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Gaming PC - £550 Budget

Hoecs
  • 56 months ago

Budget: £550 - £575 (can go slightly over if there's a big jump in performance for a little more money, but no more than £600) Location: UK Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming mainly Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): None for the moment Operating System required: No; will get elsewhere

Hi,

Looking to build a new PC for gaming mainly mainly at 1080p; don't expect to run everything in ultra but am looking to get the most performance for my money, whilst using reliable components. I would also like this to be a base to upgrade in the future. Not bothered about overclocking, or looks particularly.

The build i've been playing around with has gone for an i5 4460 over the skylake around the same price (i5 6500), but am willing to be convinced otherwise, but everything i've read says the 4460 performs better. Pretty set on the 4gb 380 over the 960 but again can be convinced otherwise. Or a better gpu if savings can be made elsewhere, although i think it's unlikely! I guess where i'm most lost is motherboard, psu and case. Not bothered about SSD as i'm planning to add that later on and would prefer more storage over speed for the time being. As I say reliability and the ability to slowly upgrade over the next 3-4 years are quite important to me whilst sticking to my budget.

Thanks for any help :)

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

For the cpu I chose a 6500 you could afford a 6600 but it's not worth the £20 extra for only .1Ghz

For the motherboard I went with the msi h170 which is crossfire compatible so if you want to add an extra graphics card you can.

8gb of ram.

Went with a 380 4gb version which is much better that the 2gb version, 2gb runs out of vram fast these days. The 4gb version will also allow you to step up to 1440p if you get a second 380 at a later date.

Nice black case with a window to show off your dark colorscheme.

750w b2 power supply from evga will give you plenty of breathing room for a second graphics card. If you don't plan on getting a second card you can save money by going with a smaller power supply.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £149.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £79.91 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £41.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card £172.99 @ Aria PC
Case Aerocool Aero-500 ATX Mid Tower Case £30.86 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £64.98 @ Novatech
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £575.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 15:00 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to say thanks to you for this build.

I built it this weekend, only adding an SSD, getting the MSI 4GB 380, and changing the power supply to a slightly cheaper, lower wattage XFX one.

Thanks so much for your help with my first build :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help :)

Happy gaming!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5-6400 much better than the i5-4460..

CPU.USERBENCHMARK.COM ranks the DDR4 i5-6400 17% faster than the DDR3 i5-4460

The i5-6400 is ranked 22nd ( Desktop 86%, Gaming 84%, Workstation 48% )

The i5-4460 is ranked 90th ( Desktop 73%, Gaming 72%, Workstation 41% )

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6400-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4460/m35537vs2310

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor £139.98 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £116.75 @ More Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £50.30 @ Aria PC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card £149.69 @ Aria PC
Case Corsair SPEC-01 ATX Mid Tower Case £41.70 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply £55.56 @ CCL Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £588.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 14:34 BST+0100

You can always upgrade the CPU but not the MBoard.. The Foundation of the PC is the MBoard.. THE Most Popular 10-power phase - SLI/Crossfire Compatible, Full-ATX Z170 Mboard, a much better Tier-2 XFX PSU..

http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/316437-317163

The Upgrade-path.. SSD --> CPU & CPU Cooler --> All the way to an i7-6700k --> GPU, maybe the 390/390X.. Tried to fit the 280X/290 but couldn't..

The one thing with H170 boards are is that they support only DDR4-2133 RAM.. Also Gaming FPS sees quite a jump between 2133 & 2400 RAMs.. So, a basic Z170 board is always better than the H170

Any queries I'll get to in about 2 hrs, dude.. hope u don't mind.. seeya

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I guess the 4460 vs 6400 thing was that from what i've read it's worth putting the money saved on non-skylake components elsewhere in terms of value for money, but as I say i'm slightly clueless so what do I know ha ha!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's usually better to go with the latest tech if you're starting from scratch.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely not dude.. many ppl simply can't make the time wasting hours on end splitting hairs over a few bucks of hardware performance, while Life keeps everyone passing them by......

cheers :))

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