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August 6, 2013 1:40:39 PM

hello all

ive been asked to build a very cheap and cheerful gaming system for a friends son. the budget is around £300-£350 i have been thinking of the following system:


500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, £39.95

LiteOn IHOS104-06 4xBlu-ray, 8x DVD Reader OEM software included PowerDVD
£26.27

CiT Reaper, ATX Case, Black Interior with 500W 12cm Black PSU £23.87


64GB SanDisk Pulse, 2.5" SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, MLC-Flash, Read 490MB/s, Write 240MB/s, 7200 IOPS 1800 IOPS Max. £45.17


4GB Corsair DDR3 Desktop PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 11-11-11-30, 1.5V £29.28


AMD Athlon II X4 750K Black Edition, Virgo Quad Core, S FM2, 3.4GHz, 4MB Cache,£57.59

MSI FM2-A75MA-P33, AMD A75, FM2, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub/DVI-D, Micro ATX £41.40

1GB XFX Radeon HD 7750 GHOST THERMAL, 4500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 800MHz, 512 Cores, £68.39

total price £342.89

what you all think?

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August 6, 2013 2:02:54 PM

Blah. I'd stick a better PSU in it. That's it though. Do know that CPU is weaker then most core 2 quads. And I doubt 4gb of ram is going to be nuff.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2013 2:06:31 PM

What's he going to be playing? if it's anything halfway taxing at even 1920x1080 resolution, i'd dump the SSD and step up the graphics card as much as you can with the extra money. The SSD won't really benefit games much, and you probably won't fit more than one or two modern games on it anyway after the OS is installed. You could probably step up the card a step, and add another 2GB of ram, and i'd call it good.

Be wary of power supplies that come with cases as well, they're not usually great, but at 500W, it'll probably do it for you, just check it first thing and make sure the Amperage is up to the parts.
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August 6, 2013 2:07:09 PM

William Longstreet said:
Blah. I'd stick a better PSU in it. That's it though. Do know that CPU is weaker then most core 2 quads. And I doubt 4gb of ram is going to be nuff.


agreed to both of your points, but at £350 max what would i take out to increase the ram or cpu?

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August 6, 2013 2:14:27 PM

The SSD, see my previous post
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