I'm looking to build a cheap (£300-400) hopefully capable of running simcity 2013 on max settings. I only use macs because of my job and don't have a clue what to go for. Btw I don't know if its possible to do this on a small budget I could probably make it £500 at a push but only if I had to
From looking at the system requirements for Sim City 5 (2013) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimCity_(2013_video_game) I don't think its possible to max it out with a computer within your budget. I do think you can get medium settings out of it. The game is going to be fairly CPU intensive, while still asking a fair amount from a GPU. It takes very little just to run the game though.
This build should handle Simcity 5 at medium settings
You can spend a extra 20 pounds to get the 2gb version of the 7850 if you play at 1080p (in other games it will be useful)
mb allows a large range of CPU upgrades and OC
The wd black 1.5tb is on a massive sale right now
PSU is a xfx brand, seasonic made quality unit
With this build you can hit max quality
(seems like AMD has not optimized drivers for the 78xx yet) [7870xt is actually from the tahiti chip so is technically an 7930 and likely to have better drivers than rest of the 78xx cards]
Thanks this is all great Perhaps I will go for something that will run at medium instead of max settings. I'd like to have the ability to easily upgrade though. Is there anything I should look out for in terms of the upgrade ability of a pc? Sorry for what might be a stupid question I'm new to this stuff.