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Which of these three builds is better for gaming?

Hello, so am finally moving from a toster to a decent PC, and here are the three builds that have been suggested to me:
Build #1 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/WTzr6X
Build #2 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Xgd29W
Build #3 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/DxWCbj

I have been told many different things by different people, that I do not even know what to do anymore. I've been told that the I3-6100 CPU will bottleneck the GTX 950, that a stock cooler won't be enough, that I should go for the I3-4--- ( can't remember what it was ) as it will save me money if I eventually upgrade to an I5. My budget is 450 pounds in the UK.

Many thanks for the help, as I am currently lost.
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  1. Ask a hundred people and you'll get a hundred different answers. Truth is, all three builds will work and are all more or less the same. An i3 paired with a GTX 950 will give roughly the same performance regardless of the generation or motherboard or RAM. The i3 will not bottleneck a GTX 950 and the stock cooler is more than adequate. I tweaked these three builds a little to give you what I think is the best value and quality. A kit of RAM rather than a single stick, so it runs in dual channel, and a better quality PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: MSI H110M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£45.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card (£114.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Aerocool DS Cube Black/White Silent Cube MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£46.04 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.19 @ CCL Computers)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter (£24.94 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £439.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-17 19:46 BST+0100
  2. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/jsWsZ8

    There really isn't any need to upgrade the CPU to thing you should upgrade is the GPU or RAM on my build
  3. WiiUMasterGman said:
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/jsWsZ8

    There really isn't any need to upgrade the CPU to thing you should upgrade is the GPU or RAM on my build


    In terms of RAM, I think that 8GB will be enough for me, as I do not plan to host any big servers or anything, and in terms of the GPU, I was thinking of the 750 Ti, as it is similarly priced to the GTX 950, however, after talking with a couple of people, I decided to go for the GTX 950.
  4. Ok. Well there isn't much of a performance difference but there is a big price gap. I suggest going with the 750ti but if you really want to go with the 950
  5. So currently, the build looks like this - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/pzDvnn . Any improvements I could make ? I talked with people and they said that everything is fine :)
  6. The XFX TS PSU is a little better quality but either will be fine. It's a solid build.
  7. BadActor said:
    The XFX TS PSU is a little better quality but either will be fine. It's a solid build.


    I've never heard of XFX, and I heard that the Corsair PSU that I have put in is a great overall PSU, so I'd rather not risk it :)

    Is the motherboard alright ?
  8. Best answer
    The motherboard is fine. Corsair makes some really good PSU and some not so good PSU's, just like most of the manufacturers. The brand name alone isn't what separates a "good" PSU from one that's not so good. It depends on the exact model, the design, which OEM is building it, quality of components used, etc. The XFX is based on the Seasonic S12 platform, a proven good quality PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

    Edit - I think you might have meant EVGA, but still applies.
  9. Still recommend the 750ti because it's cheaper and not too big of a performance difference
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