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Best bang for buck for less than £450?

Master-Zixx
  • 51 months ago

Due to my girlfriend's and my gaming habits, her daughter has become interested in pc gaming. She gets at most an hour a day on her mother's pc and this morning voiced that she wants her own pc so she isn't as restricted, her words being: so I can play whenever I want. While my gf would rather that the girl lives in hope, I couldn't help but see what could be built for the upstart 7 year old. So here's what I could come up with in a morning to myself.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor £55.94 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £23.80 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard £51.46 @ More Computers
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £33.96 @ More Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.98 @ Novatech
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card £94.99 @ Ebuyer
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £28.50 @ Aria PC
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £41.99 @ Aria PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) Purchased For £0.00
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £24.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For £0.00
Case Fan Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For £0.00
Case Accessory NZXT Hue LED Controller £24.95 @ Amazon UK
Keyboard EagleTec K005 / KS03 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse £23.99 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £439.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-03 12:43 GMT+0000

I've debated between skylake, that holy pentium g3258 and the 860k. Still not sure what would be the best combo for sub £450. I do like the fact that the Athlon is a quad core. The keyboard is spill proof and includes a mouse so weehay. It'll need WiFi cause it won't be near to the router for an ethernet and I don't feel like routing one through the house. The fans I have lying around and the monitor too. Otherwise opinions are welcome!

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

The NZXT Hue is awesome lol

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor £85.99 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI H97I AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £78.32 @ CCL Computers
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £33.96 @ More Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £29.99 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card £126.95 @ CCL Computers
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case £32.42 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £41.99 @ Aria PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) Purchased For £0.00
Keyboard EagleTec K005 / KS03 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse £23.99 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £453.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-03 16:59 GMT+0000
  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Didn't think of Mini-ITX. Food for thought, that. Would the hyperthreaded i3 be better than the quad core 860k?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

In every game I have seen benchmarks for, yes, i3's don't get treated as dual cores so don't suffer the rejection from games that don't like dual cores.

Recent example from fallout 4.

http://www.techspot.com/review/1089-fallout-4-benchmarks/page5.html

You can see the 4360 (same chip, better iGPU which is irrelevant here) is actually outperforming the FX9950 and this is game is pretty hard on the CPU.

Skylake i3's are an even healthier boost...

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

what you have should be fine for gaming. the AMD CPU's cost less and you should go with that. the CPU you picked, most people pick them for gaming, a quad core should get the job done and be fast.

Also, nice.. i see ur going to add Case LEDs, eh?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought as much about the cpu. And yes, which child doesn't like flashy lights?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

All will like that. ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally don't think you can put "Bang For Buck" and un-needed LEDs in the same context. :P

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

My apologies. Wrong wording :P I just can't resist aesthetics even in a cheapo build. EDIT: I also should have been more specific. I wasn't meaning that this build was the best bang for buck around. I was more wondering if there was any better I could do for under £450, preferably closer to the £400 mark. £450 is the absolute most I'm willing to spend on a child's first pc

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