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Hey everyone need help with first build!

itzjayd
  • 56 months ago

Hi guys so im looking to upgrade from console gaming to pc gaming. I dont know if im posting this in the right section because I do need a parts list but really I need advice on how to build my first PC and which components are best suited for me. I really have no idea on what parts to get or how they fit together. I have a couple of questions though! My budget is £1000 up to £1500gbp although I am willing to put a little more in as I am planning on buying the parts a few months as I save up money. I am looking to play the latest games on close to max graphics as I can on a pc monitor and a large tv with a xbox controller when Im just chilling with mates. Any advice would be much appreciated, any articles that I can read on building would be great as im sure I have lots of research to do and a rough idea of a parts list would be awesome!

1) Where do I start (lol) in what sort of order should I be looking at components wise? 2) I like the idea of buying a single graphics card that is capable of playing games at console level and above, and then later installing another graphics card to boost the graphics to around max, is this a good idea? And would I be looking at something like an evga nvidia gtx980ti? 3) What kind of processor would I need? I personally would like an intel graphics card, is this the best choice for me and would I be looking at an i5 or an i7? 4) Do I need to liquid cool my pc or is this too expensive for my requirements and is this possible to install as an upgrade?

Thanks for looking! :)

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  • 56 months ago
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Tips:

Selecting a processor: for gaming, shoot for at least an i5. Quad core is the gaming standard, though dual cores can get it done sometimes

Selecting a GPU: Largely dictated by budget, resolution, and expectations. For 1080p, a 970/390 or above will be perfectly sufficient to max almost everything.

CPU Cooler: Only technically needed if the processor ships without a stock cooler or if you are planning to overclock. Liquid cooling is never unless doing heavy overclocking. At stock speeds, (nearly) any air cooler will be perfectly sufficient.

Your thoughts on starting in a single GPU and investing in another later is the best way to do so.

With gaming, the standard specs are i5, 8gb ram, 1tb storage, optional SSD, at least 550w PSU (wattage depends on the GPU). That's the best way to start. I started by choosing the new Skylake i5. It is a very strong cpu at a good price and it is the newest available.

This would be the best way to start. All standard parts, all very, very reliable. This build will max any game at 1080p, so a second 980ti is entirely unecessary. The CPU cooler will support heavy (but not extreme) overclocking while remaining very quiet. The PSU is selected with a high enough wattage to support a second 980ti in the future, but that would only be necessary if you are interested in maxing the extremely demanding titles in 4k.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £196.99 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler £65.46 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £113.19 @ Ebuyer
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £37.83 @ Ebuyer
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £64.30 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card £545.99 @ Aria PC
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £88.07 @ Aria PC
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £99.99 @ Dabs
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1246.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-02 22:14 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks for the advice, Im kind of planning to go overboard on this build now and leave as much room for upgrades as i can in future, check out my build plans so far haha http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4VMnD3

  • 56 months ago
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Well, there's certainly no shortage to performance there. The only real performance improvements would be to a hex- or octa- core i7 and a GTX Titan, but both of those are way, way unnecessary

  • 56 months ago
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Hahaha yeah Ill leave those to the super hardcore 4kers to be honest the price jump for those parts is way too much and just not worth it, I will eventually put another 980ti hybrid into the build and upgrade the hard drives and think about liquid cooling depending on how hot my build is running, made a couple of changes but think im all set for what i need http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6yCmsY

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest upping the wattage on the power supply. If you add in a second 980ti, the system wattage goes up to 700, but an overclocked 6700k can push it up past another 50 watts.

Other than that, it looks great. I wish I could afford a system like this!

  • 56 months ago
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Posted the wrong link lol this is my build http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pLGfbv

  • 56 months ago
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How much you need to spend on a graphics cards really depends on what resolution and refresh rate of your monitor or TV. For most people a resolution of 1080p and a refresh rate of 60 is what most people play at, and what most TV's are capable of. For that about £160 graphics card such as a GTX 906 or an Radeon R9 380 is able to play most games at 1080 at 60 frames per second at high setting. For about £250 you can step up to a GTX 970 and or R9 390 and max out games at 1080.

For a processor, well for gaming the i5 is about the best you are going to get. Anything over an i5 is not going to get you any more performance in most games. For the cooler, if you go with a K chip, meaning you can overclock, an aftermarket cooler is recommended. You don't need liquid cooling, but for overclocking it is nice. However, you don't need to overclock to get the performance you want.

  • 56 months ago
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Thanks yeah Im probably going to go overboard on my build as I have the time to save up money and really want a build that will last me through the years and has the power and potential for upgrades in future. I have 4k on my mind for this build to be completely honest with you so am willing to pay the extra bucks for future, check out my build so far http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4VMnD3 overkill yes probably haha thankyou

  • 56 months ago
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Well sometimes overkill is underrated! The build looks nice.

  • 56 months ago
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Hi dude..

The Latest DDR4 skylake platform, IS DEFINITELY much better than the DDR3 Haswell Z97 by a long margin in all benchmarks including Gaming:

http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/220716-315137-315132

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1261?vs=1544

See the DDR4 i5-6600K ranked ahead of the i5-4690K by a whopping 14% in effective speed, and this not make-believe-Bull, it is real-time uploaded user data benchmarks: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6600K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4690K/3503vs2432

Also See the official intel comparison, be sure to check the 21.3 GB/s vs 34.1 GB/s Memory bandwidth ( Skylake vs Haswell ), 8 GT/s (Giga Transfers per sec) for the skylake vs 5 GT/s for Haswell, 14nm Manuf vs 22 nm..

http://ark.intel.com/compare/80811,88191

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor £274.98 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler £48.12 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £116.20 @ More Computers
Memory Kingston Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory £60.88 @ Ebuyer
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £68.00 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB STRIX Video Card £569.99 @ Aria PC
Case Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £85.80 @ Aria PC
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £64.98 @ Novatech
Keyboard Logitech MK550 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse £58.00 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1381.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-03 15:25 BST+0100

Some resources:

How to Build a Computer: The Complete Guide http://lifehacker.com/5828747/how-to-build-a-computer-from-scratch-the-complete-guide

How much RAM do you really need for gaming? http://www.pcgamer.com/how-much-ram-do-you-really-need-for-gaming/

  • 56 months ago
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Hey thanks yeah I agree im probably going to go overboard here, but I dont mind as its my first build and have been waiting a long time to decide on actually doing it. Im looking at getting the i7 6700k, thanks for posting those articles have been reading some and will get into cooling my pc and where to mount fans e.t.c soon

Ive started putting a build together on here, I really like your parts list and have made some upgrades mostly for cosmetic benefits, can you check it out for me and see if I couldve done better anywhere? Thankyou! http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4VMnD3

  • 56 months ago
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Hi dude..

Congrats on a FANTASTIC build.. Really impressed with the ASUS Deluxe, 980 Ti Hybrid, PSU.. A++ category parts-list all..

Some Ultra-fine optimizations.. ( to take it to the A+++ level ??)

A. The NZXT Kraken X61 runs a few degrees C cooler and quieter than the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/198585-247662-275503

B. Actually DDR4-2666 RAM is better performing than the Corsair DDR4-3000.. http://www.legitreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/band-vs-dollar-645x546.jpg

The BEST-IN-CLASS DDR4-2666 is the Kingston Savage with a cas of 13.. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx426c13sbk216

This build has got to be among the TOP-OF-THE-TOPS both in looks as well as performance..

take care dude, l8r

  • 56 months ago
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Yeah I really though those parts needed to be the best of the best in my build.

Im glad you said that about the NZXT cooler because i actually swapped the thermaltake for it yesterday as I thought it looked better cosmetically and thought I would ignore any bad reviews I had seen about it

Sweet I see the 2666 is actually on par and better price price than the 3000 so ive swapped that out for the kingston

Im not sure about the hard drives I have selected as I see alot of people spending hundreds on several different hard drives in their build, I dont know whether they know that they are going to need this space or if having more drives boosts performance? I thought that this area of the build could be eaisily upgradeable in time as I do have some sort of a budget lol!

I will also be planning on putting another 980ti hybrid in at a later date, and even liquid cooling though I think it should be quite cool as it is

Thanks for advice!

  • 56 months ago
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Not advice.. just sharing what is common knowledge after all...

Take care dude, :))

Thx for sharing..

  • 56 months ago
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My build so far

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6yCmsY

Have actually found these parts to be slightly cheaper on newegg so I could be looking at saving another couple hundred on my build

  • 56 months ago
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Pls update the correct link dude, that is a very "General - same for everybody link".. Just scroll down to a box marked Permalink: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6yCmsY <For example>.. paste that link in the forum..

  • 56 months ago
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Thats what I meant to do haha dont know how I managed that!

  • 56 months ago
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:DD

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