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By IXIScorpioIXI

 

Welcome to the PC Gaming Thread!

 

 

Now I know there is a PS3 discussion thread and an Xbox 360 discussion thread.

 

So thought it was about time us PC gamers had an area to talk about...

 

  • Upcoming Games
  • Latest Releases
  • Modding
  • Favourite Games
  • Gaming set up
  • How you feel as a PC gamer.


If you ever need advice on any of the above then this should be your first stop for all your PC gaming needs.

 

So go ahead and get chatting!

 

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1. Not really, no. Plenty of guides if you get stuck.

2. Honestly, wherever is cheapest. Usually stick to the likes of Amazon, Scan, Novatech, eBuyer and Overclockers.

3. Plenty wise, don't worry about DX11.1, most games are barely using 11 still. As for Windows 8, that depends on whether you want to go Metro or not. Go 7 and at worst upgrade for £25 or whatever it'll cost.

4. You can get small PCs that would be console wise but it'll not be cheap, your best bet would be something like the Alienware X51 but the GPU in those isn't all that great, limited to a GTX555 unless you install your own.
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Where did that come from?
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Thanks for that James!

I've been tinkering around getting the components together and such and I keep hitting the £1000 mark which marks me cringe a little bit. Though, I think I could probably make savings on the CPU and GPU really as I may be going for things which are more than likely more powerful than what I want.

I did choose an i7 Ivy Bridge, but I am still shooting back and forth between AMD and Intel as well as AMD and Nvidia. From what I have gathered, AMD tends to be a little bit cheaper so I am not sure whether that would be something to look into.

GPU wise, I was looking at the GTX 580 at first, but again, I don't know if I am going for something that is made to support massive resolutions and monitors which is something I'm not interested in. Again, I wonder if going with AMD is worth it at this stage.

In general, I think the most costly components I have found have been the CPU and GPU as mentioned, the motherboard and RAM. I am trying to balance a couple of years future proof with price. Generally was looking to have SLi or Crossfire so that in the future, I may be able to use a second GPU. I think that is what they're for anyway.

Any advice on cutting down the cost?

If I could hit the £800 mark, that would be pretty neat or give or take £100.
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Dannehkins wrote:
Thanks for that James!

I've been tinkering around getting the components together and such and I keep hitting the £1000 mark which marks me cringe a little bit. Though, I think I could probably make savings on the CPU and GPU really as I may be going for things which are more than likely more powerful than what I want.

I did choose an i7 Ivy Bridge, but I am still shooting back and forth between AMD and Intel as well as AMD and Nvidia. From what I have gathered, AMD tends to be a little bit cheaper so I am not sure whether that would be something to look into.

GPU wise, I was looking at the GTX 580 at first, but again, I don't know if I am going for something that is made to support massive resolutions and monitors which is something I'm not interested in. Again, I wonder if going with AMD is worth it at this stage.

In general, I think the most costly components I have found have been the CPU and GPU as mentioned, the motherboard and RAM. I am trying to balance a couple of years future proof with price. Generally was looking to have SLi or Crossfire so that in the future, I may be able to use a second GPU. I think that is what they're for anyway.

Any advice on cutting down the cost?

If I could hit the £800 mark, that would be pretty neat or give or take £100.
For your CPU always go Intel. I can save you money already too by telling you not to bother with an i7 too unless you're doing lots of media encoding, an i5 3570K is enough for almost everyone. I'll have a look around at a build for you in a few mins.
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Forgot to say that the £1000 price mark I wa hitting also included the Windows 7 copy.
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That's really appreciated! Thanks James.

A bit of a noob at this :p been yonks since I last dabbled in PC hardware
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There are still places to cut cost here, like the SSD or the PSU but here's a quick build that I knocked together from a few different places

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/buce for some bits

 

Then this GPU http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-017-KF

 

and these bits from eBuyer

 

 

See what you think. As I said, you can save money with either no SSD or a smaller one, or going for a non-modular PSU for example.


Come out at £930 in total inc. a copy of Windows 7 for the PC, if you've got Quidco or TopCashBack you'll probably make some of that money back too.

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That's a pretty decent price for all the internals you got in there. Regarding the PC Part Picker link, I noticed there were two hard drives. The SSD and the internal hard drive. Is it recommend to have an internal when thinking about having an SSD?

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Another really silly question regarding fans. Does the case come with the fans or are the fans sold separately? And regarding fans, would you need a fan and a cooling unit?
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Where did that come from?


http://cdr.thebronasium.com/sub/search/p/1/sort:date_updated/direction:desc


Quite a lot of bundles on that site. I also noticed that they have HL2 complimentary. I hope that means they will release HL2 for free, like they did with Portal 1. EDIT: Looking into it, it seems you get a free copy with a purchase of something.
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Ooo, hope this is basically Gods and Kings + regular DLC for Civ V: http://cdr.thebronasium.com/sub/15366

 

Been putting some time into vanilla Civ V recently and having some fun, wouldn't mind the DLC + Expansion for a cheap price.

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Isn't HMV selling Gods and Kings for like €15?
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Isn't HMV selling Gods and Kings for like €15?

No idea. Cheapest I could find was from Amazon for £12. Would still prefer just to get the whole package though.

 

Found out you can click apps to see content - it's full Civilization pack. III with all expansions, IV with all expansions, V with DLC but no Gods and Kings >.>

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That's a pretty decent price for all the internals you got in there. Regarding the PC Part Picker link, I noticed there were two hard drives. The SSD and the internal hard drive. Is it recommend to have an internal when thinking about having an SSD?


 

Yeah an SSD won't be enough space IMO if you want to store media etc. on it, an SSD is ok for a few games and basic programs but obviously you'll be able to tell me better than I can what sort of storage space you'll need.

 


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Another really silly question regarding fans. Does the case come with the fans or are the fans sold separately? And regarding fans, would you need a fan and a cooling unit?

 

That Casecom one comes with a front fan but you can add more if you want to.


How do you mean cooling unit?

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I think I may of got confused with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

So would just having the fans suffice for cooling? Is the fancy cooling units like the liquid cooling units only for those who intend on overclocking?
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I think I may of got confused with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

So would just having the fans suffice for cooling? Is the fancy cooling units like the liquid cooling units only for those who intend on overclocking?

 

Ah it's a CPU fan.

 

That Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro will give you the ability to get a decent overclock, and whilst watercooling will give you a lot more headroom, I'd just stick with air for the meantime. 

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Another really silly question regarding fans. Does the case come with the fans or are the fans sold separately? And regarding fans, would you need a fan and a cooling unit?


Most cases come with fans, you do need a CPU cooling fan however.

 

What I would suggest (not £800 mark though) http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/bvtw

 

More in your budget: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/bvu5

 

Both don't include a SSD though, might wanna pick one up down the road.

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http://www.amazon.com/Square-Enix-Ultimate-Collection-Download/dp/B00822X7OY

Possibly a bug. Grab it before it's fixed if it is, worth it for JC2 alone.
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I'm surprised JC2 is 10GB. The map is huge.
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