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English Invader
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Chillblast PC Build

Post by English Invader » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:01 pm

I'm thinking of dropping some cash on a kickass gaming rig. I have some experience of PC building from cheap/used parts but for this kind of investment I want a warranty behind it and the reassurance of having it built by people who know what they're doing (the PC I built lasted about six months before it crapped out with POST issues).

The budget I have is around £1,000. I'm led to understand that around £400 should be deducted from that to factor in the labour costs of the custom build and this is what I've come up with from the parts available from their site. I'm going for an ATX build with the following components:

Asus TUF Gaming Z490-Plus motherboard:
https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/TU ... Z490-PLUS/

Intel Core i5-10600k CPU:
https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/ ... 0600k.html

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card:
https://www.nvidia.com/en-gb/geforce/gr ... /gtx-1650/

16GB DDR4 memory
Chillblast Centurion Direct Contact CPU cooler
1TB Seagate Barracuda PCIe SSD
2TB Seagate Barracuda mechanical hard drive
24x DVD R/W optical drive

Fractal Design 80 Plus 500w PSU:
https://www.awd-it.co.uk/fractal-design ... t-oem.html

Fractal Design Focus G case:
https://www.fractal-design.com/products ... trol-blue/

I would prefer a Corsair power supply to a Fractal Design one but they don't have a Corsair for 500w and I worry that 750w would be overkill for the build since the site didn't recommend a bigger PSU for the CPU and graphics card I chose (just a better CPU cooler). Plus, the benefit of having a warranty is that it's on them if their cheap PSU destroys the system. Would a 750w PSU be suitable for this build?

What do you guys think? Is this a good value build for the money? I haven't bought anything yet so please be honest about any areas where you think it could be improved. I mostly tend to play older and indie games and the only AAAs I'm worried about are Red Dead Redemption 2 and any future GTAs (not worried about GTA V because I've already played that to death on the XBox 360).

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Re: Chillblast PC Build

Post by DPrinny » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:32 pm

Id go prebuilt, a grand can get a great PC. You will also need and OS, thats a "few" quid (Meh Linux)
But if your going to mostly play older titles you wont need it
Might as well play console stuff like GTA and RDR on a console.............

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Re: Chillblast PC Build

Post by English Invader » Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:40 pm

DPrinny wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:32 pm
Id go prebuilt, a grand can get a great PC. You will also need and OS, thats a "few" quid (Meh Linux)
But if your going to mostly play older titles you wont need it
Might as well play console stuff like GTA and RDR on a console.............
The build comes with Windows 10 installed. I've been using Linux for the last 7 years and this will be my first Windows system since they dropped support for XP back in 2014.

I just want something that will play all the games I want no questions asked. It will also be fun to try out some of those more resource hungry emulators for systems like the Saturn, Dreamcast and PS2.

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Re: Chillblast PC Build

Post by DPrinny » Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:42 am

English Invader wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:40 pm
The build comes with Windows 10 installed. I've been using Linux for the last 7 years and this will be my first Windows system since they dropped support for XP back in 2014.

I just want something that will play all the games I want no questions asked. It will also be fun to try out some of those more resource hungry emulators for systems like the Saturn, Dreamcast and PS2.
Nowt wrong with Linux, its just most games wont work on it,

Good luck with the Saturn emulation...............

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Re: Chillblast PC Build

Post by English Invader » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:09 am

I've come up with a better build from PC Specialist (which actually works out cheaper than the one in my OP):

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT CPU (6 cores at 4.5GHz base speed)
8GB AMD Radeon RX580
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM (2x 8GB, DDR4, 3200MHz)
1TB PCIe SSD
24x DVD R/W optical drive
Corsair 750w RMx power supply
Stock PC Specialist case

Whole shebang comes to £994 inc. VAT. The RX580 seems to have a much lower price point than other GPUs of similar specs. Is there any particular reason for that?

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Re: Chillblast PC Build

Post by learnedrobb » Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:58 am

It's older. The GPU it uses was released in 2017. IIRC, the 580rx is essentially the same as the previous gen 480rx.

Personally, I would pick a GeForce 1660 instead. Newer chip, and a better performer.
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