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£600-700 Gaming PC Build (UK)

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July 22, 2014 2:42:02 AM

New to gaming rig building. Need suggestions on specs for an entire build including OS. No monitor needed. Not looking to play anything particularly cumbersome or straining (i.e. BF/heavily modded Skyrim), but looking to play games like Civ 5, Sims 4 on release, and WoW.

Any suggestions are welcome. I want this thread to become a discussion of what would be the best overall machine in my budget, rather than a heated argument over specific parts.

Thanks to all in advance!!

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July 22, 2014 2:46:19 AM

Any particular retailers you want your parts from? Do you need peripherals (mouse, Keyboard)?
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July 22, 2014 3:02:50 AM

So I dont know of any EU specific pc part retailer so I just left it as is from the websites pcpartpicker.com suggest since most ship internationally. £700 is around $940 so heres this build. Also you didnt answer whether mouse+keyboard was needed so I didnt include. Also idk how to change prices to Euros so again I left as is.

This'll play any of the games you mentioned with flying colors and can even play newer AAA games like BF4 near ultra settings 60fps at 1080p (Can run on Ultra but drops to 40-60fps). And includes SSD for your OS and a few games that you play consistently. As well as a decent Mobo and CPU cooler which can handle mild OC if wanted

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9Vyt6

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July 22, 2014 3:09:29 AM

Something like this would be nice.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nztbTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nztbTW/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£124.98 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.28 @ More Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.80 @ Kustom PCs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£169.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ More Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.18 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £625.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 11:09 BST+0100
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2014 3:13:40 AM

camohanna said:
Something like this would be nice.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nztbTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nztbTW/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£124.98 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.28 @ More Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.80 @ Kustom PCs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£169.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ More Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.18 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £625.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 11:09 BST+0100


I like this build a lot
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2014 3:16:30 AM

My take on this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.80 @ Kustom PCs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£299.15 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon 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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£36.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £708.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 11:15 BST+0100
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2014 3:33:35 AM

Eduello that's a haswell refresh CPU with a H81 board.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H97M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£70.14 @ PC World Business)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.18 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£173.70 @ More Computers)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ More Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.18 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £649.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 11:31 BST+0100
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2014 3:39:05 AM

Yeah, but that board supports it after a BIOS update, and most boards tend to ship with the latest BIOS.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2014 3:47:59 AM

Eduello said:
Yeah, but that board supports it after a BIOS update, and most boards tend to ship with the latest BIOS.


It's true but you're gambling that the supplier's stock of that board left the factory after May 2014, so I try not to recommend x8x boards in haswell refresh builds just in case.
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