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A friend of mine is looking to build his first gaming pc, but it's on a budget. Maximum spend is £600, he has the OS and monitor just needs the rest. Now if it has the ability to be upgraded in the future then great and also space is an issue so Micro ATX is probably the largest he can fit in the space.

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looks like AMD Ryzen might not be the best for gaming... so my recommendation would be something like this:

PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/6HGLnn
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/6HGLnn/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£262.74 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B250M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£79.57 @ BT Shop)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£87.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.80 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card (£367.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Total: £839.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-09 14:58 BST+0100
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Originally Posted by MadOver View Post

looks like AMD Ryzen might not be the best for gaming... so my recommendation would be something like this:

PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/6HGLnn
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/6HGLnn/by_merchant/

Total: £839.99
wow, 60% over his budget too


Ryzen 5 line is releasing tomorrow

Roxborogh's list modified
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/LKX2nn

Motherboard: ASRock AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£66.02 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory (£50.63 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£56.40 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB Dual OC Video Card (£186.00 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£25.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£64.85 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £449.89

Add the R5 1500X £152.20 and you are at £602.09



way better than a locked i5 with 1 stick of ram rolleyes.gif
Edited by 7850K - 4/10/17 at 10:37am
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If you're going this cheap, this is the closest I can get:

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/bJsKRG

I'd recommend going second hand IMO.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/desktop-workstation-pcs/gaming-pc-for-sale.-gtx-1060-6gb-8gb-ram-i5-3.4ghz-256gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-monitor/1230337159

Well worth the cash.
    
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You can build something solid even cheaper... I don't know about non US currency... however

HP OEM Pegatron makes great boards... M2N68-LA call it Narra3... It will support 16Gb... pick up the High Density AMD only stuff real cheap.

Board : $29
CPU : AMD Opteron 1389 : $29
Ram : 16GB : $29
Case : VIVO Smart mATX : $39
PSU : Any : $29 : 500W
GPU : AMD RADEON RX 480 8GB : $179 or so
HDD : 1TB 7200RPM used working fine call it 2.5" for less noise : $39

Total : $373 give or take... Round it over to your currency... Great Setup I use something similar... 5K Gaming Bro totally possible thumb.gif
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by chris89 View Post

You can build something solid even cheaper... I don't know about non US currency... however

HP OEM Pegatron makes great boards... M2N68-LA call it Narra3... It will support 16Gb... pick up the High Density AMD only stuff real cheap.

Board : $29
CPU : AMD Opteron 1389 : $29
Ram : 16GB : $29
Case : VIVO Smart mATX : $39
PSU : Any : $29 : 500W
GPU : AMD RADEON RX 480 8GB : $179 or so
HDD : 1TB 7200RPM used working fine call it 2.5" for less noise : $39

Total : $373 give or take... Round it over to your currency... Great Setup I use something similar... 5K Gaming Bro totally possible thumb.gif

The Opteron isn't even as fast as a 965. Although I agree, that is a great cheap build. I'd stick something a bit more current in there. He said he wants to be able to upgrade it. That build gives him nothing to upgrade to.

With the build above at least he could stick up to an i7 7700k in it and another stick of RAM.

Personally.... At this price-point, I would advise NOT to go new. I would probably get that one off gumtree. Not going to get that new anywhere near that price.
    
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wow, 60% over his budget too


Ryzen 5 line is releasing tomorrow

Roxborogh's list modified
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/LKX2nn

Motherboard: ASRock AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£66.02 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory (£50.63 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (£56.40 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB Dual OC Video Card (£186.00 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£25.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£64.85 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £449.89

Add the R5 1500X £152.20 and you are at £602.09



way better than a locked i5 with 1 stick of ram rolleyes.gif

I second this build. R5 1500X is going to be your best bet. RX 480s should go pretty cheap with the upcoming RX 580 on the horizon.
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I second this build. R5 1500X is going to be your best bet. RX 480s should go pretty cheap with the upcoming RX 580 on the horizon.

I totally agree. Go with the R5 if you MUST go new. Otherwise, try and get some parts second hand to save some more dosh. Furthermore, the PSU would definitely be worth adding that £15 into. I picked the CX450 as I have worked with this PSU before, and it has been fine running an RX480/i5 for the last year, although I am worried about the ripple, and the fact there are numerous reviews out there that claim these PSU's are garbage lol. But when you are at a budget like this, the PSU can really squeeze the last few pennies out of your budget.

EDIT: Does the R5 come with the Wraith cooler? If so, may be best leaving the stock cooler and putting the extra cash into the case. Just a thought.
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With 16GB ram the 1389 is plenty fast for even Fallout 4 at 5120x2880, only looking at 50% utilization and with the RX 480 8GB I'm getting as much as 40-60fps at this resolution. If 8GB system ram performance is less. However the 1389 has a really fast memory controller and if DDR3-1600, is every bit of 16GB/s memory bandwidth. It's by no means slow and to me is faster than the 965 and cooler.

I'll be testing 4Ghz on it soon as well. The 1389 on Fallout 4 seems to do better than my X5650x2 rig with 24 threads. CPU Peaks 48C across cores full tilt.
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With 16GB ram the 1389 is plenty fast for even Fallout 4 at 5120x2880, only looking at 50% utilization and with the RX 480 8GB I'm getting as much as 40-60fps at this resolution. If 8GB system ram performance is less. However the 1389 has a really fast memory controller and if DDR3-1600, is every bit of 16GB/s memory bandwidth. It's by no means slow and to me is faster than the 965 and cooler.

I'll be testing 4Ghz on it soon as well. The 1389 on Fallout 4 seems to do better than my X5650x2 rig with 24 threads. CPU Peaks 48C across cores full tilt.

We get it, you like your 1389. But it's old tech and it will bottleneck on loads of games.

OP has the budget to get a new CPU with new technologies and warranty, so he should do it. IF his budget was like £250 then maybe!

OP - I can see you're UK based. CEX (webuy.com) are really good for used CPU bargains. For GPUs, have a look on eBay or Gumtree.
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