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Old 19-02-16, 02:58 PM
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I got thinking about this earlier today, so decided what I could find from a single supplier. So I went off to trusty Scan.co.uk.

i7 6700
Asus H110-Plus
Asus GT730
Corsair VS450W
Seagate 2TB
Corsair Carbide 100r
Corsair Vengeance 2133 DDR4 16GB
Arctic Freezer 11i
Windows 10 64bit home

Total inc P+P = 694.50 GBP

So based on the idea of around a 815 GBP build, I wondered what spec could be achieved for gaming.

The obvious way to achieve that would be to swap out the GPU, with an extra 120 GBP to play with, you can in fact upgrade to either a GTX 960 (800 GBP) or R9 380X (820 GBP).

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Old 20-02-16, 12:00 AM
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£694!! That's awesome! The gauntlet has been cast, its become a challenge now. Who can top this? Keep the base hardware in mind though.
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Old 07-05-16, 11:04 PM
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I got a slightly better the the op spec for £701
I decided to do this on Aria as I buy from them usually and i got
i7 6700
Asus H110
gigabyte GtX 750Ti 2gb
XfX 600w modular 80+ bronze
Corsair carbide spec02
G-Skill Trident 2x8gb 2133
Toshiba 2tb drive
Windows 10 64bit home
Add on vat and delivery for a total of £690.46
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Old 07-05-16, 11:09 PM
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Excellent. I like the idea of doing this on a regular basis so we have an upto date reference build at a set budget. I can spend hours with pc part picker throwing rigs together.
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Old 11-05-16, 10:39 AM
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Can you build a rig cheaper than a store bought system?

Yes and I did.

Largely because I got the OCUK black friday deals;
X99 bundle for £670 or £690, r9 390 8gb for £206
Great base for a system

Buying from a store means you get one that just works from the box (and have a warranty) - though I kind of like making them myself.

(It did occur to me after buying several new bits of kit that I'm flat rate vat registered and If I'd spent £2k in one store I'd immediately get 20% back, so it's £1600 (you get vat back if you spend 2k or more in one store under the flat rate scheme). Add another 20% back corporation tax, it's probably a false economy for me not to just buy an entire system and peripherals from one place)
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Old 11-05-16, 01:10 PM
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Firefly you have a fair few points, with the UKs new found addiction for American trends like Black Friday we do find some epic deals. Also VAT returns on £2k + 20% back on corporation tax not everyone has access to such things and our OP budget was £800.
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Old 11-05-16, 05:32 PM
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interesting you mention black friday deals, when I built my current rig I searched on the main etailers and none came even close to Aria on price by the time I had factored in delivery.
Its usually best to buy from store 1 then you only have 1 delivery charge
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Old 13-05-16, 09:05 AM
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If your'e not in a rush to build a new system you can save plenty on sites that do special deal, when I got my current system I checked out Aria and got lucky that 1 time they had the MB and ram on a week special and the cpu on a 1 day special saved me a nice bit.
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Old 13-05-16, 01:09 PM
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While I feel that sales are a great thing for getting a system cheaper not all stores do this with fully built systems, it's why I didn't include any sale, refurb or reduced components in the OP. The challenge here was much like the budgeted builds Feronix used to do here, though his were more take a price bracket and see just what you could get for your money (really good threads).

Of cause reduced sale hardware would be an advantage in such a task but sales are few and far between usually holiday seasonal, if however people are building and they can grab a bargain at the time then bingo grab them. But for this particular exercise I didn't factor them in. I think though that taking on board what you guys are saying about sales and bargains I might just do 2 more builds later using the motherboard, CPU & RAM bundles which most eTailers offer all year round.

Get ready Intel & AMD builds incoming and remember £799 is the budget for our store bought machine.
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Old 19-05-16, 11:48 PM
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AMD FX-8350 4.00GHz (4.20GHz Turbo) 8x Core Processor - £111.25
Gigabyte GA-990X-Gaming SLI ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 Type £79.99
G.Skill TridentX 16GB (2x8G DDR3 PC3-17066 2133MHz Dual Channel Kit £66.16
XFX Radeon R9 380X Black Edition AMD Graphics Card £154.99
120GB ADATA Premier SP550 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s Solid State £26.25
1TB Western Digital Blue 3.5" inch Internal Hard Drive / HDD - Caviar Blue £35.83
Cooler Master G750M 750W Hybrid Modular Power £59.99
Phanteks Black Eclipse P400 Windowed RGB Midi PC £43.30
Windows 10 Home 64 bit Operating System - DVD £61.65
Gladiator 30cm Blue LED Strip with 18 LED's £2.98

Basket Total £642.39
Approx. Delivery £10.26
VAT £130.54
Total £783.18
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