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HELP: £500 gaming build improvements/problems???

This is my first gaming build and I'd like to play games like the upcoming COD and FIFA at medium settings
(1600x900 monitor at 60Hz optimal)

£500 budget so any additions/upgrades/removals are welcome


Do I need a CPU cooler/thermal compound or will the fans be OK to cool the system???

Is everything compatible???


Here's my build:

PCPartPicker part list /
Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.76)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.32)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.17)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.31 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£100.24)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.26 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£70.98)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case (£37.98)
Case Fans: Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack) (£12.97)
Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap (£3.53)
Total: £492.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 16:13 BST+0100


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  1. Best answer
    Hamilton_1 said:
    This is my first gaming build and I'd like to play games like the upcoming COD and FIFA at medium settings
    (1600x900 monitor at 60Hz optimal)

    £500 budget so any additions/upgrades/removals are welcome


    Do I need a CPU cooler/thermal compound or will the fans be OK to cool the system???

    Is everything compatible???


    Here's my build:

    PCPartPicker part list /
    Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.76)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.32)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.17)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.31 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£100.24)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.26 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£70.98)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case (£37.98)
    Case Fans: Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack) (£12.97)
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap (£3.53)
    Total: £492.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 16:13 BST+0100


    Thanks


    This is a slightly better alternate:

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/bPdH4D

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£49.86 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.46 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card (£217.57 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.04 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £499.06
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 17:04 BST+0100

    You will only need a CPU cooler if you plan to Overclock which this CPU it perfectly capable of. The fans you picked were also fine, but a personal preference of mine are the corsair fans.

    Hope this helps :)
  2. The_Freeman said:
    Hamilton_1 said:
    This is my first gaming build and I'd like to play games like the upcoming COD and FIFA at medium settings
    (1600x900 monitor at 60Hz optimal)

    £500 budget so any additions/upgrades/removals are welcome


    Do I need a CPU cooler/thermal compound or will the fans be OK to cool the system???

    Is everything compatible???


    Here's my build:

    PCPartPicker part list /
    Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.76)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.32)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.17)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.31 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£100.24)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.26 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£70.98)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case (£37.98)
    Case Fans: Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack) (£12.97)
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap (£3.53)
    Total: £492.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 16:13 BST+0100


    Thanks


    This is a slightly better alternate:

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/bPdH4D

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£49.86 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.46 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card (£217.57 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.04 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £499.06
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 17:04 BST+0100

    You will only need a CPU cooler if you plan to Overclock which this CPU it perfectly capable of. The fans you picked were also fine, but a personal preference of mine are the corsair fans.

    Hope this helps :)

    Wouldn't getting the G.Skill Ripjaws RAM save a bit of money?
  3. sora said:
    The_Freeman said:
    Hamilton_1 said:
    This is my first gaming build and I'd like to play games like the upcoming COD and FIFA at medium settings
    (1600x900 monitor at 60Hz optimal)

    £500 budget so any additions/upgrades/removals are welcome


    Do I need a CPU cooler/thermal compound or will the fans be OK to cool the system???

    Is everything compatible???


    Here's my build:

    PCPartPicker part list /
    Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.76)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.32)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.17)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.31 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£100.24)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.26 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£70.98)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case (£37.98)
    Case Fans: Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack) (£12.97)
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap (£3.53)
    Total: £492.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 16:13 BST+0100


    Thanks


    This is a slightly better alternate:

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/bPdH4D

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£49.86 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.46 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card (£217.57 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.04 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £499.06
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 17:04 BST+0100

    You will only need a CPU cooler if you plan to Overclock which this CPU it perfectly capable of. The fans you picked were also fine, but a personal preference of mine are the corsair fans.

    Hope this helps :)

    Wouldn't getting the G.Skill Ripjaws RAM save a bit of money?



    Are you sure that power supply is high enough watts?
  4. CameronRock98 said:
    sora said:
    The_Freeman said:
    Hamilton_1 said:
    This is my first gaming build and I'd like to play games like the upcoming COD and FIFA at medium settings
    (1600x900 monitor at 60Hz optimal)

    £500 budget so any additions/upgrades/removals are welcome


    Do I need a CPU cooler/thermal compound or will the fans be OK to cool the system???

    Is everything compatible???


    Here's my build:

    PCPartPicker part list /
    Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.76)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.32)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.17)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.31 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£100.24)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.26 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£70.98)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£12.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case (£37.98)
    Case Fans: Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack) (£12.97)
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap (£3.53)
    Total: £492.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 16:13 BST+0100


    Thanks


    This is a slightly better alternate:

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/bPdH4D

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£70.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£49.86 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.46 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card (£217.57 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.04 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £499.06
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 17:04 BST+0100

    You will only need a CPU cooler if you plan to Overclock which this CPU it perfectly capable of. The fans you picked were also fine, but a personal preference of mine are the corsair fans.

    Hope this helps :)

    Wouldn't getting the G.Skill Ripjaws RAM save a bit of money?



    Are you sure that power supply is high enough watts?

    I think that a 500W power supply should be sufficient.
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