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November 23, 2013 5:46:42 AM

Hi there, I recently decided to move into the world of PC gaming,

I would appreciate the expertise and knowledge of this community

My budget is under £650

I require no OS or peripherals

I will mostly use this PC for business process modelling and programming Java with the occasional gaming in medium to high settings mostly playing mmorpg or games like assassins creed

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/271Ab

I left out some parts which hopefully could be filled in.

Thank you for your help
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a c 159 B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2013 6:06:43 AM

There is nothing wrong with an FX6300, but if you wanted to I'm fairly confident you could go with an FX8320/8350 or an Intel i5 build if that was preferable.

Everything is pretty sensible. I'd change the HDD, as you can pick up a 1TB Caviar Blue or 1TB Barracuda for under £60, which is far better value.
Assuming you are looking at graphics cards in the ~£200 range, and cases in the ~£50 range...

In video cards I'd say you are looking at the GTX760, R9 280X or HD7970. The GTX760 is the cheapest (£180+) but weakest of the three. If you have a preference towards Nvidia then its pretty much the only thing in that vicinity. The 280X and HD7970 are very similar products, but as the HD7970 is being phased out you'll probably see decent offers on them. The 280X starts at around £230, most HD7970s will be similarly priced though you'll see the odd one drop nearer to £200.

Cases are fairly subjective, people pick them on aesthetics, but have a look at the Corsair 200R, Bitfenix Shinobi, NZXT Source 210, Antec Three Hundred Two or Fractal Design Core 3000 for quality cheaper cases. See if any of those interest you

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November 23, 2013 6:11:19 AM
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Right so some changes WITHIN budget.
Better CPU.
Higher quality PSU.
GTX760.
So yeah, with the left over cash I would suggest getting a larger hard drive. But that is purely up to you.


PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2722E
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2722E/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2722E/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£112.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.79 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.64 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£200.11 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.34 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £616.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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