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Gaming PC Build
on: March 11, 2019, 15:02:07 PM
Hi All, I've not built a PC for a very long time.. probably a good 10 years+, today I have a laptop, HP MicroServer and a couple of Raspberry Pi's.. so apart from updating the micro server to a Xeon and a laptop SSD upgrade I have not touched the inside of a PC..

I fancy building a system to play some games.. I don't want to spend silly money and don't want bleeding edge 4K @ 60FPS

I'll get an SSD and have a couple of decent monitors (1920 x 1200) and peripherals..

But I have no idea where to start on CPU / Graphics.. if anyone has any suggestions or site they can point me to?

Is around £500 realistic for CPU, Mobo, Graphics, RAM, Case, PSU? Or am I dreaming.. like I said.. I have no idea anymore!

 

Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 15:10:43 PM by XEntity #187;

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 17:50:24 PM
tried pcpartpicker?

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 17:57:35 PM
tried pcpartpicker?

Nope, will give it a look now.. so out of the loop on these things I think I may need to downgrade my nerd status..

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 18:00:55 PM
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£67.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£80.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  (£91.19 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GT OCV1 Video Card  (£189.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  (£43.33 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: EVGA - 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  (£42.41 @ Aria PC)
Total: £515.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-11 17:59 GMT+0000

have thrown this together but tbh I'm a bit rusty myself, could try posting on linus tech tips build forum

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 18:35:09 PM
Cheers..

I assume the Rizen 3/5/7 are the i3/5/7 equivalents?

In which case, is the below combo better a decent jump for the increase in cost?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  (£145.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£64.94 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: *Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  (£86.67 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: *PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Video Card  (£179.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: *SeaSonic - G 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£66.65 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £544.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-11 18:26 GMT+0000

Edit: Just realised I'm also missing the case cost in this instance.. Still I guess is it worth the extra cost?
Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 18:36:45 PM by XEntity #187;

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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 18:42:38 PM
tried pcpartpicker?

Nope, will give it a look now.. so out of the loop on these things I think I may need to downgrade my nerd status..

I think we are all suffering from that a bit. Finally got to drooling over component lists myself. Despite everything I have some money I need to spend.

At 1080P it doesn't seem to matter too much what graphics you have, 1060 is fine. My temptation would be to go for a Ryzen 2600X gen2 which would blow your budget.

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 18:54:09 PM
I don't think you can directly compare the intel/amd chips like that but the amd is usually more bang for buck.

the 500 budget was really tight

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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #7 on: March 12, 2019, 06:44:13 AM
Keep your eye on www.hotukdeals.com too as often some real hardware bargains come up, especially on HDDs.

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #8 on: March 12, 2019, 11:02:50 AM
Cheers all, will put a few alerts on HUKD.. and spend a bit of time looking at some reviews and getting up to speed.. but PCPartPicker has helped greatly and gives me a decent idea of where to be looking!

If 500 is tight I would spend a bit more if the jump was worth it..

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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #9 on: March 12, 2019, 12:44:53 PM
It's worth noting that the Ryzen onboard graphics are fairly competent, even last years 2200/2400 were surprisingly good -> https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2018-ryzen-3-2200-g-ryzen-5-2400g-review
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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #10 on: March 12, 2019, 13:06:32 PM
It's worth noting that the Ryzen onboard graphics are fairly competent, even last years 2200/2400 were surprisingly good -> https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2018-ryzen-3-2200-g-ryzen-5-2400g-review

That's interesting, I might give that a go in the first instance then, if it turns out to be rubbish then I can always upgrade at a later date..

The below comes in at 16p under budget (with an SSD)  ;D Need to do a bit more research on each of the components, as really it's just been thrown together for an estimate.. but at least a starting point.. thanks all for your help so far!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  (£145.50 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£64.94 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: *Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  (£86.58 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£78.95 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case  (£57.22 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: *SeaSonic - G 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (£66.65 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £499.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-12 13:02 GMT+0000

Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 19:26:00 PM
might find this helpful for ryzen without gpu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5FiwITzm3M

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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #12 on: March 12, 2019, 22:29:05 PM
might find this helpful for ryzen without gpu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5FiwITzm3M
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  (£145.50 @ Aria PC)

https://www.amd.com/en/ryzen-5

The ruddy 2600 doesn't appear to have the vega graphics, infact no graphics on chip at all  :dunno: :roll:
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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #13 on: March 13, 2019, 01:36:13 AM
tried pcpartpicker?

Nope, will give it a look now.. so out of the loop on these things I think I may need to downgrade my nerd status..

I think we are all suffering from that a bit. Finally got to drooling over component lists myself. Despite everything I have some money I need to spend.

At 1080P it doesn't seem to matter too much what graphics you have, 1060 is fine. My temptation would be to go for a Ryzen 2600X gen2 which would blow your budget.


I was recommended the Ryzen 2600X gen2 - No regrets there. As a note - if you do not plan to try crazy overclock and do not buy a board with good voltage modifiers then the standard version is cheaper and still does the business from what I read online.

In terms of graphics card - I have friends with Radeon but TBH most games still optimize well for nVidia first. Also depends on your monitor and what sync tech it has but a 1060 will still be on max settings and above 60fps for most games UNLESS you have an UltraWide where a 1080/TI will be better.

I am not sure on the new RTX cards without ray tracing that are supposed to be the new 1060's. Mixed views on those. I think people still saying either new or second hand 1080/TI from ex mining is better.

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Re: Gaming PC Build
Reply #14 on: March 13, 2019, 06:30:21 AM
The new raft of underperforming nVidia cards should be pushing prices down on the older models now, so I'd leave buying your graphics card until last, you can probably get a bargain on a 1070/1080

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