TR Member Perks!

UK PC Build: The Churchill

Ben Kuyt / November 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM / Guides, Technology

So, to finish up the last of our international builds (for now, anyway), we have the Brits. Or anyone who uses the Pound, anyway. As usual, 700 in currency, and we use it to make the best PC gaming rig we can. I do know about the exchange rates and such, but I figured for the first bundle, we should keep it easy for everyone to follow. So for the Brits, there’s a powerful machine with no compromises. Here is the UK PC Build.

The Churchill.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690k

For the CPU, you get arguably the best gaming processor on the market. An updated Haswell chip, the 4690k allows excellent overclocking, performs well all over, and is not much more expensive than the 4670k. For single threaded performance, the only chips that beat it are usually i7 CPUs, and it performs really well in games and even editing.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Probably the best CPU cooler that won’t harm your wallet, this thing will allow overclocking for damn near anything. It will even allow novice overclockers to fiddle around without messing too much with CPU voltages, and will keep everything nice and cool under load. Perfect for this build.

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer

Not the coolest name ever, but it definitely performs well, much like its namesake. Full featured, SLI/Crossfire capable, onboard USB3.0, the works. Not bad for the cheapest available unlocked board, huh? Plus it looks pretty good as well, sporting the black and red that can look good with damn near anything.

RAM: Cheapo Kingston 8GB

Same as our last build, this RAM is mostly used just to be RAM. It’s capable, decently fast, and works with almost anything. In one DIMM, it will allow easy upgrading and keep costs and heat down.

Storage: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Drive

You could probably couple a low capacity SSD with a high capacity hard drive, but this is probably better. Easy to work with, fits all your games, and fast. Boot times will be around 20 seconds or less, and games will load quickly.

GPU: Zotac GTX 970

I won’t lie, I just bought one of these for my own system as an early Christmas gift. It rocks. It’s cool while gaming, even on ultra, can take anything I’ve thrown at it, and overclocks like mad, even on my 500W PSU. From personal experience, this card is really good, and it’s nice and compact so it can fit in almost any case. It comes highly recommended from me, if that means anything.

Case: Cooler Master N300

A nice little case, comes with everything you need. The implementation of a side mounted cooler area is actually pretty neat as well, and will help save space if you want to put in a water cooler or a couple of fans. The N200 is really enjoyable to work with, so this most likely will be as well, since it’s a full ATX case.

PSU: Corsair CX500M

Another component in my own build, this PSU is really good. It powers everything in most builds, and is relatively inexpensive too. Plus, since it’s semi-modular, it will help with cable management and clutter. Excellent PSU.

So, there you have it. For 683.95 Pounds, you get a no-nonsense machine that will play anything you want (except maybe Star Citizen). Some of the best components went into this, and it will make anyone happy to use.

This was one of the most enjoyable things for me to do. I learned a lot about the different areas and how their computer lifestyle works. I hope everyone else had as much fun with it as I did. As always, criticize, discuss, or compliment the build, and let me know if there’s something I can do for you.

If you need some games for your fancy new machine, check out the TechRaptor Gamefanshop. Great games for cheap, even brand new titles. Perfect gifts for any gamers, as well.

Ben Kuyt

Gamer, Computer geek, Musician, Writer. Favourite series are Star Fox, Halo, Battlefield, and Forza. My last name is pronounced kite. Or kout, for the European Football fans.