£750 Gaming PC UK

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Jiniix, May 22, 2014.

  1. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

    Helping a friend from the UK to get a list of stuff to buy. He already has Windows 7 x64 and a friend to help him assemble the parts.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    His budget is around £750 as title states, which includes a monitor and keyboard.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.80 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£45.32 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£62.18 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£63.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£189.50 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£30.07 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£43.20 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (£123.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£9.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Logitech K120 - UK Layout Wired Standard Keyboard (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £705.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 22:12 BST+0100)

    I have personal experience with all components except CPU and mobo, but played around with many Sandy- and Ivy Bridge combinations, but I would like other peoples input before I recommend the parts.
    He's not a tech buff, and when I tried to explain him the difference between a thread and a core he gave up. So no SSD+HDD, the SSHD is fixed :)

    Thanks in advance
  2. Shane

    Shane Super Moderator Staff Member

    See what your friend thinks of this,Slightly over budget but it has better CPU and slightly more beefy Power supply for Future upgrades. :)
    Plus you get free "Watchdogs" game with the Graphics card,That game alone would set you back £35 ish. :)

    Asus VE247H 24" Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor - Black

    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.40GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor - OEM

    Asus B85-PLUS Intel B85 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

    Corsair Builder Series CX 600W V2 '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply

    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

    Gainward GeForce GTX 760 Phantom 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    Seagate SSHD ST1000LM014 1TB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM

    Cooler Master K350 Midi Tower Black Windowed Case

    Gigabyte K7100 Stylish Keyboard

    £776.86 (When you choose 5 day delivery)
    Last edited: May 23, 2014
  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

  4. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

    This PC has to be as fool-proof as possible.
    So the new Kingston Fury RAM is much better than the Crucial, considering the Kingston will actually set it self to it's XMP settings no matter what, rather than (most likely) having to do it in the UEFI.
    Also, a B85 motherboard with a K-series CPU in a budget build?
    But in terms of the monitor, is it better than the BenQ? Not much in to monitors, but I personally have 3x GL2450HMs, and I love them. So the GL2460HM can't be much worse :)
    Also, the build itself should only use around 380W at peak load, so a 500W would be plenty (has to be modular too)

  5. Cisco001

    Cisco001 Well-Known Member

    i5-4460 is the newer CPU. Slightly more than i5 4440

    SSHD - I personally would go for SSD + HDD if budget allow

    RAM - B85 you choose only support up to DDR3 1600. No point getting more expensive DDR3 1866. Also, since the mobo only have 2 RAM slot, it may worth go for 1 x 8GB instead.

    Alternatively, if you want faster RAM, You can get G skill DDR3 2133 at £56

    Mobo - Is it worth to spend little extra for the cheapest Z87 / Z97?

    Case fan - £10 for case fan seems expensive. Arctic cooling only £5
    N200 already have 2 fans, do you really need extra?

    And finally, if you friend don't mind using second hand. You can have a look at avforum classified section. You can probably find some decent pc component
    Last edited: May 23, 2014
  6. Jiniix

    Jiniix Well-Known Member

    I've run 2400MHz on B85 :)
    Read the end of the my original post :)
    Not bad suggestions. Even though the Crucial is a bit faster, I think I'll stick with the Kingston. I bought a kit recently, and tested it on multiple platforms (AM3+, P67 and Z77) and it always went straight to it's rated speeds. Put it up against Corsair Vengeance, Kingston HyperX (normal kit) and some Samsung RAM. All three pretty much went to 1333MHz, but went right to their rated timings and speed with XMP in BIOS. Didn't have to do that with HyperX Fury.
    I would like him to have a third fan, yes. Two intakes and one exhaust. Then the PSU as exhaust too, so he'll have perfect positive air pressure (I've built in the N200 before :))

    I actually considered building him a PC with some of my spare parts I have lying around, since shipping would only be around £33, but we agreed that it would be better to buy brand new components from an actual retailer, so he'd have good warranties etc.

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