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January 3, 2014 8:56:13 AM

Hi, I've been reading these forums for a while and I'm pretty confident that I can build a PC I've replaces parts in my computers for years so should be straight forward. The thing I'm having trouble with is picking my parts. I have 0 knowledge at which parts are best for the price and I don't want to spend too much on one component, too little on another and for it to not work as good as it could have. If any of you kind people could give me some advice it would be much appreciated.

I'm in the UK. This PC will be for gaming, surfing the net and watching movies. I have an xbox 360 and xbox one. But I'm thinking of selling the xbox one to help fund this? I need a monitor that can show full hd, mouse and keyboard don't need to be anything special but if they're wireless it would be a plus. Which windows is best overall 7 or 8 I don't like 8 too much but if it gives better performance I would be willing to go with it. Also if I like to download if you know what I mean;) does windows 8 effect that. my budget is £750-£1000 but I would like it to be future proof for a while maybe upgradeable? Also is it safe to transport on a plane in the fragile section. I have heard people say to take the graphics card out then its pretty safe.

Thanks for those who read and thanks in advance if you can help :) 
January 3, 2014 9:13:14 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.82 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.13 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£229.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.59 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor (£137.64 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1008.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 17:10 GMT+0000)

As for transportation, I don't have much experience with that but my guess is that you would like to remove the cpu cooler as well because they are heavy and will stress the motherboard with the movement.
January 3, 2014 9:18:17 AM

Intel Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 OC Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£203.87 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£53.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£36.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£224.48 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Silverstone SST-RV03B-WA ATX Full Tower Case (£94.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£67.99 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£78.50 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: LG IPS234V-PN 75Hz 23.0" Monitor (£119.20 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1051.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 17:11 GMT+0000)

AMD Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£137.00 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£134.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£53.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£36.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£224.48 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Silverstone SST-RV03B-WA ATX Full Tower Case (£94.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£116.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£78.50 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: LG IPS234V-PN 75Hz 23.0" Monitor (£119.20 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gear Head KB5150W Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1033.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 17:17 GMT+0000)

Add the same peripherals to the Intel build. Also, if you want an Nvidia card, go for the GTX760 or the GTX770 (More expensive). Hope this helped.
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January 3, 2014 9:21:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.82 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£107.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£45.09 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.27 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.59 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: BenQ GL2450HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £967.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 17:21 GMT+0000)

This should be great. Monitor is a personal recommendation by the way.
January 4, 2014 11:17:20 AM

Thanks guys doing some research on all the parts you listed. still can be confusing one build has a motherboard worth £80 another with £200. Is there a big advantage in a more expensive motherboard? also is there a big difference in ddr3 1600 and 1866?
January 4, 2014 11:23:12 AM

PepitoTV said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.82 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.13 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£229.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.59 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor (£137.64 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1008.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 17:10 GMT+0000)

As for transportation, I don't have much experience with that but my guess is that you would like to remove the cpu cooler as well because they are heavy and will stress the motherboard with the movement.


+1 with this one

a MSI Z87 G45 gaming is a decent choice too ^ and above one is great aswell.
and for your question yeah there may be some advantage of more slots for extra dual cars , mroe support of overclocking etc.. however for your buddget the above mobos are more than enough , you dont have to look any more into this x:p 
January 4, 2014 4:00:57 PM

The MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card is out of stock everwhere might be a couple months until they get stock. Any other suggestions? also will the ssd improve more than just boot times? thanks for the help
January 5, 2014 10:49:18 PM

pioneertrini said:
The MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card is out of stock everwhere might be a couple months until they get stock. Any other suggestions? also will the ssd improve more than just boot times? thanks for the help


get a GTX 770 2GB is also good and comparatively similar performance or better than a 280x
jus get that :) 
January 5, 2014 11:42:22 PM

how does the msi gtx 760 compare to the 770 its £65 cheaper? sorry for all the questions

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January 6, 2014 12:17:02 AM
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pioneertrini said:
how does the msi gtx 760 compare to the 770 its £65 cheaper? sorry for all the questions


well thats kinda obvious question.
I mean for 65 extra bucks 770 perform the worth for its price and betetr than 760.
However for its respective prices both 760 and 770 are best.
it depend on your budget which one you can afford
770 will always be better than 760 and hence it costs more.

you can see a BF benchmarks here:
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/734/bench/High...
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/712/bench/Ultr...

you can conclude both gpus does best for their prices :) 
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