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£500 Gaming PC Build

tomtinsley99

63 months ago

I want to build my first gaming pc and I only have a budget of £500. I want to be able to run some high demanding games and so far I have a build that seems reasonable but I don't know how it will run. I need a wireless adaptor and I want an optical drive although this is not necessary. I don't need the OS or any peripherals just the components inside the computer and the case. I also don't plan on overclocking currently but I might upgrade to do so in the future.

The build atm: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/tomtinsley99/saved/fsJNnQ

Will the 500W PSU be enough for the PC I have chose?

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely not, a 280x is power hungry, that would be putting the PSU under severe load. The PSU will then get hot, noisy and it being a budget unit is likely to give poor quality supply to you computer components. This is before you overclock.

I've had a tinker with your build, replaced the memory, optical drive and wifi card for cheaper equivalents. Now got a couple of options for you.

Keeping the 280x with the ability to overclock later you are going to need at least a 650w PSU, the cheapest decent option happens to be 750w. It's over budget and will need an after market CPU cooler before you can overclock;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor £74.02 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard £65.87 @ Aria PC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £57.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card £174.58 @ Scan.co.uk
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case £29.99 @ Novatech
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £59.60 @ Amazon UK
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer £10.46 @ Aria PC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £9.79 @ CCL Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £518.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-16 00:52 GMT+0000

Second option, downgrade the GPU to a 280, now will need a 600w psu, got room in the budget for an after market CPU cooler. Bitfenix don't say what size CPU cooler fits in that case, but according to MaximumPC it is 160mm so an EVO fits. Ref; http://www.maximumpc.com/bitfenix_rolls_out_comrade_enclosure_first_time_builders_budget2013

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor £74.02 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £23.82 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard £65.87 @ Aria PC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £57.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card £140.79 @ Ebuyer
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case £29.99 @ Novatech
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £46.09 @ Aria PC
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer £10.46 @ Aria PC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £9.79 @ CCL Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £494.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-16 01:02 GMT+0000
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply this has helped alot. Now I have read about the Mushkin Stealth RAM here: http://hardware-360.com/mushkin-stealth-2x4gb-1600mhz-cl8-ddr3-memory-review/

According to this article it isn't as good as others but you can easilty overclock it to 2400MHz whilst still being at the default voltage of 1.5. Should I change the RAM for this and would it be safe to overclock the RAM as I have never done this before.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor £74.02 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £23.82 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard £65.87 @ Aria PC
Memory Mushkin Stealth 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £59.94 @ Aria PC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card £140.79 @ Ebuyer
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case £29.99 @ Novatech
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £46.09 @ Aria PC
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer £10.46 @ Aria PC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £9.79 @ CCL Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £496.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-16 08:36 GMT+0000

Thanks so much

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are going to spend a little more on RAM I'd look at Corsair Vengeance or G-Skill Ripjaws, both of these are top quality and known for being overclockable.

I must confess I've never tried to overclock memory so can't really offer any other advice or tips.

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