[UK] Need help making first gaming rig :) £1000-1200 budget

Hey Guys! I made this exact post back in January but unfortunately I ran into some misfortune which meant having to spend the money i'd previously saved for my rig on other life expenses. I'm back though with the above budget. My old/current PC has now actually completely broken, hard drive bricked (luckily backed up what i needed the DAY before it happened)

Here is the same post I made before slightly tweaked, I'm looking to build this ASAP so your help will be invaluable!

Had some great responses last time but thought i should remake the post as it's been 4 months

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Hey everyone!

Gaming is a huge hobby and I haven't really been able to for the last year which has really sucked, bills and living costs have stopped me until now

Unfortunately I haven't kept up with components, at this point I need some real help making a build that will give me the best performance for my budget, i'm really hoping some of you guys can help me out, it would be REALLY appreciated :)

My budget is £1200 total.

Main purpose for the machine is definitely gaming, games I current have are League of legends, battlefield 4, Europa Universalies 4, Crusader Kings 2, Skyrim. I want the PC ideally to be able to handle new titles on high settings but only you guys will know if my budget will permit that!

I only require the tower, I have a monitor (BenQ G2222HDL 21.5" widescreen), sound set up and peripherals (stock keyboard and mouse but I can upgrade these later)

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I should note guys I live close to CCL which I know is sometimes the cheapest option on PC Part Picker for parts. If prices are pretty close (within £10) then CCL would be more ideal as I can go pick them up from there in the car.

Your help is REALLY appreciated. I know it's a great community here even though I haven't been here long.

Any explanations as to why you choose certain parts would be great but obviously only if time permits you!.

Huge thanks in advance :)
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  1. Hello Lewz00, I'm planning on making a build thats $1325, around 856 pounds. It should be great for gaming and last long.


    Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
    Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card
    Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)

    I'm planning to use this for 1440p gaming on high settings so it should run fine at 1080p on any setting.

    CPU, CPU cooler, and mobo would allow for a great OC.
    HDD has a lot of storage and is fast.
    GPU is the best bang for your buck while still being powerful.
    600w seems enough for anything you can do with this build.

    This doesn't include the case(which would be another 80 pounds). If you want to spend over this maybe get the gtx 980, but this is all you need for what you're doing.
    I'm personally planning to get either the NZXT Noctis 450 or the Corsair Air 540. Both are great and compatible with the build, but it's still personal preference.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£114.66 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£94.12 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (£279.59 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.99 @ More Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£129.59 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.16 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1061.99

    Majority of these parts you can buy at CCL check the "Breakdown by Merchant" the rest you can purchase off of Amazon.uk.
  3. Good bang for your buck without sacrificing any quality, Most parts also consisting of CCL and Amazon. (Free shipping?)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£203.70 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£83.65 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£83.28 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£111.15 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£78.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card (£268.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case (£74.22 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £963.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-25 05:54 BST+0100
  4. This is the best build you can get for your money.
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/gbbk3C
  5. http://www.pcpartpicker.com/p/QrTrsY should be all you need , but if you want to get a 4690k and a better cpu cooler. I tries to fit a titan x in there but the build would go £140 over budget .
  6. PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/rDKczy
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/rDKczy/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£47.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£78.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£263.99 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£263.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£73.73 @ More Computers)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.00 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £1134.20
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-27 17:23 BST+0100

    you'll be ready for 1440p when you want to buy a new monitor.
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