OC3D Recommended Systems August 2013

OC3D Recommended Systems August 2013

Mid-Range

Sub £800

One of the most popular requests from our last list was a PC for less than a thousand pounds. Luckily with prices being so competitive we’ve been able to bring you two options for the midrange. One at around £800, and with a couple of changes we’ve got an extremely powerful gaming rig for just shy of £1200, and lots of room to manouver should you wish to adjust the line-up to your taste.

If you ever doubt how much more powerful hardware has become for an affordable price, you need to look no further than here. An excellent set of components that pack a much bigger punch than they have any right to. For the measly sum of £762 you have the outstanding Intel Core i5-4670K at the heart of your system. From testing the Aria Gladiator bundles we know how well the combination of this CPU and the Scythe cooler work, so it would be churlish to choose anything else, especially for the price.

Graphics are handled by the HD7870, in Tahiti LE guise. An absolutely insane overclocker it’s still the best mid-range card around and, similarly to the HD7790 on our value system, it comes with Crysis 3, Tomb Raider and the brilliant Bioshock Infinite free. We could have used the R9 270X, but with the HD7870LE having the same stuff under the hood, and being a whopping £40 cheaper, it’s still the sensible choice for the money.

You’re getting a LOT of PC for £768

Hardware Price (with link)
Intel Core i5-4670K £176.88
Gigabyte Z87-D3HP £98.99
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133MHz
£92.99
Corsair CX600M £58.00
Corsair Carbide 300R Windowed £78.00
120GB Samsung 840 £83.94
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler £44.99
XFX HD7870XT Tahiti LE £133.99

 

Corsair Vengeance Pro                                                      XFX HD7870 LE

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               Scythe Ashura                                                 Corsair 300R Windowed

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Sub £1300

Now you might prefer to spend some more, and get an uncompromising gaming system. Keeping the majority of our components from the above system we make the following changes;

Upgrade the PSU from 600W to 750W. We want to ensure that our power supply runs cool and quiet for as long as possible. This isn’t only for our immediate aural benefit, but power supplies tend to be the component we upgrade the least so it usually survives an upgrade or two. The second, and by far the biggest, upgrade is to move straight to a GTX780. An absolute power-house of a graphics card, and here in the excellent MSI Twin Frozr guise. Utilising the MSI GPU we’d have to include the GD65 just for the harmony between the two, even if the GD65 wasn’t the best value motherboard on earth, which it is. As we’re still on air at this price-point it’s important to have one that doesn’t sound like a vacuum when it’s under load, and the MSI is excellent. Finally to ensure good airflow we’re housing it all in the larger CM Storm Trooper case. The whole system comes in at just a shade over £1300. Considering a big, fast SSD, a fast CPU and a GTX780 we think it’s a bargain.

Hardware Price (with link)
Intel Core i5-4670K £176.88
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
£161.99
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133MHz £92.99
Corsair CX750M £72.95
CM Storm Trooper
£124.00
250GB Samsung 840 Evo
£125.99
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler £44.99
MSI GTX780 Twin Frozr Gaming
£492.00

CM Storm Trooper                                                        MSI GTX 780 Gaming

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MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming                                            Corsair CX750M

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