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Budget Gaming / Media PC for the 'Man Room'

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September 13, 2012 3:45:11 AM

Hi,

First post, but I thought that this would be the best forum to come for some well informed advice.

I have recently moved in to my first house, and am in the process of kitting out the 'man room'. I am looking for a PC that will happily connect to NAS for home media streaming as well as something powerful enough to play games - Skyrim, X3 etc, as well as being fairly capable of playing later titles at decent settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few months.

Budget Range: £400 - £450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes :( 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Dabs, any reccomendations

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire UK.

Parts Preferences: best value for money. I tend to look for quality and positive recommendations first.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Using a Samsung 32" TV, native resolution, 1366 x 768


I have created an Amazon wishlist for what I would build with no advice, however the last PC I built was about five years ago, and I have been using laptops ever since, so I am completely out of synch with the current hardware market.

The Amazon wish list is:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1U2T5PG3HOE5J

With current prices, this totals around £530 inc. postage.

Anything that you guys would change / extras that I may have missed out?

Thanks!

Edit - Prices
September 13, 2012 4:48:27 AM

intel cpu are better for gaming. myself i look at the g800 or a i3-3220. the i3-3220 max output is 50-60w. so is run cooler in smaller cases. for the video card try hold off for two-three weeks.. new nvidia cards are going to drop and amd on other tech web pages are going to drop prices on there cards. may be able to get a faster card for the same price as the card you have now. if i was building a gaming rig i drop money for at least a 660 gpu or the 78xx line. the lower end 550-560 cards are fine for movies..but not for games.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...
look at there test bed it an i5 so that they dont bottle neck the game. i3 and lower end card should be fine.
September 13, 2012 8:01:46 PM

Thanks for the advice.

I think I may save up a little longer for an unlocked i5 3570k and hope that the price of the GTX 660 comes down below £150 when the latest batch of cards are released.

If I could get a decent spec for under £500 that would be great.
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September 13, 2012 8:29:44 PM

Ok, so I have updated my Amazon list with;

CPU: i5 3570k

Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo

MB: MSI B75MA-P45 Intel B75

RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Red 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel

GPU: PNY GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB

Unfortunately the total now comes to £665.24, about £160 over what I would like to pay.

Can anybody suggest a build with similar performance at around £500?
September 13, 2012 8:35:13 PM

Get lower profile ram, I'd get a Z77 chipset too but it's extra, check my sig link, I have a £500 rig there!
September 13, 2012 8:53:14 PM

Yeah, I guess the cpu and ram are a bit overkill if I'm being budget concious.

Much prefer the coolermaster case, and an i3 CPU should suffice my needs.

At current prices, my new list makes £530. Hopefully in the next couple of months I could £500 and get a pretty powerful machine. :) 
September 13, 2012 8:54:43 PM

You don't need the extra SATA cable - your motherboard should come with at least 3 - 4. And then I'd personally go with H77 over B75 as you get a bit more headroom for future expansion - otherwise pretty much everything looks good.
September 13, 2012 9:06:48 PM

Avatar84 said:
This MB look good?

Biostar H77MU3 H77 Socket 1155
http://www.ebuyer.com/366091-biostar-h77mu3-h77-socket-...

I can't forsee needing a full size board, as I would probably upgrade a single GPU rather than go the SLI/Crossfire route. :p 


If you go with my £525 build, then take the 7850 off, you can then use the £160 for a discrete card, and put it into a tiny HTPC case!

EDIT: My choice of boards are in this order, Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, ASrock, then say Biostar, I certainly would rather get a different manufature..
September 13, 2012 9:17:13 PM

Avatar84 said:
This MB look good?

Biostar H77MU3 H77 Socket 1155
http://www.ebuyer.com/366091-biostar-h77mu3-h77-socket-...

I can't forsee needing a full size board, as I would probably upgrade a single GPU rather than go the SLI/Crossfire route. :p 


If you're getting a full size case, get a full size board. You don't want to limit your expansion opportunities in the future. This is a bit more but is a full size board: http://www.ebuyer.com/363746-asus-p8h77-v-le-z77-socket...
September 13, 2012 9:28:43 PM

Yeah, as pretty as SFF cases are, I think I would prefer staying with a slightly bigger case in terms of future upgrades.

I am planning on using a nettop for a HTPC with XBMC for the living room, but that's for another forum! :p 

Good advice on the larger Asus board :) , gives the PC a little more overhead to upgrade to an unlocked i5 or even i7 in the future.

Think I may have done it!
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/hmyx

EDIT - Link


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