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Budget Gaming PC - 650 - Last Minute Feedback


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#1 ProfessorBadger

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 03:47 AM

Hello,
 
I have the following budget build aiming for ~£650. Was hoping I could get some last minute feedback regarding parts before I start buying.
Thanks for any help in advance.
 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£181.90 @ Amazon UK) 
Motherboard: MSI H110M ECO Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  (£55.95 @ CCL Computers) 
Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  (£31.49 @ Amazon UK) 
Storage: PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£54.65 @ CCL Computers) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB NITRO+ 4G Video Card  (£198.99 @ Ebuyer) 
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case  (£25.98 @ Ebuyer) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit  (£85.88 @ More Computers) 
Total: £677.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Edited by ProfessorBadger, 04 September 2016 - 11:38 AM.


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Posted 04 September 2016 - 09:52 AM

CPU: OK
Motherboard: Something cheaper because you cannot overclock with multiplier anyway
Memory: OK
SSD: Considering price, OK
Video card: OK
Case: For that price, OK
PSU: OK
OS: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/Mk648d/microsoft-os-kw900265

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 10:00 AM

Hi Drillingmachine thanks for the reply.

 

It is possible to overclock the 6400, up to 4.4GHz. However, I'm leaning against this incase there is any long term issues regarding microcodes with intel that may eliminate BCLK tuning.

 

In any case, I've change the set up now to accomodate a different CPU.



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Posted 04 September 2016 - 10:54 AM

Hi Drillingmachine thanks for the reply.
 
It is possible to overclock the 6400, up to 4.4GHz. However, I'm leaning against this incase there is any long term issues regarding microcodes with intel that may eliminate BCLK tuning.
 
In any case, I've change the set up now to accomodate a different CPU.


Yep, that's because I don't consider them overclockable CPU's. Although they can be overclocked in certain situations with certain motherboard with certain microcode etc, it's not guaranteed things will be that way.

Build looks good but I still recommend Windows 10 Retail.

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 10:59 AM

 

Hi Drillingmachine thanks for the reply.
 
It is possible to overclock the 6400, up to 4.4GHz. However, I'm leaning against this incase there is any long term issues regarding microcodes with intel that may eliminate BCLK tuning.
 
In any case, I've change the set up now to accomodate a different CPU.


Yep, that's because I don't consider them overclockable CPU's. Although they can be overclocked in certain situations with certain motherboard with certain microcode etc, it's not guaranteed things will be that way.

Build looks good but I still recommend Windows 10 Retail.

 

 

Thanks for checking the new build.

I missed that retail option you put, what is the different between that and the version I had placed?

After a quick google search I've come to the conclusion that OEM is stuck to the machine and retail is not?

 

 

Finally, I changed the 1 x 8GB to 2 x 4GB, just wondering your thoughts. I don't plan on upgrading the machine and I cant see it being used for anything more intensive than gaming.


Edited by ProfessorBadger, 04 September 2016 - 11:08 AM.


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Posted 04 September 2016 - 11:13 AM

Yep, Retail is not tied to motherboard as OEM is. Because very small price difference, Retail is better choice.

1x8GB is easier to use later but you lose dual channel (that is pretty useless).

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 11:18 AM

Yep, Retail is not tied to motherboard as OEM is. Because very small price difference, Retail is better choice.

1x8GB is easier to use later but you lose dual channel (that is pretty useless).

 

Hmm ok, so stick with the single stick, save £3 (can get a McDonalds or something).

 

Regarding the retail version, this is an electronic software download, so i take it I need to create a dvd before hand.



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Posted 04 September 2016 - 11:28 AM

DVD or USB https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 11:37 AM

 

Will take that route definitely then.

 

Thanks for the help Drillingmachine, greatly appreciate it.

 

Only thing I can ask for now is any possible swap recommendations (as to reduce cost perhaps).

I had to change the motherboard as the Asus was not available, also has a RX 480 rather than RX 470.


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Posted 04 September 2016 - 12:10 PM

About that Windows. It seems to be OEM version. I was starting to wonder why it's so cheap and didn't come with USB stick.

Search for Windows 10 Home FPP (Full packaged product).

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 12:13 PM

About that Windows. It seems to be OEM version. I was starting to wonder why it's so cheap and didn't come with USB stick.

Search for Windows 10 Home FPP (Full packaged product).

 

Hmm could only find these

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-32-bit-64-bit-English-International/dp/B0111YEBY4

 

http://www.ebuyer.com/718677-windows-10-home-box-pack-flash-32-64-bit-kw9-00017



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Posted 04 September 2016 - 12:19 PM

About that Windows. It seems to be OEM version. I was starting to wonder why it's so cheap and didn't come with USB stick.

Search for Windows 10 Home FPP (Full packaged product).

 
Hmm could only find these
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-32-bit-64-bit-English-International/dp/B0111YEBY4


http://www.ebuyer.com/718677-windows-10-home-box-pack-flash-32-64-bit-kw9-00017


Both seem to be retails. It seems that there are following Windows 10 Home editions:

OEM 64 bit: DVD
OEM 32/64 bit: Digital download
Retail 32/64 bit: Flash drive, on some cases digital download

You want last one.

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 12:28 PM

 

 

About that Windows. It seems to be OEM version. I was starting to wonder why it's so cheap and didn't come with USB stick.

Search for Windows 10 Home FPP (Full packaged product).

 
Hmm could only find these
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-32-bit-64-bit-English-International/dp/B0111YEBY4


http://www.ebuyer.com/718677-windows-10-home-box-pack-flash-32-64-bit-kw9-00017

 


Both seem to be retails. It seems that there are following Windows 10 Home editions:

OEM 64 bit: DVD
OEM 32/64 bit: Digital download
Retail 32/64 bit: Flash drive, on some cases digital download

You want last one.

 

 

Fair enough, will get one of the ones I listed then.






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