New Gaming PC build ~my first attempt~

Hey there guys/girls, i'm going to attempt to build my first ground up computer system, essentially for gaming rather than anything else. I have near enough no experience in building a full system from scratch so i'm here seeking some advice on where to start really.

This build will be more of a "upgrade as i go along project" trying to build something that will see me through 2 years. At the moment im mainly playing some online mmo games which aren't very graphics demanding, so i can basically hold off from a GPU initially and spend most of my budget on a better CPU/MOBO (would this be a good place to start?). Then i would buy a smaller hard drive (upgrade to SSD later), about 8 gb ram (upgrade to better later, and so on.

I dont know whether my approach is the right way to do it, but i guess that's why i'm here and hoping that someone with more experience could help me out or point me in the right direction :D

I'll start off by listing a selection of CPU's im currently looking at:
Intel Core i7 8700 Coffee Lake Desktop Processor £330~
Intel i7-5820K 3.30GHz (Haswell-E) x6 Core Processor £282~
Intel Core i5 8600K 3.60GHz Coffee Lake Processor £302~
Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2GHz Kaby Lake Processor - Unlocked £274

So basically I've listed all the cpu's ranging from £270-330 and stuck with which one to go for really. Or if there's anything i haven't listed that may be better. Haven't looked into AMD really I've never used AMD, always opted for Intel.

I also noticed that the i7 Haswell-E has 4 Channel DDR4 upto 4266MHz support and the other cpu's ive listed support 2 channel. Does this make any noticeable difference?

Also lets say i have a budget of £600 that will go towards the CPU and MOBO, how would you spend that, would you split that equally amongst the 2? or would you get a cheaper MOBO and extend more budget towards a cpu? Would be interesting to know how you would go about dividing the budget when it comes to these 2.

Again its my first attempt at a gaming build so please excuse me for being too much of a noob :D

Thanks in advance and i apologise if this has been too much of a read.
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  1. 1. Do you currently have a rig? If so, please list all specs
    2. Related to #1, if not having a rig, no point buying any components as most retailers only allow a month or so for easy return
    3. What will be the games you want to play and potential tasks? Any rendering/streaming etc?
    4. 7700k should be off the table since it has no upgrade path. 5820k may be dropped too, as 8400 is a better choice, not to mention expensive MB.
    5. Once passing 3000, normal tasks will see little to none impact with any faster ram.
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  2. This should be your starting point with that budget... http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-i5-8400-review-the-best-new-gaming-cpu-in-years/

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.99 @ BT Shop)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£104.02 @ Eclipse Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£135.51 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£71.03 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.39 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 (EU) 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£76.96 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £623.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 18:58 GMT+0000
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  3. vapour said:
    1. Do you currently have a rig? If so, please list all specs
    2. Related to #1, if not having a rig, no point buying any components as most retailers only allow a month or so for easy return
    3. What will be the games you want to play and potential tasks? Any rendering/streaming etc?
    4. 7700k should be off the table since it has no upgrade path. 5820k may be dropped too, as 8400 is a better choice, not to mention expensive MB.
    5. Once passing 3000, normal tasks will see little to none impact with any faster ram.


    Thanks for the quick reply mate :)
    I have lived abroad for several years and returned to the UK recently so no atm i have no rig apart from this pc im using just to get online but cant handle multitasking at all.So i'll be basically building from scratch with no current components that i can use.

    Also regarding what the use of the pc will be for, initially its just for a basic mmo game i play which isnt very demanding, hence why im holding off from a decent gpu right now. But i do plan to get a good GPU eventually (2-3 weeks after the build) as i will possibly start streaming my online game play and would like to be able to play some other demanding games.
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  4. Hellfire13 said:
    This should be your starting point with that budget... http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-i5-8400-review-the-best-new-gaming-cpu-in-years/

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.99 @ BT Shop)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£104.02 @ Eclipse Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£135.51 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£71.03 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.39 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 (EU) 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£76.96 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £623.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 18:58 GMT+0000


    Thanks for the quick reply :)
    My budget of £500-600 was just for the MOBO/CPU and then i'll spend some more on the other components. I'll try to source cheap parts to get it running for a bit till i slowly upgrade to better parts (RAM/SSD/GPU/Better Case, ect.)
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  5. Trek88 said:
    Hellfire13 said:
    This should be your starting point with that budget... http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-i5-8400-review-the-best-new-gaming-cpu-in-years/

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.99 @ BT Shop)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£104.02 @ Eclipse Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£135.51 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£71.03 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.39 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 (EU) 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£76.96 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £623.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 18:58 GMT+0000


    Thanks for the quick reply :)
    My budget of £500-600 was just for the MOBO/CPU and then i'll spend some more on the other components. I'll try to source cheap parts to get it running for a bit till i slowly upgrade to better parts (RAM/SSD/GPU/Better Case, ect.)


    Should last you next 5yrs easily...
    The board comes with lots of connectivity options, overclocking potential and features like superior audio codec with headphone amps, bluetooth and wifi.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor (£301.75 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£34.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£199.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £536.71
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 19:18 GMT+0000
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  6. I will get this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (£175.19 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£76.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£144.78 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.34 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB DUAL Video Card (£97.76 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case (£27.48 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£48.95 @ Box Limited)
    Total: £609.47
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 19:36 GMT+0000
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  7. For gaming, 1600 is close to I5-8400: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i5_8400/12.html
    8600k is not that much better than 8400, not to mention cost-effectiveness.
    Ryzen 1600 has 6 cores/12 threads compared to 8600k 6 cores/6 threads, will give you better gaming FPS if streaming at the same time.
    This build can get you running and can play many games with decent FPS.
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  8. To be honest, the 8600k should be able to handle gaming and streaming easily. But if you want absolute best, there is nothing that can beat this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($399.99 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($207.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $642.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 15:40 EDT-0400

    I would suggest that you check out this article once again. Specially the gaming benchmarks... http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-i5-8400-review-the-best-new-gaming-cpu-in-years/
    Intel holds gaming superiority due to its faster core and IPC supremacy.
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