finally narrowed down to two PC spec but which one?

topcat07

Novice Member
Hi,
i someone could advise me which would be the better for the money and why please?

Also the one you pick is it good spec for the money?

Needs to handle games on high settings and photo editing these are really at my max budget.


firstly coming in at £580 at CCL computers (potential £560 after cash back)

Intel Core i5-4440 3.10GHz LGA1150 Retail
2x Kingston ValueRAM 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Module
Asus H81M-PLUS Motherboard Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron 1150 H81 uATX Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB Hard Drive (7200rpm) SATA 64MB (Internal)
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD7870 2GB OC Graphics Card
CCL Choice 22x DVD+/-RW Drive
Inwin Z638 Micro ATX Screwless Black Case
CCL Choice 450W 80+ High Efficiency PSU
3 Year Collect & Return warranty
TP-Link TL-WN781ND 150Mbps Wireless Lite N PCI Express Adapter


coming in at about £577 DIno PC

Customizations:
CPU: AMD FX 6300 Black Edition
Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Motherboard: Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 Included
Memory: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NEW! AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: NEW! Zalman Z3
PSU: 550W Corsair VS
Warranty: 3 Year SureCare Warranty (sc-1) Included
this also comes with assassins creed 4 and dirt (but i am more interested in the hardware, suppose i could sell them? to bring the price down)



And anyone know if CCL or dino are better for after care?

Help greatly appreciated thanks
 

paul cliff

Active Member
I'd say you definitely want to ditch the hard drive and get an SSD, also you won't be maxing out settings on new games for £580, sorry.

An i5 over an i7 may be preferable to keep costs down but you mention photo editing though so I'd think about an i7 and more RAM.

Attached is something you could aim for for the money - but this would mean building it yourself.

I have no experience of AMD cards but gpuboss tells me that the GTX770 is significantly better than either of those.

I'd feel confident that the build i linked would play intensive games such as Crysis, ROME II, BF4 on medium settings and older games / less intensive games on high.

As a note, don't get hung up on trying to max out our settings and play on 'high' - you will never manage it without spending over a grand.
 

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Xolf

Active Member
I'd generally agree with Paul - and building a PC really isn't too difficult, cast your eyes over How to build a PC: The Tech Report guide - The Tech Report - Page 1 for example. If you can manage to assemble something from IKEA, for example, you can build a PC :)

Personally I'd probably suggest adding a mechanical hard drive as a second disk for storage - both graphic files and probably some or most of the games you install - large games will fill an SSD very quickly unless you spent steaming great wodges to get a big one, which would bust your budget in anycase...

If that pushes budget too far, again, personally I'd probably come down a bit on the graphics card; I'm running a Radeon HD 6870 myself (which is getting on a bit) driving a 27" monitor at 2560x1440, and to be honest it's holding up pretty well...
 

danhearn94

Standard Member
Personally after building Intel and AMD systems I'd lean towards the first build. I'd possibly swap the power supply for a Corsair model or another well known brand, simply for the reliability. Other than that, SSD options are going to push your budget up but could be very beneficial.

Oh, and don't forget a keyboard and mouse! ;)
 

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