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December 16, 2013 9:39:47 AM

I want to change from my Xbox instead of getting a next gen console, I want to be able to game at 1080p preferably and ill also use the computer for normal use and for school work.

WOULD PUSH TO £650

I plan to build it myself and buy the parts in the sales just after Christmas.

Just love to see some opinions on what I could best build for my money to give me the best gaming experience possible obviously excluding peripherals.

Thank you for your help in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 9:44:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.68 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) (£85.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £599.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 17:44 GMT+0000)

Edit: I see that the Antec 1 isn't sold there, which means a case puts you over budget. There aren't many places to trim on this build, you would likely have to drop down to a lower GPU or go with an Athlon CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£55.73 @ Maplin Electronics)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£36.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) (£85.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £603.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 17:48 GMT+0000)
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December 16, 2013 12:32:21 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.68 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) (£85.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £599.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 17:44 GMT+0000)

Edit: I see that the Antec 1 isn't sold there, which means a case puts you over budget. There aren't many places to trim on this build, you would likely have to drop down to a lower GPU or go with an Athlon CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£55.73 @ Maplin Electronics)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£36.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) (£85.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £603.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 17:48 GMT+0000)


Cheers for that, that's very useful, I'd definitely push to 650, maybe slightly more if I really had to, I was definitely thinking of getting that processor, if I spent an extra 50 on a GPU how much of an in game performance ncrease would I find?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 12:43:12 PM

With the £50 bump in the budget, I'd suggest something along these lines:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ 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 (£76.15 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.35 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£47.67 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £648.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 20:42 GMT+0000)
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December 16, 2013 12:51:18 PM

PepitoTV said:
With the £50 bump in the budget, I'd suggest something along these lines:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ 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 (£76.15 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.35 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£47.67 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £648.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 20:42 GMT+0000)


i myself, just got my fx 6300 in the mail today. Buying a gtx 760 also after xmas :)  However i would recommend the MSI TF OC edition just for how cool it is and how quiet the fans are
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December 16, 2013 12:58:10 PM

MDXX said:
PepitoTV said:
With the £50 bump in the budget, I'd suggest something along these lines:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ 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 (£76.15 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.35 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£47.67 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £648.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 20:42 GMT+0000)


i myself, just got my fx 6300 in the mail today. Buying a gtx 760 also after xmas :)  However i would recommend the MSI TF OC edition just for how cool it is and how quiet the fans are


What sort of frame rates and graphics do you think that sort of build will get:) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 12:58:58 PM

The TwinFrozr is definitely better, but also £10 more expensive than this Gigabyte, it comes to OP's decision.
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December 16, 2013 12:59:24 PM

PepitoTV said:
With the £50 bump in the budget, I'd suggest something along these lines:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ 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 (£76.15 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.35 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£47.67 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £648.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 20:42 GMT+0000)


What sort of frame rates and graphics should I expect:) 
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