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Need guidance purchasing new gaming PC (Not building!)- Budget £600.

Hello everyone,

I'd like to purchase a new gaming computer with a £600 budget but have no idea or trust in myself to build it - so intending to buy a pre-made one with a premium on top. If anyone has any ideas, websites or shop suggestions where I'd be able to get good value for money that would be great and appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next month

Budget Range: £600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games: World of Warcraft, Dawn Of War (Recent Addition) + Research, YouTube, Office Work.

Are you buying a monitor: Would like suggestions on a monitor, but it doesn't need to be included in budget. Hoping to find *2 21 - 24 inch.

Do you need to buy OS: No, I'm running Windows 7 at the moment and prefer it over 10.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, although avoiding building the machine is a preference as I'd ruin it and the lack of warranty worries me.

Location: United Kingdom.

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Unsure what this refers too.

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure what this refers too, graphics cards? No preference.

Additional Comments: I have a good wifi adapter already - would like to use the computer with Dual Monitors - gaming + office work at the same time (spread sheets, Word, PowerPoint etc - I have Microsoft already).

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/titan-dagger-gaming-pc-intel-core-i3-i5-i7-fs-080-og.html#t=d2

This is the PC I currently have my eyes on, but I have no idea if it's actually value for money or will perform for what I intend to use it for.

Any help is appreciated, thank you in advance!

Matt.
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  1. https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

    £591.00inc VAT and Delivery

    Reply to Traditore
  2. Best answer
    To be honest, that sounds reasonablewhat you want , but not for a prebuild pc.

    Besides the poor quality motherboard and poor powersupply+ The pc might be bad assembled and if you ever have gotten a problem, their customer support is probably very limited.

    So what are you afraid of when building it? all you need is a screwdriver and time to build it+ keep this forum open to ask questions.


    Still want a prebuild pc? https://www.overclockers.co.uk/titan-tanto-micro-atx-gaming-pc-amd-ryzen-1400-system-3.70ghz-fs-094-og.html

    else:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.74 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£71.58 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£59.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£83.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 Video Card (£134.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix - Neos Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£30.37 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£48.39 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £594.21
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-27 11:22 BST+0100

    or intel (amd is better value)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-7400 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£156.98 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B250M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£69.84 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£59.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£83.45 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 Video Card (£134.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: BitFenix - Neos Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£30.37 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£48.39 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £582.71
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-27 11:24 BST+0100
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  3. Did not expect answers so quickly! I've always had the concern that should something malfunction on the PC itself and it needed replacing I wouldn't be able to just 'send it back' if I brought all the hardware separately.

    Although considering what you said Sensation and the fact that I've never had a problem with computers, I could build? Is the difference very big with performance : Price ratio with a pre-build to DIY?
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  4. Matthew Draper said:
    Did not expect answers so quickly! I've always had the concern that should something malfunction on the PC itself and it needed replacing I wouldn't be able to just 'send it back' if I brought all the hardware separately.

    Although considering what you said Sensation and the fact that I've never had a problem with computers, I could build? Is the difference very big with performance : Price ratio with a pre-build to DIY?


    Both superninja's builds have a better quality psu and quite a bit better cpu. Also you do need windows 10 as neither of the cpu's are officially supported (the one in the prebuilt isn't either). Also you have more warranty with a home built pc than with the prebuilt as most parts are 3+ years.
    Reply to jaslion
  5. Oh? Interesting! I'll likely take up building one myself then. And I'll have to use Windows 10? I was offered a free upgrade I could probably pick up again from the Windows 7 pack I got - will the CPU's not support Windows 7 at all?
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  6. Matthew Draper said:
    Oh? Interesting! I'll likely take up building one myself then. And I'll have to use Windows 10? I was offered a free upgrade I could probably pick up again from the Windows 7 pack I got - will the CPU's not support Windows 7 at all?


    They work fine below windows 10 but there is a lack of drivers and you can't get updates as microsoft disables them for you when you have a non suporrted cpu. Also certain software will not work.
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  7. Better overal quality

    1) ssd
    2) better cpu
    3) better motherboard
    4) better graphics card
    5) better psu
    6) case to your liking?

    also you dont have to be afraid of hidden locks to your pc ( like the bios preventing you to upgrade).

    you will need a new windows lisence because the one you have got is attached to the motherboard.

    were here to help so make sure to ask.
    Reply to superninja12
  8. Building your own computer is easy. Building it takes 2-3 hours, and installing windows takes about 30mins to 45mins, and after that downloading and installing drivers takes another 30-45 mins. After all that, have it download windows updates at night, it may take a 2-4 passes to get them all.

    Building a PC:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIF43-0mDk4
    Installing Windows:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zAdwedmj1M

    Protip for installing drivers safely, install them one at a time and restart the computer after each install to avoid breaking the OS, which can happen if you try to install them all at once.
    Reply to James Mason
  9. Thank you for the advice everyone; Superninja112 - The Windows 7 I purchased was on a Disc rather than coming with the PC itself. After installing it onto this PC will it not work on another now? I'm not sure what you mean exactly?

    I'll purchased the parts and build it myself after reading these responses in the next couple weeks, useful YouTube videos!
    Reply to Matthew Draper
  10. Matthew Draper said:
    Thank you for the advice everyone; Superninja112 - The Windows 7 I purchased was on a Disc rather than coming with the PC itself. After installing it onto this PC will it not work on another now? I'm not sure what you mean exactly?

    I'll purchased the parts and build it myself after reading these responses in the next couple weeks, useful YouTube videos!


    is the disk retail or oem?>
    Reply to superninja12
  11. superninja12 said:
    Matthew Draper said:
    Thank you for the advice everyone; Superninja112 - The Windows 7 I purchased was on a Disc rather than coming with the PC itself. After installing it onto this PC will it not work on another now? I'm not sure what you mean exactly?

    I'll purchased the parts and build it myself after reading these responses in the next couple weeks, useful YouTube videos!


    is the disk retail or oem?>


    I.E. did you pay $120+ for it, or like $80s?
    Reply to James Mason
  12. Sorry for the delay in response; busy time! I purchased it for £100 which is like $175? The Operating System that is. I read an article that stated I could still attain the Free Windows 10 Upgrade if I go through their website.
    Reply to Matthew Draper
  13. More like $130.
    But that sounds like a retail copy, it should be able to be reinstalled as many times as you want.
    The free windows 10 upgrade period has been over for like a year now though.
    Reply to James Mason
  14. Hello again! I brought and built the Intel option above but I've ran into a really frustrating problem; when I connect my monitor to the graphics card it doesn't pick it up. The motherboard's fans are spinning, case span spinning and the graphics cards fans are occasionally loosely spinning (assumingly because I'm not making it heat up). Any suggestions? I'm stumped- and so close to finishing the build!
    Reply to Matthew Draper
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