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£500 Gaming pc. First build

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July 2, 2013 5:41:41 AM


Hi thanks for helping me. I need a computer build for £500.

Im looking at the i3 or the i5. or even AMD. I really not sure and would like some assistance. What is the best gpu at this price range amd or nividia. plz just put forward builds. Thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: In a month but the sooner the better

Budget Range: £400 - £500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Minecraft , Streaming Shows, Downloading films and music, School Work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win 7 or 8. Apparently win 8 gets 10% better preformance


Location: London, UK

Parts Preferences: AMD or Intel is fine. whatever gives best preformace for my budget
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


I am currently on a Dell Inspiron N5040 with Petium p6200 @ 2.16ghz with 3gbs of ram.


I wish to play games such as Diablo 3, Civ 5, League of Legends, Starcraft 2. ON HIGH

And fps games like BF3 and BF4 when it comes out at at least 45fps on high.

Also i want to be able to play Minecraft on MAX settings on far with a Shaders mod. running at at least 45 fps stable

I do need a keyboard but do not wish to spend over £10 on it. i have a mouse

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July 2, 2013 6:15:43 AM

I'd suggest this setup for your needs:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.54 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£19.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£163.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman ZM-T2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£16.89 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Dabs)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £495.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-02 14:15 BST+0100)

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July 2, 2013 8:20:56 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£110.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£56.24 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£46.20 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T1 ATX Mini Tower Case (£15.59 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.76 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£9.06 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £408.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-02 16:20 BST+0100)

This has an A10-6800K APU , which should still satisfy your needs on med. For the budget , you are expecting a bit high. Just saying. This is a good one for you. But here's a better one , if you can spend more -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.54 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£16.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£164.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T1 ATX Mini Tower Case (£15.59 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.76 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£9.06 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £498.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-02 16:17 BST+0100)

The 7870XT is the best for the money ATM. Expect a good competition of it with the higher priced 7950 when its OCed to the best.

Thanks for posting. Have a nice day and I hope you pick something that satisfies you. Thanks for the Best Answer BTW. :D 
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July 2, 2013 7:54:19 PM

You can't OC using XFX's cooler...
July 2, 2013 8:09:56 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
You can't OC using XFX's cooler...


Why not ? That Double Fan cooler seems fine. My XFX 7950 Core Edition with a single fan set on 3K RPM , allows OCing too like 900MHz. Set on full , with voltage limit increased I can go to 1100MHz/1500MHz and under 90 on full load.
July 2, 2013 8:20:27 PM

They use the same cooler of their 7870 on a card that consumes 30w more than a HD7950, so it's not that good at OC-ing imo.
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