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January 19, 2014 11:46:21 AM

Hi all, long time lurker - first time of signing up

I currently have a PC I build a number of years ago (then yes converted to mac) I am now looking to upgrade my PC using as much as I can keep as possible.

My spec is as follows

Tower - Antec P180 Case
CPU - 2.4ghz Q6600 Quad core
Motherboard - P35 Diamond
Power Supply VX450
Graphics Card - Geforce 8400 GS
Hard Drive 320 Seagate
Audio Card - M-Audi Delta Audiophile

I am aware I will probably need to update most of this. Ideally I am Looking for something that will last for a good number of years with current games, cost around the same as the current Next Gen Consoles (£400-500) and also look better than next gen consoles else I might as well buy one….

Thanks for your help
January 19, 2014 11:59:44 AM

any reason to stay with the pc master race? because if you're on a >600$ budget i say go with a console as they are a lot cheaper over time (depends how many games you purchase ofc)
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January 19, 2014 12:09:54 PM

Are you sure it'd be cheaper over time. I know a pc build may cost a few hundred more than a console, but at double the price for games (in most cases) surely it would work out cheaper. I've avoided most games on PS3 as I can't justify the cost per game.
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January 19, 2014 12:13:44 PM

It is really a total hit or complete miss. pc might go through a time of big developments again which makes you spent hundreds to keep up with the gaming industry while consoles sit there and blocks everything (like 2008-2012). but on the otherhand this console generation could already be replaced in 3-5 years because of the weak sauce specs they begun with this time (really they want to last 7 years with low end specs, last generation atleast started with decents specs for that time).
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January 19, 2014 12:21:04 PM

Very true, I still think i'd like to shift to PC (again mainly because of the price per game issues). If I was to up the budget to £500 GBP ($800) dollars would that suite ?
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January 19, 2014 12:27:58 PM

Shane_b said:
Very true, I still think i'd like to shift to PC (again mainly because of the price per game issues). If I was to up the budget to £500 GBP ($800) dollars would that suite ?


you could make a decent start with that budget. you'd have to game on medium grahpics tho until you have the money to upgrade to a decent gpu. The best build for that budget with the future in mind would be a build which is more shifted towards the cpu. This is so you don't have to upgrade cpu and motherboard, but just the gpu if you want more power in games.
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January 19, 2014 12:47:55 PM

What would be a viable option of components then ?
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January 19, 2014 1:18:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2DY4K
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2DY4K/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2DY4K/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£80.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£80.77 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£138.81 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£70.67 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £496.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 21:16 GMT+0000)

is your current RAM 8+gb ddr3 at 1333 or higher? if so feel free to drop the RAM and upgrade gpu to 270x or even a gtx 760 if possible.
i left out the storage and operating system asuming you can re-use your current :) 
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January 19, 2014 1:51:52 PM

Thanks for that, so you're saying the CPU and motherboard will last for a good few years with new games etc.. and it's the graphics card I will need to update.

I'll save myself an extra 40 quid if I keep my Antec p180 tower ?

for an extra £40 quid I might as well get the top end GTX 760 if it'll be significant over the others ?
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January 19, 2014 2:06:53 PM

Shane_b said:
Thanks for that, so you're saying the CPU and motherboard will last for a good few years with new games etc.. and it's the graphics card I will need to update.

I'll save myself an extra 40 quid if I keep my Antec p180 tower ?

for an extra £40 quid I might as well get the top end GTX 760 if it'll be significant over the others ?


if your antec p180 is still up for the task (ATX form factor for mobo/psu) you'd do good to use it again. the 760 is indeed a good upgrade over the 7870. i can't say if it will last for a certain amount of years but these specs are very similar to the specs of a steam box which should last +/- 2 years. don't expect to game on high/ultra for 2 years tho :p 
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