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    Advice needed on gaming pc

    Hello
    I am in the market to buy a gaming pc
    I just require a built tower, no monitor or keyboard etc.

    My local computer store have the following pc for sale for £800

    pentechsystems.co.uk/ind…ems
    Motherboard: Biostar TA990FXE AM3+
    Processor: AMD FX6350 Piledriver
    RAM: 8GB DDR3
    Graphics: GTX 650 2GB
    Hard Disk: 1000GB (1TB) 16MB SATA
    Optical: Blue Ray DVD ROM
    Monitor: 24" Widescreen TFT
    Operating System: Windows 7 or 8 64 Bit
    Peripherals: Keyboard and Mouse
    Case: Gamer case 500 watt 2 bay case

    Its £800 without the monitor and keyboard.

    Is this a good price ?

    24 Comments

    Overpriced and not really even that good. Where about's are you located? Anywhere near Cambridge?


    Edited by: "joshp" 31st Dec 2015

    joshp

    Overpriced and not really even that good. Where about's are you located? … Overpriced and not really even that good. Where about's are you located? Anywhere near Cambridge?

    Looking at the link OP is in Bangor

    IamMT

    Looking at the link OP is in Bangor



    Ah okay, not too close then X)
    Edited by: "joshp" 31st Dec 2015

    Original Poster

    Bangor, Northern Ireland

    I wasn't sure on the amd processor, but he said that amd are the best for gaming ?

    JarrodWRX

    Bangor, Northern Ireland I wasn't sure on the amd processor, but he said … Bangor, Northern Ireland I wasn't sure on the amd processor, but he said that amd are the best for gaming ?



    That depends on who you ask. I personally think the bundle is overpriced.

    I know this gets said a lot but your best building your own would you be willing to do that? its pretty easy to do all it will take is a couple YouTube videos

    fx6350 around 80 to 90
    motherboard around 50 to 100 depending on requirements or chipset
    8gb memory is 50 to 60 for branded 1600mhz
    decent case around 50 to 60
    decent brand psu around 60 plus
    1tb hard drive around 40
    oem copy of windows 8.1 around 75

    even at top end 485 plus a gfx card for a tower. I haven't listed a gfx as it can depend on preference but a mid range would be 120 to 250.

    AMD is a decent budget cpu, i5 or i7 Intel is better. You haven't listed a brand for cpu or psu so assume cheap. The gfx listed is an older model and wasn't that great then. Biostar tends to be a less well known brand and so usually falls in the budget spectrum.

    You could probably build your own for less and use better brands. The listed system is over priced for what it is and doesn't have a great upgrade potential with the components used. Branded components will come with a decent warranty period, i. e my msi motherboard has just been replaced under their 3 year warranty at 2.5years old. It was a pain sending back but cheaper than new board. If 800 is within your budget you could easily build a good system and leave yourself some upgrade potential for the future.

    Original Poster

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    durzat

    I know this gets said a lot but your best building your own would you be … I know this gets said a lot but your best building your own would you be willing to do that? its pretty easy to do all it will take is a couple YouTube videos



    Yes I would build my own.
    I have installed hard drives, changed disk drives and fans.
    It's just that I wouldn't know what motherboard to get etc
    It's been years since I bought a graphics card. The last one I bought was a 3dfx voodoo and that was many moons ago

    JarrodWRX

    Bangor, Northern Ireland I wasn't sure on the amd processor, but he said … Bangor, Northern Ireland I wasn't sure on the amd processor, but he said that amd are the best for gaming ?



    Hmm, sounds like a sales tactic. I'd give that shop a miss!

    Not that AMD's are bad but its not very good for him to say that...

    Plus the graphics card in that machine sucks, for a £800 build I'd expect alot more.

    JarrodWRX

    CommentYes I would build my own.I have installed hard drives, changed … CommentYes I would build my own.I have installed hard drives, changed disk drives and fans.It's just that I wouldn't know what motherboard to get etcIt's been years since I bought a graphics card. The last one I bought was a 3dfx voodoo and that was many moons ago



    Easy, just make sure your motherboard has the correct socket to accommodate the CPU you're buying. Its like putting lego together and you'll not only end up with a much better and cheaper build, you'll feel like you've accomplished something once completed

    Original Poster

    Thank you,

    I will have a look at the part picker website and go from there.

    uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/G…ZjX
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU:Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.00 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£85.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory:Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.42 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage:Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£46.84 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage:Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£29.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Video Card:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 2GB Video Card (£89.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Case:Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply:Fractal Design Integra R2 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £565.30
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-31 16:58 GMT+0000




    Please check ram height / cooler as might be slightly close but you can shave £25 and stick with stock cooler until you plan an overclock.
    Edited by: "Protoype" 31st Dec 2015

    Original Poster

    Protoype

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Gc9ZjXPCPartPicker part list / Price … http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Gc9ZjXPCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchantCPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.00 @ Amazon UK) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.34 @ Scan.co.uk) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£85.16 @ Scan.co.uk) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.42 @ Amazon UK) Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£46.84 @ Amazon UK) Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£29.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 2GB Video Card (£89.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk) Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: Fractal Design Integra R2 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.99 @ Novatech) Total: £565.30Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-31 16:58 GMT+0000Please check ram height / cooler as might be slightly close but you can shave £25 and stick with stock cooler until you plan an overclock.



    Is gigabyte a good brand ?

    JarrodWRX

    Is gigabyte a good brand ?



    Yeah, good for RMA too. UK based.

    I bought gigabyte. Intel stuff is good but took them 4 revisions to sort of the issues with the 990FXA I still can't understand why you have to pay a premium for AMD Mobos

    kester76

    I bought gigabyte. Intel stuff is good but took them 4 revisions to sort … I bought gigabyte. Intel stuff is good but took them 4 revisions to sort of the issues with the 990FXA I still can't understand why you have to pay a premium for AMD Mobos



    990FXA is AMD.

    rev6

    990FXA is AMD.

    Yep. I've got a FX8350 sitting in it right now Gigabyte good at Intel not so good at AMD. Maybe I should of written that less ambiguous but that's the way I roll

    lots of options to make it cheaper, I'd go intel CPU over amd atm as intel cpu's tend to be strong and preform better. IMHO

    do you really need i5 with that gfx card?
    I'm think of amd kabini or cheap FM2+ with that gtx 750 £70-£90 for CPU & motherboard, and itx or micro-atx case.

    Intel are generally better. i5 will get you further with room for a better GPU later.

    Original Poster

    The PC will be for the game Elite Dangerous, and will need to run three monitors as it will also be used for trading.
    I don't mind paying the extra if it means that it will still be usable in years to come.

    JarrodWRX

    The PC will be for the game Elite Dangerous, and will need to run three … The PC will be for the game Elite Dangerous, and will need to run three monitors as it will also be used for trading.I don't mind paying the extra if it means that it will still be usable in years to come.



    If your running eyefinity run with a R9 290x. Ebuyer have an MSI one at £259.98. That leaves you £540 for the rest of the system.

    There's nothing wrong with the system, but £800 is a rip off. Actually, I bet they'll use a cheap £20 PSU to power it all.
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