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Entry Level Gaming PC - First-Time Build

Lightwave

37 months ago

Hello,

I'm looking to build a reasonably priced gaming machine for around £500.

Here is my build so far: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/7BRL7h

Any advice or feedback is very much appreciated.

Thanks

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If you were going to go down the AMD processor route then redirect money from your case to the GPU but note that slow DDR 3 Ram, no upgrade path and poor single core CPU performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor £68.99 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard £65.47 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory £34.99 @ Novatech
Storage Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £37.98 @ Ebuyer
Video Card Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB StormX Video Card £144.89 @ CCL Computers
Case Thermaltake Versa H25 ATX Mid Tower Case £29.64 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply £34.99 @ Novatech
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer £13.73 @ BT Shop
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £83.28 @ Ebuyer
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £513.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-05 12:28 GMT+0000
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If you were instead to go the Intel route then possibilities open up but you need £535

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor £92.91 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard *MSI B150M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £60.98 @ YoYoTech
Memory *Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £34.99 @ Novatech
Storage Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £37.98 @ Ebuyer
Video Card *Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB StormX Video Card £144.89 @ CCL Computers
Case Thermaltake Versa H25 ATX Mid Tower Case £29.64 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £49.74 @ Aria PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £83.28 @ Ebuyer
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £534.41
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-05 12:35 GMT+0000

A budget of £625 allows an SSD and a better GPU. Drop the SSD and the budget is £565.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor £92.91 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard *MSI B150M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £60.98 @ YoYoTech
Memory *Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £34.99 @ Novatech
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £58.98 @ Novatech
Storage Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £37.98 @ Ebuyer
Video Card *XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Triple X Video Card £177.08 @ More Computers
Case Thermaltake Versa H25 ATX Mid Tower Case £29.64 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £39.37 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £83.28 @ Ebuyer
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £615.21
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-05 12:39 GMT+0000
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your advice.

Going over your possible builds, I could stretch to the Intel with GTX 1050 GPU if its going to be a big upgrade over the AMD and GTX 750 GPU. Would there be any future upgrades with the Intel system?

Would I need any additional cooling/fans? I read that the case comes with 1 fan.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The GTX 1050 Ti is definitely a major upgrade over the 750. Look up benchmarks but what I've seen is the 1050 Ti is significantly faster than the 950 and the 750 Ti. It's also faster than the RX460. The RX470 is faster than the 1050 Ti however.

With that Intel system you could upgrade the processor to a I5-6400, 6500 or 6600. All quad cores. You could also add another stick of 8Gb RAM.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You would need an extra fan or 2 yes. Unfortunately at this price range and trying to get windows 10 into the build as well makes it difficult to get a quality budget case like the Phanteks P400S or the Cooler Master Mastercase 5. You need to be able to spend £60 on the case to get these. The money is better spent on the components to get the best gaming performance you can for the money.

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