Help me complete my gaming rig - Budget £300-400

Hey there

I've been without a desktop for a few years now, so i'm a little (a lot) out of touch in terms of what's good right now. I would really appreciate it if you could help me complete my build and rate it.

MB - ASRock 970/990 extreme4 - what exactly is the difference?
CPU - FX6300 or FX 8320
GPU - AMD 7870
RAM - 4/8GB - how much do i need
PSU - Corsair 500w

Please see below link for the build I had so far

I apologies its not very detailed but I have no idea what the different names on a gpu mean i.e sapphire, Asus and so forth. Surely an AMD 7870 is an AMD 7870 what difference does this branding make.

On the motherboard ideally I would like one that is semi future proof - if it can handle the next AMD 9 series cpu's, then that will be a big plus. This is the last thing I ever want to upgrade.

With reference to the PSU again i'm not quite sure, a friend told me any corsair 500w should set me fine.

I am also open to using an Intel config. over AMD assuming the cost is not too high, I really can't afford to spend more than £400 and that has to account for a case as well.
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  1. The brand of 7870 does not matter. they will perform the same.

    The corsair 500w will be fine. the xfX550 unit would be better but the corsair is fine.

    Get 8gb RAM 2x4gb

    The fx6300 will be perfectly fine for modern games. No problems.

    The 990 board will be better for overclocking. that the only major difference.
  2. I think branded cards act as a middle man between you and the supplier, they add their fine tuning and adjustments to it and sell it to you. They can increase VRAM too i think.

    Get 8gb RAM as for fast gaming it's the minimum. The FX 6300 is good for gaming, you'll have no problems with that. A 500w PSU will do you good, you won't need any more than that if you aren't considering upgrading in the near future. By the way, we can't see your amazon cart ;)

    EDIT: My posting is broke so here is what i was going to post:
    Any 15 quid optical drive will do unless you like to burn your DVDs etc. Even if you do, it's good nuff'.
  3. Thanks for the input guys, very clear answers. Great stuff :)

    Just quickly is the asrock 970 likely to be compatible with the new amd cpu's coming out. As a final note what is the difference between 1600 and 1333 ram is one just faster i.e better gaming? and does my board support 1600mhz as the website isn't too clear.

    @nuka hahaha thanks for the heads up on the amazon cart. I feel like a right douche!!

    Edit: can anyone recommend a relatively cheap gaming case ~£30.
  4. Get 1600mhx RAm. The difference isn't really noticeable but might as well get it because it costs about the same.

    The motherboard is an am3+ socket so it will not be any less compatible than any other am3+ board with new CPUs.

    For a case, look at NZXT, Corsair, Coolermaster for quality cases.
  5. Thanks tiny, will go for the 1600mhz ram instead then. Saw a decent coolermaster case on amazon for £35, may end up going for that although something with a more neutral look may suit me better.

    As a final point is there a huge difference between the 7870 and the 7850 in terms of fps in gaming, as I may not be able to stretch the budget for a 7870, that is unless it comes down in price a little in the next few weeks.

    Edit: will any old optical drive suffice, or will one make a significant difference?

    Thanks in advance!
  6. Thanks Nuka, will pick up one of them optical drives. Really appreciate it if someone could tell me how much performance iIwould be losing by going with a 7850 over a 7870.

    in terms of HDD I assume any decent 7200rpm will be fine.

    Thanks in advance
  7. 7850 vs. 7870.

    Get a western digital Blue or Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm HDD.
  8. This is the best for the price. It should do good. The Gigabyte UD3 even though being a 970 Motheboard. It is a beast in overclocking, so yeah grab it.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£84.94 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£77.96 @
    Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.06 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£163.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
    Total: £399.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 20:45 BST+0100)

    I hope this answer helps.
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