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Hi All

I've been researching building a PC, and Ive put together my initial list of components to price it up.

My budgets around £600 and I'd like as higher spec machine for the money as poss. I was wondering if anyone would review my list and let me know:

a) If they'd recommend any component above what I have selected
b) if all parts are compatible (this is the bit I am having trouble on)
c) any other advice for the money

All links are from amazon just for centralisation, I will of course shop around. Let me know if anyone can help - spreadsheet below
Cheers

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Edited by: "CoffeeMaker" 21st Jun 2014

I would ditch the normal hard drive and just live with the 120gb ssd for now the prices are only going to come down further if you add in future it will be more then enough for a few games for now and then spend the extra getting a better gpu as in a gaming pc that is the most important part. You would be able to get a r9 280 or gtx 760 then.

Get this motherboard as has onboard usb 3.0

amazon.co.uk/M5A…a97

Also get a modular psu so much better with cable management.

amazon.co.uk/Cor…lar
Edited by: "keepitonthelow" 21st Jun 2014

I would actually be willing to let you have my ARTIC Cooling Freezer 13 for free its a good cpu cooler and would let you over clock to 4ghz I was going to put it on ebay but only have the amd bracket.

amazon.co.uk/ART…ler

Original Poster Banned

Ah sweet, thank you! It's early days, only just started researching but just wanted to check I was along the right lines. Appreciate the feedback!

You could build an i5 machine with that budget. Also SSD's have come down in price since you made your list so I would get one twice the size.

You could save money on the power supply, not convinced you need 600w. If I find time in next couple of days I'll show what I'd build for that budget. To be honest with the spec you've gone for that's doable on a 400 budget if you didn't have the ssd too and after market cooler.

Original Poster Banned

Ok cool - I was looking at the i5 route but found it more pricey (is it worth it for the extra performance?!) but if it's not more expensive, I'd gladly listen to alternatives. As I say, just starting out at this

Do you have any parts from you other computer(s)?

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ether707

Do you have any parts from you other computer(s)?



Nope, starting from scratch! Apart from Monitor, keyboard & mouse.

A £400 budget build I made for a family member then added the 270x instead of his card (AMD fx-6300): uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/R…DkL

For an i5 build it depends if you want to overclock, but it will definitely perform better than the AMD, the memory with also run at max speed with the intel with very little effort, having said that if you arent going to overclock you can save about £15 and get the 4690 chip and a cheaper motherboard instead.

I had a quick go at picking a build: uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/R…kgs

I would also use flubit or ebay where I could to get better prices..
Edited by: "delusion" 22nd Jun 2014

I went for a slightly higher spec than this last September, I'd wait on the SSD drives, if there's no need and you have lots of content to store, then hold off until the prices come down further, then install one in your machine at a later date.

Like one of the other people on here said, try flubit, sometimes worth a shot.

Good luck with your build.

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Cheers for the help.

Just out of interest, how much cheaper (%) do you guys usualy find a build compared to off the shelf machines of the same spec?

I made a build very similar, I was lucky that I bought the low profile Gskill ares ram as there wasn't enough clearance otherwise as the coolermaster cooler sits over. Definitely make sure it fits.

If you can stretch go for the 280x I had the 270, good card but the performance difference on the 280 is huge.

dcx_badass

Check this out, 32 pence cheaper, much better … Check this out, 32 pence cheaper, much better machine:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2HR84DThis is just a guide, I'd wait for the new intel processors out this month for around the same price. But that's basically just the same machine, just swap the CPU out, also I used the same graphics card as I don't follow AMD so have no idea if it's good value or not.



if you are ok with 1.65v Memory that 8GB for £38 is a bargain.

dcx_badass

Check this out, 32 pence cheaper, much better … Check this out, 32 pence cheaper, much better machine:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2HR84DThis is just a guide, I'd wait for the new intel processors out this month for around the same price. But that's basically just the same machine, just swap the CPU out, also I used the same graphics card as I don't follow AMD so have no idea if it's good value or not.



I would avoid the Kingston V300 swap-and-bait SSD just on principle and spend another £7 on the Crucial M500 (the MX100 is too new for me). Also, if going for the expense of an Intel i5 K, you should budget a third party cooler even if only a AC Freezer 7. I'd also swap the not very good Corsair CX for a Seasonic-made XFX (not semi modular but much better quality components).

The OP never mentioned whether they intend to overclock although an FX6300 doesn't make much sense otherwise. However, rather than spending too much on an overclockabel i5, if going Intel I would go with something like this:
uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/K…YQ7
An i5-4460 and a H81 motherboard but for that a far faster R9-280X graphic card which I think is a better balance.

Or save £40 or so and get an AMD FX6300 build which would have to be overclocked to reach its potential:
uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/L…DkL
(Not 100% on the motherboard there as overclocking an FX6300 requires good VRMs etc.)
Edited by: "kgrings" 23rd Jun 2014
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