Hello YouTube, it’s Tango Echo Alpha here,
armed with my cup of tea as always! This video is a result of a request from ‘Asking Alexandria
UK’ – on one of my other build videos, they said they were going to buy their first gaming
PC and asked if I could do a build in the £1500 to £2000 price range – ideally under
£2000 so that they could buy a desk and chair to go with the new PC! The build will also
include a keyboard, mouse and monitor as they need those being their first PC. There wil
be two versions of this build, an AMD build and an NVidia build. Although they will have
different GPUs and monitors, the core of the rest of the PC will remain the same across
both builds. Starting off with the CPU, I’m recommending an Intel i5 4690K. At the moment,
I really don’t see a need for Skylake and going with this CPU means we can save money
for other parts of the build. The i5 4690k is a great processor for gaming and can be
overclocked – more of that in a moment – but at the time of recording, the 4690k is £178.23
from Amazon UK. To keep the CPU cool, I am recommending my new favourite cooler – the
Noctua NH-D15S. I have just bought one of these myself and they are an amazing bit of
kit – quiet and effective. The best thing is that Noctua will provide fixing brackets
etc for future socket designs, if technically possible – so this cooler can be reused in
later builds, saving money when you come to upgrade! The NH-D15S is an asymmetrical cooler,
allowing extra room for the first PCI Express slot and it also has recesses in the cooler
so memory DIMMS of a taller height won’t be a problem. The NH-D15S is a great performing,
quiet cooler which will be great for overclocking. It’s £63.35 from Scan Computers at the time
of recording this video. Moving onto memory, I am recommending 16GB of HyperX FURY DDR3
memory in two 8GB DIMMs. DDR3 is nice and cheap – 16GB should be more than enough for
games currently but more can be added if it’s needed for productivity. This memory was £61.98
from Amazon UK at the time of recording. For the motherboard, we will want a Z97 motherboard
to match the overclockable i5 processor! I’m recommending the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard
– a great motherboard with onboard sound, support for USB 3.0, SLI and Crossfire. I
was going to recommend the Asus Z97-A which is a motherboard I’ve owned myself, but it’s
actually £20 more expensive! At £116.26 from Amazon UK, the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 is a
good deal and will go nicely with the other components in this build. Next up is mass
storage. I personally think that 1TB isn’t enough storage nowadays, so to that end I
am recommending the Western Digital Black 2 TB hard drive – a fast, good quality hard
drive and in fact I have one of these in my own rig! £99.99 from Amazon UK at the time
of recording this video gives you space for your documents and less frequently used applications
or games. Every decent computer these days needs an SSD and in my opinion, they just
don’t come any better than the Samsung 850 Evo series. At the moment, this SSD rules
the roost and quite rightly so. For this build, I suggest the Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB SSD at
£124.98 from Amazon UK. This will give you a place to store your operating system, most
frequently used applications and games where you want the loading times to be cut right
down. Many games benefit massively from being put on a SSD so this is why I’m recommending
the 500GB version – you’ll fill it up quickly! Normally for a case, I recommend the NZXT
S340, which is a good price/quality choice. However, for this build I am upping the ante
just a little and recommending a slightly more expensive case. The NZXT H440 is a lovely
case available in a variety of colours to suit your preference! At £89.99 from Overclockers
UK for the black windowed version, this is a good choice but of course at this price
point there are lots of other options such as the Fractal Design R series. Time for the
power supply and I’m recommending a good quality power supply with some extra head room! I
suggest the Super Flower Leadex Gold 750w fully modular 80 plus gold PSU which at the
time of recording is £102.95 from Overclockers UK. Super Flower is a fantastic brand who
make quality PSUs (even if their name might suggest otherwise!) and many high end power
supplies from other manufacturers are rebadged Super Flower power supplies anyway. ‘Asking
Alexandria UK’ has no existing components as this is their first PC build, so we need
to recommend a keyboard and mouse for them. For gaming, I prefer cherry MX red switches,
although keyboard switches are a matter of personal preference in many respects. Budget
£100 for a decent mechanical keyboard and you’ll get plenty of use out of it. In this
build I am suggesting the Ducky One mechanical keyboard – which has red cherry MX switches,
blue LEDs for the keys and is in a black keyboard case. £99.95 from Overclockers UK at the
time of recording this video. Next is the mouse and I have this mouse myself, so I am
recommending something I use every day and I think is brilliant. Quite how Amazon UK
can sell it at this price, I have no idea as most other retailers are close to double
the price! The Logitech G700s rechargeable gaming mouse is a brilliant mouse, which you
can use wirelessly or as a wired mouse with the provided USB cable. If using the cable,
the mouse recharges at the same time. This mouse has many programmable buttons and in
my experience, I can’t detect any lag unless I set it to one of the very low economy modes
for the mouse. Set it to gaming or performance and it’s amazing. £45.58 at the time of recording
is an amazing deal and I can’t see how Amazon are doing it! Now we are at the graphics card
and this is where the NVidia and AMD builds will diverge. I shall do the AMD build first,
so starting with the GPU I am recommending the Asus Radeon R9 Fury Strix at £449.99
from Overlockers UK. This card includes the new high bandwidth memory, so although it
only has 4GB, textures can be processed much quicker than with traditional GDDR5 memory.
This card is expected to perform brilliantly in DirectX 12 and also supports Freesync,
which will be important in a minute! At £449.99 from Overclockers UK at the time of recording
this video, this is a great value graphics card which will cope well with games at 1440p.
Next up is the monitor and as the AMD graphics card supports Freesync, we will want a monitor
that supports it as well. The BenQ XL2730Z is a great monitor, which is a 1440p Freesync
capable monitor with a maximum refresh rate of 144hz. The Freesync range on this monitor
is greater than most – I think I am right in saying that it’s something like 45hz to
144hz. This monitor is currently £455.99 from Overclockers UK. If your preference is
for team green, then things cost a bit more. For the graphics card I am recommendng the
Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX980 Strix. Unfortunately the price target doesn’t fit a 980Ti in as
that’s about £150 more expensive than the GTX980 is. The GTX980 will cope well with
modern games at 1440p and totally destroy games at 1080p. Being a current NVidia card,
it supports NVidias own adpative sync technology, GSync. At the time of recording, this graphics
card is £409.93 from Amazon UK. For a GSync compatible monitor, I am recommending the
Dell S2716DG which is a 1440p monitor with a maximum refresh rate of 144hz. GSync capable
monitors often cost much, much more than monitors without GSync as the monitor manufacturers
have to licence the technology from NVidia – where as Freesync is – ahem – virtually
free! The Dell S2716DG is £499.99 at the time of recording this video, at Overclockers
UK. I have seen it for sale at around £420 in the past but that seems to have been a
post-Christmas 2015 sale, sadly. Both of these builds are capable and should last a while.
When the time comes, a new graphics card can be installed to catch up with future games
– but both of these GPUs are good choices at the moment. I’ve left just a little bit
spare out of the £2000 maximum budget which ‘Asking Alexandria UK’ set for me, allowing
them to buy a desk and chair from Staples or somewhere like that! The NVidia build comes
in with a total price of £1,893.18 at the time of recording whilst the AMD build comes
in with a total of of £1,889.24. Really it comes down to your preference of NVidia or
AMD in this instance and if it were me, I might be minded to go with the AMD build.
But you aren’t me so this video gives you the choice! I hope you’ve found this video
useful, if you have, please like it and share it with friends or on social media! I am Tango
Echo Alpha, armed with my cup of tea as always and I will see you in the next video – bye
now!

A (nearly) £2000 pounds gaming PC build for a viewer – February 2016

3 thoughts on “A (nearly) £2000 pounds gaming PC build for a viewer – February 2016

  • February 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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    This makes me wish I had changed my username when I stopped listening to this band a pretty long time ago haha. I just can't think of anything to change it to. Also, I'm so used to having this username and it would be weird to change it. But it looks as well as sounds pretty silly :p oh well.

    Anyway, thanks for the video man. It's much appreciated.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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    Whoever wants this PC must have a lot of money spare.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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    2k Pounds that's alot of tea! haha awesome video mate 🙂 perhaps one day i'll ask you to recommend a build in AUD when i'm ready to upgrade 😉

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