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April 1, 2014 1:16:41 PM

Hello all,

Im planning on building my first PC with a budget of around £650 - £700. It will mainly be a gaming pc. After looking around and comparing bits and pieces I've got two possible builds that come nicely under budget while (i hope) still being fairly powerful.

I was wondering if you could have a look at them and point out any rookie mistakes I've made (quite likely) and advise which would be the best choice.
Im lost when it comes to motherboards/psu's so im unsure of how the selected ones will fair with some cpu overclocking and general stability. If there is anything I could or should switch please let me know as i'm trying to get a good balance between price/power/build quality.
Im not planning on crossfire or sli, just possibly some overclocking.

Any help and advice is greatly appreciated, thank you.

These are the builds so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£131.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.99 @ 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 (£40.20 @ 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 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£67.86 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £691.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 21:08 BST+0100)



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 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 (£40.20 @ 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)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £695.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 21:09 BST+0100)

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April 1, 2014 1:28:09 PM

I would go with the intel one because it leaves a good upgrade path and better quility per core. If you could get the 650watt PSU in the intel build that would be good too. If you are thinking of OC then maybe this MOBO would be betterhttp://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87mg43 its Z87 which is better for OC, nice builds no other mistakes I can really see in it.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2014 1:34:50 PM

i5 is better, z87 motherboard if overclocking, lower i5 if not, 2TB seagate isn't much more

a bit over for OC

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3kkuq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3kkuq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3kkuq/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 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ 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)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £716.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 21:34 BST+0100)


on budget for non-OC + ssd

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.03 @ 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: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£239.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.65 @ 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)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.50 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £700.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 21:32 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2014 1:40:02 PM

It depends, either is fine for gaming wise. If you play Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike ...etc so single-threaded games, then Intel would win in these games. However, in games like BF4 both the FX 8320 and Intel i5 4670k is in the same level. Neither will bottleneck a gpu card. However, if you are going for a i5 4670k, get a Z87 motherboard. It will be better for overclocking.
You won't need a 2133 Ram speed. A 1600 or 1866MHz will suffice for gaming.
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April 1, 2014 2:25:29 PM

Thank you all for your fast replies, it sounds like the intel build with a z87 mobo is the best way to go then. Much appreciated guys!
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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2014 10:01:40 PM

NPJE said:
Thank you all for your fast replies, it sounds like the intel build with a z87 mobo is the best way to go then. Much appreciated guys!


Enjoy! The Intel CPU also needs less power and is better for gaming in my opinion.
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