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    Gaming PC help, first timer from Consoles.

    Hi all,

    I've got it in my head that i want to get into PC gaming after seeing my mate's Dell laptop in action (not a gaming one but it handled Skyrim well enough).

    I've looked on Freshtechsolutions and pcspecialist but really don't know my stuff. I've noticed FTS is cheaper but seems to not have a decent GFX card on the Intel line.

    If anyone can point me in the right direction from the following requirements I would be grateful, budget is about £400 - £500, hopefully something that can play what the PS3 and Xbox 360 can, but with a bit more oomph and enough left for some newer titles.

    Able to play older games comfortably, such as Minecraft, Fable 1-3, Skyrim, Deus Ex HR, Fallout 3/ New Vegas, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

    Newer games such as South Park: Stick of Truth, Dark Souls 1 & 2, Watchdogs, etc...

    Also would love to be able to emulate PS2 games as best as possible.

    Thanks!

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    Chillblast do some nice ones

    chillblast.com/Gam…Cs/

    we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call

    Edited by: "bonn1e" 13th Jan 2015

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    bonn1e

    Chillblast do some nice oneshttp://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/we … Chillblast do some nice oneshttp://www.chillblast.com/Gaming-PCs/we bought ours 12 months ago from them, no problems and very helpful - maybe give them a phone call



    Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.

    Steve Mac

    Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but … Thanks, a bit hesitant to switch as I've always been a console gamer but think it's time to.



    Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require.

    Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.

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    kester76

    Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think … Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require. Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.



    It's been over a decade since my last PC build so I'm very rusty but willing to try. Any tips as I've always struggled with knowing what parts are compatible with each other?

    Steve Mac

    It's been over a decade since my last PC build so I'm very rusty but … It's been over a decade since my last PC build so I'm very rusty but willing to try. Any tips as I've always struggled with knowing what parts are compatible with each other?



    Pretty much the same as before. Most PSU's are ATX so go for a good brand like EVGA, Seasonic, Goldenflower. You can check out the power requirements of the system and go a little higher on the wattage. Memory you're looking for a DDR3 non ecc 1600 -> 1866Mhz, 2x4GB. Motherboards are pretty much by socket.

    CPU amazon.co.uk/Int…258

    Mobo shop.bt.com/pro…306
    Mobo looks good and the CPU can be upgraded at a later date if and when you need it.

    Original Poster

    kester76

    http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/reviews/motherboards/gigabyte-z97x-gaming-7-motherboard-review/



    Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?

    Steve Mac

    Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something … Thanks, any suggestion for a GFX card to go with this mobo? Something that would run GTA5 and the previous games I've mentioned?


    Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.

    kester76

    Not sure, I'd would go for a GTX 970 but that would blow your budget.



    GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.

    rev6

    GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was … GTA V recommended requirements for the GPU is less than I expected, I was thinking more along the lines of a GTX 770 / 280x, but it's a GTX 660.


    I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I wouldn't need the heating as much

    kester76

    I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I … I'd go Nvidia over AMD because it's getting closer to summer and I wouldn't need the heating as much



    I'm ready for next winter :-)

    rev6

    I'm ready for next winter :-)


    FX-8350 + R9-290, police think I've got a Cannabis plantation due to the heat bloom and high electricity bill oO

    kester76

    Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think … Best bet is to build your own. It's a lot easier and fun than you think and you will be able to upgrade and modify the PC a lot easier than if someone builds one for you. For £500 you can build a fantastic gaming PC if you cut out all the fat and only go for the parts you really require. Just remember that a good PSU, 2x4GB of good branded memory and a good case is what you want to spend on as these will last the life of the PC. Swapping motherboard, CPU/GPU is a lot easier if you have a good foundation to build on.



    Spot on advice - However I would invest in a decent motherboard to begin with - It will save hassle in the future!
    I personally always recommend this MOBO:
    ebuyer.com/507…pro

    Got almost everything you need built into it with room for expansion.

    Dan7712

    Spot on advice - However I would invest in a decent motherboard to begin … Spot on advice - However I would invest in a decent motherboard to begin with - It will save hassle in the future!I personally always recommend this MOBO:http://www.ebuyer.com/507924-asus-z87-pro-socket-1150-dvi-hdmi-displayport-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-z87-proGot almost everything you need built into it with room for expansion.


    Wasn't that replaced by the Z97 series ?

    Edited by: "kester76" 14th Jan 2015
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