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I'm thinking of making a gaming pc. I've never done anything like this before. I've probably got in the region of, say, £800 to spend so not a lot in the gaming pc world I imagine. I'd need a monitor … Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
I'm thinking of making a gaming pc. I've never done anything like this before. I've probably got in the region of, say, £800 to spend so not a lot in the gaming pc world I imagine. I'd need a monitor too.
So, where to begin..

(I could sell my xbox(with games) for a couple of hundred to up it a bit)

Thank you for your time :)

Nick
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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#2
Hey Wheaty, I'm a former IT techie, and I have always built my own PC, and regularly build them for friends/family. I'd be happy to help... it would be better to have a 'conversation' rather than slowly communicating on a forum, so If you wanted to chat on facebook or skype, let me know by PM.
#3
Hi Nick,

The first question is what games are you wanting to play and presumably in 4K..
Then the next is what size of screen do you want. I'd imagine anything half decent is going to consume half your budget on gfx card and display alone.
Don't get conned by users selling you their old parts for premium prices either..
PC'S can be built up.. to me the main part is the system board and cpu.. the rest can be upgraded at a later stage. *so can the motherboard and cpu but it's much better to start with them..

You also need to ask yourself would a new console and 4k TV not be a better option..
PS4 Pro and a nice 40"+ TV could be had for your budget..

Edited By: Dawsy on Jan 16, 2017 12:28: typo
#4
Andaho
Hey Wheaty, I'm a former IT techie, and I have always built my own PC, and regularly build them for friends/family. I'd be happy to help... it would be better to have a 'conversation' rather than slowly communicating on a forum, so If you wanted to chat on facebook or skype, let me know by PM.
hi, could you post what parts you's settle on as I'm curious as to what system £800 can buy. Thanks
#5
As a3lawy suggests, take a look here and then shop around for best price. You can use this as a guide and you can also save some money by buying a budget case and/or an AMD GPU. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/guide/zPLrxr/great-gaming-build
#6
DancingDollar
Andaho
Hey Wheaty, I'm a former IT techie, and I have always built my own PC, and regularly build them for friends/family. I'd be happy to help... it would be better to have a 'conversation' rather than slowly communicating on a forum, so If you wanted to chat on facebook or skype, let me know by PM.
hi, could you post what parts you's settle on as I'm curious as to what system £800 can buy. Thanks
I don't like to recommend a system based on price, but rather to understand exactly what a person wants from their system, and give them pros and cons of a certain piece of hardware vs a cheaper or more expensive part.... for example, for a general gaming PC, I'd recommend an i3-6100 (or the new generation i3-7100), over an i5, or even over a i3-6200 or 6320 - cause the price for performance sweet point is on the 6100....

For example, you could pay 20% more for 5% faster... when in reality you're not going to notice the difference.
#8
that's a nice table, I'll bookmark this :)
#9
Andaho
DancingDollar
Andaho
Hey Wheaty, I'm a former IT techie, and I have always built my own PC, and regularly build them for friends/family. I'd be happy to help... it would be better to have a 'conversation' rather than slowly communicating on a forum, so If you wanted to chat on facebook or skype, let me know by PM.
hi, could you post what parts you's settle on as I'm curious as to what system £800 can buy. Thanks
I don't like to recommend a system based on price, but rather to understand exactly what a person wants from their system, and give them pros and cons of a certain piece of hardware vs a cheaper or more expensive part.... for example, for a general gaming PC, I'd recommend an i3-6100 (or the new generation i3-7100), over an i5, or even over a i3-6200 or 6320 - cause the price for performance sweet point is on the 6100....
For example, you could pay 20% more for 5% faster... when in reality you're not going to notice the difference.

Don't ever give someone advice again for a gaming pc, please. :X
#10
ritchiedrama
Don't ever give someone advice again for a gaming pc, please. :X
So what's your advice that's better than offering to have a conversation about their expectations and requirements on facebook or skype? or are you just here to troll people that are genuinely offering their help?
#11
Andaho
ritchiedrama
Don't ever give someone advice again for a gaming pc, please. :X
So what's your advice that's better than offering to have a conversation about their expectations and requirements on facebook or skype? or are you just here to troll people that are genuinely offering their help?


Listing those processors which are disasterous lol
#12
ritchiedrama
Listing those processors which are disasterous lol
So that's your advice to them is it? "Listing those processors which are disasterous lol"... they want a gaming PC with a monitor, so they may also want a keyboard, mouse and speakers too, in an £800 budget... if you blow a huge chunk of the budget on an i7 cpu, the rest of the PC is going to be pretty crap...

The i3-6100 is a great CPU for gaming - even today, most games still only use a single core, so a decent 3.7GHz dual core is going to perform faster than a 3.4GHz quad or 6 core cpu of the same generation... Even for games that do take advantage of multiple cores, the i3-6100 is still going to perform well, since most of the processing is done by the graphics card.

As a direct comparison, the i5-6500 benchmarks about the same performance as the i3-6100 in most games - and the i5-6500 is almost double the cost.

Even looking at http://www.logicalincrements.com/ (which was kindly brought to my attention above), their mid-range "Great" PC build, costing £735, includes the 6100... but that price for £735 doesn't include 16Gb ram or a monitor (or a keyboard, mouse or speakers).

But you obviously don't know what you're talking about, and you are a troll with no advice to offer... I don't even know why I've gone to the trouble to answer you... actually I do... to help others who will read this.
#13
Andaho has already given some great advice and I have to partially agree with them. No point splashing on a top CPU when you're building the PC dedicated to gaming, you'll get a better performance from spending more on the GPU.

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