How's this for a medium spec Gaming PC?

Jason56d

Well-known Member
Since recently upgrading some internals (well most actually) on my PC and seeing how lightning fast it is, my 2 oldest boys want to buy their own gaming PC.

They both play World of Warcraft and CS Global Strike (?) and little else as the current PC can't handle more than about 15fps on WOW. And with the new one will be looking to play some other future games as well.

I have hunted round (Dino PC, Cyberpower, PCSpecialist, OC & a few others), looked at building it myself, and think this is the best I can do for their £800 budget? I bought them a new 1920 x 1080 monitor last year and they have keyboard, mouse, 5.1 surround etc already.

It is from Dino PC and comes in at £777:

CPU: 2227 - NEW! Intel Core i5 4590
CPU Cooler: 3023 - Corsair H60 2013 Water Cooler
Operating System: 11014 - Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: 4216 - NEW! Gigabyte Z97-HD3
RAM: 5041 - 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: 6067 - NEW! Crucial 256GB MX100 SSD
Secondary Hard Drive: 6028 - 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 7003 - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: 9059 - NEW! AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB
Sound card: 10001 - Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: 17103 - NEW! Corsair Carbide Spec-03
PSU: 18046 - 550W Corsair VS
Warranty: sc-1 - 3 Year SureCare Warranty

Buying as components works out more expensive and I would have to spend a few hours and lots of headaches building it for them, and without the 3 year warranty on the system.

Scan works out at £799
Ebuyer £810
Amazon £781

Looked at OC as well, it was around the same as Ebuyer.

With buying each component from the cheapest of the 3, I would save about £40. But would then still have to build it!

So, would this be a decent enough system for them? I looked at loads of reviews for GPU's and this seems to be one of the best value wise in their range. The GTX 760 is about $£40 more expensive and the R9 280X is about £80 more.

Would they benefit from 16GB RAM? Anything else you would change, or any other suggestions?

They want to order it later today as they got paid today and the money is burning a hole in their pockets!

Thanks
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
CS Global Strike
Counter Strike Global Offensive probably.

A few comments:

The Z97 motherboard isn't offering you much except crossfire support (which you probably wouldn't use with a card like a 270X), you can pick up the H97 version for £15 cheaper. The H60 is also a waste of money, for a non-K i5 you only want a £20-30 cooler to get a quiet system and if they're not too bothered about minimising noise then the stock cooler that comes with the i5 does the job decently.

DDR3-1600 is a little old hat, it won't make much difference in performance most of the time but you can get 1866 and 2133 for virtually the same price now.

DinoPC's '3 year' surecare warranty is only 3 years labour. After 1 year you have to pay for the replacement parts, after 30 days you have to pay to transport it back and fourth to their repair centre.

Windows 7 mainstream support (i.e. feature updates) ends in half a year, unless they specifically want Windows 7 I would go for Windows 8.

It looks reasonable generally, but I would probably save a little money on things like the cooler and spend it on the graphics card, it'll make a much bigger difference.
 

Jason56d

Well-known Member
Counter Strike Global Offensive probably.

A few comments:

The Z97 motherboard isn't offering you much except crossfire support (which you probably wouldn't use with a card like a 270X), you can pick up the H97 version for £15 cheaper. The H60 is also a waste of money, for a non-K i5 you only want a £20-30 cooler to get a quiet system and if they're not too bothered about minimising noise then the stock cooler that comes with the i5 does the job decently.

DDR3-1600 is a little old hat, it won't make much difference in performance most of the time but you can get 1866 and 2133 for virtually the same price now.

DinoPC's '3 year' surecare warranty is only 3 years labour. After 1 year you have to pay for the replacement parts, after 30 days you have to pay to transport it back and fourth to their repair centre.

Windows 7 mainstream support (i.e. feature updates) ends in half a year, unless they specifically want Windows 7 I would go for Windows 8.

It looks reasonable generally, but I would probably save a little money on things like the cooler and spend it on the graphics card, it'll make a much bigger difference.
OK thanks Endlesswaves.

No H motherboards showing on the Dino list, so changed it for the Gigabyte Z87-HD3, is that OK? £15 cheaper.

Switched the RAM to 2133mhz for extra £7

Have taken off the H60 watercooler and replaced it with a Zalman CNPS10X Optima which is £38 cheaper? Or just go for the stock CPU cooler and save £22 more?

Replaced the R9 270X with a GTX 760 (is that better than the R9 270X) or go one further and go for the R9 280X 3GB?

Neither of them like Windows 8 as my youngest son has it on his PC, so Windows 7 it is.

Coming in at £770 with GTX 760 or £810 with R9 280X 3GB with above changes.
 
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