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Budget PC for Gaming from Dino PC (UK)

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March 24, 2013 4:18:14 AM

Hi Toms Hardware Community,

I'm New to this site and not sure where to post this but think its in the correct area now.

I'm not a complete newbie when it comes to Pc's however im in need of some advice about a PC I have custom selected on Dino PC.

I guess I'll give you all the Specs Below:

Not sure if a link would have worked so apologies for long thread (This was from a basket)

AMD 760G Chipset (custom-760g)
Customization:
CPU: NEW! AMD FX 4130 Black Edition
Operating System: Windows 8 (64-bit)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX V2
Memory: 4GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (1x4GB)
Hard Drives: 500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: Onboard Video
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Internet: Wireless 802.11N 300Mbps MIMO PCI card
Mouse: Logitech Optical Wheel USB Mouse
Keyboard: Logitech USB Keyboard
Speakers: Logitech S220
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
PSU: 550W Corsair VS
Warranty: 3 Year SureCare Warranty

Total:
£402.68 (Inc VAT & Delivery)

Further Points:

As you can see Im on a BUDGET, I have a decent monitor already so no need for that.

I am going to purchase a GFX card myself off Dabs/Scan probably, I'd rather purchase an overclocked version and install myself.

At the moment im thinking of a Nvidea GTX650 Ti OC or HD7770 OC.

Basically I want the total cost to be around £500-£550 (~$800)

I'll mainly be using the PC for everyday usage & work but also for some decent gaming i.e the upcoming Rome 2 Total War. I know I probably wont be able to play at max settings etc, but I do compromise by playing at 1280x720 res or slightly more, so it's less demanding but with higher settings & Low AA.

I think Ive covered everything, just wanted a green light really from the community not sure its a good build for my requirements.

P.s Anybody dealt with Dino PC in UK or have any points about them they seem quite cheap but reviews seem good also.

Thank you in advance! Really appreciate any help.

Edit: Sorry mods on double post think I've made it a question instead of discussion now.

Mike

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March 24, 2013 4:49:14 AM

In general, people will just advise you to build your own, though this is more and more valid the higher you go in budget. At the lower end, when you have to factor in a £70 OS, you aren't going to be able to do the build for a whole lot cheaper.

If you are 100% on a premade PC -
Go for a FX4300 or FX6300, the current generation of processors is better and there isn't really a reason not to.
Probably best to avoid the Corsair VS if you can, it's not horrendous but I don't think it's very good value.

If you are up for a self build, here's something like what you can afford
Better processor, better graphics, bigger HDD, better PSU, basically better :D 
I deliberately saved a little cash to spend on peripherals/wireless if you need them.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.54 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.21 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£125.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.96 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.18 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.30 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £510.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 11:47 GMT+0000)
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March 24, 2013 12:23:48 PM

Hi thanks Rammy,

Apprieciate your help.

Yes those componants would make quite an upgrade on the pc i linked from dino.

For the same pricepoint as well thats great but the downside is building it myself, I wouldnt be that confident about building it especially the motherboard and all the tiny connections that come with it. Just dont understand them lol.

I think I might try to find some sort of build it yourself guide and see if i think i can do it myself.
Seems like i'll get a better deal with a better spec providing i dont bugger it up, what about thermal paste, think thats what its called, does this have to be applied on cpu manually?



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March 24, 2013 2:55:18 PM

perko1989 said:
Hi thanks Rammy,

Apprieciate your help.

Yes those componants would make quite an upgrade on the pc i linked from dino.

For the same pricepoint as well thats great but the downside is building it myself, I wouldnt be that confident about building it especially the motherboard and all the tiny connections that come with it. Just dont understand them lol.

I think I might try to find some sort of build it yourself guide and see if i think i can do it myself.
Seems like i'll get a better deal with a better spec providing i dont bugger it up, what about thermal paste, think thats what its called, does this have to be applied on cpu manually?





you could just always get a local engineer to install the parts for you or a friend.
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