Building or buying a New gaming PC?

  Blacksky 10:24 28 Jul 2013

Hello, at the moment I'm thinking of building or buying a new PC gaming and photoshoping rig, but I'm really badly lost. Ideally I would like a professional to do this, but I have yet to find a trustworthy company that isn't really expensive. I have tried building computers in the past, but I have never had much luck at anything beyond installing ram, so getting someone to do it for me would be a good idea.

What I would like to build or buy is a gaming rig for less than £2000, including monitor. I already have most of the other peripherals so really all I need is the tower and monitor. My plan is to buy the best motherboard I can afford, put a good processor in it, and work from there, but so far I only have a vague plan. I have been thinking about getting an 'InWIN Dragon Rider Black Gaming Case' and having my primary drive be two solid state hard drives in a RAID array, but other than that I am stuck. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  Woolwell 15:29 28 Jul 2013

Have a look at Chillblast

  Blacksky 17:12 28 Jul 2013

Ok, thanks!

I'm currently looking at a couple of different computers and playing with the builder, though I am disappointed that they don't have the case I really wanted (most of the good ones seem to be very plain). I'm currently looking at motherboards on one and there are three choices that I can see. Could anyone tell me which is the best?

Asus Z87-PRO Motherboard - Haswell CPU only

Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard

Asus Sabertooth Z87 Motherboard - Haswell CPU only

This would be with a water-cooled Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell Processor Overclocked to up to 4.5GHz.

  Woolwell 18:05 28 Jul 2013

Give them a call.

  Chronos the 2nd 20:05 28 Jul 2013

In regards to your case this is what I did to a Bitfenix Prodigy recently for a small HTPC build.



Like you I find most case boring and as you say plain, but having a case painted or powder coated works wonders.

  Blacksky 21:35 28 Jul 2013

That is a weird looking thing, I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before!

I would really rather not spraypaint it, though, I'd really rather just get something that already has a good case. I guess I could get the motherboard an case myself and follow the instructions, but that is something I'd rather avoid. There are an awful lot of ways to ruin a computer doing that.

  rdave13 22:14 28 Jul 2013
  Blacksky 22:23 28 Jul 2013

By the way, just because I am shopping around comparing prices, are any good? Is it a legitimate company with good build quality?

  retep888™ 01:51 29 Jul 2013

You can try Cougar-extreme click here

Here are some components suggestions:

. Intel i7 4770k Quad Core 3.50 GHz,
. 16GB Patriot Black Mamba 2133 (2 x 8Gb),
. Integrated Sound Card,
. Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler,
. 16x Pioneer Blu Ray Rom & DVDRW,
. 120GB SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s up to 500MB/s,
. 120GB SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s up to 500MB/s,
. Nvidia GTX780 (3072MB),
. 23.6 Inch Cougar Extreme widescreen,
. Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case - Black,
. Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit,
. No Software,
. No Mouse Required,
. 12 Months Warranty,
. Shipping England & Wales,
. Free Courier Insurance,

The whole system costs £1,837.79 ,give them a call & request for those 2 SSDs configured in RAID 0 as well as have the CPU overclocked to 4.5Ghz, find out the extra cost of an internal 1 TB Sata fitted as a slave drive for data backup.

  Blacksky 16:20 30 Jul 2013

Ok, I've been thinking about motherboards and I may well go with either the

ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard

or the

Asus Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 Motherboard

I can't really get a straight answer from the computer people so I'm wondering which you guys think is best.

  retep888™ 16:53 30 Jul 2013

I guess you know these 2 are socket 2011 motherboards & if you opt for top end socket 2011 CPU, you'll need to up your budget to £3K.

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