough even with little bitt overclocking


Ah, alright. Just asking, what's overclocking in simple terms?

And those specs you gave me will essentially run what I want how I want it, and at a better value and similar workrate like the one I posted?
November 14, 2013 9:12:23 AM

maurelie said:
opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon



-Yes 750W will be ok if you overclock like hell and add 2 graphics cards.
-For the parts i picked for you, that PSU will be more than enough even with little bitt overclocking


Ah, alright. Just asking, what's overclocking in simple terms?

And those specs you gave me will essentially run what I want how I want it, and at a better value and similar workrate like the one I posted?
a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 9:17:51 AM

opiateee said:
maurelie said:
opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon



-Yes 750W will be ok if you overclock like hell and add 2 graphics cards.
-For the parts i picked for you, that PSU will be more than enough even with little bitt overclocking


Ah, alright. Just asking, what's overclocking in simple terms?

And those specs you gave me will essentially run what I want how I want it, and at a better value and similar workrate like the one I posted?


-Yes it will work somewhat similar with the parts you choosed, except for gaming, you will get 15% boost because of the GPU i used for the build.
-About the overclocking, i'll keep it simple, it is raising the voltage or the GHZ speed on your processor, therefore giving you better performance, but you will need better cooling.

November 14, 2013 9:36:15 AM

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

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 (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£76.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£68.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.45 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£198.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.68 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £784.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 17:02 GMT+0000)


Hi, thanks for a specs build also.

So these specs will essentially provide better, noticeable performance than what I was thinking of going for?

The only thing that scares me about going pricier is that maybe I don't need it yet, since I can upgrade parts later on if I've got problems. I was hoping to find something slightly cheaper that worked at the same performance that I want from it.


That, and Windows 8. I'm not accustomed to windows 8, I've heard a lot of people speaking badly of it
November 14, 2013 9:38:43 AM

maurelie said:
opiateee said:
maurelie said:
opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon



-Yes 750W will be ok if you overclock like hell and add 2 graphics cards.
-For the parts i picked for you, that PSU will be more than enough even with little bitt overclocking


Ah, alright. Just asking, what's overclocking in simple terms?

And those specs you gave me will essentially run what I want how I want it, and at a better value and similar workrate like the one I posted?


-Yes it will work somewhat similar with the parts you choosed, except for gaming, you will get 15% boost because of the GPU i used for the build.
-About the overclocking, i'll keep it simple, it is raising the voltage or the GHZ speed on your processor, therefore giving you better performance, but you will need better cooling.



Ah okay, thanks :)  I quite like the look of this one then
November 14, 2013 9:59:44 AM

kristianAA said:
opiateee said:
kristianAA said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£76.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£68.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.45 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£198.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.68 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £784.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 17:02 GMT+0000)


Hi, thanks for a specs build also.

So these specs will essentially provide better, noticeable performance than what I was thinking of going for?

The only thing that scares me about going pricier is that maybe I don't need it yet, since I can upgrade parts later on if I've got problems. I was hoping to find something slightly cheaper that worked at the same performance that I want from it.


That, and Windows 8. I'm not accustomed to windows 8, I've heard a lot of people speaking badly of it

Just chosed parts what i would build myself but there is nothing wrong with you actual build. I just made oc ready build



Ah okay, so what is your opinion on my build thrn?

And what do you mean by 'oc'
a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 4:21:20 PM

opiateee said:
Would a 520W be more than enough for gaming etc? My friend recommended a 750W for some reaaon

Yes it would although your friend probably recommended a 750W PSU either because he was an idiot or because he wants you to have room for upgrading later on without upgrading the PSU.
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