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First Time Gaming PC Build

Hi guys,

I have asked people on this forum about certain finds and they have said it would be cheaper and generally better to build one myself. I am going to attempt to build one with my dad, but i'm not sure which components to buy. I have already found an OS, monitor (24" LED Full HD), mouse and keyboard. All i need now is the PC. My budget for the actual PC is £400 as it is my first, but not last PC!

In a nutshell, i need help on choosing the best components i can buy within my budget.

I would like to play games like battlefield 3, need for speed most wanted 2 and maybe some other intense games. The settings i would have to play i dont really mind as long as the fps is good. Also i record with a roxio game capture hd pro from my ps3, the main reason why im getting a new PC. I save and export videos i make with minor editing.

Also im going to need at least 1TB i download a lot and obviously play games!

Any help would be awesome. Thanks.
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  1. How strict is the £400? It's a tad low for everything. If you can stretch to £450, then you can get a good GPU for the games.
  2. ksham said:
    How strict is the £400? It's a tad low for everything. If you can stretch to £450, then you can get a good GPU for the games.


    Yeah, i could stretch to £450.
  3. Best answer
    Here's what I have. Capable of SLI and OC if you buy a CPU Cooler in the future.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£65.25 @ Dabs)
    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 (£46.79 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card (£135.96 @ Dabs)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.52 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£4.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £461.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. ksham said:
    Here's what I have. Capable of SLI and OC if you buy a CPU Cooler in the future.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£65.25 @ Dabs)
    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 (£46.79 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card (£135.96 @ Dabs)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.52 @ Dabs)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£4.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £461.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Thanks man thats awesome!
  5. You are welcome.
  6. ksham said:
    You are welcome.


    Can i use a different case as long as it has the same dimensions and compatibility as the one you kindly suggested.
  7. As long as it fits everything, go for it.
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