Welcome to the Tech Report!Inchinman wrote:Hi all.
I am in favor of building your own PC. By having control over the selection of each component, you can get those that provide the best combination of performance, durability and value.Inchinman wrote: What would you suggest for us?
mattshwink wrote:Two questions:
1. What is your budget?
2. What resolution will you be gaming at?
These two drive the rest of the equation.....
The CCL Elite Hawk IV seems to be a budget build....but it uses some parts that TR doesn't really recommend at the present. The system guide is a great place to get good recommendations for a quality build.
Now as to build vs buy.....well most here are going to recommend build, especially me. TR has a great tutorial on building a PC. You can also find videos on You Tube. To me, it is fairly easy. It depends on your comfort level. I would see the build process as a bonding opportunity with your son. I also see building as a way to get quality components (manufacturers, especially on the budget end, tend to skimp on quality).
So my build advice:
CPU: i5-4460 $190
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H $90
Memory: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 $70
GPU: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB $110
Storage: Kingston HyperX 240GB $150
Case: Cooler Master N200 $50
Total : $660 US.....probably about the same as the CCL but better quality, in my opinion.
JustAnEngineer wrote:Welcome to the Tech Report!Inchinman wrote:Hi all.I am in favor of building your own PC. By having control over the selection of each component, you can get those that provide the best combination of performance, durability and value.Inchinman wrote: What would you suggest for us?
If building a new PC seems too daunting, the next-best option is to use a custom assembler to have a gaming PC built-to-order using the pieces that you specify. Overclockers UK or 3XS would be possible sources. I am ignorant of other BTO choices in the UK.
Finally, the simplest (and possibly best value) option is to find a refurbished or scratched-and-dented XPS 8700 at the Dell Outlet, then add your own gaming graphics card to it (a Radeon R9-270 or better purchased on-line at OverclockersUK, Amazon, Scan, etc. for £120 to £180). The rest of the Dell system is a decent PC. Once you've added a good graphics card for gaming, you should be ready to play.
For suggestions on selecting components for your PC, take a look at the latest system guide. For help assembling a PC, try the video guides here.
Chrispy_ wrote:I saw a Zoostorm PC pop up in an email newsletter this morning.