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    Gaming PC Build

    I know little about this, however looking at getting a gaming PC built for one of the kids with possible Geforce RTX 4070 (I have been told!).
    Any recommendations from personal experience for where to get this built? Max budget up to £1,500, hopefully less than this.

    Thanks in advance
    Chris

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    I'd give PC specialist a call. They built my pc 10 years ago and it's still going strong.

    They didn't oversell and I've been in contact about an upgrade and they've been really helpful

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    Overclockers UK are also very helpful if you call them.

    If you prefer to self-build, then join OCUK forum - there's a subforum specifically for new build advice people will suggest a full parts list

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    Scan computers in Bolton have a custom build service, and will recommend a spec for a given budget.

    Their prices are competitive, and the staff are always happy to advise.

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    Bought a PC specialist gaming PC from Currys it was faulty on arrival, spoke to Currys who were there normal helpful self and said I must have broken it and speak to PC specialist.
    They offered to either exchange the unit or send me the part to change myself and send the old bit back, so that's what we did and they walked me through how to do it bit by bit.
    Then another part failed which was from a faulty batch they didn't have a direct replacement but a better one was in stock so they sent it for next day delivery.

    It's unusual to have two faulty parts but the speed and helpfulness has lead me to have faith in them, as a phone call gets you to speak to someone who knows what there talking about and will be as geeky as you want them to be on the call. I chatted with one guy and got the information I needed on the same call my son spoke to the guy and they talked some geeky stuff that went over my head.

    Looking at getting a laptop from them as well now.

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    Built one recently. Don't get the 4070, get the 4070 super (£529) - much more power for a little more price. For gaming THE best processor currently is the AMD 7800x3d (£314) on the AM5 platform so you're future proofed for upgrades.

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    Forgot to ask - what are you playing? And on what is the resolution and framerate of your monitor? No point getting high end stuff if you're playing on a 60hz 1080p monitor.

    For example if you like competitive shooters you'll want high-fps (144hz, 240hz...) monitor at 1080p or 1440p resolution. If you're into AAA games or syms and have a 4k monitor, you'd need to pump most money into your GPU and CPU would be less important so you could save some money there

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    Quote Originally Posted by alzone View Post
    Forgot to ask - what are you playing? And on what is the resolution and framerate of your monitor? No point getting high end stuff if you're playing on a 60hz 1080p monitor.

    For example if you like competitive shooters you'll want high-fps (144hz, 240hz...) monitor at 1080p or 1440p resolution. If you're into AAA games or syms and have a 4k monitor, you'd need to pump most money into your GPU and CPU would be less important so you could save some money there
    Thanks for all the replies so far. Will check with my daughter what she will be playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alzone View Post
    Built one recently. Don't get the 4070, get the 4070 super (£529) - much more power for a little more price. For gaming THE best processor currently is the AMD 7800x3d (£314) on the AM5 platform so you're future proofed for upgrades.
    Can you recommend where I could get this spec built?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispin View Post
    Can you recommend where I could get this spec built?

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    I've never had it pre built so couldn't recommend anyone sorry, but a lot of places seem have an option to have it built for an extra £40 or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by alzone View Post
    I've never had it pre built so couldn't recommend anyone sorry, but a lot of places seem have an option to have it built for an extra £40 or something

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    CCL appear to have good Trustpilot feedback. Is this a reasonable setup?

    https://www.cclonline.com/ccl-cyogpc...owsummary=true

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    I'm not sure that's a great deal. This, at around the same price, has better components:
    https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/pal...ar-psu-4362311

    This, with a few choice upgrades, is also excellent:
    https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/gam...d-nvme-4363224

    I have just purchased my latest PC from Palicomp and aside from a little pushy after-sales, it's been excellent

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    I'd agree the ccl link doesn't look great for the price. Old AMD platform too and a vanilla 4070.

    The two options above are a better deal.

    The upper link with the 4070 super is what I have for 1440p 240hz gaming.
    The lower link has 4080 super which is a beast card so if you're doing 4k gaming is a good choice. Slower CPUbut would be fine (GPU would be your bottleneck at 4k). You might want to up the ram to 32gb though.

    All depends and what you're playing and your monitor. Of course if you're using a little old 60hz 1080p monitor then buying all this hardware is throwing your money away, as you won't SEE the extra resolution or frames.

    IMO you will never see a greater upgrade to gaming than going 144hz monitor and above (IF you've got the hardware to drive it, which the above can)

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    Thanks for all the advice, have added the cpu and graphics recommendations and requested a quote, received the following, would I need to tweak anything (budget £1,500):

    PC Total incl VAT + P&P = £1375.00

    CPU AMD Ryzen AMD 7 7800X3D
    MOB ASUS TUF A620M-PLUS WIFI
    RAM 32GB DDR5 5600Mhz
    M.2 2TB M.2 nVME - ADATA Legend 800
    OPT NA
    CAS CIT Pro Diamond XR (white 4 Fan Version) or Phanteks XT Pro Ultra (white)
    GPU NVIDIA RTX 4070 Super
    O/S Windows 11 Home
    PSU 700W CIT Bronze
    COO DEEPCOOL AG400
    DEL 5-10 Working Days (DPD)
    WAR 3 Year Return to Base Warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispin View Post
    Thanks for all the advice, have added the cpu and graphics recommendations and requested a quote, received the following, would I need to tweak anything (budget £1,500):

    PC Total incl VAT + P&P = £1375.00

    CPU AMD Ryzen AMD 7 7800X3D
    MOB ASUS TUF A620M-PLUS WIFI
    RAM 32GB DDR5 5600Mhz
    M.2 2TB M.2 nVME - ADATA Legend 800
    OPT NA
    CAS CIT Pro Diamond XR (white 4 Fan Version) or Phanteks XT Pro Ultra (white)
    GPU NVIDIA RTX 4070 Super
    O/S Windows 11 Home
    PSU 700W CIT Bronze
    COO DEEPCOOL AG400
    DEL 5-10 Working Days (DPD)
    WAR 3 Year Return to Base Warranty

    Looks a great spec to me - only changes I'd propose (and they are nice-to-have's more than anything) would be to upgrade to B650 motherboard and possibly water-cooling on the CPU; something like the Arctic Liquid Freezer II. Both doable, keeping you under £1500

    Palicomp were great for my PC but worth calling out that the second you place your order, you'll get a salesperson asking you to take out extended warranty, queue-jump and all sorts of different things - they will negotiate, I managed to negotiate down from £88 to £38 which gave me a cooler upgrade, cable management, queue-jump and 3 year carefree warranty upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickChard View Post
    Looks a great spec to me - only changes I'd propose (and they are nice-to-have's more than anything) would be to upgrade to B650 motherboard and possibly water-cooling on the CPU; something like the Arctic Liquid Freezer II. Both doable, keeping you under £1500

    Palicomp were great for my PC but worth calling out that the second you place your order, you'll get a salesperson asking you to take out extended warranty, queue-jump and all sorts of different things - they will negotiate, I managed to negotiate down from £88 to £38 which gave me a cooler upgrade, cable management, queue-jump and 3 year carefree warranty upgrade.
    Brilliant, thanks. I asked about possible small upgrades worh making and they suggested & quoted the following:


    PSU: Bequite 850W Gold edition + £50
    Motherboard: ASUS PRIME B650M-A Wifi II + £50
    CPU Fan: Arctic Freezer 36 aRGB + £33.20



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    They sound like good prices and excellent upgrades

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    B650 motherboard is a decent upgrade

    Don't bother upgrading the PSU - 700w will be fine

    In my opinion I also wouldn't go with AIO water cooling contrary to what's said above. Lots of enthusiasts do, me not included, simply because they have a time limit before they need replacing. Pumps fail, and water slowly evaporates as it slowly permeate through the hoses. For my money, unless you're overclocking and need max performance, and are willing to upgrade/swap out, a decent upgraded air cooler (not the stock ones) is the way to go and hyper reliable.

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    For years I've always used Noctua air coolers and I run a reasonably powerful mid-range system (I only run one case fan too, GPU and PSU have their own fans oc). Temps have never been a problem at all even when gaming. Anyway, as above, water cooling is an unecessary faff imo unless you're doing some really heavy duty computing.
    Last edited by Mouse; Yesterday at 22:50.

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    Another vote for Overclockers. I built my first PC maybe 25 years ago with parts from their shop and done the same with every upgrade since.
    Last year, my son at university received an academic grant and so he wanted to group three years worth to build a PC for himself to assist him with his “Organic chemistry PhD”. The uni would not fund it if we built it but would pay if it was prebuilt so ordered and built by Overclockers instead.

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