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First time building, NO idea what I'm doing but this is my friend's suggestion (gaming)

OneFourOneTwo

61 months ago

So I have no clue how to build a PC but this is the part list that my friend has recommended. If anything, it is a bit expensive but not too bad. Anything to make it cheaper would be nice. I'm looking to play games such as Skyrim, Borderlands 2 - that kind of thing. I do need WiFi but other than that I don't have many other requirements. My main worry is that I will buy these parts and they won't fit or I'll have wasted £200 on something. I want to REALLY make sure that all of these parts are compatible and, most importantly, that it will work. Thank you for your help!

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/OneFourOneTwo/saved/VGvNnQ

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £130.94 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £25.34 @ Scan.co.uk
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £88.20 @ Kustom PCs
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £56.57 @ Ebuyer
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £54.95 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £40.39 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card £278.99 @ Ebuyer
Case Aerocool DS-Cube MicroATX Mini Tower Case £58.25 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £71.99 @ Amazon UK
Other Windows 8.1 Pro Student £50.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £855.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-01 16:09 GMT+0000

I'd go for something like this instead.

Cheaper cpu, but it shouldn't make a massive difference.

Cheaper, faster ram.

Good bang for your buck cpu cooler.

Bit more reliable hard drive for about the same price.

One of if not the best 970s.

Different case to fit the cooler, should keep it a bit quieter as well.

You could go a bit cheaper, but honestly it's kind of sitting around the perfect price/performance balance for around this budget.

If you have any other questions, just ask!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, I'll certainly consider these suggestions. The case is the thing I was worried most about, so I'll definitely look into that. (:

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looked over your changes and I was just wondering what is different about the video card you suggested? Thanks

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't really heard much about the card your friend suggested, which usually isn't a very good sign. Means a lot of people might not have tried it and so there might be some pretty big flaws with it no one really knows about. The card that I suggested is probably the best all rounder card, it's powerful, quiet, keeps cool and overclocks nicely, also has a fan stop technology to keep it even quieter (fans don't spin when they're not needed). Other cards can boast some of those features, but as far as I'm aware the MSI card is the only one that can really boast all of them.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, your help has greatly increased my confidence for this build (:

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Should I be getting a MicroATX motherboard if I decide to go with the MicroATX case?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Mini ITX board should still have standoff points available in the case, but if you want to be absolutely sure you can.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't really need the extra cpu cooler as you can't overclock that chip, supplied cooler will be perfectly fine.

Corsair mainly use a budget company called cwt to make the majority of their psus now and they don't really have the best rep, I tend to stick with seasonic brand/oem as they one of the longest running psu manufacturers and their rep is second to none, they usually cost a little more but i like the peace of mind :D

650w is considerably over what you'd need so you there might be some savings there too.

Save ~10 quid with a same spec ssd

Quicker (lower latency) ram for another couple of quid saved

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £142.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £88.20 @ Kustom PCs
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £57.47 @ Amazon UK
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £46.98 @ Novatech
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB JetStream Video Card £257.99 @ Aria PC
Case Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case £62.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £67.98 @ Kustom PCs
Other Windows 8.1 Pro Student £50.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £810.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-01 18:38 GMT+0000

If you don't need such a ssf (small form factor) build a larger atx/matx mobo and larger case if often cheaper than the smaller stuff...

(larger case also lets you get a cheaper non-modular psu as it's easier to hide the excess cables :D )

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £142.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI B85M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £39.64 @ Amazon UK
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £57.47 @ Amazon UK
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £46.98 @ Novatech
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB JetStream Video Card £257.99 @ Aria PC
Case Cooler Master Silencio 352 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £40.92 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply Antec TruePower Classic 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply £56.71 @ More Computers
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £9.79 @ CCL Computers
Other Windows 8.1 Pro Student £50.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £738.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-01 18:48 GMT+0000

edit. Palit 970 looks pretty reasonable by the reviews -

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