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Best PC for £900

Hello,

I'll have £900 in 3 months and was wondering what I should buy.

Thanks!
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  1. Does that budget include the operating system, monitor, keyboard, and the mouse? What will be the purpose of this PC?
  2. Another important piece of information you should have given, is, do you want to build it yourself, or looking to buy a pre-built pc from a retailer?
  3. Things change. Come back in 3 months when you're ready to buy.
  4. Eduello said:
    Does that budget include the operating system, monitor, keyboard, and the mouse? What will be the purpose of this PC?

    I have keyboard, monitor, OS and mouse. It's just literally £900 for PC components.

    I'll also be building it myself.
  5. Well as Graphiicz said, things change, but this is what I would get for £900 (includes a wireless adapter if you happen to need it):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£74.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Mushkin 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£389.99 @ Novatech)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.95 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £906.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-06 13:08 BST+0100)

    Note that the CPU in this build can't be overclocked. If you want to be able to overclock the CPU (or if there's something you don't like about the build) I'll adjust the build accordingly.
  6. Eduello said:
    Well as Graphiicz said, things change, but this is what I would get for £900 (includes a wireless adapter if you happen to need it):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£74.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Mushkin 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£389.99 @ Novatech)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.95 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £906.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-06 13:08 BST+0100)

    Note that the CPU in this build can't be overclocked. If you want to be able to overclock the CPU (or if there's something you don't like about the build) I'll adjust the build accordingly.


    I'm not too good with hardware so would the Xeon be better than an i7? I know Xeon's are usually used in servers.
  7. The Xeon E3-1230 V3 is basically an i7-4770 with a few differences:
    1. It supports ECC memory (this is a pro, albeit an useless one).
    2. It has no integrated graphics (doesn't matter since you're going to be using a dedicated GPU anyway).
    3. It's 0.1GHz slower (~3% difference in performance).
    4. It costs about £35 less.
  8. Eduello said:
    The Xeon E3-1230 V3 is basically an i7-4770 with a few differences:
    1. It supports ECC memory (this is a pro, albeit an useless one).
    2. It has no integrated graphics (doesn't matter since you're going to be using a dedicated GPU anyway).
    3. It's 0.1GHz slower (~3% difference in performance).
    4. It costs about £35 less.


    Oh awesome. Would it run every game with high/ultra at 1080p?
  9. Best answer
    Conor Darby said:
    Eduello said:
    The Xeon E3-1230 V3 is basically an i7-4770 with a few differences:
    1. It supports ECC memory (this is a pro, albeit an useless one).
    2. It has no integrated graphics (doesn't matter since you're going to be using a dedicated GPU anyway).
    3. It's 0.1GHz slower (~3% difference in performance).
    4. It costs about £35 less.


    Oh awesome. Would it run every game with high/ultra at 1080p?


    Yes, that setup is definitely capable of doing that.
  10. Eduello said:
    Conor Darby said:
    Eduello said:
    The Xeon E3-1230 V3 is basically an i7-4770 with a few differences:
    1. It supports ECC memory (this is a pro, albeit an useless one).
    2. It has no integrated graphics (doesn't matter since you're going to be using a dedicated GPU anyway).
    3. It's 0.1GHz slower (~3% difference in performance).
    4. It costs about £35 less.


    Oh awesome. Would it run every game with high/ultra at 1080p?


    Yes, that setup is definitely capable of doing that.

    That's great, thanks a lot!
  11. No problem, I'm happy to help :)
  12. Eduello said:
    No problem, I'm happy to help :)


    One more question, I'm planning to develop a game using CryEngine - I've used it before and am a little familiar with it. Would that PC be capable developing a pretty big game, I assume it would be since it can play games at ultra at 1080p.

    Thanks again :)
  13. Yes, I suppose it should be capable of games development although I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to developing games.
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