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(UK) PC Build noob - need help with choosing parts

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February 16, 2014 2:34:32 AM

Hey guys

I'm a complete noob when it comes to building PCs, I have basic knowledge of parts (mostly cpu's and video cards) and I'm making the first step towards building my own, which is deciding on the parts I want.

I have a budget of around £650 (not including OS and equipment), and will be using the PC for gaming at high graphical settings (I'd like to run BF4 on at least high and 40fps, and most other new releases on high/ultra) and video editing which will include 3D rendering.

Currently, from looking online at forums, youtube videos and build guides, I'm thinking about the following parts:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2U7bx

All I need to know atm is, is this a decent build? Will all of the parts work well together? Will I be able to achieve high/ultra graphic settings on new releases? Also, what else to I need to get for the build? (CPU Cooler etc.)

Thanks in advance,
Yaqoot.

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February 16, 2014 2:48:12 AM

I changed the GPU for the GTX 770 and added a cpu cooler. Also you need a case or? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2U7Fs You could go for a better CPU if you want - added the FX 8350.
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February 16, 2014 2:48:43 AM

it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection

better mobo + ram for OC
add cpu cooler 212 evo
swap GPU to Radeon 270X (perform slightly below GTX 760). apparently, GTX 760 cost very high in UK : £50+ more
in US, the gap is merely $20. so it is not wise to pick 760
swap PSU to 550W. enough for 1 GPU

you can spend the rest budget into 128GB SSD
or change the ram into 2x 8GB for faster rendering
or 8 cores 8320

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 (£25.20 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston XMP 10th Anniversary Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£64.03 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£147.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case (£36.59 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £514.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 10:45 GMT+0000)
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February 16, 2014 10:40:29 AM

StarBG said:
I changed the GPU for the GTX 770 and added a cpu cooler. Also you need a case or? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2U7Fs You could go for a better CPU if you want - added the FX 8350.


Thanks dude...will the 770 and 8350 make a decent difference? I could use the extra £100 or so to put towards a new monitor or keyboard, but if it's worth it I don't mind. Also, that Zalman Z11 case will do the trick. If I get these parts, will it be ready to put together? I reiterate, I really don't know much about PC building atm.

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February 16, 2014 11:08:09 AM

The GPU and CPU are quite better. I am from Europe and dont know if the parts will be already put together from pcpartpicker, somebody that know have to answer that.
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February 16, 2014 11:18:12 AM

StarBG said:
The GPU and CPU are quite better. I am from Europe and dont know if the parts will be already put together from pcpartpicker, somebody that know have to answer that.


I may not order them from part picker, I'll probably order the exact parts separately to see if I can save money. What I wanted to ask was, if I get these parts exactly, will I have everything I need to set it all up?
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February 16, 2014 11:31:14 AM

Yes you shlould have, you just need a screwdriver too.
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February 16, 2014 10:21:15 PM

StarBG said:
The GPU and CPU are quite better. I am from Europe and dont know if the parts will be already put together from pcpartpicker, somebody that know have to answer that.


Amazon UK definitely ships to Europe
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