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February 15, 2014 8:12:58 AM

Hello guys,

I was looking to make a fairly budget gaming PC, and have managed to get together a short list of components to make it with:


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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£60.93 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.30 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£56.11 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card (£134.34 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £688.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 15:56 GMT+0000)


Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: around £600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing, office, surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Location: Plymouth/Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1366x768, I'm undecided

Additional Comments:

I guess there are a few things that I was interested in, when coming to save a pound or 2, the first being the SSD. I would like 2 internal hard drives, one for the system and programs, and the other for games, but I am unsure as to whether it is worth getting an SSD for the system and programs, and whether 120GB would be enough.

The second is the CPU. It is pretty powerful, but I'm wondering if it is worth going for a more powerful one for an extra £100 or so (as opposed to a i5 ivy bridge instead). If I do downgrade it, I will probably be able to upgrade the graphics card. But then if I stick with it, the motherboard should be able to allow me to crossfire the graphics card with another. or replace it entirely, the CPU might be too expensive to replace down the road.

Why Are You Upgrading: Moving on from a general purpose laptop

Thanks,
Josh

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February 15, 2014 8:28:43 AM

Is this for gaming or video editing?
And do you need an OS?
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February 15, 2014 8:46:26 AM

dashboy1998 said:
Is this for gaming or video editing?
And do you need an OS?


Preferably both, and I can get a good discount on Windows 7, so I will buy it with that and install it on disk.
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February 15, 2014 8:49:00 AM

Gaming build, No OS.

CPU: For gaming you don't need a hyper-treading CPU so an I5 will be fine (I also switched it to the newest socket 1150)
CPU cooler: Not needed unless are you overclocking, which it looks like you might with a K series CPU.
Motherboard: Had to change for new socket type.
RAM: Lower CAS
SSD: Very nice touch.
HDD: Fast 1TB HDD
GPU: Radeon 7870 does better then the R9 270
Case: This case has better air flow.
PSU: Same.
Optical Drive: Same.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£70.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £617.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 16:48 GMT+0000)



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February 15, 2014 8:49:47 AM

LordQuentium said:
dashboy1998 said:
Is this for gaming or video editing?
And do you need an OS?


Preferably both, and I can get a good discount on Windows 7, so I will buy it with that and install it on disk.


Personal or professional video editing?
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February 15, 2014 8:54:15 AM

If you are editing then get a FX 8320 as it is a little faster in editing thatn the i5
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February 15, 2014 9:11:57 AM

dashboy1998 said:
LordQuentium said:
dashboy1998 said:
Is this for gaming or video editing?
And do you need an OS?


Preferably both, and I can get a good discount on Windows 7, so I will buy it with that and install it on disk.


Personal or professional video editing?



Personal.
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February 15, 2014 9:12:54 AM

Danzas4321 said:
If you are editing then get a FX 8320 as it is a little faster in editing thatn the i5



I'm not quite so keen on getting an AMD CPU, people who I know that have got them have regretted it.
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February 15, 2014 9:58:17 AM

Here's an updated build based on what's been said so far, hows it looking?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £624.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 17:56 GMT+0000)
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February 15, 2014 10:08:24 PM

Danzas4321 said:
If you are editing then get a FX 8320 as it is a little faster in editing thatn the i5


lol if you get an i7 it would outperform the fx 8320 in editing.
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February 16, 2014 10:33:49 AM

LordQuentium said:
Here's an updated build based on what's been said so far, hows it looking?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £624.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 17:56 GMT+0000)


If you're planing on overclocking get a better mother, If you do not plan to overclock get a I5-4670 (No K)
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February 17, 2014 5:07:34 AM

dashboy1998 said:
LordQuentium said:
Here's an updated build based on what's been said so far, hows it looking?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £624.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 17:56 GMT+0000)


If you're planing on overclocking get a better mother, If you do not plan to overclock get a I5-4670 (No K)



What one would you suggest, the one you mentioned previously?
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February 17, 2014 12:44:34 PM

LordQuentium said:
dashboy1998 said:
LordQuentium said:
Here's an updated build based on what's been said so far, hows it looking?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £624.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 17:56 GMT+0000)


If you're planing on overclocking get a better mother, If you do not plan to overclock get a I5-4670 (No K)



What one would you suggest, the one you mentioned previously?

For overclcoking no.
Try this for OC build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45g...
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February 18, 2014 2:19:40 PM

dashboy1998 said:
LordQuentium said:
dashboy1998 said:
LordQuentium said:
Here's an updated build based on what's been said so far, hows it looking?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.33 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.94 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£136.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £624.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 17:56 GMT+0000)


If you're planing on overclocking get a better mother, If you do not plan to overclock get a I5-4670 (No K)



What one would you suggest, the one you mentioned previously?

For overclcoking no.
Try this for OC build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45g...



Thanks so much, you've been so helpful!
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