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January 1, 2014 2:22:54 AM

Hello I am planning on buying a new gaming pc. I know that building it my self would be better but I really am not comfortable with that.

I am on a budget of £800 and want a system that will play day Z and if possible the new battlefield 4.

My question's are what are the main parts?

Is just going for a larger power supply enough for GPU up grading in the future?

Thank you for your help :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 2:28:46 AM

First you have to know when I say building is cheaper, I mean it is WAY cheaper, and you generally get more quality parts for the money. I mean seriously cheaper. You are likely to overspend by AT LEAST 25-50%. Building isn't even very hard. A lot of plugging stuff in, and that is pretty much it. I could even price one out for you if you wanted. I know it is easier to just buy one, but trust me you will spend WAY more money than you need to, and you will get worse parts as well.
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January 1, 2014 2:39:00 AM

Here is one I was considering, on the upgrade options I was going for:-

Processor:-AMD FX 8320 Black Edition

Motherboard:- Gigabyte 990XA-UD3

Hard Drive:-1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

Power supply:-750W Corsair RM Fully Modular

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/-b-NEW-b-Raider-AMD-X6-63...

I was leaving the graphics card and ram same, will up grade those at a later date. This one comes in under my budget. What do you think?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 2:43:20 AM

timbo144 said:
Here is one I was considering, on the upgrade options I was going for:-

Processor:-AMD FX 8320 Black Edition

Motherboard:- Gigabyte 990XA-UD3

Hard Drive:-1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

Power supply:-750W Corsair RM Fully Modular

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/-b-NEW-b-Raider-AMD-X6-63...

I was leaving the graphics card and ram same, will up grade those at a later date. This one comes in under my budget. What do you think?


So that means you plan on building?
Do you already have RAM and GPU?
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January 1, 2014 2:44:48 AM

O I was planning on buying that one in the link I posted with those ajustments
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:04:15 AM

timbo144 said:
Here is one I was considering, on the upgrade options I was going for:-

Processor:-AMD FX 8320 Black Edition

Motherboard:- Gigabyte 990XA-UD3

Hard Drive:-1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

Power supply:-750W Corsair RM Fully Modular

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/-b-NEW-b-Raider-AMD-X6-63...

I was leaving the graphics card and ram same, will up grade those at a later date. This one comes in under my budget. What do you think?


That actually looks pretty good and you have plenty of upgrade options because you are way under budget

The fx8320 is a good choice, so stick with that

I added a few things but still came under 800 pounds:

RAM: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB (Make sure its not the reference, as I see it in the picture)

Total: £793.50
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January 1, 2014 3:18:45 AM

Thank you for your reply's, Scremin34Egl that sounds good to me, I have an offer for the company for £15 off and free 3 day build time
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:20:11 AM

timbo144 said:
O I was planning on buying that one in the link I posted with those ajustments


If you plan on making all of those adjustments, why not just build the whole thing yourself? You're practically doing it already, just spending extra money to do it.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:48:17 AM

timbo144 said:
Thank you for your reply's, Scremin34Egl that sounds good to me, I have an offer for the company for £15 off and free 3 day build time


If you really cant build it yourself, then I honestly see nothing wrong with this system. In fact I have seen worst pre built systems before

If you cant put in the 280x, then the 270x would do just fine in bf4 and other games. But just remember that the 280x is much faster than the 270x, so maybe consider it, 760 is also an option and is slightly faster than the 270x

But up the ram to the faster 1600Mhz instead of the 1333Mhz, also add in a 1tb hdd (not much more, btw)

And one more thing, the 750W psu is not really needed unless you are going sli/crossfire but I do see that the 990xa-ud3 supports it, 600-650W would be more than enough for a single gpu, but maybe in the future you might think of adding a second one, so stick with it

Edit:

Add in a cooler as the stock AMD coolers are crappy or just buy yourself a cooler master hyper 212 evo
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:53:07 AM

Scremin34Egl said:
timbo144 said:
Thank you for your reply's, Scremin34Egl that sounds good to me, I have an offer for the company for £15 off and free 3 day build time


If you really cant build it yourself, then I honestly see nothing wrong with this system. In fact I have seen worst pre built systems before

If you cant put in the 280x, then the 270x would do just fine in bf4 and other games. But just remember that the 280x is much faster than the 270x, so maybe consider it, 760 is also an option and is slightly faster than the 270x

But up the ram to the faster 1600Mhz instead of the 1333Mhz, also add in a 1tb hdd (not much more, btw)

And one more thing, the 750W psu is not really needed unless you are going sli/crossfire but I do see that the 990xa-ud3 supports it, 600-650W would be more than enough for a single gpu, but maybe in the future you might think of adding a second one, so stick with it


+1 my friend, I have seen worse as well. Just please no reference GPUs.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 4:17:12 AM

Quakemz said:
Scremin34Egl said:
timbo144 said:
Thank you for your reply's, Scremin34Egl that sounds good to me, I have an offer for the company for £15 off and free 3 day build time


If you really cant build it yourself, then I honestly see nothing wrong with this system. In fact I have seen worst pre built systems before

If you cant put in the 280x, then the 270x would do just fine in bf4 and other games. But just remember that the 280x is much faster than the 270x, so maybe consider it, 760 is also an option and is slightly faster than the 270x

But up the ram to the faster 1600Mhz instead of the 1333Mhz, also add in a 1tb hdd (not much more, btw)

And one more thing, the 750W psu is not really needed unless you are going sli/crossfire but I do see that the 990xa-ud3 supports it, 600-650W would be more than enough for a single gpu, but maybe in the future you might think of adding a second one, so stick with it


+1 my friend, I have seen worse as well. Just please no reference GPUs.


Yeah, those reference coolers by AMD are loud, hot and horrible
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January 1, 2014 4:49:11 AM

Thanks for the help, For the mother board is there much difference in the Gigabyte 970A-DS3P and the Gigabyte 990XA-UD3?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 5:21:03 AM

timbo144 said:
Thanks for the help, For the mother board is there much difference in the Gigabyte 970A-DS3P and the Gigabyte 990XA-UD3?


Yes, the Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 has more power phases, better chipset, sli/crossfire support, more ports, better audio, more features such as express bios rescue etc. and is an overall better board. I highly recommend it over the 970A-DS3P, since those are the only two options available
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January 2, 2014 7:38:09 AM

ok thanks for your help :)  what's a reference GPU?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 2, 2014 8:56:18 AM

timbo144 said:
ok thanks for your help :)  what's a reference GPU?


A reference gpu is one that is exactly the same as the gpu manufacturer (amd or Nvidia) intended it to be, which means same pc board and cooler (usually blower types).

A non reference design is one where modifications are made by manufacturers such as (msi, sapphire, asus etc......), such as adding a custom pc board, better cooling system, overclocking, etc

You should always go for a non reference design as they run much cooler and quieter.
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