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BoarIconBuilding a gamer PC v's Buying a gamer PC27-03-2015 @ 18:48 
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Post Edited: 27.03.2015 @ 18:49 PM by Boar
Ok, so in the past I have tinkered with building a PC , and don't think it would pose too much of a problem ...... My son wants a gamer PC , now is it worth the effort building one or do these specialist company's offer them at great prices due to bulk buying etc ?


Also, who has built their own PC's and just how awesome is it ?
General_illIcon...27-03-2015 @ 19:17 
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lukiIcon...27-03-2015 @ 20:31 
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http://choosemypc.net/uk/?budget=900&oc=false
Sites like this make picking bits easy. You pick up parts for cheap if you don't mind doing it through ebay over a few weeks.

With sterling so strong you could pick up a bargain built pc buying abroad at the moment. Lots of good sites pop up if you put in gaming pc .de in google.

Something intel i7 would be good. i5 is too old now. Will run into compatibility issues sooner.
PhillippeHalterIcon...27-03-2015 @ 22:24 
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It's got to be better to get these custom made I would think

Guys can build you a computer in the time it takes vanilla to foam roll
b_rexIcon...27-03-2015 @ 22:31 
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I used to do it when I was younger and nerdier. You generally get better value buying the bits and obviously you can spec it exactly how you want. Putting it all together is pretty easy anyway but with YouTube and online guides it's a doddle. The hardest part will be choosing the bits because you've got to make sure all the parts are compatible, eg processor and RAM have to fit the motherboard, motherboard has to fit the case, etc.
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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

Useful for finding compatible parts.

It's really easy to build a PC, bit like adult LEGO really. Read a few guides, watch a few youtube vids and you're good to go.
jwalksIcon...27-03-2015 @ 22:56 
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Post Edited: 27.03.2015 @ 22:58 PM by jwalks
I built my current PC for gaming. I'd never previously built one from scratch but had upgraded graphics cards and ram etc. It was surprisingly easy and proved far more cost effective than buying one ready made. Check out the overclockers.co.uk forums. Lots of info on there and a step by step guide, you can even post a spec me thread with a budget and the guys will help you get the best bang for your buck.
JonesAJIcon...27-03-2015 @ 23:49 
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luki said:http://choosemypc.net/uk/?budget=900&oc=false
Sites like this make picking bits easy. You pick up parts for cheap if you don't mind doing it through ebay over a few weeks.

With sterling so strong you could pick up a bargain built pc buying abroad at the moment. Lots of good sites pop up if you put in gaming pc .de in google.

Something intel i7 would be good. i5 is too old now. Will run into compatibility issues sooner.


I disagree i5 depending on the number still has it's place and will do for the next 5 years. Although i7 will easy allow you
to have a pc for the next decade at least. It really depends on your budget, experience and time you have available. The major advantage is if you know what your doing you can change the parts.
shanejerIcon...28-03-2015 @ 20:27 
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I used to build PCs

You're best off shopping on a site called overclockers.
BoarIcon...28-03-2015 @ 21:08 
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Many thanks for all the help, we are going to build our own , I have built one in the past but it was 10 years+ ago and things have moved on and the last one wasn't for gaming

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chaosIcon...29-03-2015 @ 14:02 
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Boar said:Many thanks for all the help, we are going to build our own , I have built one in the past but it was 10 years+ ago and things have moved on and the last one wasn't for gaming

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Go to scan Johnny right near reebok! By far the cheapest place to go for bits and they got alsorts of stuff and helpful nerds! www.scan.co.uk
BoarIcon...29-03-2015 @ 14:04 
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Boar said:I love you John x


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Post Edited: 30.03.2015 @ 10:01 AM by luki
If you use http://choosemypc.net/uk/?budget=900&oc=false it picks i7 with parts at about 1700.

You could save on that to get a running pc by only having one hard-drive (it specs an ssd and 2gb traditional harddrive), graphics card (specs two high end, one would do for a few years) and 8gb memory (16gb spec'd).

That'd get you a pc for about 1400 that would play most games available now and be upgradable over a few years as games move up.

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