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Hey all, I am planning on building a Gaming PC on a low budget of around £600 (this includes buying the OS, so £500 is more reasonable). I am not looking for a powerhouse PC, just something that can look pretty and play all current gen games on High/Ultra (obviously high on games like BF3 and Ultra on games like Skyrim). Apart from gaming, the only thing I need it for is programming and occasional video production, so I don't need the best cpu in the world. In terms of capacity, I have a 500gb external to store stuff on, so a 500gb internal should be enough. I have looked around and come up with the following, can anyone advise any different?

CPU: - AMD FX 8320 Black Edition
Motherboard: - Gigabyte 970-DS3
Graphics card: - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
RAM: - 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB) - any Manufacturer
Hard Drive: - 500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s - any Manufacturer
Optical Drive: - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA - any Manufacturer
PSU: - 550W Corsair VS
Case: - Zalman Z9 Plus


Thanks! smile.gif
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I recommand you to get a GA-970A-UD3 instead of that DS3, because it has a 8+2 power phase instead of the 4+1 in the DS3. It is capable of delivering more power cooler, which is important when you have a 8 core processor.

Everything else looks good. thumb.gif
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I apologize for the thread jack, but I was wondering about the UD3 as well. I am looking to get a fx-6350.

I had been reading that the 990 boards were better for 125w cpus? Or is this only a factor if you plan to overclock?
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I apologize for the thread jack, but I was wondering about the UD3 as well. I am looking to get a fx-6350.

I had been reading that the 990 boards were better for 125w cpus? Or is this only a factor if you plan to overclock?

Take a look here: http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database

The most important factor when it comes to overclocking is not the chip set, but the VRM, which converts power for the CPU.

A 4+1 is good enough for a 6 core (I have a 6100 OC'ed to 4.6Ghz stable on a 4+1), but you are are much better off with a 6+2 or a 8+2 is you wanna OC.
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£600 AMD

AMD FX-6300 Six Core CPU
http://www.cclonline.com/product/93471/FD6300WMHKBOX/CPUs/AMD-FX-6300-Six-Core-CPU/CPU0155/

Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Socket AM3+ ATX Motherboard
http://www.cclonline.com/product/60859/GA-990XA-UD3/Motherboards/Gigabyte-GA-990XA-UD3-Socket-AM3-Motherboard/MBD0167/

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB kit (4GBx2) DDR3
http://www.cclonline.com/product/73535/BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU/Desktop-Memory/Crucial-Ballistix-Sport-8GB-kit-4GBx2-DDR3/RAM0499/

Cooler Master K350 Micro-ATX/ATX Mid Tower Chassis
http://www.cclonline.com/product/104010/RC-K350-KWN2-EN/Cases/Cooler-Master-K350-Micro-ATX/ATX-Mid-Tower-Chassis/CAS0785/

OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze Power Supply
http://www.cclonline.com/product/60911/OCZ-ZS550W-UK/Power-Supplies/OCZ-ZS-Series-550W-80-Bronze-Power-Supply/PSU0243/

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
http://www.cclonline.com/product/76740/RR-212E-16PK-R1/CPU-Coolers/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-EVO-CPU-Cooler/CLR0412/

Sapphire HD 7870 2GB Dual-X Graphics Card
http://www.cclonline.com/product/100505/11199-16-20G/Graphics-Cards/Sapphire-HD-7870-2GB-Dual-X-Graphics-Card/VGA0936/

Seagate 7200.14 1TB SATA II 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.cclonline.com/product/72741/ST1000DM003/Hard-Drives/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-14-1TB-Hard-Drive-7200rpm-SATA-64MB-Internal-/HDD1319/


That's totals about £580 you get a solid GPU, 1 Tb to store porn, a cooler to OC the CPU and a solid mobo. I dropped you to the 6 core as it allows for a better GPU. You likely don't need 8 cores anyway or at least not to the extent of sacrificing graphical performance.

If you wanted to go Intel use this mobo and CPU

Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.cclonline.com/product/73989/BX80637I53570K/CPUs/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-3-4GHz-Processor-6MB-L3-Cache-5GT/s-Bus-Speed-Boxed-/CPU0102/

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Socket 1155 ATX Motherboard
http://www.cclonline.com/product/78337/GA-Z77X-D3H/Motherboards/Gigabyte-GA-Z77X-D3H-Motherboard/MBD0356/

Stronger CPU but you would look at raising the budget to around £660

*EDIT*

Either need you to add £68 for win 7 http://www.cclonline.com/product/55272/GFC-02050/Operating-Systems/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-bit-SP1-/SFT0066/

Unless you have access to the dreamspark program in which case you can get it free.
Edited by WR6133 - 5/19/13 at 10:30am
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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by timaishu View Post

I apologize for the thread jack, but I was wondering about the UD3 as well. I am looking to get a fx-6350.

I had been reading that the 990 boards were better for 125w cpus? Or is this only a factor if you plan to overclock?

generally 990fx boards are better, however, not all are equal.

the major addition that 990fx has over 970 chipset is pcie lanes for multiple graphics cards.

if you don't have a need for this then generally a high quality 970 board would be a better bang for your buck if overclocking.

if not overclocking then any old board should be fine at stock settings as long as it says it supports 125w chips

for oc on a budget I'm a big fan of the ga970 ud3 (gigabyte) since it is the least expensive board with 8+2 heatsinked vrms

maybe a threadjack but relevant to ops interests atleast.

start your own thread, and ask for help with your needs and budget
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 5/19/13 at 10:59am
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Hey all, I am planning on building a Gaming PC on a low budget of around £600 (this includes buying the OS, so £500 is more reasonable). I am not looking for a powerhouse PC, just something that can look pretty and play all current gen games on High/Ultra (obviously high on games like BF3 and Ultra on games like Skyrim). Apart from gaming, the only thing I need it for is programming and occasional video production, so I don't need the best cpu in the world. In terms of capacity, I have a 500gb external to store stuff on, so a 500gb internal should be enough. I have looked around and come up with the following, can anyone advise any different?

CPU: - AMD FX 8320 Black Edition
Motherboard: - Gigabyte 970-DS3
Graphics card: - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
RAM: - 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB) - any Manufacturer
Hard Drive: - 500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s - any Manufacturer
Optical Drive: - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA - any Manufacturer
PSU: - 550W Corsair VS
Case: - Zalman Z9 Plus


Thanks! smile.gif

I would recommend you find some DDR3 1600-1866 since you can often find some on sale for the same as 1333 cl9.


get a different psu like a 450w capstone, or xfx pro series or ocz zs, or pcpower and cooling 400w.

the newest wd 1tb blue is a single Platter 1tb and its quite a fast drive if you must be on a mech. make those adjustments, maybe downgrade to a ga760usb3 http://m.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3858653 if you don't plan to clock this thing too high (better than the ds3 vrms) and consider the 7870 xt as a good upgrade from the 660
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