First Gaming pc, Help!

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  1. bootstrapwill

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    Hey guys, Hope everyone is well.
    So i have been console gaming ever since i can remember, the same goes for Macs. Im looking into getting a Gaming pc for the PC exclusives (some horror games and many others). Other games like Titanfall or battlefield will be played on a console.
    I'm stuck in a situation where i'm honestly not sure where to start or whats any good. Do i build one or shall i stick to a pre-built machine?
    Currently i'm looking into this machine Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop Details | Dell UK and i don't really wont to spend anything over £800. I must stress that im not looking to play games at maximum or wanting to upgrade any time soon.

    Any help would be great in pointing me in the right direction. Thank you.
     
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    On an £800 budget I'd avoid alienware and similar premium brands. Spending extra on fancy cases and fancy lights doesn't make much difference on a £2000+ machine but on something more sensibly priced it can have a significant impact on performance. The GTX 645 on the one you linked for example is going to be half the performance of the GTX 760/R9 270X you'd otherwise get in an £800 machine.

    Does the £800 include keyboard, mouse and monitor?

    Generally for an £800 base unit I'd look for an i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a graphics card costing between £150 and £200
     
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    Thanks for getting back to me. Yes I'm looking at the middle spec X51 which comes with a mouse and keyboard. I would then buy the monitor separate with total coming in just over £700.
    Are you suggesting I build one??
     
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    I would avoid that like the plague, The 645 is not that good, and the prices they have to upgrade are crazy. For £800 you could buuld yourself with an i5 and GTX 770 . If you definitly don't want to then there better places than dell to buy a gaming PC pre built. pcspecialist.co.uk will get you a much better deal
     
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    Thanks guys. So what specs should I be looking out for? I suppose this is not a simple question to answer, but how would one go about building one?
     
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    For gaming the most important component is the graphics card, and then the CPU (mainly in that order because graphics card performance varies much more than CPU performance). You also need sufficient memory, 8GB is a good amount. The rest of it isn't particularly important and will either have no impact on gaming (motherboard choice) or very little (hard drive/Solid State Drive).

    You can assemble it yourself if you like, it's not difficult to put the components together. You save the assembly cost but it can be more difficult to troubleshoot if you get a faulty part.

    If we allow, say £200 for the mouse, keyboard and monitor (largely personal preference) and spend £600 on the system I'd go for something like:

    Graphics card (Radeon 7870/R9 270 for example): £130
    Processor (i5-4440): £125
    Socket 1150 Motherboard: £40
    Good quality 400-500W Power Supply: £40
    8GB Memory: £65
    Windows 8/8.1: £70
    1TB hard drive: £50
    Case: £30

    Total: £550, allowing £50 over for build costs or any extras you may want (DVD drive for example).
     
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    EndlessWaves and LJx thank you for help in the matter.
    Now that i have a good idea of what specs to acquire, where would one buy these from. A single store or multiple?
     
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    Whatever is cheapest really, with many stores offering free delivery on relatively small amounts you can often pick and choose to get the cheapest from different places.

    As to shops, I've used CCL, Ebuyer, Kustom PCs, Novatech, Scan and Amazon and there are several other popular sites like Aria and OcUK.
     
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    Thanks guys. Is there any brands I should stay away from??
     
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    For power supply you ideally want a model that's been properly tested by a site like Kitguru, Hardwaresecrets or JohnnyGuru but failing that a unit from a brand with a history of solid reviews is a good choice. Avoid any unbranded model or those from 'brands' with no website as unfortunately there's a lot of units out there with a questionable quality or rating.
     
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