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Gaming PC help, first timer from Consoles.

Steve Mac Avatar
2y, 1w agoPosted 2 years, 1 week ago
Hi all,

I've got it in my head that i want to get into PC gaming after seeing my mate's Dell laptop in action (not a gaming one but it handled Skyrim well enough).

I've looked on Freshtechsolutions and pcspecialist but really don't know my stuff. I've noticed FTS is cheaper but seems to not have a decent GFX card on the Intel line.

If anyone can point me in the right direction from the following requirements I would be grateful, budget is about £400 - £500, hopefully something that can play what the PS3 and Xbox 360 can, but with a bit more oomph and enough left for some newer titles.

Able to play older games comfortably, such as Minecraft, Fable 1-3, Skyrim, Deus Ex HR, Fallout 3/ New Vegas, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

Newer games such as South Park: Stick of Truth, Dark Souls 1 & 2, Watchdogs, etc...

Also would love to be able to emulate PS2 games as best as possible.

Thanks!
Steve Mac Avatar
2y, 1w agoPosted 2 years, 1 week ago
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#1
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Edited By: bonn1e on Jan 13, 2015 13:55
#2
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.
#3
Steve Mac
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.
#4
kester76
Steve Mac
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.

It's been over a decade since my last PC build so I'm very rusty but willing to try. Any tips as I've always struggled with knowing what parts are compatible with each other?
#5
Steve Mac
kester76
Steve Mac
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.

It's been over a decade since my last PC build so I'm very rusty but willing to try. Any tips as I've always struggled with knowing what parts are compatible with each other?

Pretty much the same as before. Most PSU's are ATX so go for a good brand like EVGA, Seasonic, Goldenflower. You can check out the power requirements of the system and go a little higher on the wattage. Memory you're looking for a DDR3 non ecc 1600 -> 1866Mhz, 2x4GB. Motherboards are pretty much by socket.

CPU http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Pentium-3-20GHz-Socket-LGA-1150/dp/B00KR51AKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421158895&sr=8-1&keywords=intel+g3258

Mobo http://www.shop.bt.com/products/gigabyte-z97x-gaming-7-s1150-intel-z97-4xddr3-6xusb3-0-6xusb2-0-atx-9FWG.html?utm_source=awin&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=ZA00&clickref=4407306
Mobo looks good and the CPU can be upgraded at a later date if and when you need it.
#6
use this will help with parts and incompatibility.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
#8

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
#9
Steve Mac

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.
#10
kester76
Steve Mac

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.

GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.
#11
rev6
kester76
Steve Mac

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.

GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.
I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I wouldn't need the heating as much :)
#12
kester76
rev6
kester76
Steve Mac

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.

GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.
I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I wouldn't need the heating as much :)

I'm ready for next winter :-)
#13
rev6
kester76
rev6
kester76
Steve Mac

Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?
Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.

GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.
I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I wouldn't need the heating as much :)

I'm ready for next winter :-)
FX-8350 + R9-290, police think I've got a Cannabis plantation due to the heat bloom and high electricity bill oO
#14
kester76
Steve Mac
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.

Spot on advice - However I would invest in a decent motherboard to begin with - It will save hassle in the future!
I personally always recommend this MOBO:
http://www.ebuyer.com/507924-asus-z87-pro-socket-1150-dvi-hdmi-displayport-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-z87-pro

Got almost everything you need built into it with room for expansion.
#15
Dan7712
kester76
Steve Mac
bonn1e
Chillblast do some nice ones

http://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/

we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call


Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.

Spot on advice - However I would invest in a decent motherboard to begin with - It will save hassle in the future!
I personally always recommend this MOBO:
http://www.ebuyer.com/507924-asus-z87-pro-socket-1150-dvi-hdmi-displayport-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-z87-pro

Got almost everything you need built into it with room for expansion.
Wasn't that replaced by the Z97 series ?


Edited By: kester76 on Jan 14, 2015 19:42

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