Inchinman wrote:Welcome to the Tech Report!Hi all.
Inchinman wrote: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.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:Inchinman wrote:Welcome to the Tech Report!Hi all.Inchinman wrote: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.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.