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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ClubmanGT, May 24, 2012.

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  1. ClubmanGT

    ClubmanGT Thread Starter

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    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!! (y)

    Firstly i hope this is in the correct place if not please move the thread. Thanks.

    So the time has come where Ive had my laptop 5 years and it can no longer game on it. well it can but its not great, low settings on everything.

    So i want to build myself a gaming PC, i was going to buy an Alienware one but there is no fun in that.
    I'm fairly new to PCs but i have done some homework so I'm not too off the bat. Anyhow i need your guys advice and discussion on what i need in this day and age to build a decent gaming PC. I will not spend a penny more than 1500 MAX!!! However i do want a PC that will last a few years and is kind of future proof. Anyone with a decent system or crazy ideas is all welcome. If you do recommend a product please link it!!! That will be a great help.

    On a last note with all our great brains together and help i will make a donation to the forum to help keep great sites like this alive.

    So without me badgering on let the debate begin!!! (y)
     
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    your IP says your in England UK - so is that £1500
    and do you want to buy ready made or build your self
    is it just for gaming and email, surfing only

    do you want a replacement laptop
    you will not make your own laptop, it will have to be a desktop , if you want to build your self

    i'm not an expert on gaming pcs - but these would be some of the basic questions needing an answer
     
  3. Tanis

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    Assuming you are from UK, have a look at:

    www.aria.co.uk
    www.ebuyer.co.uk

    Those are the two main sites I get all my stuff from. They do some good bare bones kits and the like to get you started if you don't want to go all individual components to build yourself.

    - CPU I would go for i5 if the money is there over an i7 for a gaming PC.
    - 4-8Gb RAM should be more than enough.
    - Buy the best, single GPU you can get within your budget. Don't buy two and go SLI / Crossfire (unless you can afford the top end GPUs, which you probably won't be able to with that budget, not two of them anyway) as that limits futureproofing. Buy buying a good single GPU you can SLI / Crossfire it at a later date (when the same GPU will be alot cheaper) at relatively low cost to increase its life.
    - Don't scrimp on the PSU, make sure you but a good quality unit from someone like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling or OCZ for example.
    - I personally prefer Gigabyte or second choice Asus for motherboards.
    - Don't waste money on a dedicated sound card, integrated cards are great for gaming.
    - I you aren't planning on overclocking, I wouldn't waste money on expensive water cooling etc, stick with air and put the money into the GPU.
    - Buy an SSD as your boot drive if you can with a large SATA drive for storage. Put Windows and key games on the SSD to significantly reduce loading times.

    Well theres a few things to think about.
     
  4. ClubmanGT

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    Yes I'm from the uk. I would love to replace my laptop but for the money it would require I could build myself a much better desktop. Which is what I'm looking to do.

    Hope this helps
     
  5. ClubmanGT

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    Thanks tanis that sure helps. Why would you choose i5 over i7? Ta
     
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    Not sure if you are still looking or already built.

    But i recently bought and built a new gaming pc.

    The website scan and overclockers both have there own pre-built gaming machines within your budget i just looked at them and compared prices etc and built myself (with a few changes) saved a few hundred £.

    Also i was not to bothered about a ssd but now i have one i am in love lol.

    regards

    pEoN
     
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