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March 9, 2014 1:42:42 PM

Looking to build/buy a PC with a £400 (about $700) budget, (I know it's quite a low budget).
Here are some details:

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Budget Range: £400 Maximum (About $700 USD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but quite a lot of internet browsing aswell.


I also need suggestions for a monitor (On a separate budget to the rest of the PC, around £80 Maximum for a monitor please)


The parts that I need are: CPU, CPU cooler, Motherboard, RAM, Hard drive, Graphics card, computer Case, Power supply, and an Optical Drive. (Optical drive can be cheap, RAM needs to be 8GB, and I DON'T want an SSD.


Do I need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk

Location: England.

Parts Preferences: I don't really mind, as long as everything is compatible with each other (i.e as long as a Nvidia Graphics card is compatible with a AMD CPU, or an Intel CPU is compatible with a Nvidia graphics card.)

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know what this means? >>>noob here<<< ;) 


Additional Comments: I would like it if my PC wasn't ridiculously loud, and could play games such as BF4, Far Cry 3, Watchdogs, Titanfall, and Minecraft (yup, noob over here!)

I also need it to be able to surf the web with reasonable speed, and create word documents for homework.

Any help is very appreciated, as I havent got a clue where to start with this 'Project'

Thanks for reading


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March 9, 2014 2:00:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (£47.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.79 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £395.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-09 21:01 GMT+0000)
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March 9, 2014 2:07:29 PM

------cpu - quad core intel i5-4440 - £128 (with stock cooler to save costs its enough)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-3-10GHz-Extended-Technolo...

------motherboard -gigabyte h87m-hd3 - £62

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Motherboard-4thGenerat...

-----ram - 8gb crucial ballistix 1600mhz - £56

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0CEU-16...

hard drive - wd 1tb - £44

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1TB-inch-Internal-Hard-Drive/dp...

------psu + case - CIT micro atx + 500w psu - £27

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-1015BS-Micro-Power-Supply/d...

-----graphics card - gtx 750 TI - £120

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-1085MHz-1163MHz-DL-DVI-D-Gr...


well thats £437... so a little over budget... but considering everything in there is really good expensive parts that will do 1080p gaming, expect the case and psu are a little cheap but they will do the job and are not as important as cpu gpu ram etc
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March 9, 2014 2:10:29 PM

StarBG said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (£47.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.79 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £395.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-09 21:01 GMT+0000)


Thanks for the build suggestion.
My only question is, are you sure a dual-core CPU is going to be enough for these games?
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March 9, 2014 2:18:50 PM

fields224 said:
------cpu - quad core intel i5-4440 - £128 (with stock cooler to save costs its enough)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-3-10GHz-Extended-Technolo...

------motherboard -gigabyte h87m-hd3 - £62

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Motherboard-4thGenerat...

-----ram - 8gb crucial ballistix 1600mhz - £56

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0CEU-16...

hard drive - wd 1tb - £44

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1TB-inch-Internal-Hard-Drive/dp...

------psu + case - CIT micro atx + 500w psu - £27

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-1015BS-Micro-Power-Supply/d...

-----graphics card - gtx 750 TI - £120

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-1085MHz-1163MHz-DL-DVI-D-Gr...


well thats £437... so a little over budget... but considering everything in there is really good expensive parts that will do 1080p gaming, expect the case and psu are a little cheap but they will do the job and are not as important as cpu gpu ram etc



Thanks for this! Looks ideal, and I'll let you in on a little secret, I've got a 700w PSU and Micro ATX case already. I just included these two in my list because I would have liked some new ones, but without these, gets me practically on my budget with your build! I will see if I get any more suggestions, and then decide which one to buy.

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March 9, 2014 2:25:14 PM

Mxhawthy said:
fields224 said:
------cpu - quad core intel i5-4440 - £128 (with stock cooler to save costs its enough)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-3-10GHz-Extended-Technolo...

------motherboard -gigabyte h87m-hd3 - £62

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Motherboard-4thGenerat...

-----ram - 8gb crucial ballistix 1600mhz - £56

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0CEU-16...

hard drive - wd 1tb - £44

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1TB-inch-Internal-Hard-Drive/dp...

------psu + case - CIT micro atx + 500w psu - £27

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-1015BS-Micro-Power-Supply/d...

-----graphics card - gtx 750 TI - £120

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-1085MHz-1163MHz-DL-DVI-D-Gr...


well thats £437... so a little over budget... but considering everything in there is really good expensive parts that will do 1080p gaming, expect the case and psu are a little cheap but they will do the job and are not as important as cpu gpu ram etc



Thanks for this! Looks ideal, and I'll let you in on a little secret, I've got a 700w PSU and Micro ATX case already. I just included these two in my list because I would have liked some new ones, but without these, gets me practically on my budget with your build! I will see if I get any more suggestions, and then decide which one to buy.



ah thats perfect you already have the case and psu, in that situation i would get rid of the case / psu combo i listed which will put you at about £411.

but if you wanted to do anything else i would say switch the 750ti for a R9 270x which is an extra £24

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Dual-X-Radeon-GDDR5-Gr...

that would bring you to either £411 with the 750ti or £435 with the r9 270x for a bit more gpu power
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March 9, 2014 2:29:02 PM

This is a decent build

[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3703G) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3703G/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3703G/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | £80.39 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | £49.96 @ Amazon UK
**Memory** | [Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m...) | £59.94 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...) | £37.99 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-01gp427...) | £89.99 @ Scan.co.uk
**Case** | [Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-case-z5) | £31.04 @ Amazon UK
**Power Supply** | [XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450s...) | £34.14 @ Scan.co.uk
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-i...) | £10.78 @ Scan.co.uk
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | £394.23
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-09 21:27 GMT+0000 |
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Yes the dual core would be enough but an i5 is better. If you have a case and a PSU you can get an i5. BTW what PSU do you have?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.15 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.79 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £411.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-09 22:58 GMT+0000)
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March 9, 2014 9:19:47 PM

Mxhawthy said:
StarBG said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (£47.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.79 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£143.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £395.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-09 21:01 GMT+0000)


Thanks for the build suggestion.
My only question is, are you sure a dual-core CPU is going to be enough for these games?

I doubt it would; the CPU would bottleneck the 270x.
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March 10, 2014 3:27:07 AM

No it does not, it uses 100% of the GPU on a r9 270x toxic.
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