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I have never build a desktop or any pc before so i am new to all of this. Below is a list of parts I would like to use but they can be changed to cheaper alternatives. I have also included windows 8.1 and office in the price, my main questions are:

1. My build currently comes to £862.63, can i build a decent gaming pc for £800 or less?
2. I haven't considered thermal paste, could you please advice me on the best paste to use?
3. Will i need a sound card or will that be integrated into the motherboard?
4. Will i need a Wifi card or will that be integrated into the motherboard?

Components (hardware):
Processor: Intel i5-4690k (£146.74 @ NewEgg) - changed
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 (£81 @ NewEgg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz (£46.95 @ NewEgg)
Graphics Card: Gigabyte 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 (£152.61 @ NewEgg)
Storage (SSD): Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch (£55.99 @ Amazon)
Storage (HDD): 1TB Western Digital Black (£40.31 @ Amazon) - changed
Optical Disk Drive: LiteOn 24x SATA DVD RW (£13.99 @ Amazon) - changed
Power Supply: XFX P1-650X-XXB9 (£67.95 @ amazon) - changed
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm) (£20.54 @ NewEgg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 PC Case (£64.98 @ Amazon)

Operating System/Software:
Windows 8.1 64bit OEM (£69.37 @ Scan)
Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student (£65.99 @ VegasCart)

Total Price: £825.92

Please advice me on alternative parts for cheaper that would still make a quality home/gaming pc
Thank you for reading and any advice or help
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  1. For your PSU, i'd suggest maybe consider this one: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650xxxb9

    Or if budget is a problem: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550gts3x

    you don't really need an i7 for gaming. An i5 would do just fine. And if you do want the an i7, you can consider a xeon 1230v3. I'd suggest maybe get an i5 if you want to bring the price down. As of right now, I believe the difference in gaming performance is minimal.

    If you're not getting an overclockable chip (a non-k series chip) you can go with an H97/H87 motherboard if you want. I believe SLI/Crossfire would be the only difference.

    Also if you're not getting an overclockable chip, you don't really need the CPU cooler. You can take that off if you want.

    Graphics card wise, its a good card and depending on the what games you're playing considering an r9 280 would be alright also.

    In regards to your questions:

    Thermal paste: I don't think it would make too much of a difference if you're not overclocking.

    Sound card: Motherboard sound is just fine.

    Wifi card: You'll probably have to buy one separately if you want wireless. Otherwise if you're running a wired cable, the motherboard should have one.
  2. Change the i7 to and i5 and then get a gtx 770 instead and change psu to xfx or seasonic
  3. Thanks for the replies, why is i7 not better than i5 for gaming and also what is the difference between z97 and h97 motherboard?
  4. Basically if you had a bigger budget you could fit the i7 in but it wont help you in gaming now maybe in the future so save 100$ and spend it on a better gpu
    And for the mobo the z97 is for overclocking, well since you didnt pick the K series cpu there is no point in getting a z97 board since you cant overcloxk that cpu. The h97 is for non overclocking build
  5. In gaming, the i7 is practically an i5 with hyperthreading. Not many games really utilize hyperthreading as far as I know. I could be wrong. The i5's price point vs the i7 for the performance gain isn't really worth it either. Wendeng's point about budget also stands. If you have the budget for it, might as well, but if you're on a lower budget, it's better to just stay with an i5 because the single thread performance is practically the same.

    The i7 is more for systems that go for video editing/3d rendering/etc. currently.
  6. Thanks for the help, I have changed the CPU, PSU and some other items to cheaper ones on the list in my original post. I have decided to change the CPU to an i5 k version in case i want to overclock in the future and kept the z97 motherboard. I didn't know whether to go with an i5-4670k or i5-4690k, which is better?
  7. Best answer
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/owismail/saved/8h66Mp here is a build for 800$ ( less than £800) i focused more on the GPU, it's a beast, but the CPU still good, with a watercooling. this built will play latest games on high/ultra with a minimum of 40fps.
  8. Thanks for all the help, the list in my original post is what i plan to go with. Will everything be compatible or is there anything which could cause problems?
  9. No its good
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