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This is what I have so far http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/cpDNWZ Factor in £70 for a 256gb ssd as well as £40 for windows 7 bringing the total cost to just under £400. I also plan to overclock the proc…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
This is what I have so far http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/cpDNWZ Factor in £70 for a 256gb ssd as well as £40 for windows 7 bringing the total cost to just under £400. I also plan to overclock the processor as it apparently performs on par with most i5's when overclocked. I'm aiming for something that will play games such as CoD:AW , planetside 2 and GTA V(when released) in high settings. Any advice and comments on this would be much appreciated. BTW I am a complete noob and have never built a pc before.
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#1
Nice set of economy parts you've got picked out!

H81 motherboards generally don't over clock, but you've picked one that has been found to be able to. there's a thread below in which they discuss over clocking the Pentium on h81 that you might find useful.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2389948

Personally I would choose a Z- chipset board, but if you're happy you'll be able to OC on a H81 and there's a difference in price, then more power to you!

Only thing I could really suggest is that you could find a cheaper case if you're not bothered about the aesthetics. there's an mATX Zalman on Amazon for about £18 or so, and you could redeploy that cash towards a better CPU/GPU.

Also, there is a lot of worry amongst pentium owners at the moment because a few new games only work on 4+ cores rather than the 2 in pentiums and i3s. People are worried that its the beginning of the end for gaming on 2 cores. I don't know how true that is but its something to consider.
#2
£70 for a 256gb ssd is a waste of money on your budget. You're better off with a £30 hdd for now and wait until the prices of ssds fall further or a good sale comes along and then upgrade. 8gb ram is also a waste of money for the budget, stick with 4gb. Think about spending the money on a better cpu (you can get an i5 for £130) and a better gpu (r9 280 are going for about £120 during sales). Something like this as a guideline of what you should be looking for:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£130.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:MSI H87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£56.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory:Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£27.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage:Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£29.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card:Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£141.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case:Cooler Master K350 ATX Mid Tower Case (£23.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply:EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£31.15 @ Aria PC)

Total: £442.20




Edited By: jbuldr on Dec 05, 2014 16:22: fixed
#3
Looks like a very good build to me, no need to spend any more for a CPU unless doing a lot of encoding or you really need it for multitasking and a Z board is just a waste of money if you dont need the extra features, the only thing I would change if it were me would be less memory and more GPU.
thetwistedblue
Nice set of economy parts you've got picked out!

H81 motherboards generally don't over clock, but you've picked one that has been found to be able to. there's a thread below in which they discuss over clocking the Pentium on h81 that you might find useful.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2389948

Personally I would choose a Z- chipset board, but if you're happy you'll be able to OC on a H81 and there's a difference in price, then more power to you!

Only thing I could really suggest is that you could find a cheaper case if you're not bothered about the aesthetics. there's an mATX Zalman on Amazon for about £18 or so, and you could redeploy that cash towards a better CPU/GPU.

Also, there is a lot of worry amongst pentium owners at the moment because a few new games only work on 4+ cores rather than the 2 in pentiums and i3s. People are worried that its the beginning of the end for gaming on 2 cores. I don't know how true that is but its something to consider.

I've not heard of any game that requires a quad core yet, it would be silly for a game to check for quad core alone because a G3285 woudl easily out perform a Q6600 for instance and if the game simply checked for quad core then it would block installation on a faster machine and allow a slower machine to run it.

Edited By: ZaphodBeeblebrox on Dec 05, 2014 16:21
#4
ZaphodBeeblebrox
Looks like a very good build to me, no need to spend any more for a CPU unless doing a lot of encoding or you really need it for multitasking and a Z board is just a waste of money if you dont need the extra features, the only thing I would change if it were me would be less memory and more GPU.
thetwistedblue
Nice set of economy parts you've got picked out!

H81 motherboards generally don't over clock, but you've picked one that has been found to be able to. there's a thread below in which they discuss over clocking the Pentium on h81 that you might find useful.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2389948

Personally I would choose a Z- chipset board, but if you're happy you'll be able to OC on a H81 and there's a difference in price, then more power to you!

Only thing I could really suggest is that you could find a cheaper case if you're not bothered about the aesthetics. there's an mATX Zalman on Amazon for about £18 or so, and you could redeploy that cash towards a better CPU/GPU.

Also, there is a lot of worry amongst pentium owners at the moment because a few new games only work on 4+ cores rather than the 2 in pentiums and i3s. People are worried that its the beginning of the end for gaming on 2 cores. I don't know how true that is but its something to consider.

I've not heard of any game that requires a quad core yet, it would be silly for a game to check for quad core alone because a G3285 woudl easily out perform a Q6600 for instance and if the game simply checked for quad core then it would block installation on a faster machine and allow a slower machine to run it.


Unfortunately you're wrong, for Far Cry and Dragon Age they crash on start up;

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2851126/far-cry-4-woes-with-dual-core-processors-point-to-a-bleak-future-for-budget-pc-gamers.html
#5
Hmm, seems like thetwistedblue might be right, ZaphodBeeblebrox. This is a worrying trend for budget gamers. Seems like poor pc optimisation is to blame, probably due to rushed console ports. This might only get worse with time. OP should read the article carefully and avoid dual cores with no hyperthreading capability. This isn't a real issue considering op's budget though, as he can easily afford an i5.
#6
Thanks for all the help guys, in the end I decided to get an i5 CPU as I want something that will be future proof, I also took your advice (jbuldr and thetwistedblue) and got a zalman case, 4gb ram and 750gb hard drive. I decided to stick with the radeon r7 260x graphics card as I was limited by the damn budget, though I'm a little concerned it won't be able to handle a game like GTA V. Fingers crossed the build goes well, and thanks again for the help guys.
#7
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.
#8
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.
#9
Graham1979
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.

Nah, the whole 'YOU NEED LOOAAADS OF RAM thing is a myth for gaming. 4GB is still plenty for gaming today. Plus it's a really easy upgrade if that ever changes. I have 16gb, but that's because I'm an idiot who bought into the marketing (and do a tiny bit of video rendering).


amgpower62
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.

Yeh, the gpu is on the weak side, but everyone has budget limits and swapping out a cpu is never very cost effective. CPU's don't come down in price very quickly if you're thinking of upgrading an obsolete platform; The 3770k is almost 3 years old and still costs over £200, and if you're thinking of buying a current one you have to buy a new motherboard and possibly new RAM as well. Chingaling made the right choice in prioritising a CPU at this stage.

GPUs on the other hand? Just sell your rubbish old one for £50 and buy the latest ~£150 model. Simples!


Edited By: thetwistedblue on Dec 06, 2014 07:47: broken link
#10
thetwistedblue
Graham1979
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.

Nah, the whole 'YOU NEED LOOAAADS OF RAM thing is a myth for gaming. 4GB is still plenty for gaming today. Plus it's a really easy upgrade if that ever changes. I have 16gb, but that's because I'm an idiot who bought into the marketing (and do a tiny bit of video rendering).


amgpower62
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.

Yeh, the gpu is on the weak side, but everyone has budget limits and swapping out a cpu is never very cost effective. CPU's don't come down in price very quickly if you're thinking of upgrading an obsolete platform; The 3770k is almost 3 years old and still costs over £200, and if you're thinking of buying a current one you have to buy a new motherboard and possibly new RAM as well. Chingaling made the right choice in prioritising a CPU at this stage.

GPUs on the other hand? Just sell your rubbish old one for £50 and buy the latest ~£150 model. Simples!


4gb ram? I am telling you op have a look about including fleabay and make it at least 8gb! GTA V aint going to be running on that spec pc unless you have settings on mid with other options turned to off. The guy at the very end of the video the link is for says use 8gb of ram as the sweet spot but remember that is 18 months old!

Edited By: Graham1979 on Dec 06, 2014 13:43
#11
thetwistedblue
Graham1979
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.
Nah, the whole 'YOU NEED LOOAAADS OF RAM thing is a myth for gaming. 4GB is still plenty for gaming today. Plus it's a really easy upgrade if that ever changes. I have 16gb, but that's because I'm an idiot who bought into the marketing (and do a tiny bit of video rendering).
amgpower62
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.
Yeh, the gpu is on the weak side, but everyone has budget limits and swapping out a cpu is never very cost effective. CPU's don't come down in price very quickly if you're thinking of upgrading an obsolete platform; The 3770k is almost 3 years old and still costs over £200, and if you're thinking of buying a current one you have to buy a new motherboard and possibly new RAM as well. Chingaling made the right choice in prioritising a CPU at this stage.
GPUs on the other hand? Just sell your rubbish old one for £50 and buy the latest ~£150 model. Simples!

My Windows 8.1 machine is using 4GB now while just browsing. Get 8GB.
#12
I just remembered I have 8gb of ram spare in my laptop, would it work if I combined an 8gb stick with 4gb of two different makes?
#13
chingaling
I just remembered I have 8gb of ram spare in my laptop, would it work if I combined an 8gb stick with 4gb of two different makes?

Laptop and desktop RAM are different.
#14
rev6
thetwistedblue
Graham1979
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.
Nah, the whole 'YOU NEED LOOAAADS OF RAM thing is a myth for gaming. 4GB is still plenty for gaming today. Plus it's a really easy upgrade if that ever changes. I have 16gb, but that's because I'm an idiot who bought into the marketing (and do a tiny bit of video rendering).
amgpower62
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.
Yeh, the gpu is on the weak side, but everyone has budget limits and swapping out a cpu is never very cost effective. CPU's don't come down in price very quickly if you're thinking of upgrading an obsolete platform; The 3770k is almost 3 years old and still costs over £200, and if you're thinking of buying a current one you have to buy a new motherboard and possibly new RAM as well. Chingaling made the right choice in prioritising a CPU at this stage.
GPUs on the other hand? Just sell your rubbish old one for £50 and buy the latest ~£150 model. Simples!

My Windows 8.1 machine is using 4GB now while just browsing. Get 8GB.

How on earth are you using 4gb of RAM just browsing?! That doesn't sound right mate, My Windows 8.1 systems usually take up about 1.5 - 2gb at the most when browsing if IRC. Unless you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Actually that's one of the few situations when you use a lot of RAM day to day, if you have literally hundreds of tabs open.
#15
thetwistedblue
rev6
thetwistedblue
Graham1979
4gb ram is gonna struggle dude.
Nah, the whole 'YOU NEED LOOAAADS OF RAM thing is a myth for gaming. 4GB is still plenty for gaming today. Plus it's a really easy upgrade if that ever changes. I have 16gb, but that's because I'm an idiot who bought into the marketing (and do a tiny bit of video rendering).
amgpower62
That GPU is weak and will not play games well on High Settings. I would listen to what others have said and buy a R9 280 at the minimum.
Yeh, the gpu is on the weak side, but everyone has budget limits and swapping out a cpu is never very cost effective. CPU's don't come down in price very quickly if you're thinking of upgrading an obsolete platform; The 3770k is almost 3 years old and still costs over £200, and if you're thinking of buying a current one you have to buy a new motherboard and possibly new RAM as well. Chingaling made the right choice in prioritising a CPU at this stage.
GPUs on the other hand? Just sell your rubbish old one for £50 and buy the latest ~£150 model. Simples!
My Windows 8.1 machine is using 4GB now while just browsing. Get 8GB.
How on earth are you using 4gb of RAM just browsing?! That doesn't sound right mate, My Windows 8.1 systems usually take up about 1.5 - 2gb at the most when browsing if IRC. Unless you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Actually that's one of the few situations when you use a lot of RAM day to day, if you have literally hundreds of tabs open.

Forgot that I'm running a 1.5GB RAMDisk.
#16
This is my current desktop for uni and gaming -
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bh9dgs

All games I play run on ultra including cod:aw and unity

however I might need to change my graphic card for a gtx 980
#17
Jama6
This is my current desktop for uni and gaming -http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bh9dgs
All games I play run on ultra including cod:aw and unity
however I might need to change my graphic card for a gtx 980

It better for that price :D
#18
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Spec-Custom-PC-i7-4790-SSD-8GB-GTX770-SHUTTLE-/181603088233?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2a48633769

Offers of £450 are being accepted, I bought one last week having planned my own m-itx build but couldn't justify it given the price of these. I've been building my own systems for the last 15 years and honestly I was incredibly impressed by the build and cable management - literally couldn't have done better myself.

Wouldn't plan on doing much gaming at uni though ;)
#19
Somberlain
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Spec-Custom-PC-i7-4790-SSD-8GB-GTX770-SHUTTLE-/181603088233?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2a48633769
Offers of £450 are being accepted, I bought one last week having planned my own m-itx build but couldn't justify it given the price of these. I've been building my own systems for the last 15 years and honestly I was incredibly impressed by the build and cable management - literally couldn't have done better myself.
Wouldn't plan on doing much gaming at uni though ;)

Nice. Room for more storage?
#20
rev6
Somberlain
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Spec-Custom-PC-i7-4790-SSD-8GB-GTX770-SHUTTLE-/181603088233?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2a48633769
Offers of £450 are being accepted, I bought one last week having planned my own m-itx build but couldn't justify it given the price of these. I've been building my own systems for the last 15 years and honestly I was incredibly impressed by the build and cable management - literally couldn't have done better myself.
Wouldn't plan on doing much gaming at uni though ;)

Nice. Room for more storage?

Case specs are for:
• 1 x slim optical drive bay
• 2 x 2.5" HDD trays
• 3 x 3.5" HDD trays

There are 4 sata connectors on the mobo, so I guess it's possible to add up to 3 more internal storage drives in addition to the installed ssd; I've added a 2.5" hdd to mine (which was super easy and quick due to case layout).
#21
Somberlain
rev6
Somberlain
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Spec-Custom-PC-i7-4790-SSD-8GB-GTX770-SHUTTLE-/181603088233?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2a48633769
Offers of £450 are being accepted, I bought one last week having planned my own m-itx build but couldn't justify it given the price of these. I've been building my own systems for the last 15 years and honestly I was incredibly impressed by the build and cable management - literally couldn't have done better myself.
Wouldn't plan on doing much gaming at uni though ;)
Nice. Room for more storage?
Case specs are for:
• 1 x slim optical drive bay
• 2 x 2.5" HDD trays
• 3 x 3.5" HDD trays
There are 4 sata connectors on the mobo, so I guess it's possible to add up to 3 more internal storage drives in addition to the installed ssd; I've added a 2.5" hdd to mine (which was super easy and quick due to case layout).

Yeah that looks like a really decent HTPC :)

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