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My first gaming pc build, thoughts? (£650 budget)

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August 9, 2014 8:20:36 AM

Hi everyone, I'm planning on building a gaming PC on a budget of about £650.

This is what I think I'm going to to for: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/yQLP8d

But I thought I'd get people's second opinions on the compatibility of the parts and whether it's good value for the money before I went ahead and started building it.

It'd be great if you guys could give your thoughts on the build.

Cheers :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2014 9:04:54 AM

Had to change the CPU for a 6300 to stay within the 650 GBP, change PSU to have more room, changed GPU for the MSI that comes with higher clock speed and a slight cheaper, changed ram for one of better price/performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.10 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.49 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.98 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ 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 (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.74 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £649.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 17:03 BST+0100
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August 9, 2014 10:46:19 AM

6R1M01R3 said:
Had to change the CPU for a 6300 to stay within the 650 GBP, change PSU to have more room, changed GPU for the MSI that comes with higher clock speed and a slight cheaper, changed ram for one of better price/performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.10 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.49 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.98 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ 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 (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.74 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £649.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 17:03 BST+0100


Hey thanks for the reply :)  Would it necessary for me to go for the 650W power supply or could I manage with the 550?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2014 11:28:17 AM

humanhugh said:
6R1M01R3 said:
Had to change the CPU for a 6300 to stay within the 650 GBP, change PSU to have more room, changed GPU for the MSI that comes with higher clock speed and a slight cheaper, changed ram for one of better price/performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.10 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.49 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.98 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ 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 (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.74 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £649.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 17:03 BST+0100


Hey thanks for the reply :)  Would it necessary for me to go for the 650W power supply or could I manage with the 550?


The 770 alone draws 230 watts and the 6300 around 100 watts, while with 550 you would be theoretically within a safe range, I wouldn't test my luck and kill my hardware. It also leaves you short in terms of upgrades, with 550 watts you wouldn't be able to change for a more powerful GPU in the future.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2014 8:51:09 PM

I would get a 650W or 750W power supply to absolutely leave some upgrade space and be safe.
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