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HI,


I've decided the time has come to send my current PC out behind the woodshed.
I bought it in 2005 give or take so it's probably time...
I want to play eternal crusade while there are people still on it... :D
And play Dawn of War 3, Battlefleet Gothic, get myself on steam and play space marine again cause the PS3 space marine is like a wasteland of broken dreams at the minute. My HD on the PS3 crashed and I'm unable to unlock everything again as there's no one playing the deathmatch so I can't kill anyone to get perks... )
The budget is around £700-800.
Anyone recommend anything/anywhere?

PS:I know f**k all about building PC's so I can't go down that route

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Okay, somewhat difficult to give proper advice as I'm not sure how much use and future-proofing you want... Still, here's my two cents.

My advice? Despite the fact that you want one NOW, wait a month or two. You're sort of lucky in that Intel's new generation (Coffee Lake) processors is coming out soon, as that should drop the prices on the current high-end crop - which can handle all the games you listed with extreme ease and should future-proof you for a good few years - by a large amount.

That current high-end crop are Intel Core i5-7600 or i7-7700 CPUs, and you'll probably see some of those at decent prices soon. Note these may have a K after that number, which means unlocked for overclocking. That's probably useless to you if you're not comfortable building your own PC, but it doesn't otherwise affect performance. Similarly, AMD will probably adjust prices on their Ryzen CPUs (and/or release a new one) to match - same here, those will do anything you want for a good few years.

Aside from that... You're looking for 8+ GB of RAM (16 would be better). Any harddisk that comes with the system will probably be plenty big enough (those things are measured in Terabytes nowadays) but see if there is (also) an SSD at least for the Windows installation for WTFFAST boot times.

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Thanks


I've waited for a while already another month or two won't make too much difference


Can't rep you for this as I need to spread it around first :D

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Shandathe has given really great advice, been too long since I've put together a PC from scratch. I built my first back in 2012, but you got me beat in the old PC category. You can always check out plenty of DIY PC Build tutorials on youtube, I know Newegg had a couple of good ones over the years. I learned how to build and troubleshoot PCs when I was in college, but I still learned much from those videos. If watching one of those videos does give you confidence enough to build a PC yourself, you could save some money by avoiding the premium of most PC Boutiques and get some better components.

However, if you are looking for a pre-built computer PC anyway, I hear people in the UK like Overclockers.uk (?) And there is another site that you could potentially buy pre-built computer from, but also sells individual components too? Or maybe they are the same site... I'm not from the UK, my apologies. I took a look and there are some pre-built PCs around your price range. Not certain if it is good value for your money though, someone from the UK can probably give you more information.

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EDIT: www.scan.uk was the site I forgot! One search on google and it turned up!

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Thanks, but I'm going pre-built I think. My computer knowledge is... well check the beneath :D


I did IT at school/college but it was on one of these


https://goo.gl/images/6NdjVp


It was completely redundant and out of date by the time I left :D


This is the last computer I programmed on


https://goo.gl/images/PX69u7

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Thanks, but I'm going pre-built I think. My computer knowledge is... well check the beneath :D


I did IT at school/college but it was on one of these


https://goo.gl/images/6NdjVp


It was completely redundant and out of date by the time I left :D


This is the last computer I programmed on


https://goo.gl/images/PX69u7


Check out PC Specialist - I've got my last 3 PCs from them (although they're actually in the same case for two, they just upgrade the motherboard and chipsets) The Mrs has hers from there as well.


Service is 2nd to none and theyre reasonably priced for a 'custom build'. Quality is excellent, and assistance post delivery is very good.
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Hi, fellow gamer ! I recently changed my rig to more powerful one because winter is coming! but on my previous rig I played all the warhammer games you mentioned (and many more).

I had i5 6600k (Skylake), Asus Strix GTX 960 2GB and 8GB DDR4. It was built for FullHD (1080p) gaming. It had only struggled in big open world games like Witcher 3 but for majority of games it was enough. Whole PC cost me around £1100 but that was exactly 2 years ago.

The processors are really powerful these days so you could live with i5 for a very long time. What matters for gaming mostly are graphic cards. I am using Nvidia cards so I can't comment on AMD but definitely avoid Nvidia's GTX 970 as it has memory issues.
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