Request for help info on getting a new PC (UK)

Damage Inc

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I've been scrimping and saving every spare bit of cash since my last PC was bought in 2012, It's starting to show it's age so I'm thinking of getting a new PC and have £1500 to spare. What's the info on best value mid range stuff in that price bracket? Please bear in mind I want to get a pre built system. I don't want VR quite yet but within 6 months will prolly dive in so VR ready system is preferred.

I'd like a mobo as future proof as possible, not all that bothered with overclocking just want a stock fast processor.
Likewise not bothered with Ray tracing yet, would rather a (future) VR capable rig.
SSD for boot drive and large HDD for game storage? I read somewhere (and subsequently forgot where) there's a new faster SSD interface out?
Not sure if 16gb memory is future proof should I go for 32gb?
What's the standard monitor/VR connection now? (currently using DVI still), has it all gone HDMI? do GPUS still come with dual output? Because I have a separate monitor in front of my steering rig for sims and a desktop monitor for everything else I do, so I need dual outputs (and VR will need that of course!)

Also apart from overclockers.co.uk and Alienware I'm not sure where else to look for pre built PCs, who's a recommended builder?

I'm so far out of the loop of PC tech since I last looked into it (as I say 2012!) I'm a bit clueless so any advice will be appreciated.
 

Andy_J

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Just go to scan UK. You can build a gaming PC to your liking online and they build it and test it and overclock it if required.
 
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Have a look at PC Specialist website too. Just did a quick spec, AMD Ryzen 7 3rd gen, 32Gb 3200 RAM, Nvidia 2070 super, with a 120gb Nvme boot drive with 2tb mechanical drive comes in at your budget of £1500. That would be a very capable machine and would last a number of years.

Don't get too hung up on the new Nvme SSD standard. It only really comes into its own for large file transfers. As a boot drive or game drive a SATa 3 SSD is perfectly sufficient. You can get newer SSD's that run SATa 3 but are the M2 size form. Most new motherboards have at least one M2 slot for SSD's. You can grab a 1tb M2 SSD for around £85 now.

Most modern Graphics cards will have multiple outputs, usually at least 3 or 4 and will be Display port or HDMI. There are adaptors available if your monitor only has DVI.
 
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So latest titles + VR I would spend 200 more and get 2080Super


If you don't want to O/C you can save on cpu, motherboard, memory to offset cost

What you gain from the faster video card is more then what you lose with slower board, ram ...etc
 
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I hear the 5700 XT is good, but I am leaning more towards Nvidia.......Methinks i'll be looking at benchmarks and a lot of reviews for a while!
 

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So latest titles + VR I would spend 200 more and get 2080Super
I've never had an issue with most VR games running on my 1070. It's only really ACC that is too much for it. It can run most single screen 1080 games just fine too.

DVI is gone, you'll probably get a card with two displayports (they do 4k) one or two HDMIs and a USB C port. You can get an adaptor to make the displayports HDMI. Multiple monitors won't be an issue on any halfways decent graphics card.

I have my Christmas present sitting beside me, it's a 2070 super, the only reason I bought it was for better performance in ACC. For everything else I do the 1070 was fine. I'll be putting it in on Saturday.

I've always assembled my own PC, it's really no harder than putting together a lego set.
 

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To future proof I still think you want more

Scan UK had 2080 super build was only 250 more it had 9700F , B360 and 2666 memory
which is perfect hardware if he doesn't want to overclock

What you lose from 500MHz clockspeed, Z board and faster ram is made up "then some" .............. from faster GPU ;)
 
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I hear the 5700 XT is good, but I am leaning more towards Nvidia.......Methinks i'll be looking at benchmarks and a lot of reviews for a while!
5700xt is good. I have one and I'm running at 1440p, almost all settings at epic and getting about 80-90fps. Having said that I think the nvidia cards deal with Unreal Engine better. If I had known this before building I would have gone with team green.
 
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The parts used are pretty respectable and the price is about right for a pre-built.

Just for fun I priced the components at Ocuk and you could build it yourself, with Corsair Veng 3600mhz rgb and minus the case for around £1300.

There are hundreds of "How to build" vid's on youtube… only takes a couple of hours... just sayin'.:D
 

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The parts used are pretty respectable and the price is about right for a pre-built.

Just for fun I priced the components at Ocuk and you could build it yourself, with Corsair Veng 3600mhz rgb and minus the case for around £1300.

There are hundreds of "How to build" vid's on youtube… only takes a couple of hours... just sayin'.:D
Edit: Just noticed that it only come with the three month x box pass. That processor should also have a couple of games bundled with it from AMD.
 
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Damage Inc

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Cheer's Bob yeah I know pre built is more expensive but I really want the peace of mind of the warranty with minimal faff.

Looks like it comes with Borderlands 3 and outer worlds.
 
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I know I probably won't convince you but I was in the same boat as you a few months back. Had been racing on PS4 as I have never owned a PC - always used Macs. I decided to get a gaming PC and had no idea where to start so thought that buying prebuilt was a no brainer. However, I watched a couple of build a PC videos and realised that it was much easier than I imagined it would be so ended up building my own and not was not only easy but enjoyable. I bought pretty much everything from Amazon so had the option of easy returns should I realise that I bought the wrong thing - bought my GPU direct from Nvidia. Only issue I had was with a noisy Corsair cooler which Amazon replaced and it has been running brilliantly ever since.
 
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I've built a PC in the past, and worked in IT for 8 years as a hardware tech, I know it's cheaper, but I just want someone else to do all the dirty work now! ;) TLDR CBA! ;)

hmmmmm I'm now looking at this lot:

  • Corsair Obsidian 750D
  • 1xASUS ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING
  • 1xAMD Ryzen 7 3700X, Zen 2, 8-core with SMT, 3.6GHz, 4.4GHz Turbo
  • 1xbe quiet! Dark Rock 4 - Quiet Performance Air Cooler
  • 1x32GB (2x16GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance RGB PRO - 3200MHz
  • 1x8GB EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER SC ULTRA, 2176 Cores, 1680MHz Boost, 14000MHz GDDR6 - GeForce RTX VR Ready
  • 1xCorsair RM650x, Modular, Silent, 80PLUS Gold - Single GPU
  • 1x1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS, 3500MB/s Read, 3300MB/s Write, 600K IOPS
  • 1x4TB Seagate ST4000DM004 BarraCuda, 5400rpm, 256GB Cache
 

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Looks good...though I would say...
Do you need 5TB?
Unless you're editing etc, 16GB should be fine for gaming, would be worth saving the money from the extra 16GB to push up to DDR4 3600 memory with tight timings, makes much more of a different for the AMD architecture.....or to boost the GPU to a 5700xt or 2070 super;)