Best Gaming PC build for around £800? (Excluding keyboard, mouse and monitor)

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Hi just recently decided i want to switch to pc gaming, I've done alot of research but I think I'd rather take advice and information from someone with experience, and knows what's they're talking about than just "google".

Many thanks.


 
Here's a reasonable idea of low/mid-budget, but pretty decent gaming - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/42NWjy

Presumably you'll be gaming on a 1080p monitor?

Still got a case, operating system, monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers / headset to add to that. Guessed you may have some or any of these already, so left them out. You might also consider additional storage at the back of the 480GB suggested. I paid no attention to aesthetics when choosing the parts (that tends to cost extra ;) )

The vendors listed are just 'best price' at the moment. It might be better to see the 'prices by merchant' (top right of screen) for grouping them. Also be aware that prices listed aren't always 100%. Amazon's prices can be iffy, especially if the parts are coming from the US (import taxes not listed in PC Partpicker). Also, some Amazon prices are Prime-only options. My general 'trusted vendors' are:

Ebuyer
CCL
Overclockers
Aria
Amazon (from them; not from some other Amazon seller, although at a pinch, I would take a 'fulfilled by Amazon' option).
Also look out for occasional bargains on skinflint.co.uk (via vendors you trust, of course)

The CPU is a decent 6-core, with plenty of potential for mid-range gaming. The stock cooler might not be fantastic, but it'll do for budget needs.

16GB of RAM at that price today isn't bad at all. Ryzen CPUs can run at 2933, but 2666 will work too.

The Adata 480GB M.2 drive is very competitively priced for the GBs onboard, and said drive is pretty high on bench tests.

A GTX 1060 6GB is more than adequate for 1080p gaming for most games at present. The Asus model there tends to get decent reviews.

An 80+ Bronze, fully modular PSU. Semi and non-modular ones are not all that cheaper. I recommend Seasonic and Corsair.

If you want 1440p gaming, you'll ideally want a minimum of a GTX 1070 (£400-ish*), but a 1060 will work. You'll just have to lower some settings, depending on the game. For 4K gaming, you're talking minimum of GTX 1080, and ideally 1080 Ti or the new RTX cards (guessing your budget isn't looking at all this though, but thought it fair to point it all out).

* Prices and performance of 1070 Ti cards almost make 1070 cards pointless

Edit: Forgot to add. Ebuyer's 'free delivery' is Yodel. Used them recently. Was really, really worried. They turned up 30 mins late on one drop, and were fine for another. Suggest you're 'in' if using them. ;)
 

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If you don't want to overclock... this is a build to consider.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.60 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£70.18 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£117.59 @ Aria PC)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX8200 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£61.49 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.18 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card (£199.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.75 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (£82.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Total: £801.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-29 18:06 GMT+0000

If you prefer AMD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£131.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI - B450M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£64.99 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£122.98 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX8200 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£61.49 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.18 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card (£199.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.75 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (£82.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Total: £800.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-29 18:12 GMT+0000


EDIT: Both exclude WiFi and speakers/headset. Not sure if you require them or not. (They also exclude the keyboard, mouse, and monitor as requested.) While Intel does beat AMD in IPS, AMD does beat the Intel choice in multitasking, something that most games have yet to fully take advantage of. (Not a simplistic task.) As to game performance, the builds should be within a few FPS of each other.

EDIT 2: Updated builds
 

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You're making some assumptions that the OP has a PC that has some decent parts to cannibalize for the new build. They may not have that option, in which case... your choices may have a few issues. Neither of us know with any certainty at this point, other than the OP.

so... wonderwoof, is this build from scratch, or do you have a computer you can take parts from? If you do, please tell us everything you can about it, opening the case may be required... cpuz can help with some of the parts you can't directly access without making the computer unusable.
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor (£147.60 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£71.16 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£134.99 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£65.94 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.76 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card (£199.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£64.99 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £767.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-29 13:51 GMT+0000

This is the best setup for you with a 6 core CPU. Your best bet is to run Windows umactivated for now and purchase a key when you have more of,a budget. That extra money is best spent on better hardware on the front side.
 

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