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    Lightbulb Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of you!

    Hi guys, i am trying to build my own computer, someone helped me to choose these parts. I will run games like far cry 4, battlefild 4, simscity, from sand,... I will be running on 1024x780 (not sure the monitor size)

    Please let me know what you think Please?

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor

    Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard

    Memory: GeIL DRAGON 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

    Storage: Patriot Blaze 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card

    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

    Power Supply
    EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply

    Total: £310.83

    This is the link you can check all the parts http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/KhVmHx

    Thank you!!! soo Much!!

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    Seems like a good well rounded build to me. Only thing to point out is the SSD in the partpicker is a 60GB one and not 120GB. Also, it might be worth spending the extra £20 to get a R9 285 but if you're gaming on 1024x768 it might not matter too much anyway. (It's around 30% on average better for less than 20% the price on 1080p resolutions)

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    Thank you for you reply ulti, so do you think is good to go for it?

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    If you can afford it go with Ulti suggestion. It will allow you to upgrade your monitor and not suffer for a bigger resolution later (or now if your monitor is higher res than you think.)

    Also I would upgrade the ram to this from scan:

    4gb-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-jet-black-pc3-12800cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

    1600 mhz is the sweet spot for ram speed and will give your system a boost over 1333 speed for very little money. Even faster ram is pointless for you as your not using onboard graphics.

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    If you're running on 1024x768 and not planning on upgrading your monitor any time soon I wouldn't bother with discrete graphics: get an A10-7800 or 7850k and run the IGP which will be plenty at that res. You'll need to go for faster RAM - 2133MHz ideally - but that won't add much to the overall cost.

    Then you could save up some money and get a new GPU and monitor at the same time down the line, when you'll get more GPU performance for your money. The AMD 300 series will be released this year, which means the R9 290 etc. will move down the product stack and get cheaper, so if you wait you're almost bound to get more performance for your money. And the A10 APUs are essentially identical to the 860k athlon in terms of CPU performance, so you don't lose out that way when you do get a dGPU.

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    If you're running on 1024x768 and not planning on upgrading your monitor any time soon I wouldn't bother with discrete graphics: get an A10-7800 or 7850k and run the IGP which will be plenty at that res. You'll need to go for faster RAM - 2133MHz ideally - but that won't add much to the overall cost.

    Then you could save up some money and get a new GPU and monitor at the same time down the line, when you'll get more GPU performance for your money. The AMD 300 series will be released this year, which means the R9 290 etc. will move down the product stack and get cheaper, so if you wait you're almost bound to get more performance for your money. And the A10 APUs are essentially identical to the 860k athlon in terms of CPU performance, so you don't lose out that way when you do get a dGPU.
    I looked at that option but the costs are almost the same:

    amd-a10-7800- £105:35

    amd-a10-7850k- £117:34

    fast ram

    TeamGroup Vulcan RED 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-19200C11 2400MHz Dual Channel Kit £44:99

    Roughly £150 (7800) £162 (7850) for less performance than the discrete GPU and only saving roughly about £41/£29. Although I think you would also need to get a better cooler with the saved money.

    As you said though if the OP is only going to play at 10*7 for a while the APU is a good option.

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    7850K is £109 at ebuyer, but yeah, I get the point - didn't realise the 860k was quite that cheap at the minute.

    TBH, with a 1024x768 monitor it would almost be worth considering a much cheaper GPU like an R7 240 GDDR5 (£50) or R7 250X (£67) as an interim card - either of those should play nicely with most modern games at 1024x768 - then selling that when you upgrade to recoup some of the costs. In a year's time, who knows what will be available for ~ £110...

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    AMD Athlon X4 860K - £56.19 via Dabs.com
    4GB DDR3 1600/1866Mhz - £20 via Cex

    I have a mATX case for sale if you are interested (will fill the model in later).

    If we could see the prices of the individual items from your list, could advise you better I reckon.

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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    I would be more inclined to go AM3 TBH (FX 4300), not much price difference and you can put a beefier CPU in later if needed.....in fact I'd even lean towards spending a tad extra and getting an FX6300 right off the bat. AM3 boards are around the same price as FM2+ boards as well.

    Both AM3+ and Fm2+ probably have a limited future anyway.

    I guess it all depends on whether you see yourself upgrading anything in the next year or not.......
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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    Per core and per Mhz the Kaveri beats Vishera. The number of cores is unchanged and the Kaveri hold the technological advantage in form of 28nm vs 32nm.

    AM3/AM3+ motherboards tends to be big and more reliant of the power circuits. FM2/FM2+ motherboards tends to be available in more favourable formats.

    Of course the situation would change if the OP would decide to go for the FX 6300 instead, but that depends of his budget allocation.

    EDIT: If I could suggest a different SSD, Transcend SSD370 or Sandisk X110 are better choices (especially the x110, it is like a MX100).
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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    Yeah, it's more of a "do you see yourself upgrading any time soon?". 5% less now for a 100%+ extra headroom in the future, can be an excellent trade-off depending on your plans.
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    Re: Building Gaming PC with £320 Please let me know what you think Please? i beg of y

    I take it you have a hard drive already? Trying to squeeze new games onto a 120GB would be a huge hassle.

    Assuming you have other storage for games that's a perfectly good components list. I'd change a few things for my personal use (260X 2GB and 8GB of memory) but I can't suggest anything that would categorically be better.

    Although I would consider EVGA's 500W model as was only a pound or two more last time I checked.

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    How are you selling it For?

    Can you please edit on http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/KhVmHx please i will be able to know better thank you!

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