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April 5, 2014 10:44:34 AM

This is my second thread, my first being one to see how well I could make a gaming PC under £800. However, I have decided to keep my system low to mid end, and upgrade it in the future. Any ways on how to make my current build any better and stay in the same budget are needed. I do not plan on getting an AMD GPU and will not be overclocking anything either. I would also like to know how well you think it woill run Dark Souls 2 when it EVENTUALLY comes out for PC (Urgghh).
My build:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3msN3
The reason I chose such a large PSU for such a low wattage system is because of my plans to upgrade it in 2-3 years to come. My friend recently built his own gaming PC and he got the same CPU I plan to get from the same place (Amazon, my preferred site for getting the pieces) and it came with a cooler, which is why I haven't included one in the build.
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April 5, 2014 10:48:32 AM

Ok btw that link you posted takes to the partlist saved on your computer :/  I'm putting together a build that is within you budget
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a b 4 Gaming
April 5, 2014 10:49:31 AM

your build is blank....
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April 5, 2014 10:49:54 AM

You need to post the build's permalink and not the URL for the Partpicker page. I can't see your build.
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April 5, 2014 10:53:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.47 @ 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 (£151.97 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
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-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £591.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 18:53 BST+0100)
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April 5, 2014 10:58:17 AM

DeadGraphics said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.47 @ 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 (£151.97 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
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-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £591.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 18:53 BST+0100)


I don't need an OS or wireless card, and as stated in first post do not want an AMD GPU. Thanks anyway, and sorry about not giving you guys the proper link to the part list I have just updated it so it should be fine now.
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April 5, 2014 11:03:51 AM

zed77ultra said:
DeadGraphics said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mt6P/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.47 @ 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 (£151.97 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
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-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.96 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £591.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 18:53 BST+0100)


I don't need an OS or wireless card, and as stated in first post do not want an AMD GPU. Thanks anyway, and sorry about not giving you guys the proper link to the part list I have just updated it so it should be fine now.


Oh sorry about that. I shall put together an Nvidia build
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April 5, 2014 11:04:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 5, 2014 11:08:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mtAJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mtAJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mtAJ/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: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £563.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:11 BST+0100)
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April 5, 2014 11:08:58 AM

Spot on £600 :) 
It would have been cheaper with XFX 550w, but since you want some more headroom in the future, i picked the 650w version
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£59.40 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£14.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £600.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:08 BST+0100)
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April 5, 2014 11:10:13 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.
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April 5, 2014 11:11:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.75 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £585.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:11 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 5, 2014 11:13:14 AM

zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games
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April 5, 2014 11:15:22 AM

I've got a build that's got an ssd included which will dramatically improve loading maps on simulation games and windows boot times
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April 5, 2014 11:15:53 AM

maurelie said:
Spot on £600 :) 
It would have been cheaper with XFX 550w, but since you want some more headroom in the future, i picked the 650w version
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£59.40 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£173.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£14.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £600.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:08 BST+0100)


That's quite a nice build, and if I got an FX 8350 it would come with a cooler (My friend's did) so I would be just £5 over budget and with a much nicer graphics card.
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April 5, 2014 11:16:04 AM

Also added a nice Windowed Corsair case.

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: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.75 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£128.44 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £580.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:15 BST+0100)
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April 5, 2014 11:25:07 AM

DeadGraphics said:
zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games


Well it will either be an fx 8320 with a proper cooler or an fx 8350 with the cooler it comes with, which will be fine as I won't be overclocking my rig. I have seen the benchmarks, and I think that the marginal performance increase will be worth it.
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April 5, 2014 11:27:18 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Also added a nice Windowed Corsair case.

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: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.75 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£128.44 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £580.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:15 BST+0100)


I like cases where you can see everything :) 
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April 5, 2014 9:48:11 PM

zed77ultra said:
DeadGraphics said:
zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games


Well it will either be an fx 8320 with a proper cooler or an fx 8350 with the cooler it comes with, which will be fine as I won't be overclocking my rig. I have seen the benchmarks, and I think that the marginal performance increase will be worth it.

Get the 8320. Personally, to me, the 8350 is not worth the extra money.
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April 6, 2014 2:12:50 AM

sora said:
zed77ultra said:
DeadGraphics said:
zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games


Well it will either be an fx 8320 with a proper cooler or an fx 8350 with the cooler it comes with, which will be fine as I won't be overclocking my rig. I have seen the benchmarks, and I think that the marginal performance increase will be worth it.

Get the 8320. Personally, to me, the 8350 is not worth the extra money.


What about the 6350? Would that be better than the 8320?
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April 6, 2014 2:15:53 AM

zed77ultra said:
sora said:
zed77ultra said:
DeadGraphics said:
zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games


Well it will either be an fx 8320 with a proper cooler or an fx 8350 with the cooler it comes with, which will be fine as I won't be overclocking my rig. I have seen the benchmarks, and I think that the marginal performance increase will be worth it.

Get the 8320. Personally, to me, the 8350 is not worth the extra money.


What about the 6350? Would that be better than the 8320?


If you will be using the system just for gaming, FX 6300 series are great, not much need for FX 8300 series. I picked FX 8320 because i saw that you had firm stand about FX 8320/8350.
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April 6, 2014 2:24:07 AM

Please can you all tell me why the majority of you have changed the motherboard? As far as I know, it doesn't effect performance if you don't plan on overclocking, and the one I chose includes all the necessary ports.
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April 6, 2014 2:30:15 AM

zed77ultra said:
Please can you all tell me why the majority of you have changed the motherboard? As far as I know, it doesn't effect performance if you don't plan on overclocking, and the one I chose includes all the necessary ports.


Well we thought it is better to have good motherboard, like the Asus M5A97 Evo R.2.0 , Asus M5A99X Evo R.2.0, so you will overclock better and in the future if you upgrade to AMD FX 8300 series, those 2 motherboard are also good for FX8300 series and were perfect for £600 budget

Btw, here is something else with the FX 6350

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£91.19 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£58.50 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.06 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £594.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 10:33 BST+0100)
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April 6, 2014 2:33:05 AM

maurelie said:
zed77ultra said:
sora said:
zed77ultra said:
DeadGraphics said:
zed77ultra said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£94.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£63.91 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £607.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:04 BST+0100)


I'd rather have an FX 8350 CPU and an SSHD in return for a GTX 750 Ti GPU.


There's not really much need for an fx 8350 or fx 8320 because you won't really benefit in games


Well it will either be an fx 8320 with a proper cooler or an fx 8350 with the cooler it comes with, which will be fine as I won't be overclocking my rig. I have seen the benchmarks, and I think that the marginal performance increase will be worth it.

Get the 8320. Personally, to me, the 8350 is not worth the extra money.


What about the 6350? Would that be better than the 8320?


If you will be using the system just for gaming, FX 6300 series are great, not much need for FX 8300 series. I picked FX 8320 because i saw that you had firm stand about FX 8320/8350.


Well I probably will eventually upgrade my CPU which makes me wonder if I would be better off choosing intel because I don't really want to change the motherboard and when I have a larger budget later on when I don't need all the additional parts intel would seem better as I frequently hear AMD products aren't as expensive or reliable as other brands. But I probably won't have to use my gaming rig for everyday stuff as I have a laptop for that, so maybe if I got a 6350 I would be able to get a GTX 760 after all, and that would mean that I would be able to keep my original graphics card rather than having to get rid of it like I would if I got a GTX 750 Ti when I upgrade the GPU.
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April 6, 2014 2:42:16 AM

maurelie said:
zed77ultra said:
Please can you all tell me why the majority of you have changed the motherboard? As far as I know, it doesn't effect performance if you don't plan on overclocking, and the one I chose includes all the necessary ports.


Well we thought it is better to have good motherboard, like the Asus M5A97 Evo R.2.0 , Asus M5A99X Evo R.2.0, so you will overclock better and in the future if you upgrade to AMD FX 8300 series, those 2 motherboard are also good for FX8300 series and were perfect for £600 budget

Btw, here is something else with the FX 6350

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£91.19 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£58.50 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.06 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £594.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 10:33 BST+0100)


I like the Zalman Z11 and the Samsung RW Drive, so I changed it and now it is narrowly edging over my budget which doesn't really bother me as I have a better GPU than I originally intended on getting.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mSTT
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April 6, 2014 2:45:45 AM

zed77ultra said:
maurelie said:
zed77ultra said:
Please can you all tell me why the majority of you have changed the motherboard? As far as I know, it doesn't effect performance if you don't plan on overclocking, and the one I chose includes all the necessary ports.


Well we thought it is better to have good motherboard, like the Asus M5A97 Evo R.2.0 , Asus M5A99X Evo R.2.0, so you will overclock better and in the future if you upgrade to AMD FX 8300 series, those 2 motherboard are also good for FX8300 series and were perfect for £600 budget

Btw, here is something else with the FX 6350

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£91.19 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£58.50 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.06 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £594.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 10:33 BST+0100)


I like the Zalman Z11 and the Samsung RW Drive, so I changed it and now it is narrowly edging over my budget which doesn't really bother me as I have a better GPU than I originally intended on getting.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mSTT


The case is personal preference, if you like the Zalman Z11, that is your choice.
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April 6, 2014 10:03:29 PM

maurelie said:
zed77ultra said:
maurelie said:
zed77ultra said:
Please can you all tell me why the majority of you have changed the motherboard? As far as I know, it doesn't effect performance if you don't plan on overclocking, and the one I chose includes all the necessary ports.


Well we thought it is better to have good motherboard, like the Asus M5A97 Evo R.2.0 , Asus M5A99X Evo R.2.0, so you will overclock better and in the future if you upgrade to AMD FX 8300 series, those 2 motherboard are also good for FX8300 series and were perfect for £600 budget

Btw, here is something else with the FX 6350

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£91.19 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£55.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£58.50 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.06 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £594.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 10:33 BST+0100)


I like the Zalman Z11 and the Samsung RW Drive, so I changed it and now it is narrowly edging over my budget which doesn't really bother me as I have a better GPU than I originally intended on getting.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3mSTT


The case is personal preference, if you like the Zalman Z11, that is your choice.

This lol, and the Z11 is a pretty good case.
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April 7, 2014 6:25:19 AM

Sudden change of plan: I am dropping AMD completely from my build - Intel and nvidia all the way. I know this will make it harder as I don't have a large budget, but I don't want to replace my motherboard and when I upgrade my CPU I will want another Intel. I would prefer an i5 4670k or i5 4440 but i7 would send me way above my budget.
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April 7, 2014 6:50:06 AM

On H61 you can not overclock, on Z77 you can. H61 is micro, while Z77 is ATX. And other motherboard features like SLI/Crossfire, which the Z77 supports it
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April 7, 2014 6:56:05 AM

maurelie said:
On H61 you can not overclock, on Z77 you can. H61 is micro, while Z77 is ATX. And other motherboard features like SLI/Crossfire, which the Z77 supports it


What is SLI and Crossfire? What is the difference between between Micro and ATX? I don't want to overclock anything. (I know I am nooby)
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April 7, 2014 10:23:30 AM

They aren't, you would be trying to drop a socket 1150 CPU into a Socket 1155 MoBo.

Some possibilities for you to consider. I expect others will be able to come up with better builds than these, I hope I give you some ideas.

Mini ITX build, if you aren't worried about dual graphics or overclocking:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.66 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £611.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:12 BST+0100)


Or if you want the z11:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£72.86 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £605.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:14 BST+0100)


Slightly better CPU:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £595.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:19 BST+0100)
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April 7, 2014 10:37:06 AM

Seeking Solace said:
They aren't, you would be trying to drop a socket 1150 CPU into a Socket 1155 MoBo.

Some possibilities for you to consider. I expect others will be able to come up with better builds than these, I hope I give you some ideas.

Mini ITX build, if you aren't worried about dual graphics or overclocking:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.66 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £611.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:12 BST+0100)


Or if you want the z11:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£72.86 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £605.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:14 BST+0100)


Slightly better CPU:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £595.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:19 BST+0100)


Yeah I was pretty sure that Intel would take me to the top end/over my budget. I am keeping an open mind though, so if anyone would like to tell me I should go with AMD after all I would happily listen to why you think that. I will also want an SSHD as I have seen comparison videos that show that they are much faster than HDDs.
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April 7, 2014 10:12:41 PM

zed77ultra said:
Seeking Solace said:
They aren't, you would be trying to drop a socket 1150 CPU into a Socket 1155 MoBo.

Some possibilities for you to consider. I expect others will be able to come up with better builds than these, I hope I give you some ideas.

Mini ITX build, if you aren't worried about dual graphics or overclocking:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.66 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £611.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:12 BST+0100)


Or if you want the z11:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£72.86 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £605.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:14 BST+0100)


Slightly better CPU:
Spoiler
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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) DDR3-1866 Memory (£67.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.73 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.45 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £595.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:19 BST+0100)


Yeah I was pretty sure that Intel would take me to the top end/over my budget. I am keeping an open mind though, so if anyone would like to tell me I should go with AMD after all I would happily listen to why you think that. I will also want an SSHD as I have seen comparison videos that show that they are much faster than HDDs.


AMD is better if you're looking for a budget build.
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April 8, 2014 4:31:03 AM

This is what the final build is looking like, but PC part picker is telling me about compatibility issues that I don't understand. Could somebody please tell me what it means? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o7N2
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April 9, 2014 9:51:07 AM

I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I am planning to go SLI with the 760. I thought that doing this would double the vram, as I am sure that next-gen will use more than 2gb. But, as it seems from what I have read, I will need two 4gb cards to get 4gb of vram. This means that I am now well over my budget as I really want my rig to be able to handle next-gen, and I will be getting a 120hz monitor to make sure when my computer is capable of over 60fps it won't go to waste. I also realized I would need a much larger PSU, so this is what the build is looking like now: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3oR0W
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April 9, 2014 10:32:30 AM

Is anyone on this thread anymore?
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April 9, 2014 11:03:11 AM

yes you only count vram once, so 2x2GB equals 2GB, you could just get one 4GB card now and another later.
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April 9, 2014 11:08:40 AM

What should I be able to overclock my CPU to with the motherboard and cooler that I plan on getting? Originally, I didn't want to overclock but it seems a waste as I am getting an aftermarket cooler.
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April 9, 2014 11:24:32 AM

dunno, not an amd expert
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