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September 4, 2013 9:28:50 AM

I am wanting to build a PC for the first time but my Budget is £400 (Not including monitor). I need everything except a Optical Drive and Case. I need everything else. I want this PC to be used for gaming, recording games, basic school work (ie Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and I also want it for web browsing. Thanks if you can help me!

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September 4, 2013 9:39:31 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.91


What do you think about this?
I know for this budget you should go with APU but with APU when you want to upgrade you have to change mobo, cpu and everything else.
Here you can just add another GPU to SLI.
For RAMs now would be better double 2GB stick, but I leave some space to upgrade to 8GB.
I'm doing this because mobo is dualchanel
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September 4, 2013 9:45:57 AM

lithuan1an said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zUBg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zUBg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zUBg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.91


What do you think about this?
I know for this budget you should go with APU but with APU when you want to upgrade you have to change mobo, cpu and everything else.
Here you can just add another GPU to SLI.
For RAMs now would be better double 2GB stick, but I leave some space to upgrade to 8GB.
I'm doing this because mobo is dualchanel


He said 400 pounds not dollars.

You can get a pretty decent system for within that budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£86.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.69 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£92.90 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.67 @ Aria PC)
Total: £405.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 00:08 BST+0100)

Forgot to ask, do you need an OS license?
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September 4, 2013 10:17:54 AM

Oh sorry my bad :/ 
And my build has mobo, which can't hold SLI so just don't look at it... FAIL
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September 4, 2013 10:28:06 AM

Well.. I am going a bit above the budget, but this is a fantastic build for the price.

+ Overclockable Motherboard
+ 7870 Ghz Edition is a beast gaming card which offers stellar performance.

I do not recommend the above build just because it has a motherboard which I would not recommend with any of the FX CPU's at all. At least a 970 chipset board is recommended for an FX CPU, even though lower models support it, but still 970 boards are recommended. Also this board can overclock the CPU and hence you can use the vast overclocking potential of the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£86.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£147.50 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Total: £412.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 18:11 BST+0100)

I hope this helps. Take a look and tell me what you think about it. Your feedback would be highly appreciated.
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September 4, 2013 10:42:56 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Well.. I am going a bit above the budget, but this is a fantastic build for the price.

+ Overclockable Motherboard
+ 7870 Ghz Edition is a beast gaming card which offers stellar performance.

I do not recommend the above build just because it has a motherboard which I would not recommend with any of the FX CPU's at all. At least a 970 chipset board is recommended for an FX CPU, even though lower models support it, but still 970 boards are recommended. Also this board can overclock the CPU and hence you can use the vast overclocking potential of the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£86.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£147.50 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Total: £412.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 18:11 BST+0100)

I hope this helps. Take a look and tell me what you think about it. Your feedback would be highly appreciated.


Thats a great build! Love it but the only problem is I also need a OS. Preferably Windows 7. But AMAZING BUILD
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September 4, 2013 4:09:43 PM

Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not recommend the above build just because it has a motherboard which I would not recommend with any of the FX CPU's at all. At least a 970 chipset board is recommended for an FX CPU, even though lower models support it, but still 970 boards are recommended. Also this board can overclock the CPU and hence you can use the vast overclocking potential of the CPU.


At the user's price point including OS, the 970 chipset mobos aren't really an option:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£86.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£38.69 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£92.90 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.67 @ Aria PC)
Total: £405.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 00:08 BST+0100)
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September 5, 2013 3:12:59 AM

At the user's price point including OS, the 970 chipset mobos aren't really an option: said:
At the user's price point including OS, the 970 chipset mobos aren't really an option:


Well.. Yeah! I am sorry, I did not noticed that you included the OS also. Sorry, My bad..
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September 5, 2013 3:24:37 AM

Well.. if you also need an OS in that budget, then this build would be the one to go as my previous build did not included the OS.

You still get a quad core and a GPU just a level down, so not much effect in gaming performance.

+ Quad Core Athlon II x4 750k (can be overclocked)
+ 6 Sata 3 (6GB/Sec) ports and USB 3.0 support
+ 7850 (only a step down from 7870 and can be overclocked, of course)
+ The PSU is of damn high quality, so it will last very long.
+ 1TB HDD would take care of storing all your stuff and you would never run out of space.
+ 8GB RAM is the sweet spot for gaming and you really do not need more for gaming.
+ You can overclock both the CPU and GPU to get even better performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£58.50 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£44.56 @ Dabs)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£125.37 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.67 @ Aria PC)
Total: £416.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 11:20 BST+0100)

For gaming, the thing that matters the most is the GPU. You just have to make sure that the CPU is capable enough of pushing the GPU to it's maximum possible (that is avoiding bottleneck) and the Athlon is definitely capable of driving a 7850 no problem. So yeah! Go for it

I hope this helps. Take a look at the build and tell me what you think about it. Your feedback would be highly appreciated.
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