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Looking to build a new gaming PC - Best route?

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Found 12th Dec 2014
Can anybody please tell me if it's better these days to buy a prebuilt PC from somewhere like Novatech, Overclockers, PC specialist etc, or if it's better to buy the components individually and build it myself?

I'm looking for quite a decent spec which I'm guessing will be around £600 either way!

Thanks!

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Hi,

I recently built my first PC in 7 years and found the following VERY useful:

choosemypc.net/ - Very good method of compiling the parts you need at your budget. It confirms that all parts are compatible and then provides a link to pcpartpicker advises the cheapest prices on the net:

uk.pcpartpicker.com/ - Allows you to select compatible parts and build you're own PC. Links you to the cheapest places it believes are currently selling the parts.

There are also tutorial videos on choosemypc (at the bottom) which help show you how to build a PC (if you haven't done it before).

Both of these sites allowed me to build a 'rig' I am VERY happy with.

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jimmyd4ng3r

Hi,I recently built my first PC in 7 years and found the following VERY … Hi,I recently built my first PC in 7 years and found the following VERY useful:http://choosemypc.net/ - Very good method of compiling the parts you need at your budget. It confirms that all parts are compatible and then provides a link to pcpartpicker advises the cheapest prices on the net:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/ - Allows you to select compatible parts and build you're own PC. Links you to the cheapest places it believes are currently selling the parts.There are also tutorial videos on choosemypc (at the bottom) which help show you how to build a PC (if you haven't done it before).Both of these sites allowed me to build a 'rig' I am VERY happy with.



Thanks for taking the time to answer this Jimmy, huge help! I've never heard of the above sites but they're really useful.

Question answered!

No problem.

Be aware that PCPartPicker does silently filter what it displays and some categories have a substantial amount of the choices missing. While it can be useful to get an idea of price I'd definitely check stores themselves (including those it purports to compare) when you get down to picking individual models.

If you don't mind building then that's usually cheaper than an assembled custom-specified machine. Big brand pre-builts such as Medion can sometimes be competitive price-wise if you're not after specific components though.

At your budget, it would be far better to build it, as you'd be more likely to to acquire better quality and higher performing components than you'd otherwise get.

An example high spec gaming build for your budget would be:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU:Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£130.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard:MSI B85M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£42.82 @ CCL Computers)
Memory:Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£43.35 @ Amazon UK)
Storage:Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£29.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card:Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card (£255.59 @ Aria PC)
Case:Cooler Master K350 ATX Mid Tower Case (£23.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply:EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£31.15 @ Aria PC)

Total: £557.81

You can add other stuff if you'd like. Maybe a dvd rewriter and a small ssd as a secondary hard drive which can speed up loading times. Or you could upgrade to an i7.
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