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New gaming PC - need help building (£700/$1100)

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April 24, 2014 11:45:21 AM

I just need the desktop itself, I just need an updated system as mine is becoming outdated. My budget is stated in the title.

I intend to play games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty, Titanfall and some 'next gen' games when they come out so I'll want a good graphics card.
I'm not too bothered about overclocking so you don't need to include parts for that.
It's needs to have a good fan due to my living conditions (A cooler master case is also a preference). Needs decent/good cooling.
Finally I want a HDD and a SSD. The SSD will only hold things such as the OS and a limited amount of games so doesn't need to be huge.
The cores are also a big factor, though not completely important. This is because I have the feeling I may (live)stream in the future or record gameplay for Youtube.

I'll be looking here constantly so I can try to answer any questions but I'm not too 'tech savvy' which is why I'm here.
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April 24, 2014 12:32:38 PM

If the budget can't be stretched a bit, lower the GPU to a GTX 760 or an R9 280.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£76.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.36 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£239.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer (£13.54 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £740.84
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 1:39:58 PM

No OC, i5-4440, GTX 770, 60gb SSD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.03 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£72.38 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.79 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£36.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£239.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £680.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 21:38 BST+0100)

Leaves room for an optical drive if you need or bigger SSD.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 1:48:37 PM

Fx-8320, gtx 770, 120gb SSD, OverClockable

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.39 @ 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 (£64.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.72 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.55 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£239.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.14 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £700.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 21:46 BST+0100)

The major differences between the cpus:
-i5-4440 - 4 cores, very powerful per core performance
-Fx-8320 - 8 cores, weaker performance per core.

Most games do not utilize more than 4 cores at this time but may in the future, both systems would be good for gaming it is just up to your personal preference.

Edit: none of these builds have the OS in them so figure that is another 80 GBP or so.
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April 24, 2014 6:04:48 PM

My current system came with an OS install pack for 5 in total (4 others) so the OS is no problem. Thanks for the builds guys.
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