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    New Gaming Build.

    Hi folks,

    I'm thinking of returning to PC gaming, it's been awhile! 8 years actually.

    I have a set budget of £500. I don't need a keyboard, mouse, OS or monitor as i plan on running this PC on the TV at 1080p.

    I've been following the talk and Intel are the current buzz so what do you folks recommend as a new gaming build?

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    At that level something like a Core i3 6100 will be a good CPU choice. Regarding graphics cards,the new Nvidia range is £300+ but AMD is releasing Polaris 11 which should be in the £100 to £200 level.


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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Thanks for the swift response.

    The Intel i3 6100 is what i'm currently looking at now, also 16GB of memory and a decent Z170 board for OCing. Any recommendations on a complete build?

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Overclocking an i3 doesn't seem to help much, so I would save your money in that respect and spend it somewhere that makes a difference.

    But as Cat says, it looks like Polaris is out at the end of the month so I wouldn't buy until then unless you really have to.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Okay, sound advice.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    You could probably get a Core i3 6100 and an R9 380X for around £500.


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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Is that a complete build?

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Quote Originally Posted by MGP View Post
    Is that a complete build?
    Yep,but with no SSD. Not needing to include an OS really helps!!


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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    While you are waiting for graphics cards to get released, a major part of a build is deciding which case you are getting as that is the only bit you actually see.

    How big a machine are you going for, will it be on a desk or under it?

    How much do you value a machine being quiet, as that can add a little cost?

    If you are using a TV as a monitor, does the machine have to fit in to an AV rack?

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    A normal ATX case is more than enough, no preference. Looking around at parts now as we speak.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Quote Originally Posted by MGP View Post
    The Intel i3 6100 is what i'm currently looking at now, also 16GB of memory and a decent Z170 board for OCing. Any recommendations on a complete build?
    It's unlikely to be worth it unless you need a high end motherboard for other reasons. an £150 i5 & £40 motherboard will generally be faster than an £90 i3 and £100 motherboard.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    My 5 minute pick:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£97.26 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: MSI H110I Pro Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£61.88 @ More Computers)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£31.16 @ More Computers)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£41.59 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 4GB Video Card (£135.56 @ More Computers)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£40.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£56.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £504.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-10 18:43 BST+0100

    With the two caveats that as others have said you should wait until the new GPUs are released, if nothing else so current ones reduce in price; secondly that if you do want to pull the trigger now, that area is not my specialty so others may have better advice for performance/price point.

    EDIT: mini-caveat that I have a bit of a hard-on for mini itx.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Interesting start, but the SSD just gives you slightly better loading times whereas if you spend that money on a graphics card it will help on every single frame.

    by this much: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1662?vs=1591

    So drop the SSD and get an R9 380: http://www.ebuyer.com/730576-sapphir...s-11242-13-20g

    (You can always put an SSD upgrade in at some point in the future).

    Edit: Or looking to the future, hopefully an R9 480 will be the same sort of price with mental performance in a few weeks!

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    You may be right, I just feel like in a modern system to have your OS running on an HDD fills me with juddery tears

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Quote Originally Posted by wazzickle View Post
    You may be right, I just feel like in a modern system to have your OS running on an HDD fills me with juddery tears
    lol, well SSDs are certainly a nice to have and make some things like patching games go really fast. But for patching games to go fast you want all of your storage on SSD, I never really saw the point in having a boot drive SSD but then I don't reboot that often.

    The alternative would be instead of £40 HDD + £42 SSD, for £90 you can get a 480GB SSD which is enough for quite a few games. That means finding another £8 in the budget.

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    Re: New Gaming Build.

    Thanks for the input folks, interested in the i3 and R9 380X, will 8GB be enough is the question? 16GB only a few quid more. I can raise budget to £550.

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