System Buying Guide

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Picking the system that is right for you can be tricky. Sure you can head down to your local retailer, or favourite online store and pick all the parts you need, put it together yourself and I’m sure you would be very happy with the results; so long as you’ve done your research. First-time builders can be put off by the task of building their own system, which is understandable as you may have a lot of research ahead of you. Finding parts that are compatible, both in terms of specifications and size, can be a tricky task. Finding components that are a good performance match can also be tricky. Have you got the right speed of RAM, is your CPU going to bottleneck the performance of your graphics card, will your CPU cooler handle overclocking and more. These are just some of the troubles you can face.

Learning about building your own PC is no bad thing, in fact, I fully encourage you to do so, it can be a lot of fun! However, if like many of us you work Monday to Friday, maybe you have kids to take care of, or other hobbies, finding the time to not only research a system, but to also build and maintain it can be tricky. Fortunately, there are countless other options out there. You can walk into a high street retailer and walk out with a new PC, but as many of you know, many high street stores don’t have the best reputation for selling good PC’s at the right price.

PC Specialist are quickly becoming one of the most popular system integrators in the UK and we’ve had a lot of great things to say about their systems in the past. Buying from a system integrator makes life a lot easier as you can pick the parts you want, have parts recommended to you, it comes pre-built and crazily enough, we’ve even seen some systems that are cheaper to buy from PC Specialist, than they would be to build them yourself! Time is money and so long as you have money, you can certainly save time by having a system built for you, but which one is right for you?

This guide is updated monthly. Last updated: 19th May 2015

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  • Gank

    jsut having a quick peek whilst both the compact gaming and the something to enjoy games both have a serious flaw imo, SSD 🙂 given the cost of a decent 128gb ssd starts about £40 not having one in any build is a serious flaw, given its bonus to ANY system in speeds etc.
    Also do these include OS, if not then it would be good to point out that an extra £80 (or so) would be required to get these machines up and running and in some cases this is a fairly large % increase in cost.

    • But with most new games being about 50gb+, SSD’s aren’t really worth the money :p Yea they’re great and i’d love to have one, but i’d much rather get a 1TB HDD for about the same price as a 128GB SSD. And it doesn’t make that much difference once you’re actually in game.

      • Stretford End Gaz

        no my point was that any half decent build now has a SSD & HDD and all you have is the OS and your most important things on the SSD the rest sits on the HDD. If you wont or cant go down the duel drives then SSHD should be high up on your list rather than the HDD.
        The increase in your machine from the SSD far outweighs pretty much any component pound for pound

        perfectjake can you show me one legit site where you can buy windows 7 or windows 8(1) for anything like 10 pound… from any reputable retailer even the basic windows 7 home comes in about £50.

        • Porkalicious

          Reputable retailers can’t drop the price as much as ordinary retailers because of what they are. So if you look around you can easily find a legitimate copy of windows for only a few bucks. + there are promotions and all that jazz here and there. Sales and educational discounts etc etc.
          Same applies with pretty much anything, really.
          Can also be a copy from someone who got several Windows (windowses?) through work for free that is then given to another.

    • Perfectjake

      You dont need to spend 80 pounds on an OS I can get legitimate copies for about 10 pounds

  • 12John34

    2. An APU can do the trick here. With a quad core APU like A8-76×0 this can also double as an entry gaming system.
    3. That’s where you put the 270X.
    4. You need a 290 or a 970 in this one.
    5. GTX 980 or 295X2
    6. Two 970s go here

    7. Plextor? Velociraptor? Really? Nope. Plextor is not fast enough to justify the cost and Velociraptor, like the other dinosaurs, is long forgotten.

    Two SATA SSDs and a 3TB HDD will come cheaper and offer more. If we have to have PCIe SSD for booting, Intel 750 400GB is a better option.