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Build Advice Low - Mid Gaming machine

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SolidShot, 2 Sep 2013.

  1. SolidShot

    SolidShot Member

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    Hello.

    Im looking to waste some ill gotten gains on a new pc since 3 months with my old laptop has all but killed me.

    I have a few options.

    My budget is £500 - £650 (top end at a push)

    I was thinking that i could either:

    a.) Get a pre build machine from Scan. Perks are its new, and it comes with a warranty. Problem is that there isnt much scope to upgrade over time.

    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ShowSystem.asp?SystemID=1658

    Maybe that with a SSD, and a 670 GPU.

    b.) Build it myself using parts. Ive built two before, so its possible, im just not sure what to get or how to get value out of the parts, as i suffer from SHINY KIT SYNDROME and before i know it ive added £3k to my basket..

    c.) Flea bay. A risk i know, but ive spied things like this

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KILLER-GA...t=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2ec6d6c794

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-I5-...t=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item5652aca0e7

    Dont need monitor or keyboard.

    Games and everyday use. Games being BF3, COH2, Rome Total war 2.

    Not expecting ultra quality graphics.

    SO THOUGHTS PLEASE? :)
     
  2. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy New Member

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    Instead of picking a budget CPU and then being stuck with it why not price up some AMD stuff?

    Example - 6300 CPU costs £85 and has six cores, all of which will be used in every game released soon. Right now there is still a lot of stuff that supports it (Crysis 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 etc).

    The best part is that even though it's a budget CPU it's fully overclockable. It will easily reach speeds of 4.5ghz+ at which point it will blow away any budget offering from Intel. You'll need a decent cooler (H80+) but it should still come in on budget.
     
  3. lancer778544

    lancer778544 Well-Known Member

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    I will give one bit of advice, avoid Ebay "gaming" PCs like the plague. Costs will have been cut everywhere, cheap cases with poor cooling and poor build quality, cheap PSUs e.t.c. Take the Intel one you linked to. It claims a GT 610 will play the latest games at medium to high detail settings. No, it wont...

    If you don't fancy building your own, go with a Scan pre-built one as it'll be built with decent parts.
     
  4. SolidShot

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    Avoid the Athlon CPUs. Ideally you want to use a FX 6300 and board. I would imagine due to the premium Scan charge that it would rule out a pre built system and you'd have to do it yourself :)
     
  6. SolidShot

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    Well i went for a 3xs system for the first time in my life. Heres what i got.

    Coolermaster K-350
    Intel Core i3 4130
    Gigabyte GA-H81M-D2V
    16GB Total (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
    2GB EVGA GTX 760
    120Gb Samsung 840 Series
    1TB Seagate Barracuda
    LiteOn DH-403S DVD blu ray drive

    All for just under £650. It arrives friday :)
     
  7. lancer778544

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    Looks like a solid choice to me, I hope you enjoy it! :)
     
  8. SolidShot

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    Cheers. I chose it over the AMD system mainly because i had no idea what any of it meant, and it was actually £2 more expensive, which gave me my excuse to stick to what i know! :p

    The mobo is the only thing that lets it down really, that can easily be changed.

    Corsair 500w psu too.

    So yeah. Change the mobo, throw in an i7, up the ram a bit and BAM. A top system! It'll do me for now :)

    oh, and i saved 75 quid by not taking windows 8! i'd PAY 75 quid not to have windows 8! :) threw the excess into the GPU :)
     

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