Monday, 30 March 2015

£1000 Gaming PC Build March/April 2015

Hey everyone,

So, here is my recommendation for a £1000 gaming pc build at this time in the year. Just to let you know,  I took all of the prices from - so wherever you are in the world the items should be available for you. I will also not be including the price of Windows in this system - you can get legitimate windows codes off amazon for about £40. So without further ado, here we go!

So, for the CPU we will be going with the Intel i5 4690k 'Devils Canyon', this CPU is the one I will be upgrading to because it has great performance for its price and it is becoming extremely popular in all price ranged builds. It is just an overall great CPU.

The motherboard is the G1 Sniper M5, a nice little micro ATX board. It expensive, but it is packed with features such as a dedicated PCB for the audio and gold plated audio, HDMI and display port sockets. Oh yeah, did I mention it looks awesome?!

For the power supply, I picked a Corsair CX750 - the only reason because it's a high quality PSU, 80 PLUS and it gives you a lot of power if you need to upgrade in the future!

For the OS storage and important applications, the OCZ ARC100 240GB is a great choice because it is from a reliable brand and it is cheap,( only about £5 more expensive than the 120GB version on amazon right now!). It also comes with a 3 year warranty, I think the choice is clear.

For storing all your games, shows, music and movies I picked a 1TB WD Caviar Blue because we don't have the budget to go all SSD - that's a build for another time! It's just a standard HDD, and it's also on sale carrying a major price drop.

Now the interesting stuff, the graphics card. I was determined to get a GTX 970 into this build... and I managed to. Originally I thought we could have had a 6TB HDD, but after adding the cost of the whole system up, I had went a bit too much over the budget. There were quite a few things I had to change to manage to get this GPU in ( and no, I will not change the motherboard!). Anyway it is still a excellent card and ranks high up on GPU benchmarks, you shouldn't have to upgrade for a few years.

To cool the CPU I chose a simple Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler. I have a liquid cooler and I find it great, hardly making any noise and keeping your system quiet - it will do the job.

So, the RAM... I went with a reliable brand but found the cheapest 8GB set I could find. So here we are - HyperX FURY Series 8GB DDR3 1600MHz. For some reason the blue coloured kit is cheaper than the other colours... so that's the one I went with. The RAM really doesn't matter unless you are doing things like heavy video editing or programming.

And here we are, the final component, our case which is going to hold a system like this. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the Zalman Z1 (okay let's be honest, this case isn't that spectacular). I tried to find the cheapest possible case that would fit all of our components... and I did it, plus you could always buy a much better one the future right?
Grand Total: £1041.21 GBP

What do you think of this build? Would you buy it? Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

-Cold Dude

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