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UK Budget Gaming Build - Help please

#1TylerJPosted 3/28/2014 4:59:14 AM(edited)
Before you read, some key points:

1. I have Windows already
2. I will need a wireless card
3. I have plenty of storage, hence the SSD
4. Size is a priority (hence Micro ATX)
5. I'm not interested in crossfire / overclocking / significant upgradeability

Oh, and 400 is my budget. I will buy extra RAM soon after...

I will be playing... Starcraft 2, Minecraft, DTM Experience & a plethora of other RTS / Racing games, not many new games but I'd still like the option. I will be playing 1080p if possible.

Here's what I've come up with. It's a 'bang for your buck' build. Any feedback and suggestions will be much appreciated :) Thanks.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/lukekarts/saved/3e4n

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core - 80.57
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ - 35.90
Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - 28.73
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD - 47.99
PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB - 119.99
Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower- 32.99
EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V - 35.94
Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer - 11.72
Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 - 13.20

Total: 407.03
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#2phy2jshPosted 3/28/2014 5:21:01 AM
Looks pretty good for the money. Strategy games tend to be quite CPU intensive, so an option would be to get a better CPU. Unfortunately, due to the budget constraint you don't have much scope to compromise on the GPU. Are you willing to spend more on it in the future? If so, you could make do with a cheaper GPU now, and then upgrade later.

Do you really need an SSD now?

Do you need an optical drive?

Cutting out the above two would get a little way towards a better CPU.
#3TylerJ(Topic Creator)Posted 3/28/2014 5:33:28 AM
phy2jsh posted...
Looks pretty good for the money. Strategy games tend to be quite CPU intensive, so an option would be to get a better CPU. Unfortunately, due to the budget constraint you don't have much scope to compromise on the GPU. Are you willing to spend more on it in the future? If so, you could make do with a cheaper GPU now, and then upgrade later.

Do you really need an SSD now?

Do you need an optical drive?

Cutting out the above two would get a little way towards a better CPU.


I suppose I could compromise on the optical drive (I think I may have an external drive laying around somewhere)... but ultimately, that wouldn't make a huge amount of difference.

What CPU upgrade would you recommend - an 8320 or a switch to Intel?

Is the motherboard OK? That is where I have least knowledge.

Also, I can save a further 15 by downgrading to http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450sxxb9 - it's available for 20 but I'm worried about buying the cheapest PSU on the market!

Many thanks for the input so far!
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#4phy2jshPosted 3/28/2014 5:56:09 AM
Honestly, I'd be trying to get a i5 4670 for the CPU. This gives you a good 'heart' to rig, around which you can upgrade as and when you have the money. Your current build is more balanced, but the ability to upgrade is always going to be limited by the under-powered CPU.

If it were me, i would be ditching the SSD, the optical drive and stretching the budget as far as possible to get the 4670, which you might be able to get for around 150 (non-k version).

No idea on the motherboard. You would be just as well to google some reviews. I'd be worried about it being so cheap if you were planning to overclock, but might be ok if you're not.

I wouldn't compromise on the PSU. That said, I don't know of the quality of either of the ones you have linked. I would try looking for reviews, again.
#5TylerJ(Topic Creator)Posted 3/28/2014 9:36:29 AM
Based on your feedback, I looked into the AMD single core performance for Starcraft 2 and noted that they're pretty terrible for a lot of the games I'd want to play, so an Intel build would appear to be the best route.

So far, I've come up with this:

Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core - 127.19
MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 - 32.09
Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - 28.76
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD - 47.99
PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB - 119.99
Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower - 32.99
EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V - 35.94
TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 - 10.50

It is still a little over budget, at 435.45

I'd be grateful if anyone could advise of any (non-SSD related) ways I could save money here.... OR if it's worth saving a little longer, give me a verdict on this machine and what sort of performance I could expect.

Thanks once again.
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#6maybecallsPosted 3/28/2014 9:54:47 AM
That i5 build looks good. I wouldn't go any cheaper on the CPU or GPU. Those two are very good value for money imo at the moment.