What is a good gaming PC? (Beginners under £1000)

  Forsythian 10:59 16 Apr 2017

Hello,

For a while now I have been using my HP laptop for gaming (was originally for university work..didn't last long) and I'm noticing my laptop is slowly showing signs of struggle with my games. I am currently at a standstill. I have asked around for suggestions for a new desktop set-up, and no one is really suggesting anything that is reasonable of a price. I am not looking to spend over a grand (£1000) as of yet. I at least want to get comfortable with a setup that runs just as fine without being severely overpriced. So upgrading is an option. I mostly play, origin and steam based games. Currently the main game is League Of Legends, which doesn't have much-complicated requirements. But it would still be nice to play it smoothly. I was getting decent FPS but with the new updates, they have dropped significantly. Don't think my laptop can keep up anymore. Price range - anything under £1000.

  Archonar 13:50 16 Apr 2017

To be honest we could all give an option and sit here forever debating them, maybe find some that take your fancy and post some links that we can look at and let you know what we think? For a guide of what you can get for under £1000 use pcpartpicker and look at the gaming builds under £1000.

As a guide you want an i5 processor or equivalent AMD (use cpubenchmark to see how they compare), a good GPU (1060 is very good value if you don't use 4K - or AMD equivalent of course), 16gb of ram (8 will do but 16 is better) and at least 1TB of hard drive. An SSD for your windows installation is always a benefit (128GB will be more than enough)

You could also go on pcspecialist and create your own custom build - that way you get exactly what you want.

Any questions just post them here - good luck!

  mart7 15:23 16 Apr 2017

This is pc ill be purchasing in a month,cant find anything cheaper with same spec

click here

  mart7 15:25 16 Apr 2017

Does your budget inc monitor,keyboard mouse,speakers?

  Archonar 10:46 17 Apr 2017

Just as a thinking idea for you guys - Despite mart being right, that's a good pc for the price, there are savings that can be made.

A 700W power supply is far too much for that pc, 500W is easily enough (cooler master calculator recommends 344W but 500W allows for upgrades). You can also save by buying an air cooler for your cpu - it is not overclockable so buying a water cooler is again overkill, simply not worth the extra money. I also think that 2TB of storage is also too much unless you plan to store a massive amount of media on the pc. That is more personal preference but I find it is very rare that people need 2TB.

Those savings are relatively small, but overall they mean that for about £60 extra (£1053 without windows) you can add a gtx 1070 rather than a 1060 which will give you much better gaming performance, especially if you want to game in 4K in the future or want to really get the most out of your games.

Here is my version of the pc:

  • Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Black Gaming
  • MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5 7500 3.4GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151)
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz DDR4
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING 8GB Graphics Card
  • Adata SU800 256GB 2.5" SATA III SSD
  • Seagate BarraCuda Desktop 1TB SATA III 3.5"
  • CCL Choice DVD Writer Optical Drive
  • Cooler Master B500 ver.2 500W 80+ PSU
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
  • Edimax EW-7612PIn V2 OEM 300Mbps PCI Express WiFi
  • 3 Year Collect & Return warranty

Just something to mull over before you make your decision, and for everyone who is buying a custom pc, it is always a good idea to see where savings can be made, as there are often things that you don't need and are wasting your money on.

  Forum Editor 10:48 17 Apr 2017

Moved to the Games forum from Tech Helproom.

  mart7 15:04 17 Apr 2017

This was the other pc I looked at

click here

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