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Would you change anything about my ≈£500 build?

Balentine

62 months ago

Hey, yet another PC building virgin here

I've been doing my research on building a PC over the past 2 weeks or so and have come up with a selection of parts which look good to me, but I would really like to hear some input on my choices from someone more experienced.

This computer will be used for gaming and programming- I'd like to know what kind of performance I can expect and if there are any parts you would replace while keeping the overall cost similar to what I have already?

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/cJ7pNG

Cheers :)

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Anybody?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hiya. Looking it over it looks really good and looks pretty much identical to what i just bought yesterday. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pg84GX (price came to £300.95)

In fact i've been looking for a case for over an hour now and thats the first one i like that has the features we both seem to need and not look tacky.. THANK YOU!

Bit Cheaper Motherboard http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-970ag43 At this price range the only thing you need is 8GB+ of ram space, support for AMD 6300 and 3.0 USB. Everything else is just a waste in my opinion.

Bit cheaper Hard Drive http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex Not much to say really. Good brand thats does the same thing for cheaper.

Blue ray if its your thing. cheap,cheerful and 12% discount at amazon atm. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/pioneer-optical-drive-bdc207dbk

If you really need a monitor then that seems like a steal. But if you have any modern tv that isnt used for the living room then i would commomdeer that. But only if you do, otherwise this is a steal.

Lastly I think only 4 GBs at this price range is needed. you wont be doing most games in ultra which is where 4-5gbs is mostly used, so 4gbs for mid/high graphics is certainly not going to slow you down. And if it does then the savings outweigh the loss. It will literally be 1-3 FPS at most.

All in all you should be well under £500 if you dont take the blueray into account and your performance will still be pretty good. Expect to play most current AAAs games at 1080p, high and 50-60 FPS.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for the reply!

Yeah, in regards to the case I've been through multiple changes of mind but I always seem to come back to the 200r, it looks sleek and judging by the reviews it makes building extremely easy for a first timer like me.

I had a look at what people have to say about the mobo you chose, it looks good for the price but there are some concerns about how well it handles heat when overclocked; however I don't plan on overclocking so I'll roll with it. Unless PCPartPicker is lying I think the barracuda hard drive is actually cheaper than the Caviar Blue so I think I'll stick with it. Thanks for the heads up on the Blu-Ray, I think I'll leave it though as I imagine I'll only be using the optical drive for installing software and CDs. Unfortunately the only spare TV I have is a huge chunky CRT set from 2004!

You make a solid point about the RAM- I'll consider switching down to 4GB, it'll give me the option to upgrade up to 8GB if/when I need to and it may save me money in the long run.

That kind of performance is pretty much exactly what I'm aiming for here so that makes me happy :) thanks very much for the input!

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