£700 Gaming PC

I have set a £700 budget for this PC and it needs a copy of windows as well as a monitor, keyboard etc... This leaves around £500 for the rest of the build.

It will be a gaming pc so I want it to have the best gaming performance for the price.  

I came up with this.  http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nzxprH

It seems very good for the money. Any other options will be very helpful.

will be faster, especially if you play arma, Dayz etc http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/xxKvbv

An FX6300 will be better than an i3. I know the i3 will give a good upgrade path but i do not wish to upgrade for at least 2 years.

i did a little chance to "op" original build.


  • Optical drive: i swaped this out, you can install windows from a usb stick
  • Mobo: i chanced the mobo to the Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 the reason for this is because you have an upgrade path to an FX 8 core cpu if you like.6+2 powerphase and digi vrm, makes this possible.
  • GPU: i chanced this for a XFX R9-280 black edition DD. This will blow a GTX760 totaly out of the water.
  • PSU: i changed the psu for a 80+bronze version of the EVGA.

I went a little bit over the budget, but you could decide to schwimp out the aftermarket cpu cooler for now, to get within your budget. The stock cooler is loud, but it cools fine for stock. Can allways be upgraded next month or so..

You could also save 5 pounds with grabbing the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P motherboard with 8+2 powerphases, instead of the Asus, but i´m personaly not a big fan of Gigabyte AM3+ boards at all.But there are alot of people who have good experiance with that particular board. So yeah thats up to you.


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That is debatable. It depends on the specific game being run. Even some of the latest triple A games that were said to require or favour multi-threaded CPUs (4+ threads/cores) still run better on the i3-4130 than FX-6300 and trade blows with the 8320 and 8350.

Don't get caught up in the "more cores is better" myth. There's a lot more to a CPU than that.

That being said, the FX-6300 does present really good value for what it costs and can be overclocked to squeeze a little more out of it. You'll just want to make sure the motherboard can handle it. 

Also, you're better off going with an R9-280 GPU because it matches / exceeds the performance of GTX 760 for the same price and has 3GB Vram rather than 2. Some games do use more than 2GB Vram - even at 1080p and though there may be few at the moment, I suspect this could be a rising trend with modern games going forward.



That is out of stock, I went to order one and they have been on 'Today Only' and sold out.


Glad nothing on that list is from Ebuyer or OCUK...both dreadful places to shop.

partpicker seem to be fairly dead today..



SERIOUSLY this is the best you can get and all believe it or not... it's under 700

Several issues...

H87 motherboard with a k CPU plus aftermarket cooler is unecessary. Go with a 4570 and stock cooler instead - will give the same performance for less money. 

No need for the extra 160GB HDD.

No prices included for the case and PSU.


Sorry for the late reply but after thinking it through a little bit I've decided I want something more portable as I am going to travel or smaller. I am willing to spend extra money (lets say an extra £100) for an ITX rig. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/K737vK

i would go with a R9-280X instead of a GTX770 2GB any time, because the 280X is cheaper and it has more vram.


I was thinking that but then I saw how much heat they produce so thats why I went with the 770. Seeing as it is a very small box. 

Msi 280X twinfrozer does not run much hotter then  Msi-GTX770 twinfrozer

its the same cooling unit.

Alright, I'll trust you on this. 

Also what is a good cheap cooler for the CPU as I fear the Intel stock cooler may be too loud.

yeah i think the case will be the biggest problem wenn it comes to a good cooling solution, because the powersupply will be right above the cpu area, so you you mostly stuck with a face down aircooling, or a cheap close loop.

i will look for a better case in a few moments.

How about the Node 304 for £20 more?

That was indeed the case that i was about going to suggest.


I just watched the review of this case and Logan says get a non modular PSU as the GPU will block some of the connections. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00931YVY8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

I am thinking of this because it was literally designed for this case as it is shorter than usual. I went onto their website to check the 12v rail but I don't quite understand it. I think it has 2 12v rails.  

i3 and 6300 are pretty equal and they outperform each other in certain games. Core to core intel tends to do better and like the guy above said more cores the better is not always the case. Ps. no fanboyism going on here, i have a 6300 in my system

I have the Node 304 with an i5-4570 and a 7950 (re-branded to the R9-280) with the Cooler Master GX 650w 80+ bronze PSU. I'm running the stock Intel cooler and all is well. 

It's an excellent case with really smart use of space and great airflow.