- Buying a new PC
Looking to buy a new PC, it’s going to be used for gaming 😀
I’ve been out of the circle of gaming for a while, have had a quick look at what’s available and need some pointers.
What’s a good amount of gfx to have now ?
8 0r 16gb ram ?
i7 or i5 ?
I have a budget of around £1400Posted 5 years agotheprancinghorseMember
With the GFX look to get at least of 1GB of GDDR5 ram, and the way to get the best sort of combination is to spend at least the same, if not more on the GFX as you did on your CPU. I’d say go for i7 if you find a good deal, but i5 will be more than good enough. I’d say ideally at least 8GB of ram, but ram is so cheap now and can be upgraded in the future. Maybe look at a SSD and SATA 3 combination, seems to be pretty good for me!Posted 5 years agoshindiggyMember
You’ll need more than 1gb of GPU ram, battlefield 3 at 1080p a 2xAA uses 1.9gig of ram on my GTX 670 ggb version. Got for 2gig minimum on the GPU.
If just for gaming than the hyperthreading on the I7 chip sets are not really needed, so go with an I5.
8 gig of ram is plenty, 64bit OS, got for a 120-256mb SSD for the OS and game installs, a larger mechanical drive for stroage.
Make sure you get a decent psu, Budget at least £80 for this and stick to a good brand (Corsair ect)
You building or buying?Posted 5 years agozokesMember
Have a look at http://www.chillblast.com/
my son got a gaming PC from there circa £800, really cant fault it or them.
My current PC is a five year old Core2-quad from Chillblast for about the sort of money the OP is talking about. Never really pushed it with games (and clearly it’s far too archaic these days for that). However, I found Chillblast very good to deal with, the staff clearly knew what they were talking about, and they were happy to downgrade certain things (GFX being one as I only wanted it for photo processing) to trim the price a bit. I’d happily buy another computer from them when I need one.Posted 5 years ago
You can build a decent gaming machine for half that money. With a few notable exceptions, there are very few games on the market at the minute that will exceed the capabilities of a current midrange graphics card. This is symptomatic of games consoles stagnating the industry – although it’s likely to change be the end of this year.
I wouldn’t bother with the I7 processor, unless you’re using it for rendering, etc. Also, (and i may be wrong on this) Windows 7 professional is the only OS that can utilise any more than 8gb RAM.
My system is an I5 2500K processor, 560ti graphics, 8gb ram and 64gb SSD. It’s been that way since this time last year, and it’s marvelous and cost me about £800 to build. It’s currently running at a stock 3.6ghz, as i’ve never needed to OC it (in fact, i’ve undervolted it). If i need more performance in the future, there’s scope to clock it to 4.6 or more.
In summary, personally i wouldn’t spend that much on a machine.Posted 5 years agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
+1 for Overclockers and Chillblast, my current gaming PC (now 18 months old) was from overlockers. It was originally DoA but they sorted fast (replacement unit with me in 2 days).Posted 5 years ago
This one looks good: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-246-OE&groupid=43&catid=2475&subcat=2489
Budget for a decent monitor as well though…andytherocketeerSubscriber
Thought that i5 2500K was 3.3Ghz. Mine came OC’d to 4.6GHz, but wasn’t exactly stable. TBF, I think the PSU was letting it down more, rather than the OC profile pre-installed by OCUK. Didn’t bother applying the OC profile again after replacing the PSU. Prefer reliability over squeezing every last clock cycle, and only bought the bundle cos it was cheaper than the parts separately.
Cost much less than that £800 above, but I only got half a bundle with no GFX, SSD, etc.
That OCUK full PC looks neat, but £1300+ for a reasonable spec seems rather steep to me.Posted 5 years agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
Thing is you need an element of future-proofing (unless you have deep pockets to refresh it every year or two). It’s better to buy a graphics card now that’s more than enough for current games and still acceptable in 18 months time then buy a mid-range card now which is acceptable for current games but gives an unplayable frame-rate for future games. Memory is obviously easier to upgrade later but a pretty small cost to buy 16GB rather than 8GB up-front now. I’d also get a small SSD for the OS now rather than have disruption with rebuilding everything later.Posted 5 years ago
Here’s what i came up with:
COOLERMASTER SILENCIO 550 QUIET MID TOWER CASE
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
8GB KINGSTON HYPERX BEAST DUAL-DDR3 2400MHz X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 – 2 DVI, HDMI, DP – 3D Vision Ready
Memory – 1st Hard Disk
120GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk
1TB 3.5″ SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
10x BLU-RAY ROM DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW
CORSAIR 750W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX750 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£86)
Corsair H40 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT – AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Genuine Windows 8 Standard Edition 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (£79)
A mere £1408 delivered.Posted 5 years ago
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