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First time build, £850 gaming PC, advice appreciated

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November 14, 2013 9:47:47 AM

Hi guys, first time building a PC. As title says it'll be for gaming on max settings. Happy to spend up to around £850.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: Up to £850 (A bit more is fine)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, skype, videos

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - prefer windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon UK

Location: South London, Surrey, England

Parts Preferences: Would prefer intel for CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: *Very important* needs to stay on for long periods of time without overheating (with just skype running) and be as quiet as possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My desktop PC is outdated and would prefer to build a new one than buy one :) 

I've seen some parts already, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm also not sure if all parts are compatible etc. Need to know what kind of heatsink, RAM, optical drive, case, psu to get and stuff. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Intel i5 3570k

Asus HD 7870 AMD Radeon

Asus P8Z77-V

Samsung 840 Pro SSD
a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 9:59:52 AM

Sorry, but 750 with Monitor , OS , SSD and Unlocked Intel processor is almost impossible
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November 14, 2013 10:03:53 AM

What kind of games? There will need to be some compromise with your budget, which is very limited because you also need to fit an operating system and monitor into it. So it's essentially only £550 worth of computer parts. High end graphics card will go for about £300, so not a lot to work with. So I just want to be sure of what you want.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 10:06:13 AM

Here is what budget you looking at with your preferred parts

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£130.36 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£65.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.45 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£136.97 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£61.24 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ 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)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor (£140.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £960.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 18:06 GMT+0000)
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November 14, 2013 10:09:03 AM

ksham said:
What kind of games? There will need to be some compromise with your budget, which is very limited because you also need to fit an operating system and monitor into it. So it's essentially only £550 worth of computer parts. High end graphics card will go for about £300, so not a lot to work with. So I just want to be sure of what you want.


Sorry, should've been more clear. I already have the monitor. It'll be used for MMO's mostly.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 10:18:15 AM

Best I can come up with. Still a tad over but if you cannot afford it, just drop the GPU a bit, or the optical drive which is pretty optional nowadays. Or drop the SSD since it's more of a luxury than a necessity. I know you said Intel, but I can't fit that with everything else within your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£84.55 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon 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 (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£233.18 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £800.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 14, 2013 10:26:11 AM

ksham said:
Best I can come up with. Still a tad over but if you cannot afford it, just drop the GPU a bit, or the optical drive which is pretty optional nowadays. Or drop the SSD since it's more of a luxury than a necessity. I know you said Intel, but I can't fit that with everything else within your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£84.55 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon 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 (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£233.18 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £800.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thank you very much, this is very helpful. Honestly I don't mind spending £800 or even £850, I just wasn't aware that the other parts would be so costly. (I'm a noob, what can I say)

So with that in mind, would you recommend a build with these specs? Or would you change anything?

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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 11:11:03 AM

It looks good. You can maybe look into a better SSD. The EVO is a good option. I, for some reason, failed to see it from the selection list when I was picking out your parts. That is my fault. My apologies.

Other than that, you can opt for a better cooling case. The 300R isn't terrible, nor great at airflow design. In other words, just not optimal. Cases are a personal preference, so pick one that you are attracted to. The PSU can be upgrade a bit further.

Here's a slight modification. Everything color matches to black/blue if color scheme is important to you. The PSU is also fully modular so you won't have a nest of wires cluttering the case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£84.55 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.98 @ Amazon UK)
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: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£233.18 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£70.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £811.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Other good options for cases to match are:
1. Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl)
2. Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) -- if you like a window
3. Thermaltake Chaser A41
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a b 4 Gaming
November 14, 2013 4:16:53 PM

Try spending the extra money for a 250GB Samsung Evo SSD if you can! They're decently priced on Amazon and should be on sale.
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