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August 7, 2014 10:39:28 AM

I'm looking to build a gaming/streaming PC on a budget of 500 pounds (But could go a little bit above that if need be). Would love a case that I can at least fit in a luggage with clothes. Any idea what the best intel/Nividia build would be.

Thanks a lot.

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August 7, 2014 10:43:10 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£34.57 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£276.89 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £519.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 18:41 BST+0100

The point of this build would be to overclock the CPU. It's pretty much the best you can do with only £500 in a Micro-ATX build.
Intel Pentium G3258 CPU Review: Haswell, Unlocked, For $75
The Pentium G3258 Cheap Overclocking Experiment

If you need to save a little more, you can get the 2GB version of the graphics card, or even a 4GB GTX 760.

Also, the CPU does come with a cooler, but if you will be overclocking, you will need a better one. If you want, you could use the stock cooler at the normal stock speed and then overclock later when you have saved up enough to get a better cooler.

Note: pcpartpicker says that you will need to remove hard drive bays to make the graphics card fit and that you may need to update the BIOS on the motherboard.
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August 7, 2014 10:51:33 AM

wolverine96 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£34.57 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£276.89 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £519.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 18:41 BST+0100

The point of this build would be to overclock the CPU. It's pretty much the best you can do with only £500 in a Micro-ATX build.
Intel Pentium G3258 CPU Review: Haswell, Unlocked, For $75
The Pentium G3258 Cheap Overclocking Experiment

If you need to save a little more, you can get the 2GB version of the graphics card, or even a 4GB GTX 760.

Also, the CPU does come with a cooler, but if you will be overclocking, you will need a better one. If you want, you could use the stock cooler at the normal stock speed and then overclock later when you have saved up enough to get a better cooler.

Note: pcpartpicker says that you will need to remove hard drive bays to make the graphics card fit and that you may need to update the BIOS on the motherboard.


Shouldn't I go for a better motherboard and graphics card? Willing to go above the 500 pounds mark if I have to.
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August 7, 2014 10:52:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FPLDQ7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FPLDQ7/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£100.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£40.85 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £473.84
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August 7, 2014 10:56:36 AM

woltej1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FPLDQ7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FPLDQ7/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£100.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£40.85 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £473.84


Its still okay to go for an Intel Core i5 right and any idea on a cooler?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 7, 2014 10:58:52 AM

If you want an i5, it's going to be another £30-50.

Here's another build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4350 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£100.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£59.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£204.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £529.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 19:04 BST+0100
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August 7, 2014 11:10:07 AM

wolverine96 said:
If you want an i5, it's going to be another £30-50.

Here's another build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4350 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£100.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£59.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£204.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£21.23 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £529.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 19:04 BST+0100


What do you think about the motherboard woltej1 mentioned.
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August 7, 2014 12:13:38 PM

DDRAIN said:
wolverine96 said:
Looks okay, however I would rather get an H97 or H87 board:
http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/154242-on-a-tight-b...


Also is there any other case you can recommend in which I don't have to change anything.


I looked at the manufacturers page and it looks like you actually won't have to remove the hard drive bays. They are located directly under the optical bay, and out of the way of the graphics card:

This case actually has a lot of features that are really really nice! I think I have a new favorite compact Micro-ATX case!
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August 7, 2014 12:16:44 PM

wolverine96 said:
DDRAIN said:
wolverine96 said:
Looks okay, however I would rather get an H97 or H87 board:
http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/154242-on-a-tight-b...


Also is there any other case you can recommend in which I don't have to change anything.


I looked at the manufacturers page and it looks like you actually won't have to remove the hard drive bays. They are located directly under the optical bay, and out of the way of the graphics card:

This case actually has a lot of features that are really really nice! I think I have a new favorite compact Micro-ATX case!


cool. So what cooler would you recommend?
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August 7, 2014 12:40:11 PM

The maximum height for the CPU cooler is 140mm.

Here's an inexpensive one that looks okay:
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCKTN-4000 55.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£27.82 @ Amazon UK)

And here's a better one, but it costs more:
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£42.94 @ Ebuyer)

I would for sure buy the Noctua one, even if you have to wait a few months longer to get another £43 to spare.
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August 7, 2014 12:43:45 PM

wolverine96 said:
The maximum height for the CPU cooler is 140mm.

Here's an inexpensive one that looks okay:
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCKTN-4000 55.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£27.82 @ Amazon UK)

And here's a better one, but it costs more:
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£42.94 @ Ebuyer)

I would for sure buy the Noctua one, even if you have to wait a few months longer to get another £43 to spare.


So I would be able to run and streams game with this build, with minimal difficulty?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 7, 2014 3:19:15 PM

I'm not experienced with streaming, per se, but I am sure your PC will be fine.

(Streaming is playing games with other people over the internet, right? Games that take a lot of graphics power, that is.)
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August 7, 2014 3:38:05 PM

wolverine96 said:
I'm not experienced with streaming, per se, but I am sure your PC will be fine.

(Streaming is playing games with other people over the internet, right? Games that take a lot of graphics power, that is.)


Not really. Its actually playing a game and running it through a live feed for people to watch online. Like what gamers do at twitch.
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August 7, 2014 3:51:59 PM

Aah. Well, like I said, I don't really have experience with this, but just by thinking about it I'm guessing the CPU carries a lot of weight in this situation. It has to run the game, record the screen, and send that video live over the internet. Therefore, you might want to wait a little longer and save up for an i5.

As for the graphics card, I think the GTX 760 4GB would be plenty. Definitely get the 4GB version!
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August 7, 2014 3:54:40 PM

wolverine96 said:
Aah. Well, like I said, I don't really have experience with this, but just by thinking about it I'm guessing the CPU carries a lot of weight in this situation. It has to run the game, record the screen, and send that video live over the internet. Therefore, you might want to wait a little longer and save up for an i5.

As for the graphics card, I think the GTX 760 4GB would be plenty. Definitely get the 4GB version!


Thanks, and if I can I'll go for and i7
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August 8, 2014 12:53:01 PM

wolverine96 said:
Aah. Well, like I said, I don't really have experience with this, but just by thinking about it I'm guessing the CPU carries a lot of weight in this situation. It has to run the game, record the screen, and send that video live over the internet. Therefore, you might want to wait a little longer and save up for an i5.

As for the graphics card, I think the GTX 760 4GB would be plenty. Definitely get the 4GB version!


why get the 4gb card? what advantage will it give him?
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August 8, 2014 8:49:44 PM

woltej1 said:

why get the 4gb card? what advantage will it give him?


Well, I guess I can see what you mean.

Have a look at this; it explains the main differences between the cards:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2017570/geforce-...

So basically, save a little more for a 2GB 770, or simply get the 2GB 760 if you have one 1080p monitor and don't care about maybe having to turn down the texture settings in newer games, you don't plan to SLI, etc. (By the way, the motherboard I recommended can't SLI anyway.)
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