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Gaming PC Build around £500

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April 18, 2013 2:15:28 PM

Hi I'm looking to build a pc that will be primarily be used for gaming.

My budget is about £500 but I could probably go up to £600. I will need all the hardware and an Operating System (Win 7) but not a monitor.

I would like it to be able to play games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim and I would also like it to be easily upgradable in the future (when I get more money).

I would prefer to use Novatech (http://www.novatech.co.uk/) as I have used them before and know that they have good customer service if something goes wrong but I don't mind too much if I can get the parts cheaper else where.


Thanks in advance for any helpful answers.

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April 18, 2013 2:40:40 PM

How about this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£101.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£52.22 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£136.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£40.67 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £581.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 23:50 BST+0100)

UPDATE : forgot to change the motherboard from previous build to a one that you can overclock your CPU on, did that now !!
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April 18, 2013 3:39:40 PM

For £600 this is probably the build I'd suggest:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Rz56
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Rz56/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Rz56/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£32.91 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£206.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.38 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £618.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 23:40 BST+0100)

Key Points:

-£15 over budget, but I shall explain how you can lower it if needed, and why its better if you spend that little extra..

-The FX 8350 pretty much performs as well as an i5 3570k, so shall not bottleneck the GPU.

-The 7870XT is a very good graphics card, performs nearly as good as 670s or 7950s, so its worth stretching the budget slightly. If you really can't afford the extra £15, get a 7850 2gb card then.

-You can't overclock with the selected mobo, so there is no need to waste money on a aftermarket cooler unless you live in relatively hot weather.

-All in all a very good one off build if you don't wanna be bothered with any tweaking/upgrading later down the line.
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