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New PC build - gaming, no overclocking - thoughts on variations?

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February 7, 2014 12:26:29 PM

Hi all,

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and comment - much appreciated.


I'm looking to build a new PC for gaming - mainly online first person shooters. I'll also be using it for general tasks but nothing too intensive. I'm not looking to overclock - it's not really my thing. I've put the parts together based on a combination of reviews, value for money, future-proofing (to a degree) and overall performance.

A few questions;

A) Is the processor ok bearing in mind i won't be overclocking? There were others more/less expensive but the reviews made the 3470 seem a good mid-range. Happy to spend a little more if the gain is worth it but equally, won't mind saving some money if a cheaper processor isn't a big step down in performance.
B) I'll be buying a second hand graphics card from a friend so haven't included it in the build. It's a Radeon HD 5850 1GB and i'm hoping it'll get me by for a few older games on medium until i can research and take the plunge on something a little tastier. Will this card hamper the system and is it therefore worth going straight in to a higher end card or will this see my by for some basic gaming.
C) Motherboard - i really have no idea what is good/bad/indifferent here as it's been 10 years or so since my last custom build. Will the gigabyte one selected be okay for what i've put together. Again, any suggestions welcome.

Open to suggestion/changes etc so thanks for any comments.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£134.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£67.49 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£65.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.47 @ Aria PC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£25.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.24 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.92 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£73.99 @ Dabs)
Total: £532.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 20:29 GMT+0000)
a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
a c 82 V Motherboard
February 7, 2014 12:32:30 PM

What is your overall budget?
February 7, 2014 12:38:56 PM

I'm flexible - i don't want to go overboard but happy to spend more - say an extra £100 or so on top of that build. Still have a case to decide on too though.
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a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
a c 82 V Motherboard
February 7, 2014 12:54:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£154.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£70.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£65.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Aria PC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-804UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£18.89 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.92 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£73.99 @ Dabs)
Total: £586.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 20:53 GMT+0000)

Tried to stay around your budget
February 7, 2014 1:07:50 PM

Cheers animal
a b 4 Gaming
a b V Motherboard
February 7, 2014 9:42:44 PM

The 5850 will run games pretty well, even today. I'm pretty sure it can even run BF4!
February 8, 2014 6:29:47 AM

sora said:
The 5850 will run games pretty well, even today. I'm pretty sure it can even run BF4!


Cheers sora.
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