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Next-Gen Console Replacement PC Build: Budget: £500 UK Only (VAT)

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Last response: in Components
March 13, 2014 1:32:35 PM

Requirements / Brief

I would like a gaming pc as a replacement for a next generation console which will be able to run almost every game at medium graphics/texture quality. I basically want the best specifications for a gaming pc possible with £500. The requirements are:

- Must have a hard-drive of 500gb HDD or better.

- Graphics card must fit the needs above. (Dedicated)

- Must be able to be connected via HDMI to TV at no extra cost. (include this in price).

- The budget is really a budget, I can't go too far over as I will also need a screen.

- All parts must be purchasable by March 29th 2014 in the UK on a trusted website with VAT included.

- The CPU must be capable of pretty extensive tasks. It would be nice if it was unlocked but I don't mind and I have no preference between AMD and Intel. (2.5ghz or better - preferably 3ghz +)

- OS must be included in price. Windows 8.1 is required.

- 8gb RAM, upgradable to at least 12.

- Motherboard must fit all these requirements and be reasonably future proof.

- Quiet but not necessarily silent fan/cooling system. No CPU cooler is needed.

- Peripherals are not required.

- Case should not be huge but should be reasonably upgradable and should fit most graphics cards. Must also meet the requirement of other specifications

- Screen is not included in budget

If you post specifications, make sure they fit the budget and all the parts are purchasable in the UK. VAT must be included in price and the budget, as I said is really the maximum at the moment. I do not intend to overlock.

NOTE:
This is an upgrade of the following specs on a Mid 2010 iMac 27'.

CPU: 3.2ghz Intel Core i3
RAM: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB
OS: OSX 10.9.1 Mavericks
DISPLAY: 27' 2560x1440
STORAGE: 1TB

I am completely new to building computers so try to refrain from smashing your monitor. I realise the budget is a little tight, but even if you think its unrealistic, try to give the best specifications available for the build thats under budget. This is a build.

Edits:
Will be using a 1080p television as display for now.


This is my current idea but the case has bad reviews and I am worried all the parts are not necessarily compatible. I also need a quiet fan and am not sure the stock case fan will suffice.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/exitcode/saved/42a3

Idea 2:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/exitcode/saved/42P7


Thanks in advance,

- exitcode

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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 2:01:09 PM

Here is a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£33.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£21.84 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 21:00 GMT+0000)
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March 13, 2014 2:10:25 PM

PepitoTV said:
Here is a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£33.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£21.84 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 21:00 GMT+0000)


Thanks, but is it really worth paying an extra £10 for a Radeon R9 270X over a R9 270?

Thanks again for the quick response!

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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 9:14:57 PM

exitcode said:
PepitoTV said:
Here is a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£33.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£21.84 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 21:00 GMT+0000)


Thanks, but is it really worth paying an extra £10 for a Radeon R9 270X over a R9 270?

Thanks again for the quick response!


The 270x is usually stronger but not by much; your choice.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 9:15:20 PM

exitcode said:
PepitoTV said:
Here is a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£33.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£21.84 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 21:00 GMT+0000)


Thanks, but is it really worth paying an extra £10 for a Radeon R9 270X over a R9 270?

Thanks again for the quick response!


The 270x is usually stronger but not by much; your choice.

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