Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

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westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Thursday 10th June
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techguyone said:
Thanks

techguyone

2,576 posts

109 months

Thursday 10th June
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westtra said:
techguyone said:
Thanks

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Saturday 26th June
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Can anyone recommend any guides and sites for building a gaming pc?

- it needs to look cool so lots of lights etc
- it needs to be as powerful as possible
- it needs to be quiet!

Budget is 2k for just the system itself. My son already has screen, keyboard and mouse.

I suspect a lot of it is playground bragging so if a 3070i is possible over a 3060 then that would be great. Looking for around Aug - Sep time to finish the build so hopefully prices and availability of GPUs will have come down a bit.




DuncsGTi

1,001 posts

146 months

Saturday 26th June
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I use pcpartpicker.com

It'll give you prices and availability from all the major UK sites as well as checking everything is compatible with each other. There are loads of example systems on there to get an idea of how it'll all look together.

When it comes to actually assembling it, it's really simple. Like (bloody expensive) lego. Watch a few YouTube videos and you'll be good to go

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Saturday 26th June
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DuncsGTi said:
I use pcpartpicker.com

It'll give you prices and availability from all the major UK sites as well as checking everything is compatible with each other. There are loads of example systems on there to get an idea of how it'll all look together.

When it comes to actually assembling it, it's really simple. Like (bloody expensive) lego. Watch a few YouTube videos and you'll be good to go
Thanks, although it is his project I kind of get the feeling i will have to do some of the heavy lifting here so I want to be prepared.

thetoxicnerve

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24,447 posts

144 months

Saturday 26th June
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Check out the first post of this thread, I included some guides in there from PC Gamer. Tweak their suggestions to suit your needs.

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Saturday 26th June
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thetoxicnerve said:
Check out the first post of this thread, I included some guides in there from PC Gamer. Tweak their suggestions to suit your needs.
Thanks! didn't think to check out earlier pages as I thought it would all be out of date but the links have been update so it's all good.

MissChief

5,943 posts

135 months

Saturday 26th June
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In all honesty going pre-built is probably the best option at the moment due to graphics availability. Something like this: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-bayonet... would be great and play everything thrown at it for several years.

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Sunday 27th June
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MissChief said:
In all honesty going pre-built is probably the best option at the moment due to graphics availability. Something like this: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-bayonet... would be great and play everything thrown at it for several years.
That does seem to have everything he is looking for. A big concern is noise, his current gaming laptop makes a hell of a racket and spoils things when he is streaming to Twitch.

Would something like this be much quieter?

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Sunday 27th June
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272BHP said:
MissChief said:
In all honesty going pre-built is probably the best option at the moment due to graphics availability. Something like this: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-bayonet... would be great and play everything thrown at it for several years.
That does seem to have everything he is looking for. A big concern is noise, his current gaming laptop makes a hell of a racket and spoils things when he is streaming to Twitch.

Would something like this be much quieter?
Looking at the spec should he quiet.

Unless you know what you are doing and can be there to help if things go wrong Pre built is the way to go as for a while you have warranty and support.

My PC is all built by me and not really used by others in the family.

My sons is pre built and even though its had more issues all have been fixed/help by support when I am away from home(quite regular). Give a bit of peace of mind he has use of it and can get help and saves me having to talk him/the wife through what to do.

RizzoTheRat

21,008 posts

159 months

Sunday 27th June
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Gaming laptops tend to be noisy as there's not much space for airflow. I'd expect that linked Overclockers PC to be a lot quieter with a mesh front for decent airflow through the case. I notice it doesn't mentioned the CPU cooler on the spec, so assume it's a basic one but if you find that's noisy, CPU coolers with a large heatsink and 120mm fan start at around £30 (Coolermaster) and will be a lot quieter than a stock cooler with a smaller fan running at a higher speed..

wst

3,414 posts

128 months

Sunday 27th June
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272BHP said:
That does seem to have everything he is looking for. A big concern is noise, his current gaming laptop makes a hell of a racket and spoils things when he is streaming to Twitch.

Would something like this be much quieter?
General rule of thumb is that a desktop will be quieter, and of course it can be positioned in a place where the noise will cause less impact. If he was streaming using the laptop internal mic, all the fan noise will be heard through the chassis and into the mic.

As a final help for background noise when streaming - if he runs nVidia broadcast he can use a tiny amount of GPU power to automatically remove noise from his microphone feed - it listens to the normal microphone, cleans up the audio, then outputs it as a "virtual" microphone that can be selected as an input device by OBS or any other software that listens to a mic.

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Sunday 27th June
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wst said:
eneral rule of thumb is that a desktop will be quieter, and of course it can be positioned in a place where the noise will cause less impact. If he was streaming using the laptop internal mic, all the fan noise will be heard through the chassis and into the mic.

As a final help for background noise when streaming - if he runs nVidia broadcast he can use a tiny amount of GPU power to automatically remove noise from his microphone feed - it listens to the normal microphone, cleans up the audio, then outputs it as a "virtual" microphone that can be selected as an input device by OBS or any other software that listens to a mic.
He has an external HyperX Quadcast microphone. I will tell him about the nVidia broadcast - thanks.

272BHP

2,346 posts

203 months

Sunday 27th June
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RizzoTheRat said:
Gaming laptops tend to be noisy as there's not much space for airflow. I'd expect that linked Overclockers PC to be a lot quieter with a mesh front for decent airflow through the case. I notice it doesn't mentioned the CPU cooler on the spec, so assume it's a basic one but if you find that's noisy, CPU coolers with a large heatsink and 120mm fan start at around £30 (Coolermaster) and will be a lot quieter than a stock cooler with a smaller fan running at a higher speed..
Isn't this the cooler in the spec?

240mm AIO Liquid Cooler

Or are there separate coolers for CPU and GPU?

Sorry, new to all this


RizzoTheRat

21,008 posts

159 months

Sunday 27th June
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Oops, missed that. That'll be a liquid radiator with a pair of 120mm fans, so should be pretty quiet

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Top mount AIO. What’s the general concensis on fan set up.

Push exhaust or Pull exhaust?
Push intake or pull intake?

HM-2

6,519 posts

136 months

Tuesday 29th June
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westtra said:
Top mount AIO. What’s the general concensis on fan set up.

Push exhaust or Pull exhaust?
Push intake or pull intake?
Top mount exhausting push. I've got a radiator top and bottom in my system, intaking from the bottom pull and pushing through the top.

Jinx

10,479 posts

227 months

Tuesday 29th June
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HM-2 said:
Top mount exhausting push. I've got a radiator top and bottom in my system, intaking from the bottom pull and pushing through the top.
Agreed - try not to fight convection and avoid turbulence. So in through bottom and front, out through back and top and fans away from each other as much as possible.

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Thats what I thought but the whole cooling with AIO is new. Will have 3 140mm in front. 1 140mm exhaust 3 120 mm on AIO and there is space for 1 120mm on the bottom for drawing in as well.