Firstly, a massive thank you to this site, all who use it, have posted their builds, reasons and comments.
After months and months of research and dribbling over other peoples PCs on here, I finally took the plunge! Upgrading from a laptop gaming has never better. All components were bought from Scan.co.uk as it isn't that far a drive for me and I'm really impressed with the company. It really was an easy if not nerve racking build, I work in IT but this was the first computer I've ever built and spent the price of a 2nd hand car on! One thing to bear in mind is ensuring the right mode is selected on the monitor and not assuming you've broken something. Apart from that heart stopper it was all good, only question I'm asking now is why I didn't do it sooner!
As for the choice of the parts I went for mid-high range , the sort of thing that will last a good number of years without any additions.
i5 4670K Single core performance edged it from the slightly cheaper and better is some areas AMD 8350
GIGABYTE Z87X-D3H Read some many great reviews on this board inc good heat dissipation and reliability, more than enough for my needs.
SAPPHIRE R9 280X VAPOR-X Last minute change from cheaper 760, maybe best decision ever! Its an amazing card just eats everything i have thrown at it 60+ frames in bf3, modded skryim, modded fallout 3, bioshock, witcher 2.
CORSAIR VENGANCE PRO 2 x 4GB 1600 Dual channel 8GB all that is needed for gaming went with the pro as well its.... blue, why not?
HYPER 212 EVO AIR COOLER Great cooler, solid looking and good cooling for the price.
FRACTAL DESIGN R4 Its big! and such a great case looks sleek and plenty of room for cabling air flow etc.
SEASONIC 620W Upped from 550W XFX due to bigger GPU, its semi modular and a quality brand. Its quiet to!
KINGSTON 120GB SSD + SEAGATE 1TB Bargin ssd and works a treat for just the OS. All programs, games and storage are on the 1TB. Can have no complaints for the price paid.
ASUS VS239HR IPS 23" Again was a highly reviewed and rated monitor for the money a star performer.
LOGITECH MK520 Was originally getting a 'gaming' mouse and keyboard but to keep cost down subbed this in and still very impressed with them, if wireless is your thing you can't go wrong, solid and sturdy and look the part.
HOWEVER, have had some issues with the signal dropping out mid games for a few seconds. VERY annoying
**UPDATE Have stopped using the wireless set as the lag was a real show stopper. If you have gaming in mind DO NOT get this as it is a common problem.
If your looking at this site and thinking of building a PC, justify your budget and get it done! A new world of speed and beauty awaits!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||£181.38 GBP|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||£23.98 GBP|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150||£109.04 GBP|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||£70.56 GBP|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||£65.96 GBP|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||£43.98 GBP|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB||£245.14 GBP|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||£78.48 GBP|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V||£69.14 GBP|
|Custom||Asus VS239HR 23" IPS Monitor||£140.68 GBP|
|Belkin 3m HDMI Cable||£4.78 GBP|
|Logitech MK520 Wireless Mouse - Keyboard||£40.78 GBP|
|Total (United Kingdom):||£1073.90 GBP|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||27.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||58.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||950MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6200MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||58.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X3409|
|Performance Preset Score||P9537|
|Entry Preset Score||E12081|