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help on deciding what parts to use in a new pc.

so i am going to build a pc and being a novice i am looking at following KBMOD's $800 build guide http://kbmod.com/2014/07/pc-build-guide-july-2014/ . i am from the uk so it is around £500 but i am not sure what graphics card to get. i am mostly going to use the pc for gaming, i dont need anything super that can run battlefield 3 on ultra or anything, just medium-high with a smooth frame rate, that is key.

on the guide it says a radeon r9 270x, however i always hear that nvidia card are better. being new i have no experience with either and couldnt tell them apart. another reason i am interested in an nvidia card is for the shield streaming, coming from console the pc gaming experience on a controller style portable format really intrigues me. i am also going to try a 3 monitor setup with this pc so the best card that still roughly fits the £500-£600 build price, performs well and can do things i want would be great if you know any?

also i would like to know the best way to get the parts for a pc. by this i mean at what time should i get them. is buying them all at one time and saving up the full price better or gradually purchasing the components over time better? this is kind of important as it will help me plan it out easier. also in which order should buy the parts?

also feel free to list better rig for around the same price if you know of any. also i would like to know why certain things are better that others for future knowledge.

thank you.
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  1. Best answer
    here is a good build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£61.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card (£125.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£30.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£57.17 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£10.41 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.77 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £604.77
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-16 19:59 BST+0100

    I would get AMD for multi monitors and the 270X can handle that whereas the 750 cannot. Instead of spending an extra $350 on a good Nvidia GPU and shield portable, get an xbox 360/1 controller and connect it to the computer. You will get an even more authentic experience. I would get the CPU, GPU, and RAM first then the mobo, PSU, and everything else later. You can also check pcpartpicker for price changes.
  2. mamamia13 said:
    here is a good build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£61.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card (£125.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£30.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£57.17 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£10.41 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.77 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £604.77
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-16 19:59 BST+0100

    I would get AMD for multi monitors and the 270X can handle that whereas the 750 cannot. Instead of spending an extra $350 on a good Nvidia GPU and shield portable, get an xbox 360/1 controller and connect it to the computer. You will get an even more authentic experience. I would get the CPU, GPU, and RAM first then the mobo, PSU, and everything else later. You can also check pcpartpicker for price changes.


    I'd probably choose this build. The R9 270x also outperforms the 750Ti I think.
  3. what cpu cooler would you recommend for this build? also, is it important what r9 270x i get, is there any difference between the sapphire one and the asus ones?
  4. Tjherbert1 said:
    what cpu cooler would you recommend for this build? also, is it important what r9 270x i get, is there any difference between the sapphire one and the asus ones?



    You wouldn't really need a cooler as the stock one is enough as you won't be overclocking. I would get the Asus one as their quality and customer service is amazing. But in the end it s your choice.
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