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First Build (Budget) Updated

by chrisuk30



Date Published

Aug. 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.143 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


Alright guys!

So i decided a couple of months back that i needed something new to play with. My laptop was starting to fail, it was overheating so that no heat pad could keep it cool, the keyboard died and the hard drive was starting to go.

I had no clue about doing my own build only that it could be cheaper, as you can build up as you have the money and that you know exactly what is going in to the case. So i spent some time trawling the net looking for advice and tips then found this wonderful place, where i have spent the last couple of months sneaking around looking at all the magic i've seen produced on here, learning from all your words and pictures. If i've learnt nothing else, its that you all love pictures, so i thought i would throw up mine too as a mini thanks for all the help you guys throw out to one another....sorry they're not the best, im no photographer.

Anyway my build. I know its not the most future proof and will require some aditions in the next couple of years....(The SSD and GTX 1060 will be added next pay day and i will update for you all) but i went for what i thought was relitivly cheap to suit my needs, knowing that as much as i love to sit and play games, i don't have infinate time so i didn't need to throw together a world killer.

It went together quick and easy really, the only pain was sitting the case controls in their correct places on the board, the motherboard instructions weren't too great on that front but got their after a couple of go's. Im happy with how it turned out perhaps the case could have a been easier on cable management but for £35 i can't complain (im also sure and expert could of done better) and the only thing im really looking forward to now is getting my hands on the 1060.


So I spent some time, did a little saving, a bit of thinking and decided to limit my budget at £600 that leaves me around £60 to add my 240gb ssd.

Originally I had my heart set on the 1060 gpu but it would of thrown me over my budget and I'm quite stubborn with pennies. I did some searching, watched some videos and looked at what I really needed and I'm quite happy with the RX470. My biggest drain is WoW and on ultra preset 10 with mid range AA I'm hitting 53-57fps in open world and 5mans. I'm sure when I try I'll lose 20fps in raids but with what I've seen so far I'm happy to turn off the AA or drop down a preset. The only other games I really play are Civ and Football manager so I'm sure this little gem will fill my needs for now.

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DrBiff 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Looks pretty good I like the parts you have chosen solid build

chrisuk30 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks, mate!

I only have certain needs so I tried hard to set a budget and stick to it. I'm sure there might of been one or two better options and still stick to price but for a first attempt, I'm very happy

Jake1981 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

This is a great PC :)

chrisuk30 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Haha, Thanks for making a rookie smile!

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Sexy graphics card. I must say though that at this price point, the R9 380X might have been a better choice while being able to save a few extra bucks. The only advantage I see a 470 having is updated architecture as well as better future proofing driver support. I really dig that back plate though...+1

NewEra420 1 point 29 months ago

Actually there's no reason to get a 380x over a 470. 470 is faster, has better performance, uses less power, & runs MUCH cooler. Spending money on an older, less performing gpu makes zero sense imo.

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zion_89 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I am confused over the radeon card choice, you could have gone with an 8gb and remove that vram cap for peace of mind at barely $20-$40? The 4gb rx 470 version makes no sense imo. Nice build anyways and I guess you chose the 4gb due to money self limitations. +1either way.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I'm not really with you on this one, I think it really depends on the cost of those cards. For 20$ maybe you could just say "eh, I'll get the 8gb just to be sure", but to me any more money wouldn't be worth it. Consider that 20$ on a 180$ card are already more than a 10%, and honestly that gpu wouldn't push 60 fps when 8gb will be needed, aside from a very few occasions (say maybe doom). Also, the rx 480 4gb model is really close, or in some cases cheaper, than the rx 470 8gb, tbh I wouldn't be that sure about that.

And of course there's the issue that prices are always fluctuating and different in different regions, it looks to me that this guy is from the uk, so there may be other price differences there.

zion_89 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Indeed and I agree, I'm just saying that in my opinion if $20-$40 extra means I get double the VRAM regardless of the actual GPU performance I'd go for it, simply because that VRAM can pay off in the future with bigger games, or it can pay off now if you mod games with better textures for example. Look at Doom, right now it has a preset that unlocks only if your GPU has 5gb+ VRAM, that's now, soon well see this more and more as games eat more and more VRAM but I digress. If the difference where $50 then I wouldn't be so sure, my point is the price dif is too small for the VRAM to make the 470 4gb make sense over 8gb, if the 470 were $50 cheaper then it wouldn't feel like it's cannibalizing it's own market share. Now that I think more into it, either card makes no sense as long as they are so close to each other price wise. I dislike the VRAM variable they set on GPU's sometimes lol.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Nice budget build, although I'm not fond of the i5 + H motherboards, they are a little too cheap, but it won't blow up. On the graphics card, you did the right choice, no need to upgrade to a 1060, since the fps improvement wouldn't be that big. I'd say stick with your new ssd, and if you want to turn this build into some kind of enthusiast one, start with a new motherboard in preparation of what kind of cpu you'll want in the future, than you can upgrade your gpu and cpu.

On a sidenote, I'm not sure about football manager, but WoW and I'm pretty sure Civ too are usually cpu bound games, meaning you'll get more strain on the cpu side of the system, just another reason to not upgrade to a 1060.

chrisuk30 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks for the response and the approval :)

I've been a long time wow player and I'm very familiar with its love of the cpu. This is the first time I've ever gone for a dedicated gpu as wow has taken a big step up graphically for the new expansion.

I had a couple of weeks playing it on the hd 530 graphics whilst I saved for the card and although the it can comfortably run the game at the lower end at around 40fps, you couldn't get it towards mid settings without a struggle.

Since putting in the RX470 the change is incredible. It just needs that SSD now for the loading times.

I know the H boards aren't the greatest but they help do the job at my budget for now. Having said that. I've seriously caught the bug after doing my first build and will definitely be doing a new build after the Christmas period. One with a bigger budget, more quality parts....we will see how the Kaby lakes are looking.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Well, if I were you I'd just stick to improving this build piece by piece, since you got a good base to start with, unless you want a whole new pc of course (or you plan to sell this one). As I said, I'd think about upgrading the motherboard, and then gpu and cpu later on (your gpu will probably be holding you back before your cpu would).

Also, if you are already waiting the end of the year, definitely take your time to see how Zen turns out to be, there's some potential in these new processors that might be worth considering.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Personally, I think this is like an "IT $700 PC". Perfect for the price and parts choice :-)

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