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July 5, 2014 11:48:37 AM

First build with a view to being a mid range gaming PC...

Motherboard - Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0

CPU - AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core

Power supply - XFX ATX 550 P1550SXXB9

RAM - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Pro Series Red

GPU - ASUS Radeon R9 270x

Have I any obvious issues!? I'm planning to use my current HDD which I think is a WD Caviar Blue 320GB and my CD/DVD drive is a really old Sony one!

Would I need to invest in some cooling or stick with stock? The case I get will be something 'Coolermaster' based for about £50 so I'll make sure it is keeping everything cool.

Opinions welcome :)  ... Anyone had bad experiences with any of this stuff?

Thanks in advance.

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July 5, 2014 11:50:05 AM

What is your budget
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July 5, 2014 11:54:42 AM

mamamia13 said:
What is your budget


£600 max.

I've priced these bad boys out at £500 including £50 for the tower.
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July 5, 2014 12:03:11 PM

You can probably get an r9 280 over the r9 270x, I think it'd be within your budget.

You should get a decent CPU cooler if you don't have one already. The hyper 212 evo isn't horribly expensive and will probably be able to give you a decent overclock while keeping temperatures acceptable.
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July 5, 2014 12:05:13 PM

Here is a better build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.74 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.00 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£59.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£159.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £596.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 5, 2014 12:53:50 PM

Can you explain rather than just saying it is better. It is £100 more so you would expect it to be..

Why is the RAM better in that build?

Why is the PSU better in that build?

Is there much difference in the CPU?
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July 5, 2014 1:00:57 PM

Explanation for that build above:

RAM is RAM. There's nothing different aside from price between brands, at least in my opinion. Maybe there might be warranty differences or something.

Seasonic is arguably the best PSU manufacturer.

CPU is stronger in single threaded applications, which is what most games are. The fx 8350/8320 will do fine in gaming, but the i5 is a stronger CPU when it comes to single threaded applications.
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July 5, 2014 1:15:11 PM

Calnin said:
Explanation for that build above:

RAM is RAM. There's nothing different aside from price between brands, at least in my opinion. Maybe there might be warranty differences or something.

Seasonic is arguably the best PSU manufacturer.

CPU is stronger in single threaded applications, which is what most games are. The fx 8350/8320 will do fine in gaming, but the i5 is a stronger CPU when it comes to single threaded applications.


Ok thanks, it's very helpful for a newbee like me to get the thought behind deciding between different similar components. Thanks for your patience.

Obviously I can see that the GPU is better in your build and for £160 it's fine.. going with an Intel CPU was my original thought but got talked out of it because of the expense... but I'd be spending less on a mobo in your build compared to mine which allows more to spend on a better CPU.

So I'm interested in why the motherboard in my build is about £95 but yours is £65. What am I losing by spending £30 less?

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July 5, 2014 1:23:46 PM

The i5 4690 doesn't overclock, thus you don't need an expensive motherboard. His build would do just fine with a cheap motherboard like that.
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July 5, 2014 1:26:47 PM

Calnin said:
The i5 4690 doesn't overclock, thus you don't need an expensive motherboard. His build would do just fine with a cheap motherboard like that.


Thanks. I probably wouldn't be interested in overclocking just yet anyway, maybe if I get brave!

So I'm ok to stick with a WD blue caviar 320GB hard drive? It's IDE though so I can get some sort of SATA convertor for that? Is that easy?
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July 5, 2014 1:30:23 PM

I have an IDE drive as my main drive, you'll have to buy an adapter for it.

Overclocking isn't a hard thing to do. With the safe measures right now, it's pretty safe.
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July 5, 2014 1:38:37 PM

Calnin said:
I have an IDE drive as my main drive, you'll have to buy an adapter for it.

Overclocking isn't a hard thing to do. With the safe measures right now, it's pretty safe.


So, given a choice between the i5-4590 and the FX 8320.... you'd prefer?
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July 5, 2014 1:47:30 PM

Strictly gaming, go with mamamia13's i5 build.
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July 5, 2014 2:08:06 PM

Calnin said:
Strictly gaming, go with mamamia13's i5 build.


I might want to stream the odd movie!
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July 5, 2014 4:04:24 PM

Movies don't matter. Just any processor is good enough for watching movies.
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