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Advice building gaming PC for under £450 (not crazy high spec)

Approximate Purchase Date:
20th may

Budget Range:
Up to £450

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, University Work


Parts Not Required:
N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Don't mind but fairly well known please.

Country:
England

Parts Preferences:
Intel over AMD preferred

Overclocking:
Would rather not overclock

SLI or Crossfire:
Both are unnecessary

Monitor Resolution:
Want to get a 1080p

Additional Comments:
Basically want a PC that can game at 1080p on high settings. The motherboard kits at maplin seem pretty good value, if you don't agree please let me know why? If you do think those motherboard kits are good value which one would you opt for?
Hoping to spend a max of 500 on the PC, 150 max on peripherals like monitor keyboard mouse etc.
my first build so I'm not sure where my competency with terminology lies but that's what googles for!
If I've missed anything please let me know
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  1. Link some of those motherboard kits, otherwise i don't see you likely gaming on high 1080p with your budget.
  2. Hmm they are h81 chipset, which is not that impressive.
    I'll try to concoct something then link.
    Wait a few.
  3. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.25 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£151.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.12 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £498.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 00:14 BST+0100)
  4. That would play most games on medium-high.
    I'd avoid the mobo combos you linked.
  5. If you want to overclock(i would) you should get an aftermarket cooler.
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 GAMING ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£81.44 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.39 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.25 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£151.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.12 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £568.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 00:19 BST+0100)

    This would be the intel build, more powerful, more expensive.
    I'd upgrade the GPU to this when funds are available, but will play games pretty well in the near future.
  7. Thanks a bunch for those builds! Would you advise getting parts 2nd hand or is that a bad idea? Will probably opt for the intel build, not because I don't think amd are reliable (actually my favourite) or whatever just that I have more experience with intel processors
  8. I'm not a fan of second hand electronics, not knowing how the parts have been treated (oc's power surges and the like) will itch at me.
    However you might get lucky.
  9. Thanks a lot for the help sunder, I've actually decided to go for the AMD build so that i could afford a 1080p monitor. The only difference is that I think ill go for the ASUS R9 270X version instead of the Sapphire:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FRU9P9U/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    If this is a mistake please let me know why.

    Also I've looked at this PSU:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GN8VZ7U/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Please let me know if this is a mistake and why as well!
    Everything else has been kept the same :)
  10. I picked the sapphire and the lower wattage psu to stick to a budget. Your choices are better. Good luck.
  11. Cases should not make that big of a difference, pick what you like, provided they have good airflow.
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