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Gaming PC with accessories for 1000-2000 POUNDS.

Gojirad

New member
Hello Forum.

I am wanting to build a gaming pc for around 1000 POUNDS. I am not that cultured in the domain of computers, but In more detail i am looking to build a PC that is capable of running the standard game on high graphics whilst also streaming (whether that be me watching a multi stream or myself streaming) where i will not be penalised in FPS. I mostly play World of Warcraft and my current (old) laptop struggles to play the game on fair settings and when in the heat of a boos fight with 25 other people casting spells, my FPS can go down to 17!!!!!

I do not know what can put a compromise on but i would like to have a stylish case and have a peace of mind in relation to cooling (as my room will not be well aired). If possible, i would like to have an Intel Core and a Nvidia graphics card. I also need to consider in my budget accessories (keyboard, mouse, headset) which will give me 'the edge' when playing MMMORPGS.

My budget goes from 1000 - 1200max. Here is a quote which i have planned out so i seek your guidance on..... basically everything!

Thank you in advance for your help and feel free to ask me for more details.

Gojirad

Case
CORSAIR 230T COMPACT GAMING CASE - RED LED + SIDE WINDOW
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4690K (3.5GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® Z97-A: ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6GB/S, SLi, XFIRE
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
1st Hard Disk
1TB SEAGATE ST1000DX001 1TB/8GB SSHD 64MB HYBRID DRIVE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply
CORSAIR 450W VS SERIES™ VS-450 POWER SUPPLY
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO (120mm) Fan CPU Cooler
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence
DVD Recovery Media
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365
Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
Monitor
AOC 21.5" WIDESCREEN LED TFT - 1920 x 1080, 5MS, D-Sub, DVI-D
Keyboard & Mouse
Cyborg V.5 Gaming Keyboard with Illuminated Keys
Mouse
Cyborg R.A.T. 5 Wired Gaming Mouse
Gaming Mouse Pad
MadCatz G.L.I.D.E. 3 Gaming Surface
Headsets
Creative HS-800 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
Surge Protection
MasterPlug SRG62 6 Socket 2m Surge Protector
Cable Tidy
3 x PCS 1.5M Zip Cable Tidy - Professional Cable Management

COST: 1074 POUNDS inc. VAT.
 

keynes

Multiverse Poster
For your budget I would get the spec below, it has a better GPU and monitor:


Case
COOLERMASTER HAF 912 PLUS MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4690 (3.5GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z97-HD3: ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
3GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 780 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
Free Item
FREE WATCH DOGS with GTX 660 & 7 Series GPUs!
1st Hard Disk
1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1003FZEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY
Processor Cooling
Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler (£19)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365
Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HDS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, 2 HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080 (£109)
Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® MK270 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO (£22)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £1,175.00 including VAT and delivery.

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Cadwah

Rising Star
If you are going to play games on the PC and stream to twitch or similar or just record gameplay for future upload to youtube etc I would consider getting the i7 4790, the extra cores you get from hyper-threading will minimise the effect the streaming will have on your gameplay. An alternative would be to use the Shadowplay feature of the NVidia top-end cards although this is still quite buggy for certain games and has limited options regarding scenes etc. I think Keynes build above is fine if you can afford to add in the i7 4790 I'd say go for that, if you have a hard budget ceiling and still want the benefits of the i7 you could reduce the GPU to the GTX 770 which is still more than capable for the games you mentioned. MMORPG's are notoriously CPU dependent, especially during those boss fights.

This is about the same price as Keynes build, by dropping to the GTX770 you can afford the i7 and fit in an SSD for your OS and main programs/games to make everything feel more responsive.

Case
COOLERMASTER HAF 912 PLUS MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® Z87-A: ATX, USB3.0, SATA6GB/S, SLi, XFIRE
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 770 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
Free Item
FREE WATCH DOGS with GTX 660 & 7 Series GPUs!
1st Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk
1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1003FZEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W RM SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET (£79)
Processor Cooling
Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler (£19)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365
Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
Monitor
IIYAMA E2273HDS 22" LED WIDESCREEN, 2 HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080 (£109)
Keyboard & Mouse
CM Storm Devastator Keyboard and Mouse (£29)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £1,176.00 including VAT and delivery.

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Saying all that though, the stream quality is normally limited by your upload speed. If you're looking to stream in 720p at 30fps the i5 should be fine, any higher and you should consider the i7. :)
 
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bigben

Master Poster
I'd go with what Keynes suggested. If you do want your fancy peripherals you could drop gpu to gtx770 which I doubt would make much difference to wow (but you could check benchmarks online)
 

Gojirad

New member
Thank you all for your replies, i have a few questions in regards to various elements of the proposed specs:

Cadwah mentioned that MMORPG's are more reliant on CPU than graphics card. So a smoother and stable MMORPG experience (busy cities, 25man Boss fights with countless animations) in regards to FPS can be obtained through a better Motherboard and Processor?

Firstly, since my room will be a little sudent room with a window which can barely open, i need to have peace of mind in regards to the cooling system that will be in place. won't opting for a quieter fan (like Keynes proposed) instead of an upgraded standard fan (the one i proposed) compromise on the cooling efficency of my Computer?

Secondly, if we use Watchdog as an example, can the Nvidia 770 run the game smoothly on high graphics or will i need to get the 780 (basically, is the 770 enough for games to be release in the next few months/semesters/years)?

It is also essential for me to have a good keyboard, mouse and headset and the CM Storm Devastator Keyboard and Mouse (£29) proposed by Keynes seems cheap.

Finally the case chosen Keynes is 20POUNDS more expensive than the one i picked. any specific reason why i should pick the bigger case?

I await your reply

Gojirad
 

keynes

Multiverse Poster
1-at stock clock speed either CPU cooler should offer similar performance, no need to get something better than the triple copper. Overclocking the CPU is not going to bring significant benefits for gaming
2-it should but I would try to get the best GPU within your budget
3-better case offers better cooling. I wouldn't spend too much on a keyboard/mouse if it means compromising on other components like the case or GPU.

It is also essential for me to have a good keyboard, mouse and headset and the CM Storm Devastator Keyboard and Mouse (£29) proposed by Keynes seems cheap.
Define good :)
 

Cadwah

Rising Star
Cadwah mentioned that MMORPG's are more reliant on CPU than graphics card. So a smoother and stable MMORPG experience (busy cities, 25man Boss fights with countless animations) in regards to FPS can be obtained through a better Motherboard and Processor?

The performance in busy areas such as you mentioned is normally less dependent on the GPU(Although the GPU needs to be good enough to display what is going on) It's the CPU that does all the calculations as to what is going on and how each player is interacting etc.

An extreme example would be an RTS game like Starcraft 2.
In the early game where there are fewer units on the map the CPU can easily calculate what is going on and the GPU can easily display what is going on.
In the late game where you could have 2 maxed out armies (Or in multiplayer more than that) the GPU can still easily display what is happening but even the best CPU's have trouble calculating the interactions taking place which can lag the game. Meaning that as long as your GPU is half decent it is normally always the CPU which will throttle your FPS.

The motherboard will have very little to no effect on the performance.
 
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Gojirad

New member
Define good :)

the keyboard has to be comfortable with major wrist support and keys which can light up at night
the mouse has to be big (i have a big hand), with numerous keybinding buttons but at the same time not heavy.

i have a question in regards to sound, it relies on both the soundcard AND the support which broadcasts it (i.e: speakers) right? So are standard soundcards and monitors good enough to watch films, listen to music? i'm not a music producer or a video editior i just enjoy music and video and i dont want the sound to be flat. a standard Television monitor (like a big 40inch + panasonic or sony) provides good sound, but how is the sound comming from a smaller, cheaper monitor?

thank you for your help Keynes.
 
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Rakk

The Awesome
Moderator
the keyboard has to be comfortable with major wrist support and keys which can light up at night
the mouse has to be big (i have a big hand), with numerous keybinding buttons but at the same time not heavy.

Do remember keyboards and mice can be very different for different people, what I find comfortable may wildly differ from what you find comfortable, or what Keynes finds comfortable.
 
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Gojirad

New member
Thank you for your replies.

Thanks to Cadwah's response. am i aware of the importance of the Processor. but I have question in regards to Graphics cards.

There is 50POUNDS difference between the 2G 770 Nvidia and the 4G 770 Nvidia but then we have 100POUNDS difference between the 4G 770 Nvidia and the 3G 780 Nvidia. i know that the the 3G 780 Nvidia is more recent but why would you choose it if you can get more power through the 770 card which is cheaper?

thank you for your help.
 

Rakk

The Awesome
Moderator
There is 50POUNDS difference between the 2G 770 Nvidia and the 4G 770 Nvidia but then we have 100POUNDS difference between the 4G 770 Nvidia and the 3G 780 Nvidia. i know that the the 3G 780 Nvidia is more recent but why would you choose it if you can get more power through the 770 card which is cheaper?
Just because a graphics card has more VRAM does not mean it is more powerful, the 780 is more powerful than the 770 no matter if you choose the 4GB version or not - it is the model number which determines the powerfulness of the card
More VRAM is useful when using very high resolutions (like multiple monitors), but doesn't make a lesser card (the 770) with more VRAM more powerful that a higher end card (the 780)
 

A314159

Super Star
Gtx880m has 8gb VRAM, worse than a 760 with 2gb. Why do you NEED a good mouse, keyboard and headset? They are all perfectly ergonomic and they have 3 buttons..... What more do you realistically need? As for wrist support... Why? You can take a break....
 

A314159

Super Star
Thank you for your replies.

Thanks to Cadwah's response. am i aware of the importance of the Processor. but I have question in regards to Graphics cards.

There is 50POUNDS difference between the 2G 770 Nvidia and the 4G 770 Nvidia but then we have 100POUNDS difference between the 4G 770 Nvidia and the 3G 780 Nvidia. i know that the the 3G 780 Nvidia is more recent but why would you choose it if you can get more power through the 770 card which is cheaper?

thank you for your help.

By that logic you could by an r7 250 and that would be as powerful as a gtx 770
 

Rakk

The Awesome
Moderator
As for wrist support... Why? You can take a break....
Wrist supports are very important for some people, personally if I don't have a wrist support it's bad for me, and although at the time when using the keyboard it doesn't seem to make it feel too bad, after 6 months my doc is telling me I can't work for a week cos I get something similar to RSI in my one of my hands, at which point all is not well, so please don't advise people not to get wrist supports if they need them.
 

A314159

Super Star
Yeah, I guess, but in all honesty I wouldn't say everyone needs one. If he came and said something like what you've just said Rakk, I'd have no problem with it.
 
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