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March 10, 2014 11:28:55 AM

Can anybody recommend a decent £500 Gaming PC build ?

It will only really be used for gaming, also I would like it to be small and compact similar to a console. Something like the BitFenix Prodigy M or Cooler Master Elite 120. Therefore it would need to be built around a Micro ATX or Mini ITX. But apart from that requirement I am open to suggestions.

In terms of games that would be ran on this system.....

Skyrim
DayZ Standalone
Rust
Elder Scrolls Online

The build will need to be on or around £500. No OS required.

Thanks for reading.

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March 10, 2014 11:53:51 AM

This might be an obvious suggestion, but have you checked pcpartpicker? They are due to do a budget build, but seeing as you've mentioned a mini ITX, they did one the other day: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/blog/39/corsair-250d-mini-i... . Ok this is at $1500 but I'm sure you don't need the brand new GPU.
I've got the Radeon HD 7770 which I picked up for £100 around 3 months ago, and it's awesome for running games on high settings. As for processor, RAM and mobo your guess is as good as mine, but as you're on a budget I would suggest getting 4gb of value ram and that GPU, with an AMD processor seeing as they're cheaper.
If you're looking at an SSD for a boot drive, that might be outside your budget but I would recommend investing in either a Samsung or Crucial. Hopefully someone else will be able to pick up where I've left off with my advice, best of luck!
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March 10, 2014 12:03:02 PM

JTPowell1212 said:
This might be an obvious suggestion, but have you checked pcpartpicker? They are due to do a budget build, but seeing as you've mentioned a mini ITX, they did one the other day: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/blog/39/corsair-250d-mini-i... . Ok this is at $1500 but I'm sure you don't need the brand new GPU.
I've got the Radeon HD 7770 which I picked up for £100 around 3 months ago, and it's awesome for running games on high settings. As for processor, RAM and mobo your guess is as good as mine, but as you're on a budget I would suggest getting 4gb of value ram and that GPU, with an AMD processor seeing as they're cheaper.
If you're looking at an SSD for a boot drive, that might be outside your budget but I would recommend investing in either a Samsung or Crucial. Hopefully someone else will be able to pick up where I've left off with my advice, best of luck!


Yeah i've been on PC Part Picker, Amazon and a few other component websites trying to put builds together. I don't plan on picking up an SSD right now as would rather take a 1TB hard drive. I did consider a 64GB SSD just to boot the OS. But if i get that then i keep saying i might as well just get a 120GB haha so it keeps putting my price up. I can easily put a £600 together with an i5 CPU and R9 270X GPU but im just looking to see if i can reduce the cost. Because once the rig is built, Im still gonna need to spend £125 on a monitor, mouse and keyboard.
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March 10, 2014 12:27:36 PM

Exactly what you wanted.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.79 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£109.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£34.13 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:27 GMT+0000)
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March 10, 2014 12:50:12 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
Exactly what you wanted.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.79 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£109.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£34.13 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:27 GMT+0000)


Thanks very much for the feedback, seems like a pretty good build for the price.
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March 10, 2014 1:06:00 PM

craig2309 said:
Thanks very much for the feedback, seems like a pretty good build for the price.


I went with a stronger CPU when comparing with the GPU cuz Skyrim is CPU heavy, but if you feel like dumping in another £45, you can get a R9 270X, which does better for about 15-20%.
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March 10, 2014 10:28:39 PM

craig2309 said:
IDontUnderstand said:
Exactly what you wanted.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.79 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card (£109.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£34.13 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:27 GMT+0000)


Thanks very much for the feedback, seems like a pretty good build for the price.

That definitely is and it should run Skyrim (no mods) @ Ultra depending on your monitor.
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