OC3D Recommended Systems August 2013

OC3D Recommended Systems October 2013  

Introduction

It’s been give 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, 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.

Hardware Price (with link)
AMD A8-6600K £80.39
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
Gigabyte HD7790 OC £99.98

 

Corsair 200R                                                            Gigabyte F2A85XM-HD3

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Gigabyte HD7790                                                   Corsair Vengeance LP

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