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Gaming computer specs?

By Decimus
Aug 11, 2013
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  1. Hi everyone, I'm looking at getting my first computer specifically for gaming; but I haven't got much of an idea of what specs I need and what I can get for the amount of money I want to spend.

    I'm wanted to spend around £500-£600. I'd want to be able to play new games and ones which will be coming out in the relative future (mmorpgs/fps etc) and games such as skyrim, battlefield, hitman, crysis 3, gta & far cry 3 -which I know require a good graphics card etc. would it make sense getting windows 8 or not?

    can anyone give me details as to what specs I need to look for and/or recommend me any computers in the £500-£600 range?

    thanks guys :)
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,945   +899

    Windows 7 is probably a better choice. It doesnt matter though. This is what I put together: http://goo.gl/fkXSku. Add in the Corsair TX650V2 PSU, I forgot to include it in the cart. The cart is on Amazon by the way. It is a bit over budget, but it will play your games at very high, if not max settings.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,979   +1,487

    That to me looks to be a tight budget for a gaming rig. I'm from the US, so my calculation could be off. Regardless, I have a few question that will help others answer your question.

    Do you have anything you can use for the build (such as mouse, keyboard, monitor), or will everything need to be purchased? What size display and resolution are you planning to use?

    Gaming machines call for higher specifications than a normal PC, which will increase expenses.
  4. Decimus

    Decimus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks jc!
    I have a mouse already which I can use, as for display I'm just after a 'decent' size, I'm not sure what size would be best.
  5. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,945   +899

    Is that included within your budget? Or can you put some money aside for the monitor? I will have to cut down the build I put together if you need a monitor included :).
  6. Decimus

    Decimus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what would I be losing if I had to include the monitor in my budget?
  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,945   +899

    Mainly a lower end GPU. If I need to, I will lower the PSU.
  8. Decimus

    Decimus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What effect would this have on gaming performance? sorry I'm a bit of a novice :(
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,945   +899

    No problem whatsoever :)!

    A lower end GPU (graphics processing unit) = lower frame rates and quality in game
  10. Decimus

    Decimus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Do you think a 21.5" monitor would be suitable which is around £80?
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    You really like your corsair power supplies!
    They're nice but sometimes that's like putting a 4430S into a Gigabyte G1 Sniper.
    At this level I'd think about getting a cheaper power supply in exchange for better performance.
    After all, there is no gaming performance difference between a solid power supply and a high end power supply.
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,945   +899

    Yeah, I was gonna lower the PSU, but I keep on forgetting those Rosewill ones you recommend. The Corsair TX650V2 is a good PSU, so I recommend it.

    Well, that is quite small, but it works. Make sure it is a 1080P monitors vs a 1600x900 monitor.


    These are the best monitors for £80-120:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/AOC-E2343Fi...qid=1376342946&sr=1-13&keywords=1080P monitor
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-S240HL...&qid=1376342946&sr=1-2&keywords=1080P monitor
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-G226HQ...&qid=1376342946&sr=1-3&keywords=1080P monitor
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/BenQ-GL2460...&qid=1376342946&sr=1-6&keywords=1080P monitor
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    The Asus VS229H-P can be had here for about $130 USD and is a class ahead of all four of those (meaning it is an IPS :)).

    There are many good power supply choices now.
    I don't know about availability and pricing in the UK but the Rosewill capstone 450 is about $60 USD (Corsair 650TXv2 is commonly $90+).
    If you insist on a Seasonic model the SSR-GP360 and 430B are both about $60 as well.


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