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Trying to build a low budget pc for under £600

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May 18, 2013 7:15:06 AM

Hello all, this year I'm going to build my first gaming rig. The budget's tight at the moment, but I'll upgrade it in the future. I'll be playing all genres of games, but mostly fps. I have very limited knowledge about pcs, so I'd appreciate it if you could go into as much detail as possible, thanks.

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May 18, 2013 7:29:57 AM

Parts: UK: CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £170
CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £24.00
Motherboard:ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 £76.20
Memory:Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £43.85
Storage:Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM £45.96
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD £77.94
Video Card:MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
Case:Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower £48.23
Power Supply:Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V £69.98
Optical Drive:Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £12.98
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £69.60
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 7:31:21 AM

are monitors os included in the build?
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May 18, 2013 7:33:04 AM

10826448,0,13157[code2=cpp said:
  1. 87]Parts: UK: CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £170
  2. CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £24.00
  3. Motherboard:ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 £76.20
  4. Memory:Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £43.85
  5. Storage:Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM £45.96
  6. Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD £77.94
  7. Video Card:MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
  8. Case:Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower £48.23
  9. Power Supply:Corsair 650W ATX1
2V / EPS12V £69.98
Optical Drive:Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £12.98
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £69.60
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I just looked up these specs and they seem super expensive, are you sure I can build this for 600?
May 18, 2013 7:34:27 AM

thasan1 said:
are monitors os included in the build?

OS is, I have a monitor already, thanks :) 
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 7:47:14 AM

MJSBLUES build is like £850, not even close :) 

I'd be tempted to wait until Haswell launch because even if you aren't buying it, it might drop the competition a little (both AMD and Intels current range).

Something in this range will deal with most stuff at the moment without any issues, depending on your resolution.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.51 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£142.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£30.96 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.41 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.59 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £596.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 15:46 BST+0100)

£600 really isn't that low though, you can get a lot of options in your budget. If you plan to spend more later, you might be better to go even cheaper than I went on graphics (because its the easiest thing upgrade) and go fairly high end on CPU/motherboard to make sure you have a platform that will last you. Thing is, if you aren't really into this kind of thing, you probably won't have much interest/patience for overclocking, and that is most of the performance you will get over any basic i5. Out of the box, they are all basically the same, even the forthcoming i5-4670K won't be a lot better at stock than any i5-2***/3***.
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