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I've been playing games for years now and I finally believe it's time to build my own Gaming PC (although I don't know much on what components are compatible), I have an £1000 budget I don't mind going a little over this price if the benefits are worth it.

I already have some essentials but haven't got the main components.

I already have:
- 52" HDMI TV
- keyboard + mouse

I would like to use:
- NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case
- ASUS Nvidia GTX 660
- OS - Win 8.1

I have not yet ordered the graphics card or the tower but they are what i would like to use, if any one disagrees please let me know why? They are both to come out of the £1000 budget.

So basically I need;
MB
CPU
PSU
SSD 250GB
RAM
And recommended cooling options such as heat sink etc, I don't want to use water cooling.


Thank you for reading.
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    Jhussey said:
    I've been playing games for years now and I finally believe it's time to build my own Gaming PC (although I don't know much on what components are compatible), I have an £1000 budget I don't mind going a little over this price if the benefits are worth it.

    I already have some essentials but haven't got the main components.

    I already have:
    - 52" HDMI TV
    - keyboard + mouse

    I would like to use:
    - NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case
    - ASUS Nvidia GTX 660
    - OS - Win 8.1

    I have not yet ordered the graphics card or the tower but they are what i would like to use, if any one disagrees please let me know why? They are both to come out of the £1000 budget.

    So basically I need;
    MB
    CPU
    PSU
    SSD 250GB
    RAM
    And recommended cooling options such as heat sink etc, I don't want to use water cooling.


    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz (2x4GB)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)

    Total: £915

    I've left some room if you'd like to spend some extra money on any of the following upgrades:

    If you would like a better motherboard with better onboard audio and more gaming features then you could get the ASUS Maximus Hero VI Z87. It is £20 more expensive than the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H that I've listed above.

    If you would like lower temperatures and reduced noise in your system then I'd recommend getting one of these coolers instead of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo that I've listed above.

    Get this for lower temperatures or some light over-clocking.
    Noctua NH-U12S (£49 (£24 more expensive than the Hyper 212 Evo))

    Get this if you'd like to do some light to medium to moderately heavy over-clocking.
    Thermalright Sliver Arrow SB-E Extreme (£64 (£39 more expensive than the Hyper 212 Evo))

    Edit: I would also recommend getting the ASUS nVidia GTX 770 Direct CU II instead of the 660 model. On Amazon UK it's £108 more expensive. If you didn't want any of the upgrades that I suggested above then it will push you £23 over your budget.

    If you do want to upgrade to the GTX 770 you will need a bigger power-supply. A 650W PSU such as the Corsair RM650. This PSU is £7 more expensive.

    If you wanted to save some money as well as upgrade to the ASUS GTX 770 then you could do the following:

    Reduce the size of the Samsing 840 EVO SSD to the 120GB model. Saves £31.
    Down-grade to a lower quality PSU. For example the Corsair CX600M I DO NOT RECCOMEND THIS, HOWEVER! This would save £22.
    Buy a cheaper case. For example the NZXT H630 (White) which is £17 cheaper, but I assume you chose the NZXT Phantom because of its aesthetics.
  2. Ninjamilez said:
    Jhussey said:
    I've been playing games for years now and I finally believe it's time to build my own Gaming PC (although I don't know much on what components are compatible), I have an £1000 budget I don't mind going a little over this price if the benefits are worth it.

    I already have some essentials but haven't got the main components.

    I already have:
    - 52" HDMI TV
    - keyboard + mouse

    I would like to use:
    - NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case
    - ASUS Nvidia GTX 660
    - OS - Win 8.1

    I have not yet ordered the graphics card or the tower but they are what i would like to use, if any one disagrees please let me know why? They are both to come out of the £1000 budget.

    So basically I need;
    MB
    CPU
    PSU
    SSD 250GB
    RAM
    And recommended cooling options such as heat sink etc, I don't want to use water cooling.


    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz (2x4GB)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)

    Total: £915

    I've left some room if you'd like to spend some extra money on any of the following upgrades:

    If you would like a better motherboard with better onboard audio and more gaming features then you could get the ASUS Maximus Hero VI Z87. It is £20 more expensive than the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H that I've listed above.

    If you would like lower temperatures and reduced noise in your system then I'd recommend getting one of these coolers instead of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo that I've listed above.

    Get this for lower temperatures or some light over-clocking.
    Noctua NH-U12S (£49 (£24 more expensive than the Hyper 212 Evo))

    Get this if you'd like to do some light to medium to moderately heavy over-clocking.
    Thermalright Sliver Arrow SB-E Extreme (£64 (£39 more expensive than the Hyper 212 Evo))

    Edit: I would also recommend getting the ASUS nVidia GTX 770 Direct CU II instead of the 660 model. On Amazon UK it's £108 more expensive. If you didn't want any of the upgrades that I suggested above then it will push you £23 over your budget.

    If you do want to upgrade to the GTX 770 you will need a bigger power-supply. A 650W PSU such as the Corsair RM650. This PSU is £7 more expensive.

    If you wanted to save some money as well as upgrade to the ASUS GTX 770 then you could do the following:

    Reduce the size of the Samsing 840 EVO SSD to the 120GB model. Saves £31.
    Down-grade to a lower quality PSU. For example the Corsair CX600M I DO NOT RECCOMEND THIS, HOWEVER! This would save £22.
    Buy a cheaper case. For example the NZXT H630 (White) which is £17 cheaper, but I assume you chose the NZXT Phantom because of its aesthetics.


    Couldn't he run a 760 with a 550W PSU and be fine?
  3. sora said:
    Couldn't he run a 760 with a 550W PSU and be fine?


    nVidia state that a minimum of 500W for a 760 so, yeah he could. Since it's the minimum recommended size then, personally, I'd go for something a bit bigger.

    A power-supply that is slightly bigger than is needed will help reduce. This is because the fans don't need to cool the PSU down as much since the heat output is lower when the amount of power it's putting out is also lower. Follow?

    If the OP would like to over-clock then a 600W would probably be preferred.
  4. Something you could look at,

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Prime SD1484 90.3 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£40.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£113.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£62.90 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.79 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£228.00 @ Aria PC)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£69.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer (£12.76 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£81.14 @ PC World Business)
    Total: £987.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-29 11:35 BST+0100)

    It also keeps the option for sli open.The psu is good for it.
    I used windows 8,it can be upgraded via an update to 8.1.I like it because it imo works just a little bit better than windows 8.1,it's also cheaper.
    The 4690K is almost there,you could keep an eye on that and wait for it,it should be better for overclocking=cooler running.
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