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July 3, 2014 12:31:28 PM

Hello friends, heard this is a great place for questions about computers and hardware, so here we go:


Budget: 600£ +- 50£

Purchase date: probably this week

System usage: Games like rust/dayz/lol/sc2/ect as well as everyday casual usage

parts preference
1) would prefer intel cpu (more options for upgrade in the future given mb connection ? )
2) might consider buying a second monitor later on (DO NOT INCLUDE MONITOR IN BUILD). will be used for work and disabled. Gaming on single monitor. just wondering about connections to GPU
3) I am thinking about buying SSD ~240gb instead of hdd because ssd is nice, but im compact with space and don't need hundreds of GB of space.

do not need no monitor/mouse/keyboard/OS/ just the 'box'. Given future overclocking should I consider a separate cooler and some paste ?

Location UK mainland

Additional info Would prefer my tower not to make too much noise , also I have little knowledge about computer hardware and have never built a system myself. So my preferences might not make any sense - please let me know.


Thanks in advance to everyone's efforts

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a c 283 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 1:00:01 PM

This should do more than well:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£76.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£159.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £647.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

EDIT: Just add the cheapest DVD-drive you can find (I forgot that in my build).
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July 3, 2014 4:02:20 PM

Thank you for suggestion, Eduello. Any other suggestions, comments on Eduello's build ??
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July 4, 2014 7:00:37 AM

Any other opinions towards more ~ 600ish ?
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a c 283 4 Gaming
July 4, 2014 7:14:13 AM

Just a bit cheaper case and no CPU cooler (you can add that later). Also includes the DVD-drive this time:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£76.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£159.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £616.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 4, 2014 7:39:45 AM

thanks again for your quick response !

Do you think it would be a idea worth considering if we cut ~ 30pounds from cpu and add to gpu for something like Msi R9 280x ? is there a considerable difference between 280 and 280x ?

The only reasoning behind my thoughts is that I've heard that a most expensive component in gaming pc should be gpu ? or is it a silly rule to follow ?

EDIT: do you think I should consider a some kind of case cooler ? or they come built in ? Because now if I understand correctly the only will be aftermarket one for cpu and the ones on gpu ?
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a c 283 4 Gaming
July 4, 2014 7:51:12 AM

Most cases will come with fans of their own, so no need to worry about that.

Generally it would be a good idea to spend more on the GPU than the CPU, but to do that you'll need to either get a non-overclockable CPU, or go AMD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£100.69 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£79.19 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£76.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£203.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £612.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 4, 2014 8:03:00 AM

Right.. I will do some read on overclocking and reconsider the benefits of it . Thank you vm! ( or I could just add £ 40 to the budget for gpu )

EDIT: considering im going with 280x what non overclockable cpu would be a decent choice ? ( the motherboard should be different as well ? )
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a c 283 4 Gaming
July 4, 2014 8:28:49 AM

Non-overclocking build from Intel:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£57.23 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.61 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£76.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£203.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £610.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 4, 2014 12:31:30 PM

I am finally considering going with the build Eduello first recommended just swapping Gpu with R9 280x , and power supply to 650w.
Skipping on optical drive since it has been years since the last time i used cd's and I might also skip on off market cooler until i decide to overclock.

Final build looks like this:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/f6FFK8) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/f6FFK8/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690...) | £155.94 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97p...) | £87.60 @ Scan.co.uk
**Memory** | [Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tlbd38g1600...) | £55.61 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-d...) | £76.80 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xga...) | £203.14 @ Scan.co.uk
**Case** | [NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210002) | £31.18 @ Scan.co.uk
**Power Supply** | [XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650x...) | £60.06 @ CCL Computers
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | £670.33

would appreciate any final comments/suggestions on this build (maybe some part isn't really necessary, ect. ?)


EDIT: going with corsair memory due to more reliable brand/reviews ( http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m... )
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July 4, 2014 3:40:52 PM

I have just noticed that in pcpartpicker website under my build it says that this NZXT case is not compatible with selected motherboard and GPU. should I pay attention to this ?
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a c 283 4 Gaming
July 4, 2014 3:50:27 PM

The warning about the case and motherboard simply means that the case doesn't have USB slots on the front, whereas the motherboard would have the connectors for those. The warning about the GPU means that you have to remove some of the drive cages in order to fit the GPU in the case.

If you're worried about it, you can spend a bit more for a bit larger case: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r
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