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Please Help! - Specs Advice for Gaming PC...

Discussion in 'Games' started by MaxD1976, Jun 24, 2016.

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  1. MaxD1976

    MaxD1976 Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    I posted a thread up here a while ago about getting a gaming laptop but have now changed my mind and want to buy a PC Gaming unit instead.

    I need it to do the same things as previously mentioned:
    This is the first post I am submitting and I am hoping that someone can help me...
    I now have a budget of £800 initially (plan to upgrade month by month eventually) but need to get cracking with a decent spec for a gaming/music production but still haven’t a clue what to buy!!!

    I will be mainly using it for music production but want one powerful to play racing games like Grand Prix 4, NASCAR Racing 2003 (with all the mods) and Grand Prix Legends.

    I've had a guy who I don't know very well who works at Maplins offer to build it for me but people have said I'd be better of getting it custom built from PCSpecialist or some other website. However, this was the list of things he researched for me:

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    There are soooooo many possibilities when it comes to processors, RAM, graphics cards, SSD's(?) etc etc that I have been swamped with information on what I could buy so much that my brain is FRAZZELED!

    Is anyone able to do a little research for an invilid and actually find me the sort of spec pc I will need to do what I need it to do with Windows 7?...

    Hope someone out there can help as I want to get it ASAP and would be eternally grateful!

    Thanks,

    Max
     
  2. flavallee

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    I'm not a hardware/gaming expert and have never built a gaming computer, but I see a couple of things that you can improve on.

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    The first one is the power supply.
    The Corsair "CX" series models are for basic systems and are not designed for the demands of gaming.
    I would also go with a higher wattage one.

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    The second one is the processor.
    I would go with an Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 one.

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  3. Triple6

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    And to add to the above correct info, don't get "value RAM".
     
  4. josesolis0122

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    What if instead of that i3 you go with an AMD fx6300 for the same price? It has 6 cores at 3.5GHz, turbo-boosted at 4.1GHz. You will also need a new motherboard, I recommend the Gigabyte 970A-DS3P.
     
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    The dual core i3 holds up well against the much older AMD 6 core processor, and the chipset on the Intel system is modern while AMD is way behind; 5 year platform. In gaming the i3-6100 should even be better than the 6300 according to this which lists older 3 and 4th Intel i3 generation processors ranking higher than the FX-6300: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html And he's well below his budget so he can move up to an i5-6xxx processor which will further his performance.
     
  6. flavallee

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    Also, from what I've read, there are less issues with Intel processors in Windows 10 than there is with AMD processors (and graphics).

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