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    Advice on buying a gaming PC

    I'll be honest and I've been into console gaming before the dawn of time, but I've never branched off towards a PC. Now with needing a PC for family usage. (iTunes, GoPro editing etc) I'd rather have something that has a kick and can play some fantastic games.
    For me I need big memory of over 4TB (films, games etc) blu ray writer maybe. But I'd like to play games on ultra settings with ease. Like the GTA realistic graphics upgrade seen on YouTube.
    Now I have spent the morning trying to custom a PC with no real idea and 100% guess work. But they are coming in at 3k plus......
    please what's a good website to buy from or has anyone purchased a top spec PC recently and can pass details over.
    Much appreciated.

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    Original Poster

    Also looking to spend up to 2k. Maybe a bit over. Thanks.

    overclockers, ccl, scan, you will be alot cheaper building it yourself but if you prefer not to check out the
    above sites. hope this helps dude.
    Edited by: "mcon" 9th Oct 2016

    have a look at dinopc.com they have great starter pcs for resonable prices

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    Original Poster

    mcon

    overclockers, ccl, scan, you will be alot cheaper building it yourself … overclockers, ccl, scan, you will be alot cheaper building it yourself but if you prefer not to check out the above sites. hope this helps dude.



    Thanks a lot. Name rings a bell from years ago. I will take a look. Cheers.

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    aidanbaker15

    have a look at dinopc.com they have great starter pcs for resonable prices



    Thanks will have a look.

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    Lucario

    pcspecialist?



    Thanks, will look here also.

    I guess you don't plan on building one yourself? If it were me that's what I'd do. By the way your budget is probably more than enough. You can get a high end PC for less than 2K and storage nowadays isn't that expensive so 4TB is nothing really. Make sure you get a decent sized SSD for your primary drive though.

    If you build you own, look at the completed builds at PCpartpicker

    Will give you a good idea what to expect price wise and most of the components go together like lego. If you are not sure, just have a look at the countless youtube videos that show you how.

    Just research the parts, ask questions, put a build together and post it asking for advice and opinions.

    This was my thread from nearly a year ago Got some good advice and couldn't of done it without the help of the guys here.

    I'll second PC Specialist, they were great for me last year. Also, they have a very good forum, that you can go on with a spec and a budget and people will offer suggestions

    Would definitely recommend building yourself. I thought myself in an hour watching a video on youtube (newegg think it was). Really useful skill to learn, will save you loads of money, and is really good when you want to upgrade one specific part like the ram or GPU. Also you can build it exactly to your wants / needs and choose a case you think looks awesome! Plus I had loads of fun building mine and is much more rewarding! I knew nothing about computers before I built mine but a week later and I picked it up really quick

    Taught *

    On the other hand, if you weren't confident enough, Id happily build one to your specification and send / deliver it to you myself for a small fee

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    joshp

    I guess you don't plan on building one yourself? If it were me that's … I guess you don't plan on building one yourself? If it were me that's what I'd do. By the way your budget is probably more than enough. You can get a high end PC for less than 2K and storage nowadays isn't that expensive so 4TB is nothing really. Make sure you get a decent sized SSD for your primary drive though.



    Yes I wouldn't know how to start to build my own PC. Wouldn't have a clue, nor would I be confident. Thanks for the info.

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    n00dles0up

    If you build you own, look at the completed builds at PCpartpickerWill … If you build you own, look at the completed builds at PCpartpickerWill give you a good idea what to expect price wise and most of the components go together like lego. If you are not sure, just have a look at the countless youtube videos that show you how.Just research the parts, ask questions, put a build together and post it asking for advice and opinions.This was my thread from nearly a year ago Got some good advice and couldn't of done it without the help of the guys here.



    Brilliant. Thank you very much.

    What monitor resolution are you aiming for?

    For a consistent 60fps on ultra settings:

    @ 1080p - look at a system built around something a GTX 1070 graphic cards (maybe a 1060 or an RX 480 - check the benchmarks). This is waaay within your budget. It'd be around £1k if you built it yourself, maybe a few hundred more for a prebuilt one. Something like this (you'll need to add extra storage - note there's also a free game and voucher currently):
    meshcomputers.com/Def…352

    @ 1440p - look in the region of a GTX 1080 (A 1070 would handle a lot of games, though). Should still be comfortably within budget, e.g.:
    meshcomputers.com/Def…865

    @ 4k - you do start getting a bit pricey now. To hit 60fps reliabily, a lot of systems will go for 2+ GTX 1080s.

    Retailer suggestions: Mesh, Overclockers, Scan, Chillblast, Novatech, PC specialist have good reputations. I've used Cyberpower before, and they were fine. I've seen DinoPC mentioned a lot, but I've never had any experience with them personally.

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    Flemon

    What monitor resolution are you aiming for?For a consistent 60fps on … What monitor resolution are you aiming for?For a consistent 60fps on ultra settings:@ 1080p - look at a system built around something a GTX 1070 graphic cards (maybe a 1060 or an RX 480 - check the benchmarks). This is waaay within your budget. It'd be around £1k if you built it yourself, maybe a few hundred more for a prebuilt one. Something like this (you'll need to add extra storage - note there's also a free game and voucher currently):http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTCONFIGPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=1364352@ 1440p - look in the region of a GTX 1080 (A 1070 would handle a lot of games, though). Should still be comfortably within budget, e.g.:http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTCONFIGPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=1361865@ 4k - you do start getting a bit pricey now. To hit 60fps reliabily, a lot of systems will go for 2+ GTX 1080s.Retailer suggestions: Mesh, Overclockers, Scan, Chillblast, Novatech, PC specialist have good reputations. I've used Cyberpower before, and they were fine. I've seen DinoPC mentioned a lot, but I've never had any experience with them personally.



    I think I'd like to have something that plays the best game at the highest setting with all the graphics add on. HDR gaming 4K sounds good to me. I've seen some videos on YouTube with GTA ultra real life mod graphics. Computer that could play that comfortably (if possible) would be awesome. Always been into console gaming but graphically it's struggled of late. Think one reason I'd like to spend a bit on a computer and have that wow, eye candy graphics look. Cool I will look into hose bits and great advice.

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    Thanks everyone, feel more confident and have some good places to start looking. Think I will follow the videos and attempt to build one slowly. Much appreciated as always and I'd be lost without the good advice. Hope everyone has a good Sunday

    I have to agree an disagree which sounds confusing basically if you want a system which will chew gta v at 4k with the real life mod then you will be getting closer to the 3k mark as you'll need to factor in a 4k 27 inch+ which would take just under 1/4 of your budget then you'll need two 1080 that's half of your budget leaving £500 for the rest. I would go for 1440p it's the sweet spot and one 1080 will handle it well.

    As for companies I had two good experiences with pcspecialists these were a while ago but I'm sure they'll still be good.

    Like many have mentioned its probably better in the long run to build it yourself enables you to pick quality parts and at some point you'll probably want to upgrade meaning you have the knowledge either way good luck

    Yeah, I'd aim at 1440p - you'd have to make compromises for a 4k build in that budget. Smooth 1440p will be a nicer experience that jittery 4K, and at ultra settings it'll still be well above what the consoles are currently capable of.

    Have a look at reddit.com/r/b…pc/

    I recommend this to anyone looking to build a pc or who just want a new PC in general. It's a hugely active forum where people ask and answer all sorts on questions relating to it. You'll get a good idea of what you will need for your build and how to build it.

    Building your own PC is the best decision to make, it's literally just big bits of lego at best, nothing complex. One thing to remember is that PC hardware is constantly being released, so if you go crazy and spend £5k on a build, in 6 months time it'll be outdated (still very useable) and a similar quality build will cost a lot less.
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