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  • Anyone clued up on gaming PCs who can help?
  • TheFlyingOx
    Full Member

    Might be classed as a very cheeky stealth ad so delete if I’m breaking any rules, but I gave my son the PC I built up during Covid so his old one is currently gathering dust in a corner:

    Ryzen 5 3400G Processor w/AMD cooler (Wraith RGB iirc)

    ASUS A320m AM4 motherboard

    16Gb (2 x 8) 3200 MHz DDR RAM

    GTX970 GPU

    Lots of case cooling fans

    Various storage (I can’t remember exactly but I think 256Gb SSD for windows install and then a 1TB HDD, although it’s a SLOW one repurposed from an old laptop)

    Wifi card

    RGB keyboard & mouse

    It played stuff like Fortnite, Roblox, War Thunder, etc. no problem at 1080p

    Might be worth around £400 at the moment, but would give a decent base and a sizeable amount of change from your £1500 budget to upgrade motherboard/CPU/GPU/storage?

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    Thanks for the offer, but would rather get one built up so we have any support if something goes wrong.

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    I’ve come up with this build now based on help from here (thanks!) and my own research:

    Intel Core i5 12400F Alder Lake-S CPU
    Kingston FURY Beast 16GB (2x 8GB) 3600MHz DDR4 RAM
    Gigabyte B660M DS3H AX DDR4 Intel Socket 1700 Motherboard
    Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2 Air Tower CPU Cooler
    CCL Choice GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GPU
    Montech Air 100 ARGB Mid Tower Gaming Case – White
    Gigabyte P650B 650W 80+ Bronze PSU
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-bit, DVD, OEM Licence
    3 Year On-Site Warranty Upgrade (UK Mainland only)
    Samsung 980 1TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD
    Cooler Master SK652 Mechanical Keyboard, USB, RGB, Red TTC Switch, Gunmetal Grey
    Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse, Black

    Price is £1478.45

    flyingpotatoes
    Full Member

    Take a look at scan.co.uk. I’ve used them for years and service and warranty are spot on.

    For example this pc listed below has a rtx3070 card for £1250

    Scan pc

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    I’ll take a look, thanks

    Edit: That seems a good deal too

    mattyfez
    Full Member

    Just to note, pre-built systems you’ll probably pay about £90-£100 for a windows licence..
    Better tick the ‘no operating system’ box and buy a grey market key code for a tenner if you’re comfortable doing that. – you’ll have to make a windows bootable usb stick, but you can download windows itself for free direct from microsoft, just you won’t have a key for it.

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    I’m happy to pay for a Windows 11 license and its £120 on the MS site anyway, so getting it installed on the build is fine. I will be using it for some business use too so would rather stay legit.

    I’m not sure if the scan.co.uk build up there ^^ has any RGB case fans in the case or a CPU cooler? Are they essential to the build?

    mattyfez
    Full Member

    I’m not sure if the scan.co.uk build up there ^^ has any RGB case fans in the case or a CPU cooler? Are they essential to the build?

    Personally I think RGB fans etc. are pointless unless you want fancy colour changing case lighting… I just go with non-illuminated decent quality fans/cooling, but each to thier own.

    RGB basically just means the fan (or whatever) has built in LED lights that can change colour, pulse along to music, etc..

    Although my mate has an RGB motherboard that will change colour according to CPU temperature, so its normally green, but goes to yellow – orange and finally red if it gets to hot. Kinda cool I guess but not at all nessesary.

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    Thanks, I understood the RGB thing, and I think my lad would like that (a bit of “bling” to show his mates), was just concerned about how the decreased ventilation would effect performance if I left it standard.

    mattyfez
    Full Member

    Kind of a moot point – RGB just means it’s got lights on it, it doesn’t affect performance, you can buy crappy RGB fans/cpu coolers or good quality ones, equally you can buy crappy un-lit ‘normal’ ones or good quality ones.

    In my experience I wouldn’t go crazy on fans to start with, they are reletivley cheap and you can allways add more or upgrade the existing ones if you need to.

    mattyfez
    Full Member

    Unless I misunderstood and your asking if they’ll supply the build with no fans at all?

    They won’t.. It’ll just come with generic case fan(s) as supplied with the case and the cpu cooler in the case of AMD cpu’s I’d imagine it will come with the standard AMD wraith cooler, etc.

    It might be that a particular model of case comes with RGB fans as standard anyway.

    flyingpotatoes
    Full Member

    The pc from scan or any other reputable seller will come setup with correct airflow for the spec of the pc so ‘standard’ will be fine unless you start overclocking.
    If you’re not 100% sure you can give scan a call or if you’re nearby go and have a look at the showroom and chat with the guys there. They’re very helpful.

    willard
    Full Member

    To be honest, that Scan build looks decent. It also looks like it comes with RGB fans and, if wants more, he should be able to add them.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    I’m happy to pay for a Windows 11 license and its £120 on the MS site anyway, so getting it installed on the build is fine. I will be using it for some business use too so would rather stay legit.

    It’s the same ‘windows’, you download the OS from Microsoft directly, get all the updates etc. It’s not like buying a chinese smartphone where the CCP are filtering everything you type and security updates end as soon as it’s no longer sold.

    All that’s different is where the license key comes from. I’ve no idea where, I guess off the back of scrapped/returned laptops or something. Either way they work fine and save £100+.

    Office/365 on the other hand ….. grey licenses are a PITA. Although my current one seems to be working fine, and at the end of the day they cost less than a couple of months subscription and the vaguely reputable sites re-supply them if they don’t work.

    poah
    Free Member

    memory is shit and it is only in single channel. You want two sticks of ram or you loose performance. The M/T of the ram is slow and the timings will probably be crap as well.

    CPU and GPU are good.

    Case looks ok

    Cooler looks shit

    Buy the stuff and build it yourself.

    mulv1976
    Free Member

    After much faffing and going down many rabbit holes of benchmark tests and PC specifications for hours, I finally went with the scan.co.uk build + a Corsair keyboard, mouse, mat and headset bundle. He should be happy with that, thanks everyone!

    flyingpotatoes
    Full Member

    I’m sure he’ll be happy with it.
    Give us an update once you get it.
    I was going to post this mouse mat earlier as he likes RGB

    Corsair MM800

    willard
    Full Member

    Good to hear you made a decision, even with all the “help” we gave! I’m still having a hard time speccing one.

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