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June 29, 2013 5:30:36 AM

Hi all. This is thread to ask for some broad advice about building myself a new computer for the first time. I have used the template thing below for how to ask for advice. The major points to make are that this is going to be a year long project and also that I want the finished product to be an extremely good gaming computer (ROME 2 or ARMA 3 capable of ultra graphics) that will last 5 years or so without need for upgrade.

My current build was custom built for me by my brother as a present. I forget exactly how old it is but its about 5 years old. It has sadly begun to age. Its specs are below:

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System Information
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OS: window 7 64-bit
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E1400 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 2 gigabytes. (ATI)
PSU: cooler master 460W (I think)
Motherboard: ASRock Penryn1600SLI-110dB
Case: It looks like the Coolermaster Elite 330U but minus a side fan grill.

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Ok so this is the template I have filled out:


    I would like the Build to be completed within a year.
    My budget range is simply save money until I get whatever part I want
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.
    Are you buying a monitor: Maybe
    Do you need to buy OS: No
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have only really looked at ebuyer but any other suggestions are appreciated
    Location: Somerset in the U.K.
    Parts Preferences: None (I know little about the reputation of brands)
    Overclocking: Yes (I don't know how but will cross that bridge later)
    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I will not be using multiple monitors so is there any point?)
    Your Monitor Resolution: I currently have a Samsung Sync Master 2333HD but I would like a computer and monitor (preferably TV) that can run games in very high resolution.
    Additional Comments: I would want the mobo and case to have a good fan controller with temp gauges etc. Also I would like a case that can cool very efficiently with fans but also be capable of liquid cooling if I can find money to pay for that also.
    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current custom build can no longer run the games I want it to very well. For example in ARMA 3 beta on lowest graphics I commonly get less than 20 fps as soon as there's an explosion.


So my questions I suppose are:


    How much should I expect to spend with those expectations? (preferably in £)
    What are the most highly regarded brands for each component?
    What component should I buy first (the one that I should base the whole sytem around)
    Is there something cheap I can buy to make my current system survive on life support for the rest of the year?
    Is my current GPU good enough to keep in the next system?
    What size PSU should I get for a highly demanding system?
    Is there really any point in using SLI if I'm not using multiple monitors?
    Will I require water cooling?
    Im sure I will find some more questions later to edit in.


Lastly thanks very much for any help, I really appreciate it. I only found this site last week but its been a great help.

Ps sorry for the long lists but the bullet pointing doesn't seem to be working.
a b C Monitor
June 29, 2013 6:05:31 AM

Buy everything at once if you have the money.

How much do you want to save up ?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£73.11 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£166.40 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£48.46 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£51.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.04 @ Aria PC)
Total: £596.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 14:10 BST+0100)



1k build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£187.98 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£116.34 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.97 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£315.32 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.04 @ Aria PC)
Cpu cooler: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Quiet-Dark-Rock-Cooler/dp/B0...(£68.00)

Total: £1018.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 14:25 BST+0100)
June 29, 2013 6:53:49 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Buy everything at once if you have the money.

How much do you want to save up ?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£73.11 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.45 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£166.40 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£48.46 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£51.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.04 @ Aria PC)
Total: £596.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 14:10 BST+0100)



1k build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£187.98 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£116.34 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.97 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£315.32 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.04 @ Aria PC)
Cpu cooler: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Quiet-Dark-Rock-Cooler/dp/B0...(£68.00)

Total: £1018.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 14:25 BST+0100)


Thanks for the reply. I will be starting a series of temp jobs over the next 10 weeks and will have no living costs apart from petrol as I still live off my parents until uni in september. With this in mind I should be able to save up £1400.
Edit: Just looked at the 1K build. Looks really good.
Also, will these 1K specs give high fps on games like ARMA 3 on high graphics settings??
2nd Edit: Just realised you put this plan together for me with your own time, thanks very much man do you get paid for this cus you should?
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a b C Monitor
June 29, 2013 7:09:29 AM

Gtx 770 will be plenty for recent and upcoming games in high-> max. Settings smooth gameplay.
After you have enough money, update your part selection, because prices may change, new deals, new hardware ect.

:)  dont get paid, doing this just for fun.
June 29, 2013 7:41:17 AM

Great. Any extra money i'll probs spend on a SSD or making the case look awesome. Thanks alot again mate!
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