OC3D Recommended Systems - Q4 2013

Sub £500 System

OC3D Recommended Systems - October 2013

Introduction

It's been five months since our last batch of recommendations, and there was much discussion in the forums at the time. Since then we've had a lot of tasty new hardware come through OC3D towers, and so we felt it was time to bring our choices up to date.

There are a few changes, which we'll go over as we get to them. It's worth remembering, for the more vehement amongst you, that these are starting points. They aren't gospel. If you would prefer a big HDD to a small SSD, then do it, although you'd be foolish to. Additionally we have given you two options in the mid-range, rather than the one. Our primary focus this time is on exceptional value for money rather than parts that would match aesthetically. We're primarily looking at gaming performance, with average daily tasks as the second area of focus. Let's crack on.

£500 System :

Now we know that straight away there will be some wailing and gnashing of teeth about 600W PSU because it's more than required. The important thing to remember is that with a lot of overhead the PSU remains cool, and a cool PSU is a quiet one. We'd rather spend an extra tenner to be guaranteed some silence even under heavy loading. One of the big upgrades from our first bargain system is the increase to a 120GB SSD. It's amazing how quickly the prices are tumbling, and 120GB is enough for all but the most avid gamer. Finally as the GTX650Ti has been discontinued we've had to look elsewhere for our GPU, luckily theres still plenty of places selling the Ti Boost!. It's a lot of system for under £500, and leaves some wiggle room for those of you who would prefer more RAM, or a better looking motherboard.

HardwarePrice (with link)
AMD Athlon X4 760£62.98
Gigabyte F2A85XM-HD3£53.99
Arctic Freezer 7 Pro£19.99
4GB Corsair Vengeance LP£39.95
Corsair CX600M£58.00
Corsair Carbide 200R£46.99
120GB Samsung 840 Evo£83.93
Asus GTX650 Ti Boost£130

 

Corsair 200R                                                            Gigabyte F2A85XM-HD3

OC3D Recommended Systems October 2013     OC3D Recommended Systems October 2013  

Asus GTX650 Ti Boost                                                   Corsair Vengeance LP

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29-10-2013, 07:52:23

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...112057841l.jpg

With lots of new hardware appearing in recent months it's time for us to revisit our recommended systems.

Continue ReadingQuote

29-10-2013, 08:07:12

d3rrial
Thanks Tom! Quote

29-10-2013, 08:08:18

Excalabur50
A very nice balance of systems and a good place for newcommers to look for inspirationQuote

29-10-2013, 08:09:51

Rastalovich
Just power-read this. Hell of a tough job to weed out the listings for these price ranges, cept for the really top-end one I guess cos you can do as you like with Monopoly money.

It's not really open for argument - good guide. Any arguments really would be personal choices, requirements and bargains you can find at the time of purchasing.Quote

29-10-2013, 08:18:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post
Just power-read this. Hell of a tough job to weed out the listings for these price ranges, cept for the really top-end one I guess cos you can do as you like with Monopoly money.

It's not really open for argument - good guide. Any arguments really would be personal choices, requirements and bargains you can find at the time of purchasing.
Its just a basic guide dude, base a rig around these main points and youll be setQuote

29-10-2013, 08:22:11

barnsley
My only complaint about the builds would be to change the processor in the budget build to the Athlon x4 760k as you're using the graphics card.Quote

29-10-2013, 08:48:36

WYP
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
My only complaint about the builds would be to change the processor in the budget build to the Athlon x4 760k as you're using the graphics card.
i would think more along the lines of a fx 6300 and a am3+ motherboard.Quote

29-10-2013, 09:01:50

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
My only complaint about the builds would be to change the processor in the budget build to the Athlon x4 760k as you're using the graphics card.

I agree, Ive added a GTX650 Ti Boost to replace the 7790 tooQuote

29-10-2013, 09:02:13

Rob_the_scot
Can I ask with the £500 build why a a8 and not a Athlon x4 750k? Same performance as a A10 but with a price tag of £60 in the UK and swap out the board for a matx Gigabyte fm2+ board for the same price as the board picked.

Saved £20Quote

29-10-2013, 09:07:51

Feronix
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I agree, Ive added a GTX650 Ti Boost to replace the 7790 too
Amazing to see that you guys actually take suggestions for this

Probably want to change the following too though:

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Finally as the GTX650Ti has been discontinued we've had to look elsewhere for our GPU, and the HD7790 might not be the most powerful card in the world, but the inclusion of three excellent games makes it a very attractive choice. It's a lot of system for £483, and leaves some wiggle room for those of you who would prefer more RAM, or a better looking motherboard.

What I would love to see is a <£300-350 HTPC with an APU, Elite 120/130, Corsair VS350 etc. Maybe fit a 3TB WD Green in there? Cheap components but still from proper brands that will get you a nice PC.

Would be interesting imo.Quote

29-10-2013, 09:13:32

WYP
thinking now i look forward to seeing steamroller based apus hit the shelves next year.

They hopefully will be great for budget rigs, beefier cpu cores and GCN graphics etc.

'EDIT' - Nice upgrade to the sub £500 build, definitely better value there.Quote

29-10-2013, 09:22:21

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Amazing to see that you guys actually take suggestions for this .
VB isnt online but Im 100% on board with swapping those two outQuote

29-10-2013, 10:07:39

Wraith
Top notch selection TTL you have saved me hours upon hours of trawling individual products and their reviews to find upgrade ideas. CX600 ordered and just deciding on a which case I want now. Quote

29-10-2013, 13:16:25

Bartacus
No love for the 7950/7970 in the mid range, even with recent price chops? I realize it's only a basic guide, but I was surprised to see the 780 in the mid range rig. Not a complaint, just an obviously biased observation. I seem to be the only man on earth who found the 7950 to be the best bang for the buck GPU, at least in Canadian pricing terms.Quote

29-10-2013, 17:43:06

yassarikhan786
Fantastic recommendations. The sub £1300 system is amazing at that price.Quote

29-10-2013, 17:49:33

barnsley
In terms of budget cases I'd actually also recommend the Enermax Ostrog. It's really quite good for the value and you can get a white one with a window!Quote

30-10-2013, 23:43:35

thermal666
interesting choices..

I'm not sure as to why its always a Corsair case.. I don't know how it is over in the UK, but here in Australia the Corsair cases are a bit of a premium price compared to what they actually are/do. There's a lot of alternatives to Corsair cases, some of which will give you more features for less. I mean, for the high end build do you really need to recommend a 900D?
I would've rather have liked to seen something a bit more different.. IE, a decent full tower case with an AIO cooler with recommendations on replacement fans etc.
I think this is more of a recommendation of individual parts in the price brackets stated rather than an actual system.Quote

31-10-2013, 06:05:17

Stryker64
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I agree, Ive added a GTX650 Ti Boost to replace the 7790 too
Surely you could get a HD7870 for almost the same price as a GTX650 Ti, and with the Never Settle Bundle and Mantle API support (even if no one uses it besides DICE) wouldn't it end up being the better GPU choice?

EDIT: It says you could get a HD7870 for £133.99 while the 650 Ti Boost is £130, shouldn't you suggest people spend an extra 4 pounds for the stronger card?Quote

31-10-2013, 07:15:42

Warchild
Yeah I always like following these recommended system posts. Its often a challenge to remain within a limit.

One curious thing however is for the high end system where money is no object. Have you considered the new breed of AMD gfx cards. Particularly the 290x, especially when watercooled. Personally I still choose the 780 due to perfect cooling and Overclocking.

Have you neglected the 290x based on its bad thermals and lack of OC headroom?Quote
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