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First build (£530) - feedback needed

MattOwl
  • 70 months ago

I'm looking to play games like Arma 3, DayZ, Payday: The Heist, and GTA V (when it's released), so I've put this together:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £139.98 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £83.30 @ More Computers
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £53.15 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £36.00 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card £137.12 @ Scan.co.uk
Case Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case £45.81 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £36.81 @ Amazon UK
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £532.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 21:39 BST+0100

I chose the motherboard so that I can add another 270X in, more RAM, and another SSD when possible. I'm trying to keep it as cheap as possible for now without limiting my options later on down the line.

Any changes? I'm trying to keep this sub-£540.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to eventually crossfire 270Xs then you need at least 700W, decent ones are at least £60+ but a good 850W is £70 which allows you do more. to keep costs heat and power consumption down it best to stick to single card set-ups.

My recommendation:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £155.94 @ Scan.co.uk
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £63.53 @ CCL Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £58.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.00 @ Amazon UK
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card £149.99 @ Scan.co.uk
Case Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £20.99 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £49.93 @ CCL Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £538.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 22:14 BST+0100
  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I will look into upgrading my power supply too when it comes down to it - this shouldn't be for a couple of months though.

Also, good call on the video card, case and power supply. Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Then the wait would be worth it. New "Tonga" GPUs from AMD are set to launch in august (sometime) that fill the gap between the 280 and 290 series, as well as offer better performance per watt. Accompanying its arrival are price cuts for the 280x and below. How much and when? can't say for sure. Probably a little delay after the US release though.

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