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Hi all.

I'm new here and new to building PCs. I've been watching as many videos on 'building your own PC' as I can over the past few weeks. I can't seem to settle on a final build.

I have no problems going the AMD or Intel route.

 

I've not put a monitor in the build as I plan to hook up the PC via HDMI to our front TV. I've been doing that with my laptop but it's really starting to strain whilst playing anything remotely taxing.

 

I would love to play my games at 1080p/60fps. I don't mind dropping to a slightly lower graphics setting [High instead of Ultra for example] if I can gain performance.

 

Games I like playing are all your normal AAA stuff you'd expect. Shadow of Mordor was the final push to get me to do this. I was going to get a PS4 but I see 30fps becoming the norm for "next gen" consoles so I think now is the right time to fully embrace PC gaming (already got the bug via our mid range laptop). I play quite a few smaller indie titles but performance/quality shouldn't be an issue with a rig like this.

 

So this will be a pure gaming rig - alternative to a next gen console. I plan on playing most of the big AAA games in the future at hopefully 1080p/60fps at decent graphics settings.

 

I'm in the UK and have a budget around £650/£700. I could squeeze a little bit more money if really needed, but not much more.

 

I've put this together for a pure starting point. I don't mind a complete change up if people think it's needed. 

 

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

 
 

 

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                       Total:  £682.61

 

Probably not going to do any overclocking but should I look at the i5-4690k ?? Maybe AMD CPU setup is the way to go for my needs? I'm really not sure.

 

Oh and one last and very important piece of kit that I need is an APC due to living in the countryside and losing power (sometimes for a second or two and sometimes for longer so I'll need enough time to shut everything down safely).

I've looked at something like this APC-BE700G-UK-Interface-Power-Saving-Back-UPS for about £80 from Amazon. I don't mind spending a little more (maybe a little over £100 if again, really needed).  - complete build including the APC - I'm looking around the £800 mark.

 

Thanks in advance for any help. All advice is greatly appreciated.

 

Cheers

 

Tintin  :)

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Can you give me the exact shop are you able to buy the parts?

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@Tintin on the right up side of the page, it says Follow this topic, please do so. ;)

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Get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo to cool that CPU

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Get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo to cool that CPU

is not a K lol ... It won't go up more than 70degree.. not even

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is not a K lol ... It won't go up more than 70degree.. not even

Fair point

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Can you give me the exact shop are you able to buy the parts?

Tried a few times but doesn't seem to let me post the info.  :huh:

I'll keep trying.

 

 

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That build you put up is pretty decent IMO

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That build you put up is pretty decent IMO

I took a basic £600 build guide from PCPartPicker and tweaked it a little bit.   :)

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Here, as you mentioned, Pure Gaming Rig.

 

 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler  (£16.25 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£47.84 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£54.73 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£29.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £683.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 13:46 BST+0100

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Here, as you mentioned, Pure Gaming Rig.

 

 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler  (£16.25 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£47.84 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£54.73 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£29.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £683.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 13:46 BST+0100

 

So you advise a lot less on the CPU and more on the GPU. Is this to avoid bottlenecks (excuse me, I'm a noob to all this)??

 

Is that CPU going to cope well with games coming out over the next year or so (I know we don't actually know what the req spec will be for lots of games yet but an educated guess) with it only being a dual core? Remember I don't intend to overclock.

 

Cheers  :)

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So you advise a lot less on the CPU and more on the GPU. Is this to avoid bottlenecks (excuse me, I'm a noob to all this)??

 

Is that CPU going to cope well with games coming out over the next year or so (I know we don't actually know what the req spec will be for lots of games yet but an educated guess) with it only being a dual core? Remember I don't intend to overclock.

 

Cheers  :)

 

While the pentium is a capable little CPU it overall perofrmance is a bit MEH and it requires heavy overclocking to acheive decent results

 

Personally I would go with an i5 and get the best GPU you can

 

You can always skimp in areas like case, or getting a none modular power supply etc etc in order to maximise your budget for GPU

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So you advise a lot less on the CPU and more on the GPU. Is this to avoid bottlenecks (excuse me, I'm a noob to all this)??

 

Is that CPU going to cope well with games coming out over the next year or so (I know we don't actually know what the req spec will be for lots of games yet but an educated guess) with it only being a dual core? Remember I don't intend to overclock.

 

Cheers  :)

I see. well it will bottleneck if you dont 4.6 at least. but here is an AMD base that won't bottleneck at all, but later on you have to add an SSD in there..

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  (£24.19 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£52.79 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£29.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £689.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:05 BST+0100

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Pretty much yours but with little changes, such as SSD bigger power supply.. And if you're not satisfied you can keep yours which is good, but i'm worried about the PSU and later on add an ssd as well.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£158.00 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£55.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£43.34 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card  (£179.14 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £694.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:30 BST+0100

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Fucking beast mode my son!

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  (£17.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£74.39 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card  (£227.00 @ Amazon UK) 
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case  (£33.24 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £681.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:48 BST+0100
 
 
Or if you wanted a GTX 970...
 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  (£17.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£74.39 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case  (£33.24 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Zalman 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£52.91 @ Amazon UK) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £708.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I see. well it will bottleneck if you dont 4.6 at least. but here is an AMD base that won't bottleneck at all, but later on you have to add an SSD in there..

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  (£24.19 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£52.79 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£29.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £689.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:05 BST+0100

 

 

 

Pretty much yours but with little changes, such as SSD bigger power supply.. And if you're not satisfied you can keep yours which is good, but i'm worried about the PSU and later on add an ssd as well.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£158.00 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£55.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£43.34 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card  (£179.14 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £694.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:30 BST+0100

 

 

Yeah I was pretty sure that people were going to suggest a bigger PSU. 600W it is then - I hear it's one part you should never cheap out on.

 

Do you really think the other AMD CPU [AMD FX-8320] you suggested earlier (with your GPU - GTX 970) will give me better results and will hold up going into the future?

 

Cheers for all the ideas by the way.   :)

 

Oh and I'll be picking up an SSD next year for sure.  ;)

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Fucking beast mode my son!

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  (£17.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£74.39 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card  (£227.00 @ Amazon UK) 
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case  (£33.24 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £681.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:48 BST+0100
 
 
Or if you wanted a GTX 970...
 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  (£17.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£69.56 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£74.39 @ Aria PC) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case  (£33.24 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Zalman 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£52.91 @ Amazon UK) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £708.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 14:56 BST+0100

 

 

I see a pattern. Is the AMD FX-8320 with a better graphics card a wiser choice than my original i5 4690 with not such a good GPU? Remember - without overclocking.

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Yeah I was pretty sure that people were going to suggest a bigger PSU. 600W it is then - I hear it's one part you should never cheap out on.

 

Do you really think the other AMD CPU [AMD FX-8320] you suggested earlier (with your GPU - GTX 970) will give me better results and will hold up going into the future?

 

Cheers for all the ideas by the way.   :)

 

Oh and I'll be picking up an SSD next year for sure.  ;)

It won't lol :D. not for long I believe, BUT IF new AMD CPU will be AM3+ then is good. cuz you can change it at any time. But keep yours, is more than good. Just that 280x/7970 are a bit old idk. and then, working on pickparts is a bit confusing because the prices are from different shops that you may never be able to buy. Rly good if you could try and post the website where will you buy all those parts.

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I see a pattern. Is the AMD FX-8320 with a better graphics card a wiser choice than my original i5 4690 with not such a good GPU? Remember - without overclocking.

I would recommend you're over this and my AMD build.. then give me a sec, I have an evil idea ^_^

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yours but with GTX 970, all you have to do is, using a Windows with crack  :ph34r: .. this case I added seems quite nice, urs is rly rly small :D and I notice you added 1866 ram, when the cpu supports only 1333/1600.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£158.00 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£65.40 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: SHARKOON Mask ATX Mid Tower Case  (£46.20 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £683.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 15:31 BST+0100

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yours but with GTX 970, all you have to do is, using a Windows with crack  :ph34r: .. this case I added seems quite nice, urs is rly rly small :D and I notice you added 1866 ram, when the cpu supports only 1333/1600.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£158.00 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£65.40 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: SHARKOON Mask ATX Mid Tower Case  (£46.20 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Total: £683.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 15:31 BST+0100

 

Lol, I'll stay legit  ;)

Thanks for the RAM spot. PC Part Picker never said a thing about it.

 

So it looks like I'm going with something similar to above. Not sure about your choice of case though. Only thing left to chose is the GPU. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

 

Anyone else got any ideas on where to shave some cash without being stingy on performance?

 

 

*Remember to include Windows 7, 64 bit home premium.   :)

 
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Here, as you mentioned, Pure Gaming Rig.

 

 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler  (£16.25 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£47.84 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£54.73 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£29.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £683.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 13:46 BST+0100

 

Be careful on pairing the g3258 with the intel 8 series mobo as they might need to update bios in order to work with haswell refresh and they gonna need an old cpu to do so if the mobo doesnt support bios updating through usb

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Lol, I'll stay legit  ;)

Thanks for the RAM spot. PC Part Picker never said a thing about it.

 

So it looks like I'm going with something similar to above. Not sure about your choice of case though. Only thing left to chose is the GPU. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

 

Anyone else got any ideas on where to shave some cash without being stingy on performance?

 

 

*Remember to include Windows 7, 64 bit home premium.   :)

 

 

This .. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£131.94 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£65.40 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £719.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-14 02:18 BST+0100
 
OR.. and don't worry, the i3 wont bottleneck you, with dx12 is even better .. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
 
CPU: Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor  (£111.76 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£55.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Total: £689.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-14 02:19 BST+0100
 
I'm out of ideas!

The blood on to your heart start pumping faster when you notice me.


But is ok.


Judge me for my nickname, my avatar and for the low amounts of posts I have. I will keep your heart beat raised.

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I see a pattern. Is the AMD FX-8320 with a better graphics card a wiser choice than my original i5 4690 with not such a good GPU? Remember - without overclocking.

 

Better, probably not. But more economical, almost certainly. You won't be overclocking at the start. But should you ever develop the need for a faster processor this will allow that, having an aftermarket cooler as it does.

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£99.98 @ Novatech) 
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  (£17.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  (£69.34 @ Amazon UK) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£27.33 @ Ebuyer) 
Storage: Kingston Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£47.49 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case  (£33.24 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£49.93 @ CCL Computers) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£10.09 @ CCL Computers) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£69.29 @ Aria PC) 
Case Fan: Enermax UCTB12 42.1 CFM 120mm  Fan  (£5.98 @ Scan.co.uk) 
Total: £753.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-14 03:54 BST+0100
 
And an extra case fan for the case. The case itself is quite economical. Comes with 4 fans, add another, and you have excellent airflow for not much cash.
 
If this is too expensive, remove either the SSD or the HDD and replace them at the earliest opportunity, funds willing of course.
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