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#1 Dave Orilian

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 03:35 PM

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I'm looking to get a new pc in time for Rome 2 because mine's now 8/9 years old (nvidia 6200, dual core). I know very little about this stuff and looking into it has only made it more confusing.

My budget is around £400 ($600) and I know I want an intel processor. I already have everything else like screen, speakers etc so just need a new tower (don't care how it looks or how loud it is).

So If possible could anyone recommend what modules (if that's what they're called lol) and an online build site like pc specialist as I know less about building it than I do what goes in it.

Here are the recommended specs:
http://wiki.totalwar...commended_Specs

Sorry for being so vague :/

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 03:45 PM

http://alienware.com/ !?
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#3 Dave Orilian

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:51 PM

They seem overly expensive just for the name an shiny lights

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:00 PM

i use dinopc ... they ahve a forum and everything that discuss this sort of thing and they build them sooooooo
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:08 PM

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ or http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:16 PM

I know it's a long shot, but anyone have a German builder site on hand?

Also looking at a new PC in a few months.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

Oh, also stumbled over this a while ago, found it very helpful info on what is out there currently and has some sample builds in 3 ISK categories:

http://arstechnica.c...uide-july-2013/

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

Which country are you in? Though I assume the UK?

EDIT: Asking because you pretty much can't get anything but a note-netbook here for that kind of money.
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#10 Dave Orilian

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:25 PM

lol yeah UK, thx for the build sites mates, but still I'm lost about what modules I need, everything seems to be able to be a bottleneck if you don't choose the right now, so I don't want to spend loads on a graphics card when it's screwed over by bad ram/cpu/hard drive and vice versa

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:32 PM

lol yeah UK, thx for the build sites mates, but still I'm lost about what modules I need, everything seems to be able to be a bottleneck if you don't choose the right now, so I don't want to spend loads on a graphics card when it's screwed over by bad ram/cpu/hard drive and vice versa


Best site to help with that
http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

I personally would go with something like this:

nvidia 660 (there's probably a 760 now? idk) sohuld be around £200
intel i3 or i5, should be around £150-200 (preferably a k-version, for overclocking - And pick the i5 if you can, it's better.)
some asus mobo for around £100
8 gb RAM in 4 gb modules (to easily upgrade later on) that's like, what, £50?

now, I don't know if you want to recycle you old PC or not, but this should suffice if you do.

Oh, and another thing that will greatly improve performance is an SSD.
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#13 Dexter Rock

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

http://www.aria.co.u...s/Gaming Range/

I've never bought pc / components from anywhere else.

Great returns policy/ warranty, delivery within 48hrs.

Ready built, optimised by pro's. And no you won't save (much) money if you build it yourself.

Also upvote for overclockers.co.uk but you'll need more iskies.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:28 PM

Oh, also stumbled over this a while ago, found it very helpful info on what is out there currently and has some sample builds in 3 ISK categories:

http://arstechnica.c...uide-july-2013/


I second Ars's system guides. They put together decent systems in different tiers so you don't have to take all the time searching and reading shit yourself. I tend to take their midrange PC and Gaming PC and mix them up a little. Splerg on the graphics and CPU.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:03 AM

3rd for Ars Technica's system guides. You can also find some great info (more crazy-enthusiast info but ymmv) at anandtech, Tom's Hardware, or hardOCP.

In general, Newegg is a great source for the parts if you're gonna build it yourself - at least on this side of the pond.
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:06 AM

My recent processor replacement was an Intel Haswell i5-r670K, which I understand to be the price-performance sweetspot at the moment. Back in the day AMD would have been a competitor but I gather they've been getting their asses kicked in the desktop processor space for some time now.
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:54 AM

Best site to help with that
http://www.logicalincrements.com/


That is the site I just used to get info to buy what I am building. Should have er done by the weekend. I was looking at Intel i5 but ended up going with the AMD FX 6-core Black Edition. Better fit to my budget and very good specs. Will let u know how it worked out. Also got the GEForce GTX 660 graphics card. Heard a lot of good shit about it.

Look for bundle deals too.. Got my memory bundled with Seagate 1Tb hard drive and save $30. Not a lot, but I had a hard budget limit and it let me upgrade to better memory for same price as the one I had originally picked.

Total System was just over $800 US. Only thing not new is the DVD/CD burner cuz I already had one.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:52 AM

Case
PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4770k (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
Free Item
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FREE GRID 2 GAME with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4670K & i7-4770K!

Motherboard
ASUS® SABERTOOTH Z87: USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, THERMAL ARMOR

Memory (RAM)
16GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 8GB KIT)

Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)

2nd Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x BLU-RAY ROM DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£79)

Processor Cooling
Corsair H40 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)

Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

Power Cable
1 x 2 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)

Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£109)

Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365

Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days
Quantity 1

Quote Value: £1,375.00
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 10:14 AM

That is the site I just used to get info to buy what I am building. Should have er done by the weekend. I was looking at Intel i5 but ended up going with the AMD FX 6-core Black Edition. Better fit to my budget and very good specs. Will let u know how it worked out. Also got the GEForce GTX 660 graphics card. Heard a lot of good shit about it.

Look for bundle deals too.. Got my memory bundled with Seagate 1Tb hard drive and save $30. Not a lot, but I had a hard budget limit and it let me upgrade to better memory for same price as the one I had originally picked.

Total System was just over $800 US. Only thing not new is the DVD/CD burner cuz I already had one.

Khandu is getting a new PC?

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:45 PM

In general, Newegg is a great source for the parts if you're gonna build it yourself - at least on this side of the pond.


Another +1 for Ars' guides, I've found them pretty helpful every time.

EBuyer is pretty much the UK version of NewEgg - they've been really good for me



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