Gaming computer build, any improvements?

Anyone suggest any changes to this computer build I should make? Hoping to complete it within the next month or so and im wanting it for gaming and running programs relating to my computing degree.

uk.pcpartpicker.com/use…bt6

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SSD boot drive and then chuck all the data on the 1TB drive?

redbutcher

SSD boot drive and then chuck all the data on the 1TB drive?


^ that
no excuse with how cheap they are these days, 120GB is plenty for a boot drive
Aria themselves have the new 3D V-NAND Samsungs for £68, or there are plenty to choose from at around 50
makes a huge huge difference compared to mech drive

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niceguyrichy

^ thatno excuse with how cheap they are these days, 120GB is plenty for a … ^ thatno excuse with how cheap they are these days, 120GB is plenty for a boot driveAria themselves have the new 3D V-NAND Samsungs for £68, or there are plenty to choose from at around 50 makes a huge huge difference compared to mech drive


Yeah definitely on the SSD, just forgot to put it into my build list haha

niceguyrichy

no excuse with how cheap they are these days, 120GB is plenty for a boot … no excuse with how cheap they are these days, 120GB is plenty for a boot driveAria themselves have the new 3D V-NAND Samsungs for £68, or there are plenty to choose from at around 50 makes a huge huge difference compared to mech drive



I'd be looking at £40 for a 120GB these days, I certainly wouldn't pay £68 for a Samsung when you can get double the capacity from Crucial/Micron for that price.

Have you looked at the alternatives to the 4790K? The 4690K is just as good for gaming and the six core 5820K isn't that much extra if you're going for an expensive motherboard anyway.

£62 seems a little expensive for DDR-1600, you should be able to find G.Skill's DDR-1866 CL9 for similar or less.

Graphics card is hard to say as the impending GTX 960 may shake things up at that price.

I wouldn't bother with a semi-modular power supply in a large windowless case like that. Save yourself £25 and go for EVGA's 500W or similar.

EndlessWaves

I'd be looking at £40 for a 120GB these days, I certainly wouldn't pay … I'd be looking at £40 for a 120GB these days, I certainly wouldn't pay £68 for a Samsung when you can get double the capacity from Crucial/Micron for that price.


to each their own and all, but I personally wouldn't be buying the very cheapest SSD I could find for my primary boot drive
the new Sammy is slightly more because of the fancy azz new V-NAND

I'd have one at that price if I needed one

Change the i7 for a i5 4690k and with the money you save upgrade Graphics card to a nvidia GTX 970.

Is it purely for gaming?
If so I would down spec the CPU and spend the difference on a more higher end GPU.
As your spending £700 I would get a 256gb or more SSD. You'll get better performance (larger SSD's tend to perform better) and saves a lot of hassle later down the line.

If you don't already get free shipping (it tends to be next day) from Scan.co.uk via the forums.
Free shipping combined with there Today only deals will save you a small fortune if you don't mind waiting a few days/weeks for the parts to go on offer or are flexible with some of the parts..
I saved about £30 on a £400 build a few years back doing this.
Edited by: "joedastudd" 7th Jan 2015

niceguyrichy

to each their own and all, but I personally wouldn't be buying the very … to each their own and all, but I personally wouldn't be buying the very cheapest SSD I could find for my primary boot drive



I would. The difference between SSDs is minimal in benchmarks and nothing in perception so the only things worth paying for are specific features or customer support. Samsung's SSDs aren't anything special feature-wise and Samsung don't have the reputation for doing all they can for their customers.

joedastudd

Is it purely for gaming? If so I would down spec the CPU and spend the … Is it purely for gaming? If so I would down spec the CPU and spend the difference on a more higher end GPU.As your spending £700 I would get a 256gb or more SSD. You'll get better performance (larger SSD's tend to perform better) and saves a lot of hassle later down the line.If you don't already get free shipping (it tends to be next day) from Scan.co.uk via the forums. Free shipping combined with there Today only deals will save you a small fortune if you don't mind waiting a few days/weeks for the parts to go on offer or are flexible with some of the parts.. I saved about £30 on a £400 build a few years back doing this.



+1. Get an i5 and a GTX 970.

EndlessWaves

I would. The difference between SSDs is minimal in benchmarks and nothing … I would. The difference between SSDs is minimal in benchmarks and nothing in perception so the only things worth paying for are specific features or customer support. Samsung's SSDs aren't anything special feature-wise and Samsung don't have the reputation for doing all they can for their customers.


two words: reliability & reputation

that's why you pay a little bit more for the right drive
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