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August 4, 2013 1:10:07 PM

Hi, I'm wanting to build a mid range gaming PC for around the price range of £550 (I certainly don't want to go much above it.) I have sorted out a list of components, and wanted to know if there is any way I can get any more bang for buck.

I would prefer to have an Intel build with a Nvidia graphics card. I'm not overly bothered if its not Intel, but I definitely want to go with Nvidia.

I also couldn't care less whether the case has blue flashing lights etc.

I will be using this build primarily for gaming and 3D modelling.

Thanks in advance!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£135.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.96 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card (£112.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case (£25.61 @ CCL Computers)
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 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £553.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 21:03 BST+0100)
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August 4, 2013 1:30:03 PM

Dude !! if you are looking for good build under 550 then you should go with AMD & ATI , it's much cheaper than Intel & Nvidia !

if you don't mind an AMD build , just tell me , i will build a rig for you at the same price with much better performance for gaming and stuff !!
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August 5, 2013 3:43:39 AM

KareemGT said:
Dude !! if you are looking for good build under 550 then you should go with AMD & ATI , it's much cheaper than Intel & Nvidia !

if you don't mind an AMD build , just tell me , i will build a rig for you at the same price with much better performance for gaming and stuff !!


Thanks for answering :D 

I want to build the PC myself, what I'm really looking for is ways to improve my part list. Having looked it up a bit more, I'm no longer worried about the brands :p , AMD & ATI is fine. I just now want to know an improved part list for a similar price.
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August 5, 2013 4:01:39 AM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.24 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£119.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £540.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 12:01 BST+0100)
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August 5, 2013 5:26:25 AM

DracoSense said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.24 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£119.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £540.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 12:01 BST+0100)


Thanks Draco, what kind of performance would you expect from this build (fps rates on popular games etc.)
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August 6, 2013 1:26:43 PM

A MaccyF said:
DracoSense said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.24 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£119.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £540.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 12:01 BST+0100)


Thanks Draco, what kind of performance would you expect from this build (fps rates on popular games etc.)

Not 100% sure
Most games on High you may get 40-60fps
Ultra maybe 30-40fps.
Though i am saying the mininum i think. It will probably turn out a lot better, both cpu and gpu are top notch especially for a budget. (AMD are much better in my opinion)
I think the key seller is the 6 core processor, thats just amazing, i feel that maybe the 7850 needs 2GB instead of 1GB so if you can spend more, upgrade to 2GB.

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August 11, 2013 12:20:03 PM

DracoSense said:
A MaccyF said:
DracoSense said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.24 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£119.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £540.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 12:01 BST+0100)


Thanks Draco, what kind of performance would you expect from this build (fps rates on popular games etc.)

Not 100% sure
Most games on High you may get 40-60fps
Ultra maybe 30-40fps.
Though i am saying the mininum i think. It will probably turn out a lot better, both cpu and gpu are top notch especially for a budget. (AMD are much better in my opinion)
I think the key seller is the 6 core processor, thats just amazing, i feel that maybe the 7850 needs 2GB instead of 1GB so if you can spend more, upgrade to 2GB.



Sounds good, thanks very much, I just wish I had that bit extra money for the 2gb card :( 

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August 11, 2013 1:50:50 PM

DracoSense said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1oqFR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.24 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.96 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£119.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.66 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £540.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 12:01 BST+0100)


Just bought the parts XD
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