OC3D Recommended System Builds

Introduction

 OC3D System Builds

Introduction

It's the debate that rages in pubs across the land, and we're no different here at OC3D. Any time you get more than two tech-heads in the same place, the same question always crops up.

"If you had to spend your own money on a system, what would you buy?"

That's a hard question. Getting maximum value for money is something we're constantly evaluating. Whenever we get a new item of hardware in, we always look at how it performs compared to how much it costs. Equally is there something that performs at a similar level but for far less money. There is a level at which we don't worry about the price, because you're talking about the enthusiast end of the market where money is no object.

Back with the majority of our readers, and indeed ourselves, we also are aware that if anyone you know (even tenuously) knows that you have computer knowledge, they will come to you for advice. Friendly, family, your uncles cousins wifes brothers sisters flatmates all come asking if you can fix their computer, what they should buy to upgrade it, is this particular system worth it, blah blah blah. We've lost track of the amount of "it's a bit slow can you have a look at it" that we've done and discovered people trying to run Windows 7 on a 486DX.

So with that all in mind we've put together three systems which we feel cover the main bases.

We have a £500 system that will provide a decent gaming experience, isn't compromised in looks or quality, and hasn't got one major component sucking up all the budget. It's pointless having a 1GHz dual-core CPU and a GTX680. So if you are on a limited budget but still want a PC that doesn't cause you to rend your garments, that's the first one up. Squeezing everything in at our £500 price caused endless adjustments to the specification, but we think you'll be amazed at what you can get for the money.

Our second system proved the hardest to build. When you double the initial budget up to £1000 there is a HUGE range of hardware to choose from. Retaining the key point of a balanced system, and yet one that actually gave you sufficient extra performance for the money, caused a lot of beer to be quaffed as the debate raged. It's so easy to think "if I spend another £20 on this and £30 on that I can get something much better, but the budget quickly grows far beyond your initial budget.  In the end we're extremely happy with our choices, and think that you'll struggle to better our specification.

The final one is the easiest. Without fiscal constraints the world is your oyster, and even the most casual reader will have an idea of what they would buy if they won the lottery. So rather than just do the obvious we tried to retain the value aspect. PC hardware changes so fast that a £5000 system will be worth half that in six months, and in two or three years you'll be looking to upgrade again. So we've spent a lot, but haven't gone mad and kept it attainable at £3000.

Enough preamble. You're as desperate to see what we've put together as we are to share our thoughts with you. Onward.

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Most Recent Comments

22-05-2013, 06:09:10

Feronix
Hey Tom,

I visit this Dutch tech site where they do stuff like this monthly. I'm not asking you to do that, but since new hardware comes out all the time, maybe you guys can do this more often for those in need?

I personally think you left too big a gap between the first two though. You went from a 200r to a full tower, from a stock cooler to an H100i and from a low end card like the 650 Ti to a high-end 7950.

Other than that those are some nice builds.Quote

22-05-2013, 06:23:30

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Hey Tom,

I visit this Dutch tech site where they do stuff like this monthly. I'm not asking you to do that, but since new hardware comes out all the time, maybe you guys can do this more often for those in need?

I personally think you left too big a gap between the first two though. You went from a 200r to a full tower, from a stock cooler to an H100i and from a low end card like the 650 Ti to a high-end 7950.

Other than that those are some nice builds.

Plans are a big update each quarter matey, no doubt we will update this again in a month or so


I dont think we left a gap really, you can buy a lot with an extra £500. Youll notice even the cheap rig had an SSD but the point was with that CPU it wont get hot so that cooler wont be loud. End of the day you cant have everything when you have to stick to a set budget so we chose what we deemed to be most important. All the rigs were designed to be able to be upgraded Quote

22-05-2013, 06:27:13

Excalabur50
What a top idea well doneQuote

22-05-2013, 06:32:39

vorticalbox
can i ask why you picked the AMD A8-5600K over the FX-6300?Quote

22-05-2013, 06:36:35

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by vorticalbox View Post
can i ask why you picked the AMD A8-5600K over the FX-6300?
Price.Quote
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