Gaming PC spec for £1000

  caraeg 13:40 28 Sep 2013


I'm about to buy a new PC, after years with just a laptop. The main motivation is to be able to play mid-level games (Civilization V etc). My budget is £1000 but this would have to include a monitor (I'm thinking the Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM, so that's about £160 off the budget) and an entry level keyboard/mouse. I will need an OS - probably Win8 - but wasn't planning on forking out for any Office software.

My current working spec is below - but I have no idea about what cooling/CPU I would need, and I'm a little shaky on exact makes. Any help would be awesome!

Cooler Master Elite K350 Case

Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell Processor Overclocked to up to 4.3GHz

Xigmatek Gaia Quiet CPU Cooler

Asus Z87-K Motherboard - Haswell CPU only

8GB Corsair PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 4GB sticks)

Chillblast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost 2048MB Graphics Card

Samsung 840 series 120GB Solid State Drive

1000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk - 6Gbps

24x SATA DVD-RW Drive

Xigmatek Premium Grade 600W PSU

Onboard High Definition Audio

17 in 1 3.5" Internal Card Reader

300Mbps 802.11n Wireless PCIe Adaptor (for Wireless networks)

The other question is that, when I'm not quite confident enough to build my own, where is a good place to buy a custom spec PC? I'm seen Chillblast, dinopc and pcspecialist - would you recommend any of them?

Thank you!

  caraeg 12:45 29 Sep 2013

The main reason for choosing Haswell was forwards compatibility for future upgrades. Is the heat the main concern - and if I dropped the overclocking (honestly not sure I would need that) that would at least improve, I suppose.

  herrflick 14:35 29 Sep 2013

Hi Caraeg,

I would highly recommend Chillblast. Like you, I came here looking for buying advice pre built rig for £1000

The PC I have runs like a dream and I have zero issues with reliability or performance...Fractal R4 Case, i5 3570K Oc'd to 4.0GHz, Corsair H55 Liquid Cooler, Asus P8Z77-V LX Mobo, 16GB Crucial 1600MHz Ram, Gigabyte HD 7950 GC, 120GB Samsung 840 SSD, 1TB Seagate HD, Corsair 600W PSU, Win 7 Home. I haven't been on their website for a while but they're always updating their rigs so I'm sure you could get a better set up than this. Good luck with the search.

  rdave13 15:37 29 Sep 2013

Cougar have a good reputation here and you can configure the PC to your liking. Consists of base unit only or with monitor, worth a look.

  caraeg 23:01 29 Sep 2013

Good to know about Chillblast - they look a quality outfit but good to get opinions on that one! I'll have a look at Cougar as well. So many companies I didn't know existed a month ago...

  tobe 11:12 01 Oct 2013

Sounds good, I would say. Especially for just £1000 this is okay I think.

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