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[£800] Gaming Rig - First build, need feedback and advice

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October 1, 2013 8:12:33 AM

Hi everyone, I am building my first gaming rig ever. I've had prebuild PCs before and was fiddling with upgrading components, just never built my own machine from scratch, so I am not completely new to this. I would like to get any feedback or advice you can guys offer about the build below, that I come up with after quite a bit of research.

The main question that i currently have is whether any of the components are overpriced / too good when compared to others and will not be fully used due to bottleneck at some other component? would be glad for any advice in this matter

Some info:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this or next week
Budget Range: around £800 before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and then a lot of programming
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://amazon.co.uk
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Actual build spec:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£109.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£97.59 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£198.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.96 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £850.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 16:02 BST+0100)
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October 1, 2013 8:30:05 AM

It's a very good build for gaming. However, if you will do some programming, you might want to get an i7 for the Hyper Threading (if ever your software will utilize it). But if not, then you will be fine with i5. Besides, they are of the same performance in core to core basis. Although, I would like to suggest that you get a 1TB version of your hard drive. The price difference is only £10 and your storage space will double. All in all, it's a really nice build, you still have room for SLI and you can easily OC with that nice cooler.
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November 7, 2013 5:57:44 PM

bakaSpaceman said:
Hi everyone, I am building my first gaming rig ever. I've had prebuild PCs before and was fiddling with upgrading components, just never built my own machine from scratch, so I am not completely new to this. I would like to get any feedback or advice you can guys offer about the build below, that I come up with after quite a bit of research.

The main question that i currently have is whether any of the components are overpriced / too good when compared to others and will not be fully used due to bottleneck at some other component? would be glad for any advice in this matter

Some info:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this or next week
Budget Range: around £800 before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and then a lot of programming
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://amazon.co.uk
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Actual build spec:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£109.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£97.59 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£198.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.96 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £850.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 16:02 BST+0100)


Looks good. I would spend more on the power supply. This is one component you want to last and be strong. The brand is good just get atleast a silver certified. best of luck.
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November 8, 2013 12:27:12 PM

james77 said:
It's a very good build for gaming. However, if you will do some programming, you might want to get an i7 for the Hyper Threading (if ever your software will utilize it). But if not, then you will be fine with i5. Besides, they are of the same performance in core to core basis. Although, I would like to suggest that you get a 1TB version of your hard drive. The price difference is only £10 and your storage space will double. All in all, it's a really nice build, you still have room for SLI and you can easily OC with that nice cooler.


This but games don't need hyperthreading yet so if you're only gaming stick with the i5.
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