Help With Budget PC

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Any comments for improvements. The PC would mainly be for gaming @ 1080p and light rendering of 720p/1080p videos. I am also looking for anyone who is selling a GS600 in good condition, mainly for the lights.

It generally looks good, I trust you have some other form of storage, or you might find your SSD full real fast.

Personally I would go with a TN panel as my main gaming screen, for the low refresh rate, but this is a taste thing really and it depends on how much color work you will be doing.

You might want to look at a higher watt power supply, you only have about 2% to spare when drawing max wattage (PSU 600W - GPU 500W - CPU 88W = 12W) or just enough to run a tablet charger or 2-3 smartphone sized devices. I would feel better running a 650-700 watt power supply.

Hope this helps

You should get memory with at least 1600 frequency, it's almost the same price but better performance.

That SSD is not that good, it has a very low write speed when it comes to incompressible data like music, videos, archives, encrypted data. Buy a Samsung EVO or a Crucial MX, whichever you find cheaper.

Any particular reason for going with a 760? The AMD R9 270X performs just as well, but for cheaper (here's a review of a sample from MSI, it looks identical to the 760:,13.html).

The PSU is more than enough. The PSU that the manufacturers recommend is for powering the entire system, it's not the power that the GPU needs to run. And they overestimate the consumption, because they don't want users to RMA cards that aren't working because of crappy PSUs.

+1 on the SSD.

R9 270/270X is a bit behind the GTX 760.  The GTX 760 is between an R9 270X and R9 280 performance.  It's a bit similar to the R9 280 in more cases, though.

I would suggest getting 8GB instead of 16GB of ram.  That way money could be spent towards a stronger GPU.  Light editing should work just fine with 8GB.  Also, I would suggest a Z97 motherboard as Z87 compatibility can be hit and miss.  GPU doesn't have a wide enough memory interface, and isn't strong enough to fully take advantage of having 4GB of VRAM in games.  It only helps with high resolutions, but not much else.

Response time of the IPS panel is 8ms.  It's a bit slow.

Consider an aftermarket cooler like a Hyper 212 if you want to overclock.


Maybe even drop the 280x to a 280 and get 258 gb ssd or a better screen.

If you already "own" windows , you can put that money towards a good cooler like the dark rock advanced .

Hi Martin, thanks for your comments. To be honest I might remove the SSD as I have never had one before, they don't boost performance  and cost more than HDD for less I will also upgrade the PSU to a 750W. I will post some other ideas.

Hi Ksajal, thanks for your comment. I went for the cheapest ram possible. I know that isn't a great idea but I didn't think the speed would matter too much. I just looked at the CAS 9 and that was it really. Like I said in the reply before I might just get rid of the SSD and spend it on something that is more mass storage Optimised instead of speed. The reason for going with the GTX 760 is that it is a decent size, it has 2 decently sized fans and has plenty of onboard RAM which would help me when I want to do some video editing and image editing. And I might as well get a bigger PSU as recommended by Martin as it is more "future proof" so I could preform a light upgrade yet still be good on the power side. 

I have some revised versions of the builds I created.

Small Xeon (LGA 1155):

Big Xeon (LGA 1155):

Small i5 (LGA 1150):

Big i5 (LGA1150):


I do not think you should remove the SSD. It does not help performance but greatly improves loading times. I would also check for AMD-based build if you are doing a budget system that you would do 3d rendering. The FX8350 for example has a much greater perfomance/price ratio, its more than capable of 1080p gaming and the extra cores and threads although will not help in gaming it can make a big difference in video rendering.

I would also  not use XEON machines for gaming riggs unless the build is manly a workstation.   

Why no 1231V3 ?

You can get it for the price of those 1150 i5's :|

I like small builds , so I would go with this :

You can use xeons for gaming machines .

I use a 1231V3 , it turbo's tp 3.8 ghz stock , and I set the bclk to 106 , so now it turbo's to 4.028 ghz.

It's perfect , and it makes no noise and uses no power ( 80w if you set it to -0.02v on the core )

If I was to go with an AMD CPU, what should I go for. I am thinking of an 8350 as it is kind of comparable to an i5 but at a much lower price. I'm just a bit 'iffy' of going for an AMD CPU. The price is epic but is an 8350 stroNG enough? 


It's still fully capable , and here it sells for 3/5 the price of the xeons's / i5's.

But keep in mind that the 60€ you save on the cpu need to be spent on a good mobo and cooler ( don't skimp on the mobo for 8350's)

I know the 9370 is also in that price area but the TDP is 220W, I'd be paying more for a more powerful PSU and doesn't it need watercooling?

9370 is the same as the 8350 , just oc'd.

But as I said , you will be spending what you save on the cpu on cooling and psu compared to intel.

Watercooling is not necessary , just a good 50€ cpu cooler.

If you want amd , take this :

+1.  However, keep in mind that a Xeon E3-1230 V3 or 1231 V3 will still outperform a FX-8350 by a noticeable margin in video rendering and other highly multithreaded tasks.  It will also be better in single core tasks.  It's going to be difficult to overclock the FX-8350 to match the Xeon.

No need for water cooling. An extra cpu cooler is just fine. You can even go with a cheaper one if you do not mind the noise

BTW although i never tried it the cooler the FX8350 came with looked pretty decent. Has anyone tried with the out of the box cooler and see how ti fares?