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January 3, 2013 3:04:18 PM

Hey guys I’m looking to build a fairly high spec computer as I’m on a game development course at university, I’ve got more of a focus on coding so I want it to compile fast but I do touch on other areas such as modelling. I need something that processes fast and displays decently, in other words a computer not only to play games on but to develop games with too. I will be working with Unreal Engine 4 when it comes out and that’s a pretty damn high spec thing to run.

I’ve never built a computer before but I’ve done some research and I’ve posted some components I think would suit me below (I’m pretty clueless on what PSU and Motherboard I need though). I also need a Wi-Fi adaptor or some sort because I can’t get wired internet in my room. And a friend suggested I get an SSD to put windows on if that’s worth it? Amazon seems to be pretty much the cheapest for all components.

My budget would ideally be between £500-£700 but it can extend up to £1000 if it really needs to, wouldn’t want to spend that much though unless there is some essential must have things.

Oh and it can you tell me if all of these specs would work together currently?

Thanks for your help :) 

Total current price: £562

PCPartPicker link: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vDnK (not including psu,disk drive or wireless network card)

Graphics card:
Sapphire 11200-07-20G Graphics Card (2GB, HD7850, GDDR5) £150


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11200-07-20G-Graphics-...


CPU:

AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor (4.0/4.2GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed) £150

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX8350-Edition-Processor-4-...

Motherboard:

AsRock 970 Extreme3 Motherboard £60

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-970-EXTREME3-Extreme3-Mo... 8&sr=8-3

Case:

Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Tower Case - Black (ATX, M-ATX, 7 Expansion Slots, Supports Bottom PSU Installation, Upto 7 System Fans, Tool Free HDD Installation) £45

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zalman-Z9-Plus-Midi-Tower/dp/B0... id=1357204874&sr=1-4

PSU:

CiT 750W Power Supply Unit with PSU and Dual 12V Rails - Black Edition £35

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-750W-Power-Supply-Rails/dp/... id=1357205282&sr=1-7

RAM:

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B LP Vengeance Memory 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Two Module Kit £35

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8...7202800&sr=1-2

Harddrive:

Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM – OEM £57

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-HD103SJ-internal-SATAII... id=1357203541&sr=1-4

DVD/Blu-ray Drive:

Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x Internal SATA DVD Drive £20

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DRW-24B5ST-Internal-SATA-D...

Network facility card:

TP-Link TL-WN781ND 150Mbps Wireless PCI Express Adapter £10

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WN781ND-150Mbps-Wire... 6&sr=8-1
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 4:52:04 PM

That should work well , except the power supply which looks horrible .
Use only 80+ bronze or better rated power supplies .

One thing you dont mention is a graphics card . You will need one of those to run that computer .
Size your power supply based on the graphics card using
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

An SSD as a boot drive can help load and boot times a lot , but its not essential .
January 3, 2013 5:06:26 PM

The graphics card was mentioned as a 7850. I would suggest a 7950 for the competative pricing and longevity.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 10:48:43 PM

This is a really decent computer, with an i7, it will easily suit your needs.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vK66
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vK66/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vK66/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£243.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.96 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£140.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£126.86 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1018.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 00:48 GMT+0000)
January 4, 2013 1:29:51 AM

Thanks very much for the replies guys, I've taken a look at 80 plus bronze PSU's and I've found a Corsair CX750 for £70.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CX750-Builder-Series-Br...

Only problem is I don't think its modular but that isn't too much of a problem is it? Found another Corsair TX750V2 PSU thats modular but thats £90, don't think it's worth an extra £20 to be honest.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-TX750V2-Enthusiast-Seri...

I've looked into SSD's found a Crucial 128GB M4 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 inch Internal Solid State Drive for £78, bit pricey but I think it's worth it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-128GB-Internal-Solid-St...



Finally in regards to the I7 computer, it certaintly looks good but £1000 is the top end of my budget and really isn't ideal I think I would prefer an AMD based computer as it's cheaper and does the same job.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 4:11:17 AM

You dont need a 750 watt psu . You need a 500 watt psu .

If you use the newer antec 300 two all of the unused power leads will sit behind the motherboard out of the way ,
January 4, 2013 10:37:53 AM

Are you sure I only need a 500 watt psu? The specification on my graphics card says it needs 500 wats alone nevermind the rest of the computer. Wattage: (under product specifications)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11200-07-20G-Graphics-...

And yes I think the antec 300 case looks good I think I will get that.
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