Building my first gaming pc

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Found 11th May
hey guys.
Gonna try and do my first ever build. Where is the best place to source components?
Is amazon generally the best balance between price/post sale support or can you recommend better outlets.
Let me know.

cheers ppl.
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eBay is a shout to keep costs down. Also ebuyer is a good legitimate site. Bought enough stuff from there.
I built one recently for my cousin's son and used Amazon & CCL, Amazon originally then CCL as they were the cheapest to flash bios before sending me the motherboard.
I use amazon, they accept returns even 12 months on. I return mine to upgrade to newer things
I don't tend to buy much computing stuff from Amazon personally and I wouldn't recommend it for a first time buyer, their descriptions tend to be very poor and there's lots of junk to wade through.

CCL, Scan, Novatech, Ebuyer, OcUK and BT Shop (formerly dabs) would probably be the most popular, but there are other established names like Kustom, Aria, More Computers and Insight that have been around for a couple of decades but often get less press.
How much does it cost to build gaming pc. My son is 10 on his birthday and it's all he keeps asking for.
bo84gle1 h, 1 m ago

How much does it cost to build gaming pc. My son is 10 on his birthday and …How much does it cost to build gaming pc. My son is 10 on his birthday and it's all he keeps asking for.


Prices are high at the moment between unprecedented demand for graphics card for compute uses (cryptocurrency, deep learning) and high memory prices.

So you can normally put together something reasonable for £400 but you're looking at close to £500 right now. That's for the PC itself. The screen would be about £120, and ~£15 each for the keyboard and mouse.
EndlessWaves17 m ago

Prices are high at the moment between unprecedented demand for graphics …Prices are high at the moment between unprecedented demand for graphics card for compute uses (cryptocurrency, deep learning) and high memory prices.So you can normally put together something reasonable for £400 but you're looking at close to £500 right now. That's for the PC itself. The screen would be about £120, and ~£15 each for the keyboard and mouse.


Not much change from £700 then. He can keep on asking then. .
djdanj892 h, 43 m ago

I use amazon, they accept returns even 12 months on. I return mine to …I use amazon, they accept returns even 12 months on. I return mine to upgrade to newer things


Wouldn't be something I'd openly admit in public. What you're doing is effectively fraud.
bp24114 h, 12 m ago

I built one recently for my cousin's son and used Amazon & CCL, Amazon …I built one recently for my cousin's son and used Amazon & CCL, Amazon originally then CCL as they were the cheapest to flash bios before sending me the motherboard.


Agree. You are not going to do much better than CCL and Amazon.
It's expensive at minute. GPUs and ddr4 memory really costly. Ryzen cpus look a good bet.
StevieWWW51 m ago

Agree. You are not going to do much better than CCL and Amazon. It's …Agree. You are not going to do much better than CCL and Amazon. It's expensive at minute. GPUs and ddr4 memory really costly. Ryzen cpus look a good bet.


I used a ryzen 3 2200g in the build I done for my cousin's son and when it was finally working I was very impressed. That's why I turned to CCL, Amazon told me they had new stock so I assumed it would be newer bios but it wasn't so I paid CCL to update the bios on a new board I bought from them.
Not as far as I know. CCL is a Bolton-based computer parts shop that's been around for a couple of decades.

Spending more money to get longevity/future proofing generally doesn't work out very well in computers. I'd only go for the high end stuff like that if you want to go after the best graphics- and if you want that you'll have to upgrade after a couple of years to keep up with the state of the art anyway.

Otherwise, stick to the mid-range stuff. It'll easily let you enjoy gaming for three or four years and save you a lot of money in the long run. An 8100 or 8400, 16GB of memory and a 570 or 580 is the optimal choice right now. Also, only spending as much on a motherboard as you need to for the ports and connections you're likely to use. The high end ones of are very poor value outside of a couple of small niches.

AMD cards are generally the ones to go for despite being a bit more expensive for the same frame rate, because you save money on the screen as G-sync is much more expensive. Vega cards are still massively expensive though, they're in such high demand.

Boutique builders like those don't usually get any significant price reduction, it's generally only the really big ones like Dell and HP. I guess they may be able to get graphics cards at RRP at the moment though.
Thanks for all the feedback ppl.
My budget is a bit higher than the amounts mentioned. I probably could have been more helpful in my OP.
I'm looking to build a rig that won't need upgrading for a couple years. So was looking along the lines of:-
Intel i7 Quad Core i7-7700k (4.2GHz) 8MB
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 Ti
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 mi x 16GB)
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD.

Excuse my ignorance, but is CCL something to do with Craigslist? I'm in the UK and Craigslist isn't as big over here.

A few friends have pointed me in the direction of companies such as PCSpecialists and ChillBlast, who can offer an overall price reduction due to trade purchases, but they do the build, which is really what I want to do. As the most I have done in the past is upgrade ram, or swap out a HDD for an SDD.

So any further advice on the topic of first time builds or components is gratefully received....
Edited by: "Steve_Carr" 20th May
Ok. Thanks @EndlessWaves - I do want to build a really decent rig, and graphics are a fairly big selling point.

I have a friend who is a pro gamer/streamer and has offered me a very decent 28" curved monitor with g-sync for cheap as he has been offered a pre-sale of a new super 4k monitor for test and review (the benefits of having 1.5million followers eh? Hahaha). Hence me going the direction I was going with GPU. Like I said, I should have offered more info in the OP.

This is all fairly new to me, and the advice I'm getting is mainly coming from pro gamers/twitchers and places like Linus and Tom's hardware.

I think I need to do a lot more reading. From a broader spectrum of sources. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know.

More info that should possibly have been in the OP-

Currently I'm gaming on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but I'm looking to ditch the Xbox due lack of exclusive games, and my son primarily games on PS4 so we can continue to game together (although at 13 he's now has a growing interest in PC gaming).

I have a 2008 MacBook Pro which I did a little gaming on, and have kept in superb order, it's had an SSD drive installed, upgraded ram, and is still a great workhorse, but the older graphics card won't support things like overwatch and fortnite and I'm sure there will be a point in the not to distant future where it won't be able to run the newest OS.

So the plan is to keep the MacBook as the work station in the house (the Mrs is in marketing) along with streaming, torrenting etc, keep the PS4 Pro as the living room social gaming center, and then build a PC for serious gaming for my son and I, but also to manage the AV within the whole home.

Right. I think that's a much more complete idea of what I'm trying to do. Wether that affects any of the earlier comments we shall wait and see...... Hahaha.
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