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First time building gaming PC, Budget £700

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November 24, 2013 4:59:08 AM

Hello all!
I am looking to invest into my first gaming PC, But as I've never really been into PC gaming, i don't really know what parts to get for best value.

First off, i'm only interested in using this as a gaming machine, nothing else really matters as i have other PC's i can use to do my work on.

I'm wanting to work around £700 - £800 maximum.
I already have a monitor which supports 1920 x 1080.
O/S isn't required as i already have a Windows 7 Ultimate which i can use (not interested in windows 8).
Peripherals will come out of budget, so not worried about this.

I'm looking to run a wide variety of games, but the most demanding ones would be Arma III and BF4, however i understand on my budget i probably wont be able to get the highest settings out of them.

Thanks for reading!
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November 24, 2013 5:46:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£66.88 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.76 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Be Quiet 500W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£66.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £663.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 13:46 GMT+0000)
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November 26, 2013 10:27:22 AM

Hi guys first of all thanks for the replies,
id like to know is there any major difference between the two as far as performance goes? i'm at this moment in time torn between these two builds and i want to make sure i am making the right choice.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 3:48:40 AM

both builds are identical, same GPU and almost same CPU so you will get same gaming performance. though 4670K with a cheap cooler will let you OC the chip to about 4.2-4.3 Ghz, it will come in handy in the future if you want to get a little boost from the chip.
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November 27, 2013 7:54:57 AM

Thank you both, i will be ordering Marcopolo's build this evening, i got it to £726.16 (was more mainly because i had to use alternative sites because of the GPU and Case being out of stock on the cheaper listings)

I look forward to setting it up! thanks guys!
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