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Gaming PC on a £400 Budget

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March 16, 2013 7:30:45 AM

Hi there, i'm looking to build my first PC for gaming and some video rendering. It must have an i5-3570k processor and the other bare essentials. I am quite happy to get the GPU at a later date and use the processors integrated graphics for now. If an OS can be squeezed into the budget then that would be great. No axccesories are needed. Thanks in advance and sorry for the terrible format. (used my xbox to write this)

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March 16, 2013 8:02:15 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£170.89 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.75 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.91 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.49 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £398.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-16 14:56 GMT+0000)

I'm hoping you have some leftover hard drives somewhere. Here's a more suitable budget build:

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.75 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£43.23 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.96 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.75 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.49 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £427.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-16 15:01 GMT+0000)

A bit over, but you can remove the SSD if you wish and add Windows 7.
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March 16, 2013 8:35:13 AM

The AMD build that SHORYUKEN posted does not have integrated graphics, so that is out of the question.
Keep in mind that and onboard iGPU will barely run newer games.

My suggestion is get the Intel build SHORYUKEN suggestion and save up for a proper GPU. Do not expect to game on that machine much and not at all on an HD monitor.
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March 16, 2013 8:48:40 AM

I am kinda planning for the future, right now the integrated HD4000 graphics will be ok for minecraft but over a few months ill be looking to get the GPU and HD monitor ready for GTA V. I hope that makes sense lol


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March 16, 2013 8:58:37 AM

Infamous_uk said:
I am kinda planning for the future, right now the integrated HD4000 graphics will be ok for minecraft but over a few months ill be looking to get the GPU and HD monitor ready for GTA V. I hope that makes sense lol




It definitely does make sense. :) 

For Minecraft the HD4000 is plenty, you can even play League of Legends or similar.
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