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November 26, 2013 8:49:33 AM

Ok hey to all who are reading this; over the past couple months I have set a goal for myself to make a good gaming computer that will be able to run most games on high settings at good frame rates plus the components need to be compatible with each other.

From what I have found out this setup seems sufficient to meet my demands but I would first like to ask the experts (You guys) to go through it for me and then tell me what i need to change.

I will link to the websites I will buy these components from and also say the component above the link.

so here they are:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Elite-430-supply/...

Motherboard = Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 AMD 760G (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

CPU= Intel CPU i3-4340 3.6GHz Socket 1150 Dual Core Haswell Retail with Heat Sink Fan:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-4340-s-115...

Graphics Card = MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G AMD Graphics Card - 2GB:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-r9-270x-g...

PSU = Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i3, i5, i7 and platforms - TX850 (this also comes in 650 and 750 watt)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

Hard Drive = Seagate 500Gb Barracuda 3.5" Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache (I will get a larger one if need be):
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-seagate-st500dm002...

Ram = Corsair Memory 8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-value-select-ddr3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-15v

Disk Drive = 24x DVD+/-RW from Liteon IHAS124-04 OEM Black SATA Quiet:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/liteon-ihas124-04-24x-dv...


I think the PSU is also a fan if not can you recommend me a good one :D .


I have a feeling that I may need to change my case to fit my graphics card and then my motherboard to a normal ATX (I think) instead of it being a Micro ATX.

Also I was wondering where I can get the full version of Windows 7 (home preferably) because the cheapest I have found is £130 and it seems a but much for me and before you guys say it I don't want to buy the OEM version because that can only be used on one computer (motherboard) and if i were to change my motherboard later on or it broke then I would of wasted my money and would have to spend even more getting windows again.

thanks for reading this all and please can you give me some great advice.

like whether it is actually compatible with each other and would actually run games such as Minecraft , Call Of Duty , GTA , Battlefield (maybe gonna play this but not sure) and then just some other games that people play.
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November 26, 2013 8:52:09 AM

What's your budget ? I could help you find better parts
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November 26, 2013 10:50:57 AM

I would say my budget would be around £600 for the components but that's a maybe and would probably be the very max I can do because I also need to get Windows 7 which is a further £130 and a monitor and keyboard and possibly a better mouse. But I have worked it out and these components are around £553.14 so I could possibly go up by £47.

I don't actually have all of the money yet , I think I have around £380 at the moment and I am earning a steady £20 a week and sometimes that goes up to £30 a week when my manager can pay me (bear in mind that I am 14 years old and I work for my dad and the money he gets usually goes into the house to get food etc).

so if you think you may be able to choose some better parts then go ahead, its just that these parts can apparently run most games on the higher settings at high frame rates. Also if I were to spend more I would probably go for a bigger hard drive, maybe a better graphics card and a better motherboard or something along those lines, but I would also maybe get a better but similar in design case because I am not sure whether the one I have chosen will be big enough (I am looking for a case that has LED lights and preferably a window on the side of the case)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2013 11:53:59 AM

This would be good
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£54.84 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£180.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£48.02 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.76 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor (£123.50 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-FORCE K7 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£33.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse (£8.04 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £774.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 19:53 GMT+0000)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2013 12:02:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/294O5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/294O5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/294O5/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T20 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£143.20 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.24 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.76 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £606.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 20:02 GMT+0000)

heres dat thing

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November 26, 2013 12:05:04 PM

I would go for this but i can get a better monitor (parents offered to buy it) and the AMD processor apparently are not great so i will stick with my i3 processor. but cheers for the help and the windows 7 is OEM and I would like full
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2013 12:36:23 PM

alright cool.

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November 26, 2013 1:15:04 PM

I mainly need some help with the motherboard and case. I think I will keep everything else the same just I was wondering whether A. my motherboard would be compatible with the graphics card and B. whether my case would be big enough to hold everything as well as C. would my PSU be to much or fine? my graphics card need 500W so not sure... thanks for the help
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2013 1:33:45 PM

Get 1600mhz ram. The stuff fits and is compatible.

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November 26, 2013 2:20:07 PM

can you recommend 8GB of ram that is 1600mhz that is good?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2013 3:11:32 PM

Gskills rip jaws 1600mhz 8gig kit
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November 27, 2013 7:21:36 AM

hmm and can you also recommend a good LED case with a window on the side that can fit my graphics card also maybe another motherboard that is compatible if this one I have chosen isn't. And the Ram is it better than the 8GB ram i chose from Corsair?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 7:43:52 AM

the one i recommanded is quite good.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29BUU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29BUU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29BUU/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T20 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£143.20 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.24 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.50 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £548.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 15:43 GMT+0000)

with the led case :) 

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November 27, 2013 8:21:00 AM

ok thanks i have actually just watched ZodiacFTW on youtube and he recommended this case but How would this build do.. would it do any better than the first one I said?

CPU - AMD FX 8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor 4.00GHz Piledriver Socket AM3+
Graphics Card - AMD Radeon 7950 3GB (it came up with 3 so I am not sure which one all I know is that it is around £230)
PSU - Corsair CP-9020047-UK Builder Series CX 500W Power Supply (PSU)
Case - Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Tower Case
Hard Drive - Western Digital 1TB Desktop SATA Hard Drive
Ram - Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz CAS 9-10-9-27 Dual Channel Desktop
Motherboard - Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard (AMD 970/SB950, DDR3, 6 x S-ATA 600, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0, USB 3.0, Socket AM3+)

Is all of this compatible with each other? Also should I go with the 8 core 4GHz AMD processor (AMD FX 8350) or should I go with the 6 core 3.9GHZ (AMD FX-6350) I think that I should go with the 8 core because it looks better and seems to have better reviews etc but what is your opinion on it?

Also a good place to get Windows 7 (FULL not OEM) would be nice because I don't want to risk spending £65 - £70 on the OEM Version to have my motherbroad break by mistake so I have to buy a new copy of windows 7.

thanks :)  Luke.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 9:12:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29EEj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29EEj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/29EEj/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£141.99 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T20 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£143.20 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.24 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.50 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £606.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 17:12 GMT+0000)

here this looks good.

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November 27, 2013 9:38:11 AM

the graphics card though , what games can it run? and what fps will it get and what settings like high? because I would like to play games some of the more hardcore than others on high settings with 60 fps + if possible and i have looked at that build and I like mine better but overall cost is higher and it doesn't have a cooling fan or fan cooler
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 9:40:30 AM

well urs doesnt have as good cooler. powersupply. and my videocard is just as good but cost less. 7870xt= 95% of a 7950 performances for less$$$

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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 9:40:31 AM

well urs doesnt have as good cooler. powersupply. and my videocard is just as good but cost less. 7870xt= 95% of a 7950 performances for less$$$

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November 27, 2013 9:47:42 AM

hmm ok well i'll think about it I may go for something slightly higher for the graphics card and then ye will probs get the rest. Is it all compatible with each other?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 10:22:35 AM

Yes u could get a Radeon 280x if u want more juice. And they're compatible parts
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November 27, 2013 10:24:10 AM

ok and the Radeon 280x is also compatible with all the other parts?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 10:24:42 AM

Yes sir ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 10:29:36 AM

It's good but the 280x nukes it tho
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November 27, 2013 10:34:20 AM

can you send me the link to the graphics card because it comes up with about 5 different cards with similar names so i don't know which one it is.
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November 27, 2013 11:51:41 AM

o thats a bit pricy .. £100 more than the first one and then £90 more than the one I said but I guess I could add that in. So overall with windows OEM it would probs be like £710? and then if full version of windows (in case my motherboard breaks) that would be £770 ish. ok I need £370 more ... do you know anyway to earn money faster? I earn £20 a week and it will take 18 weeks to get this ... almost 5 months Jeez....

lol need some way to make cash.... time to search up. Thanks for your amazing help kind sir! I will come back on this forum page if I need your assistance again!
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 12:15:59 PM

yes. do more cleaning for ur mom. also u can private message me if u want. always here cheers.

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November 27, 2013 12:31:52 PM

ok :D  cheers
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2013 12:33:30 PM

dat guy :D 

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