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March 31, 2014 6:38:00 AM

Hi, I'm looking to buy a PC for gaming but am pretty out of loop and would love some advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: next week

Budget Range: £500 - £600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New build/all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, ebuyer (pretty open to all uk trusted sites)

Location: England

Parts Preferences: prefer AMD FX processors and AMD 270x graphics card but I'm open to other suggestions.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I think it's 1440x900

Additional Comments: I need windows and would prefer 7. I want to be able to play games like the upcoming dragon age and Sims 4. I have a preference for white/white and black cases but that's not important.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I haven't had a PC for a while, want to get back into pc gaming.

Thank you for the help! :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:13:15 AM

If you buy the cooler last whilst using the stock cooler, you can fit in the OS. Or add £50 to your budget.
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.89 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £645.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:13 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:15:04 AM

I would go for this. R9 270X offers great price to performance and hopefully some of the new game releases will be optimised for AMD and have mantle support. I would add an SSD if your budget can stretch. Samsung Evo 840 120GB highly recommended.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£146.70 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£28.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £557.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:14 BST+0100)
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March 31, 2014 7:37:25 AM

CPU: Intel Core I5-4570
MB: GIGABYTE GA-B85M-HD3
MEMORY: KINGSTON KVR13N9S8K2/8 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1333MHZ VALUE RAM DUAL CHANNEL KIT
GPU: ASUS GTX660-DC2OCPH-2GD5 2GB
PSU: CORSAIR VS SERIES VS550
HDD: WESTERN DIGITAL WD5000AZRX 500GB CAVIAR GREEN SATA3

pretty system
much value for money
excellent
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a c 252 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:38:19 AM

You can step up to the 280x at a 600 pound budget, which I would definitely do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£42.16 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£227.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £601.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:37 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:41:10 AM

gorgis said:
CPU: Intel Core I5-4570
MB: GIGABYTE GA-B85M-HD3
MEMORY: KINGSTON KVR13N9S8K2/8 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1333MHZ VALUE RAM DUAL CHANNEL KIT
GPU: ASUS GTX660-DC2OCPH-2GD5 2GB
PSU: CORSAIR VS SERIES VS550
HDD: WESTERN DIGITAL WD5000AZRX 500GB CAVIAR GREEN SATA3

pretty system
much value for money
excellent
wow

No case, Corsair VS series is worser than CX. Not recommended.

fatboyslimerr said:
I would go for this. R9 270X offers great price to performance and hopefully some of the new game releases will be optimised for AMD and have mantle support. I would add an SSD if your budget can stretch. Samsung Evo 840 120GB highly recommended.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£146.70 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£28.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £557.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:14 BST+0100)


Mantle has no effect as it is as DOA project. It was aimed to push out Direct X 12 which is the same thing but will be compatible with all games.
HiTechObsessed said:
You can step up to the 280x at a 600 pound budget, which I would definitely do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£42.16 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£227.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £601.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:37 BST+0100)


The motherboard chosen is not that good for upgrading to a eight core in the future. Plus that VRM cooling looks a bit thin. Also at his resolution the 280X is overkill. A 270X would suffice.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:44:36 AM

Yep and DX12 won't be around till 2015 and will probably only work on Windows 9. Mantle is here now and that hardware will support direct x 12 anyway through driver updates (or so AMD say). BF4, Thief as well as Square Enix, Crytek and others have all jumped on board the mantle bandwagon.
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a c 252 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:45:06 AM

Suztera said:


The motherboard chosen is not that good for overclocking over 4.2GHz


Overclocking doesn't really help gaming at all, so that's not a concern. At any rate, the 6300 at stock + 280x will do much better than an 8320 + 270x. The 280x is also better for future-proofing, with the 3GB of VRAM, which will help with heavily modding, or with Crossfire in the future.

The 8320 won't be much of a difference in gaming, as games are just now using 4 cores, and they are clocked the same.

The 280x is still better for future-proofing, which is why I said for future-proofing.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 7:54:35 AM

fatboyslimerr said:
I would go for this. R9 270X offers great price to performance and hopefully some of the new game releases will be optimised for AMD and have mantle support. I would add an SSD if your budget can stretch. Samsung Evo 840 120GB highly recommended.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£146.70 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£28.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £557.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:14 BST+0100)


fatboyslimerr said:
Yep and DX12 won't be around till 2015 and will probably only work on Windows 9. Mantle is here now and that hardware will support direct x 12 anyway through driver updates (or so AMD say). BF4, Thief as well as Square Enix, Crytek and others have all jumped on board the mantle bandwagon.


Agreed with DX12 implementation but mantle is not a game changer with i5s at this cpu level. It is the optimisation of games developers allowing to use multicore of 6 or more cores.
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March 31, 2014 8:59:36 AM

Suztera said:
If you buy the cooler last whilst using the stock cooler, you can fit in the OS. Or add £50 to your budget.
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.89 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £645.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:13 BST+0100)


Thank you all for replying!

I'm liking this setup best. Is the 8-core worth it over the 6-core?

I quite like the look of the zalman z3 plus case, anyone know if it's a decent case?

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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 9:08:15 AM

Fmnova said:
Suztera said:
If you buy the cooler last whilst using the stock cooler, you can fit in the OS. Or add £50 to your budget.
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.89 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£155.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £645.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 15:13 BST+0100)


Thank you all for replying!

I'm liking this setup best. Is the 8-core worth it over the 6-core?

I quite like the look of the zalman z3 plus case, anyone know if it's a decent case?



The 8 core is worth because you won't likely have to upgrade in the future as it won't bottleneck the high end gpu
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 9:14:30 AM

Listen to the man! Also a frickin' awesome CPU cooler!
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March 31, 2014 9:50:53 AM

Ok I'm sold! Thanks for the help everyone! :) 
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