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is this build good value for money?

#11corridor89(Topic Creator)Posted 8/24/2014 10:13:25 PM
Sora_Anbu posted...

Honestly for how much you're spending you could get a much better rig building it yourself.


That's was my main concern. I was wondering for that kind of money is there a much better build I could make. I went on pc part picker and chose pretty much the same items and it came to £814 (without including the mouse and keyboard, whereas the other one does which was a total of £20 or so, so it pretty much comes to the same price).

But if there is a much better build I could make with that budget, I would love to get some advice.

And thank you all for your help. I have learnt a lot from this thread alone.

One last question, is the 280x worth the £40 extra over a 760. Is the performance upgrade worth the £40or is it very minimal? Remember, I'm not really that flustered about graphics and fps as long as it can run decently.
#12corridor89(Topic Creator)Posted 8/24/2014 10:18:46 PM
Actually it's a £55 extra due to the fact it forces me to upgrade the power supply from a 550w corsair vs to a 650 corsair vs.
#13Skul_Posted 8/24/2014 10:33:08 PM
From dino PC:

Show product details for Intel Z87/Z97 Chipset Intel Z87/Z97 Chipset (custom-z87)
£220.83
£220.83
Customizations:
CPU: NEW! Intel Core i5 4690
£116.20
Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
£73.89
Motherboard: NEW! Gigabyte Z97-HD3
£15.00
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB)
£27.90
Hard Drive: NEW! Crucial 256GB MX100 SSD
£41.00
Secondary Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
£40.99
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Included
Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB
£210.59
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Included
Case: NEW! Zalman Z3
£16.20
PSU: 650W Corsair VS
£35.20
Warranty: 3 Year SureCare Warranty
Included
Reconfigure Intel Z87/Z97 Chipset
Product Subtotal: £797.80


Is a better choice than yours. Also look at cases, and choose one you like, it might be worth spending a little more for a nicer one. (Dont spend too much though)


The graphics card is much more important than the CPU for gaming performance. If you can afford an i7, then great itl be better than an i5, but dont sacrifice your GPU for a better CPU.

Also this doesnt include monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers cause i dont know if they are priced well on that site or not, it might be worth just buying one from a local store or something. I dont know british prices.
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#14corridor89(Topic Creator)Posted 8/24/2014 10:50:01 PM
Customizations:

CPU: AMD FX 6300 Black Edition

Included

Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Included

Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-DS3P

Included

RAM: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)

£13.10

Hard Drive: Transcend 128GB 340 SSD

£15.00

Secondary Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

£40.99

Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA

Included

Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB

Included

Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio

Included

Case: Zalman Z3

Included

PSU: 450W Corsair VS

Included

Warranty: 3 Year SureCare Warranty

Included



Keyboards: Zalman ZM-K200M Multimedia Keyboard

£6.99

Speakers: Creative A60 Speakers

£15.99

Mice: Gigabyte M6800 Multimedia Mouse

£10.99

Monitors: LG 21.5" 22M35A LED

£87.79



Product Subtotal:

£668.86

£668.86



How about this build. It is almost £200 cheaper and seems to me it can perform almost as good as an i5 with a 760.

Also would I need a cooler for this CPU. It says recommended for 8 cores but that is a 6 core CPU. I can upgrade to the 8 corse version for another £30 I think it was.
#15SenkoyPosted 8/24/2014 10:51:34 PM
Like others have mentioned, if you're mostly going to be gaming, you're better off getting an i5 and a better GPU, and that's coming from a guy who still got an i7, just because.

But really, an i5 with a better GPU will outperform an i7 with an inferior GPU for games. Most games are a lot more reliant on the GPU.
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#16Sora_AnbuPosted 8/24/2014 11:16:17 PM
If you're not over clocking you don't need an aftermarket cooler.
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#17TylerJPosted 8/25/2014 12:35:18 AM
corridor89 posted...
Vengeance


I'd not go for the AMD 6300... It's a 3 year old chip already and not especially efficient.

Pick and i5/MB combo.

The R9 270X is a great value for money card, though, keep that.
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#18corridor89(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2014 3:01:42 AM
What about the AMD 8320 or 8350. If I just swap the CPU for one of those 2 would it be the better option considering it will be £150 cheaper.

Also keep in mind, I will mainly be using it for HD movies and shows really. And just surfing the net. Gaming will be done casually as most games would be played on consoles.

I just like to have the option of having all the old games available on the PC and also play exclusive pc games. That's all.
#19Skul_Posted 8/25/2014 3:34:59 AM
corridor89 posted...
What about the AMD 8320 or 8350. If I just swap the CPU for one of those 2 would it be the better option considering it will be £150 cheaper.

Also keep in mind, I will mainly be using it for HD movies and shows really. And just surfing the net. Gaming will be done casually as most games would be played on consoles.

I just like to have the option of having all the old games available on the PC and also play exclusive pc games. That's all.


You can swap the 280x for a 270x in the build i posted. (And lower the PSU slightly)
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#20corridor89(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2014 3:58:06 AM
what about this? i slightly decreased some of the specs to save quite a bit of money, but it is similar to your build.

Customizations:
CPU: NEW! Intel Core i5 4590
£8.60
Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Included
Motherboard: NEW! Gigabyte Z97P-D3
Included
RAM: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
£13.10
Hard Drive: Transcend 128GB 340 SSD
£15.00
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Included
Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB
£30.10
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Included
Case: NEW! Corsair Carbide Spec-01
Included
PSU: 550W Corsair VS
£22.00
Warranty: 3 Year SureCare Warranty
Included

Additional Items:
Keyboards: Logitech K120 Keyboard
£10.99
Monitors: LG 21.5" 22M35A LED
£87.79
Mice: Gigabyte M6800 Multimedia Mouse
£10.99
Speakers: Creative A60 Speakers
£15.99


Total: £753.56

Is that mother board decent enough? The Gigabyte Z97-HD3 is £40 or so extra than the one i chose. (BTW thank you very much for all the help guys)