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Gaming PC for around £500?

Agaeti Avatar
2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
As above. Not a strict budget and am happy to overspend a bit. I'm comfortable putting things together etc so it'll be a parts configuration. This is one that i've thrown together quickly though I'd like better. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FjL84D I also need a case on top of this but I don't really mind what the case looks like so as cheap as possible. Anyone got any changes/improvements/cost reductions.
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Yeah your SSD needs to be bigger, yes you'll fit the OS on it but you'll have problems with programs wanting to install only on the C drive, then theres the gradual updates. You can save £37.23 by downloading from a *cough, cough* website.

Is there a reason why you have chosen that mobo?
#2
Morgan007
Yeah your SSD needs to be bigger, yes you'll fit the OS on it but you'll have problems with programs wanting to install only on the C drive, then theres the gradual updates. You can save £37.23 by downloading from a *cough, cough* website.

Is there a reason why you have chosen that mobo?

Don't worry, piracy is fine on these forums. Just don't "actively promote" it

Definitely worthwhile shaving that £37.23 off by using a reputable torrent from TPB - look for uploads from 'skulled' (trusted) users. Chances are you've paid for Windows before so I don't see the moral issue with this.

SSD is too small for your uses. To utilise the SSD fully you'll want to install at least a few of your games to the SSD. Games benefit hugely from SSDs since textures can be big files and they're loaded randomly. Assuming you're only going to have a few games on it then I would recommend 80GB as a minimum. SSDs are always being posted here so a quick search for 'SSD' should help you out.

Rest of the spec looks great - take a look at some Zalman cases for some really well-built, well-spec'd (i.e number of fans supplied) and really good-looking cases. They're more of a budget option but the Z9 or Z11 would be great for this build. Cooler Master do some well-built, plainer looking cases if you want something a bit more regular-looking, though I've found my temps and noise levels have gone up quite a bit since changing from the Zalman Z9 Plus to an equivalent-price Cooler Master case.
#3
Morgan007
Yeah your SSD needs to be bigger, yes you'll fit the OS on it but you'll have problems with programs wanting to install only on the C drive, then theres the gradual updates. You can save £37.23 by downloading from a *cough, cough* website.

Is there a reason why you have chosen that mobo?
Hmm I do prefer to have a legit copy for resale or whatever. And the Mobo was one that was cheap to pull the budget close to £500 as a initial list.

josephmccowie
Morgan007
Yeah your SSD needs to be bigger, yes you'll fit the OS on it but you'll have problems with programs wanting to install only on the C drive, then theres the gradual updates. You can save £37.23 by downloading from a *cough, cough* website.

Is there a reason why you have chosen that mobo?

Don't worry, piracy is fine on these forums. Just don't "actively promote" it

Definitely worthwhile shaving that £37.23 off by using a reputable torrent from TPB - look for uploads from 'skulled' (trusted) users. Chances are you've paid for Windows before so I don't see the moral issue with this.

SSD is too small for your uses. To utilise the SSD fully you'll want to install at least a few of your games to the SSD. Games benefit hugely from SSDs since textures can be big files and they're loaded randomly. Assuming you're only going to have a few games on it then I would recommend 80GB as a minimum. SSDs are always being posted here so a quick search for 'SSD' should help you out.

Rest of the spec looks great - take a look at some Zalman cases for some really well-built, well-spec'd (i.e number of fans supplied) and really good-looking cases. They're more of a budget option but the Z9 or Z11 would be great for this build. Cooler Master do some well-built, plainer looking cases if you want something a bit more regular-looking, though I've found my temps and noise levels have gone up quite a bit since changing from the Zalman Z9 Plus to an equivalent-price Cooler Master case.

I am tempted to get a bigger SSD as I'm not worried about going over budget a bit. Maybe a samsung 840 or crucial m500 for 120GB+

Edited By: Agaeti on Jun 30, 2014 23:29
#4
Would something of this or a bit better be able to record video game footage?
Lets say of a relatively modern game on reasonable settings?
#5
The only reason i may or may not be running a cough cough copy is that microsoft refused to believe that i changed parts so often and refused to reactivate my copy of windows XP years ago. The time when if you changed anything significant you had to phone them to tell them that all you had done is upgrade the hardware.

As for the SSD, i've also been looking at the Crucial M500 240GB which you can get for about £80 or the 120gb version @ about £50.

Plenty of motherboards will work with you CPU and RAM, but im guessing that you don't need a full size mobo??

if thats the case then i'd go for the ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX
#6
Go for the bigger SSD, you'll pat yourself on the back oncee everything is setup. The Crucial MX100 are dead certs for budget builds, I however would go for Samsung because of their reliability and track record

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT128MX100SSD1-128GB-Includes-Adapter/dp/B00KFAGD88/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT256MX100SSD1-256GB-Includes-Adapter/dp/B00KFAGCWK/
#7
build one for £500 there abouts, I just built my own for £700, running BF4 at constant 60fps :)
#8
minimosher94
build one for £500 there abouts, I just built my own for £700, running BF4 at constant 60fps :)
cool, so long as it runs most things at 30fps or more im not fussed

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