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May 21, 2014 3:33:26 PM

Hi guys,

I'm a bit rusty with computer knowledge of parts at the moment so I was hoping you could help me with picking the best parts for a £500 Gaming PC.

Here is what I need:

Windows 7
Case
PSU
Graphics Card
Processor
RAM
CD Drive
Motherboard
Hard drive

I have a screen, speakers, keyboard and mouse.

If you could recommend parts, I would be grateful.

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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2014 3:42:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.05 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£32.36 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£149.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 23:43 BST+0100)
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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2014 9:34:15 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.05 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£32.36 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£149.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 23:43 BST+0100)


+1 to this build; it is very powerful for the price!
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May 22, 2014 4:27:31 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.05 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£32.36 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£149.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £504.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 23:43 BST+0100)


shoot, sorry I meant to pick you as the solution. Btw, is there any chance you could modify the build to be Micro atx but the same performance?
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2014 5:46:09 PM

This build will be smaller form factor and it allowed me to add gtx 760 even more powerful video card although smaller usually means less pci-e slots that can be used for upgrades

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£44.82 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£32.36 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.00 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £494.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-23 01:45 BST+0100)
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