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First Build Gaming PC

GarinJ
  • 55 months ago

I would like to build my first gaming PC. Ideally it needs to be reasonably quiet, small as it's going to be placed on a TV desk (until I move out).

Budget: No more than£800 Location: UK Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming, streaming, video, general usage Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): No need for monitor, a mouse and keyboard is not essential at this time Operating System required: Windows 10 preferably.

I would like the most future-proof GPU if possible and an SSD along with a second 7,200RPM HDD.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £138.75 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler CRYORIG C1 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler £44.99 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £79.55 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Memory Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £30.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £62.98 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.12 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC Video Card £174.98 @ Amazon UK
Case Silverstone GD09B HTPC Case £60.04 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £64.99 @ Aria PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) £72.30 @ CCL Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £768.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 21:15 GMT+0000
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there space to upgrade if needed to? Unsure on the 8gb ram?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and the 8GB RAM should be more than enough for now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit over budget, but it's well worth the few extra bucks

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £196.12 @ More Computers
Motherboard MSI H97I AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £78.32 @ CCL Computers
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £33.04 @ Amazon UK
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £58.39 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.39 @ Aria PC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card £247.84 @ More Computers
Case Antec ISK600 Mini ITX Tower Case £36.50 @ Kustom PCs
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £49.92 @ More Computers
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) £72.30 @ CCL Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £806.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 21:19 GMT+0000
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What makes you choose the Xeon CPU over an i5? Sorry just curious as I'm fairly clueless on these sort of things. I can probably go without the OS as I can likely get a license elsewhere so could look at this

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The Xeon CPU has hyper threading which means it has 4 physical cores, 2 logical cores per core making it have 8 cores total.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, as Amazian said, it's basically a locked i7 without integrated graphics. You mentioned streaming, and if streaming while gaming, an i7 is the ideal processor to have, and the Xeon is a fabulous option for such a setup since it offers such a competitive price. The 1231 v3 performs roughly equal to a stock-clocked 4770k, which is a great gaming CPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

With this build in mind, would it be a safer option to pay a little bit more and get a gold PSU?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference between bronze and gold ratings is nothing to do with quality, only energy efficiency. It boils down to about 4% difference at most, so it's not an extremely important factor. The XFX unit I selected is a highly reliable unit, and it's a great fit for this build.

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