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Started by RunnyBabbit on Jun 17, 2014 7:07:52 PM
Destitute or Rich: Build the best Gaming computer.

Whether destitute - can only shell out $227 - or rich - have a spare $3318 burning a hole in your pocket - this interactive guide will show you what you need:

RunnyBabbit - 17 Jun 2014 19:10:06 (#1 of 2434)

You'd probably want more than 2GB of RAM, though. Never skimp on RAM, I say.

Policywatcher - 17 Jun 2014 22:04:03 (#2 of 2434)

Just to brag, I've just built a brute of a new development box.

  • I7 4790,
  • 16GB RAM,
  • 0.5 TB SSD x2,
  • 2TB HDD x2,
  • Intel onboard graphics AND
  • nVidia GTX 770,
  • Z97 chipset.

Still room for another 16gb on the motherboard and another five free drive bays.

Bits of it maybe not quite gaming level.

If I were building a gaming rig I would probably have a 4770k with a liquid cooling rig, a more powerful GPU setup, and the SSDs would be striped for speed rather than mirrored for resilience.

But even as it is, it would probably not be too shabby as a gaming rig.

And thanks to PWjr for help on the spec and the build.

meepmeep - 18 Jun 2014 01:29:27 (#3 of 2434)

You can get a rig together for about £600 (probably less) which will do you 1080p60 on every game out there, anything beyond that is just willy waving.

KuangTwelve - 18 Jun 2014 07:40:29 (#4 of 2434)

Just to brag, I've just built a brute of a new development box.

Nice! How much did that lot come to?

KuangTwelve - 18 Jun 2014 07:40:56 (#5 of 2434)

(Is that indelicate? I don't think so, but excuse me if so.)

CarlosFandango - 18 Jun 2014 07:45:24 (#6 of 2434)

Striped for speed

It's a lovely turn of phrase you have PW!

Bonusy - 18 Jun 2014 09:30:19 (#7 of 2434)

It's a description rather than a turn of phrase.

Could be a useful hardware thread this, could prolly do with one. Title could maybe do with a change to make it more attractive to non-gamers. Worth a modding?

Bonusy - 18 Jun 2014 09:31:10 (#8 of 2434)

Bits of it maybe not quite gaming level.

Which bits?

CarlosFandango - 18 Jun 2014 09:32:11 (#9 of 2434)

CPU, GPU and the memory config., as stated.

Bonusy - 18 Jun 2014 09:34:44 (#10 of 2434)

All of which are already quite good for a gaming rig, unless 4K gaming is the target.

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CarlosFandango - 18 Jun 2014 09:37:28 (#12 of 2434)

All of which are already quite good for a gaming rig,

Yes. I believe that was also already covered.

meepmeep - 18 Jun 2014 09:38:26 (#13 of 2434)

The GTX 770 is the second best tier of GPU available. Checking the latest Steam hardware stats, this puts it in the top 2.5% of gaming PC graphics performance.

Bonusy - 18 Jun 2014 09:43:34 (#14 of 2434)

I believe that was also already covered.

So... which bits are not already good enough for gaming? They all are. Even better is not the same as not quite.

Ach, this is getting pissy for no reason. Whevs.

CarlosFandango - 18 Jun 2014 10:05:29 (#15 of 2434)

One possible reason; You being a tad pedantic, and 'asking' questions to which you already have answers.

Whevs indeed. Whatevers that's supposeds to means.

nemo75 - 18 Jun 2014 11:08:53 (#16 of 2434)

This is good timing!

I have been thinking about building a new system for a while. I want it to be decent for games, not not 'Monstrous'. I generally only spend time on Lord of the Rings online anyway, but I do use the PC a lot and appreciate a good system.

Am I right in thinking something around 'Excellent' and 'Outstanding' would be perfectly fine?

My last couple of systems have been small form factor based around a Shuttle barebones. I love them but they tend to be very noisey. Is there any chance of cramming a decent system into a small form case without it sounding like a jet taking off these days?

meepmeep - 18 Jun 2014 11:17:29 (#17 of 2434)

My PC is somewhere around 'Superb' and gets 120fps on LOTRO at max settings (1080p), and can do 1080p60 on almost all games at very high (but not usually Ultra) settings.

For reference, Superb/Excellent is roughly equivalent to PS4 performance, and there are strong indications that next-gen multi-platform releases aren't generally going to be optimised for PC, so as long as you can meet that spec, you're sorted for the next generation.

Ever the exception is 4k gaming, but right now that's £££ territory.

nemo75 - 18 Jun 2014 11:43:29 (#18 of 2434)

Ah thank you - that's really helpful.

Any thoughts on a smaller form case? I guess I can go back to a midi-tower if necessary though.

meepmeep - 18 Jun 2014 11:50:32 (#19 of 2434)

I don't know much about it, but you could look at some of the proposed Steam Box builds that are out there for inspiration, as they're essentially high-performance gaming PCs with small form factors.

Bonusy - 18 Jun 2014 12:02:41 (#20 of 2434)

Ive seen a few SFF builds on tomshardware of late, think the current favoured card for such a thing is the nvidia GTX 750 range, great performance for the power drawn and thus low cooling requirements, and paired with an i3-4130 (ish), again low power draw for the performance. Any build with a low noise requirement wants to be looking at low-power and thus low heat as a starting point, or else you are going into liquid cooling and passive PSUs, which is adding £100-150+ to any build right off the bat.

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