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August 26, 2013 2:54:38 AM

Ok, so here are the specs of the Rig I'm going to build. My budget is £300.

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

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£53.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Thermal Compound: Cooler Master HTK-002 0.01g Thermal Paste (£0.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£44.56 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£37.15 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (£68.79 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.02 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.49 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £298.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 10:00 BST+0100)

I'm hoping it will run most modern games like battlefield 3 decently but I'm not sure it will. What should I change? Try to keep under budget (I know I can't do much with £300 but its all I've got)

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August 26, 2013 3:00:59 AM

You won't be able to run most modern games like Battlefield 3 TOO well, you'll have to lower the settings quite a lot.

Maybe the X4 945 would be better, as well as a 2gb version of the card.
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August 26, 2013 3:03:50 AM

No point in thermal paste. Cooler already has some applied.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£53.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£44.56 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£24.13 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£119.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£28.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Total: £305.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 11:02 BST+0100)

Given you don't have any storage in the build, I take it you'll pull the HDD out of an old PC? Can you do the same with a DVD drive?
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