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tylerbristolcity Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
hi guys, have decided to enter the world of PC gaming by building my very own PC.

as I am not very knowledgable on PC gaming components i.e. prices and what is good or not, I'd like to ask you what would be an ideal build - I already play games such as CiV 5, but will possibly expand into games like BF3/4 etc.

I have a budget of £800~, but this will have to include a monitor as my old monitor is way out of date:p

thanks very much for your help, it is much appreciated
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Are you on reddit ?

These guys are great just fill in the form to explain budget components you already have and gaming requirements etc and they list the parts you need :)

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcforme
#2
When do you plan to build it? New graphics cards are coming out towards the end of the year so if you're not planning to build it until October/November, be sure to ask for an updated build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.57 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card:MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case:NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply:SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£84.77 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive:Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.65 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor:LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£102.24 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £801.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Edited By: Yatagarasu on Jul 19, 2014 19:00
#3
^ Anything but what he listed.
#4
Yatagarasu
When do you plan to build it? New graphics cards are coming out towards the end of the year so if you're not planning to build it until October/November, be sure to ask for an updated build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.57 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card:MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case:NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply:SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£84.77 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive:Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.65 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor:LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£102.24 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £801.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

with out the monitor You could build better for £600-£650, with an SSD and then you have £150.00 to spend on a decnt 24" monitor.
#5
Ideally you want something with a power supply.
#6
I had a budget of £600 and got myself an Intel core i5 4670k, gtx 760, gigabyte h87 mobo, corsair 200r case, 600cxm PSU, 8gb corsair vengenance 1600 ram. built last November and was my first build. if you need any help just PM me, I'll be happy to help :)
#7
I am thinking of buying an Alienware Aurora £1599.99 but out of interest how much would the parts cost if someone wanted to build something similar?
#8
Yatagarasu
When do you plan to build it? New graphics cards are coming out towards the end of the year so if you're not planning to build it until October/November, be sure to ask for an updated build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.57 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card:MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case:NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply:SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£84.77 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive:Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.65 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor:LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£102.24 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £801.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


I plan to build it in the coming month, so will be finished by around start of August.
ether707
^ Anything but what he listed.


what are your suggestions then?:p

TheMan_Aman
I had a budget of £600 and got myself an Intel core i5 4670k, gtx 760, gigabyte h87 mobo, corsair 200r case, 600cxm PSU, 8gb corsair vengenance 1600 ram. built last November and was my first build. if you need any help just PM me, I'll be happy to help :)


how does this handle new games like BF3 etc, what type of games do you play and what are the performance levels like?
banned#9
Www.pcpartpicker.com the site will tell you where to get the cheapest parts.....
For prebuilt try http://www.dinopc.com there good and very good price
#10
looks like an R9 280x is a good graphics card, should I go for that one?
#11
tylerbristolcity
looks like an R9 280x is a good graphics card, should I go for that one?
It's a great card but what is in the rest of your build? I had to take the SSD away from the build I posted above in order to fit within your budget. There's no point in getting a great graphics card if you've got a major bottleneck elsewhere.
#12
I've swapped the PSU for a different model and used the savings to improve the CPU.

If you want to overclock the CPU, it'll cost £15 extra to swap the one I've recommended below for an unlocked one. You'll also need to buy a good CPU fan because the one you get with the CPU isn't recommended for overclocking. This will add another £25 to the build. You could spring for the CPU now and swap the fan when you do decide to overclock so that you don't go too far over budget now.

With regards to storage, you could chose to buy a 1TB hard drive and a cheap, small SSD. I'd prefer to buy a big hard drive now and add a great SSD (like an EVO 840) later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.57 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card:MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case:NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply:SeaSonic EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive:Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.65 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor:LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£102.24 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £806.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
#13
Why would he purchase a big hard drive first then an SSD later? Makes no sense.

Get the SSD, then a few weeks down the line invest in a large HD for storage, save you messing about having to ghost everything over to the new SSD at a later date.
#14
Yatagarasu
I've swapped the PSU for a different model and used the savings to improve the CPU.

If you want to overclock the CPU, it'll cost £15 extra to swap the one I've recommended below for an unlocked one. You'll also need to buy a good CPU fan because the one you get with the CPU isn't recommended for overclocking. This will add another £25 to the build. You could spring for the CPU now and swap the fan when you do decide to overclock so that you don't go too far over budget now.

With regards to storage, you could chose to buy a 1TB hard drive and a cheap, small SSD. I'd prefer to buy a big hard drive now and add a great SSD (like an EVO 840) later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.57 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card:MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case:NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply:SeaSonic EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive:Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.32 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.65 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor:LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£102.24 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £806.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


instead of an intel i5 would you recommend the AMD-FX8350? looked at benchmarks etc and looks like you get excellent bang for your book and benchmarks are higher on the AMD than on the intel at a much lower price, suggestions?
#15
My recommendation is to get a beast of a graphics card and a 144hz monitor.
#16
If its for playing Battlefield I'd stick to a ps4 , why ? PC gamers wreck most online games because their cheating fagots , not all but quite alot , seriously I've had the last couple of days nothing but bull sh*t on bf , if its not people cheating it laggers messing you game up and they lag on purpose to get god mode legitamatly, I got into pc gaming 6 months ago and wish i never bothered because more than half the time your getting your pants pulled down , If you like feeling cheated get a gaming pc by all means and enjoy **** in the wind shooting people that arnt going to die, being took out with 1-2 bullets yet filling an enemy with 30+ ?

Battlefield on pc is a joke , stick to a ps if you want to have fun and not be screwing because of unfair bull
#17
updates:

processor - i5 4690
GPU - R9 280x
RAM - 8/16GB
SSD - 128GB?

good basis of a build?
#18
what does everyone think of this build?

[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8R3XJx) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8R3XJx/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54590) | £139.99 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h87pro4) | £55.69 @ Amazon UK
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1600c9) | £59.98 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | £57.41 @ Scan.co.uk
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | £36.00 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr928xoc3gd) | £201.00 @ Amazon UK
**Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | £44.99 @ Amazon UK
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m) | £49.93 @ CCL Computers
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh224dbrsbs) | £12.76 @ CCL Computers
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | £69.65 @ CCL Computers
**Monitor** | [Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve247h) | £118.80 @ Aria PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | £846.20
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-23 15:51 BST+0100 |
#19
tylerbristolcity
what does everyone think of this build?
[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8R3XJx) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8R3XJx/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54590) | £139.99 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h87pro4) | £55.69 @ Amazon UK
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1600c9) | £59.98 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | £57.41 @ Scan.co.uk
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | £36.00 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr928xoc3gd) | £201.00 @ Amazon UK
**Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | £44.99 @ Amazon UK
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m) | £49.93 @ CCL Computers
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh224dbrsbs) | £12.76 @ CCL Computers
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | £69.65 @ CCL Computers
**Monitor** | [Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve247h) | £118.80 @ Aria PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | £846.20
|

Looks good to me. If you were thinking of cutting anything you might consider if you can make do with a r9 280 rather than 280x, that could save you £50.
Also the 600W power supply, is probably more than enough you could probably find a 400W or 500W and save a bit.
I'm not educated on motherboards, so just double check that the DDR3 RAM will fit, and that the motherboard dimensions fit the case.
Oh and make sure to try for cashback, I think scan and aria are on topcashback, not sure though.

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