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[Build Help] Budget Gaming PC. I have a few questions.

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March 29, 2014 6:20:10 AM

I want to build a PC to work from home on creating mobile apps/games and games for steam workshop but that I can also game on.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3grbr

This is my first build and it has taken me a while to decide on which parts to use... I've created three other PCPARTPICKER builds which you can view hear:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/HarveyTheWhiteRabbit/sa...

I feel pretty confident in what i've chosen from reading reviews but have a few questions and just wanted to find out if any others have different opinions.

Question 1
I will get the stupidest question out of the way first. When choosing video cars on PC PARTPICKER their are several types of the GeForce GTX 760's as in Asus, Evga, Gigabite, MSI... Whats the difference in these types? I can see there is 2GB and 4GB but thats all I can see.

Question 2
I picked the GeForce GTX 760 so I had the opportunity to use the SLI to buy more GTX 760's in the future but if I did that i would have to buy a new power supply to run more then one. Is this a good idea or should I just sack it in and get a GTX 750 TI for less money?

Question 3
Is the power supply i've chosen powerful enough to run my build? As i've herd its best to run at 80% of your available wattage?

Question 4
I have picked everything myself apart from the Memory, I chose that as it had the best reviews. Is it a good choice.

Question 5
Lastly is there any way to squeeze a bit more money out of my build as my original max spend was £600 but as i've changed bits hear and there its risen.

Thank you for reading this and thank you for any replies :)  I plan to buy and build it in 3 weeks time.

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March 29, 2014 6:39:02 AM

Your first build is the best for sure. I Will recommend you the I5-4570 if you can effort it but anyway.

Question 1
I will get the stupidest question out of the way first. When choosing video cars on PC PARTPICKER their are several types of the GeForce GTX 760's as in Asus, Evga, Gigabite, MSI... Whats the difference in these types? I can see there is 2GB and 4GB but thats all I can see.

-They are pretty much the same. I Choose MSI because i think its better for gaming but i have the Gigabyte one and i am happy.

Question 2
I picked the GeForce GTX 760 so I had the opportunity to use the SLI to buy more GTX 760's in the future but if I did that i would have to buy a new power supply to run more then one. Is this a good idea or should I just sack it in and get a GTX 750 TI for less money?

-SLI your GTX 760 is a beast choice. Its like you have a GTX Titan. But for safe you need around 700w+ PSU. Also your motherboard has to have 2xPCI Express for SLI choice.

Question 3
Is the power supply i've chosen powerful enough to run my build? As i've herd its best to run at 80% of your available wattage?

-Yeap 500w for Intel CPU and 760 GPU is good enough.


Question 4
I have picked everything myself apart from the Memory, I chose that as it had the best reviews. Is it a good choice.

-Dont worry about the memory you will not see any difference bettween any memory at 1600mhz CL9.
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March 29, 2014 6:43:47 AM

Because you want it for app and steam workshop too, you need more CPU power take a look at this one.
I add you the I5-4670K with a CPU Cooler so you OC him at 4.0-4.2 for more CPU power.
Also you can SLI your GPU with this motherboard too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£84.72 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£45.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £709.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 13:42 GMT+0000)
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March 29, 2014 7:03:22 AM

Thank you SO much "3Dns" for answering my questions! I spent a few days on Reddit to no avail...

I like your build a lot and have saved it to my PC PART PICKER list. I took your advice from the previous post and changed the PSU to a 750 wattage http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/HarveyTheWhiteRabbit/sa... so in 6 months time I can buy my second GTX 760

You managed to squeeze some money out of the build and make it with a sexier case as well so hats off to you :) 
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March 29, 2014 7:04:35 AM

Forgot to ask How do you Overclock? I sorry for being such a noob and i'm sure I can find it on these forums but as your hear ;P TY x
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March 29, 2014 7:12:00 AM

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Thank you SO much "3Dns" for answering my questions! I spent a few days on Reddit to no avail...

I like your build a lot and have saved it to my PC PART PICKER list. I took your advice from the previous post and changed the PSU to a 750 wattage http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/HarveyTheWhiteRabbit/sa... so in 6 months time I can buy my second GTX 760

You managed to squeeze some money out of the build and make it with a sexier case as well so hats off to you :) 


Yeap good choice look this one http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pb....

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Forgot to ask How do you Overclock? I sorry for being such a noob and i'm sure I can find it on these forums but as your hear ;P TY x


You can find answers here :)  http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum-29.html
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March 29, 2014 1:46:51 PM

Edit.
With 750w for futuring SLI

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£84.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £747.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 20:46 GMT+0000)
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March 29, 2014 2:15:32 PM

Another though is to build a good gaming rig in your budget from now, without SLI in futute.
You can take a I3 CPU which is good for gaming and a beast GPU.
Look at this one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£54.37 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (£299.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £702.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 21:14 GMT+0000)
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March 29, 2014 10:38:33 PM

3Dns said:
Edit.
With 750w for futuring SLI

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£84.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £747.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 20:46 GMT+0000)


+1

i5 and the GTX 760 is a great and powerful/deadly combination.
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March 29, 2014 11:48:54 PM

Since I am not a fan of either overclocking or SLI, here is my take

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3iUwT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3iUwT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3iUwT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£54.37 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £752.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 07:48 BST+0100)
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March 30, 2014 5:02:22 PM

Hi guys sorry for the late reply but just a quick message of thanks! Thank you to 3Dns for fixing the Compatibility Notes and general help and thank you to CTurbo for your build as well :)  many many thanks :D 
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