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First time Build - Gaming PC (Budget £400)

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December 25, 2011 4:13:25 PM

Hi, I've got £400 for Christmas, and have decided to use that to buy a new Desktop PC. My first intention was to buy it pre-built, however after some advice, I have decided to build it myself :D . Here is the following template for the PC.
The Highest spec game I would ever intend to play is Battlefield 3.

Budget Range: £400/$625 (Prefer £££)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Home, Movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know any, but I'd prefer them to have good reviews, trustworthy, and widely used.

Country: UK (England)

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer the best I can possibly buy, which I assume is AMD.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Don't know what this is)

Thanks again!
December 25, 2011 4:18:02 PM

In addition, I'm not clued up on computer lingo, so please don't be offended if I ask what something means. Finally, I've never built a PC, I've only had experience with desktops :( 
December 25, 2011 4:30:31 PM

I'm afraid I currently only have a shocking Dell Inspiron 1545 at the moment, you can probably see why I need a serious upgrade now ;) 
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December 25, 2011 4:45:31 PM

Thanks for the speedy help!! This forum really is shining thanks to it's users. The one question I have is that do all the items in question, easily fit/clip into the Coolermaster Casing?
In addition to this, how well would this play games?
December 25, 2011 4:47:05 PM

Oh, and how long would it take for the CPU to arrive? As it's only available on Pre-Order?
December 25, 2011 5:08:04 PM

Yes, £450 is still do-able :)  Thanks again for your help! I'll keep this thread open for other suggestions!
In total, including delivery, it comes to £467 Which is definitely do-able so I assume this'll be the PC i'll be making!
Oh, as I mentioned, does all this fit nicely into the case?
December 25, 2011 5:16:57 PM

Yes, I will need help putting it together and I may need a form of guide for it. While having it ready built is nice, I feel I'd get a sense of accomplishment playing Payday: The Heist on something which I put together :) 

Basically, Yes, I'd need help getting it put together :D 
December 25, 2011 5:25:04 PM

Thanks again, If I could somehow give rep, I'd give millions of it!
I intend to buy these parts ASAP! And make it ASAP!
December 25, 2011 5:30:38 PM

Ok :)  In addition to this, I have Windows 7 on my Laptop, is there anyway of transferring my copy of Windows 7 to this one? As it'll run up the cost into the £500s
December 25, 2011 5:33:13 PM

I know it's Windows 64-Bit, however I don't know if there was a product key and CD involved. I assume there was though.
December 25, 2011 5:36:23 PM

Ok. Surely the Product Key will already be used? Therefore rendering it null?
December 25, 2011 5:40:29 PM

Ok :)  Thanks again for the help!
If it is a product key from a disc, will I have to buy a new OS?
December 25, 2011 7:13:28 PM

Edited so that a best answer award may be given.
December 26, 2011 1:27:50 PM

Oh, one more question! Will this be able to play Discs? Or will I need to purchase some form of technology to allow this to happen?
December 26, 2011 7:51:48 PM

Ok, how much will that cost?
December 27, 2011 10:27:19 AM

I saw a guide from a respectable youtuber who has built a gaming PC for $600, what is your opinion on it?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU3JiJNDt9g
Would it be able to play BF3 in Medium/High? And other games on the market?
December 27, 2011 10:32:12 AM

Take a look at Toms 600$ PC.
December 27, 2011 10:53:51 AM

Ok, Thanks :)  I'll order some of the parts today, but will have to sell my Laptop to get the others.

Thanks again!
December 28, 2011 6:47:44 AM

I was about to order the prodcuts, and the MSI motherboard is on Pre-Order now? Is there an alternative to this?
December 28, 2011 6:54:00 AM

Actually, nevermind before you reply ;)  I've found the same one of Novatech!
December 28, 2011 9:56:18 AM

The final clarification before I do this:
Do:
- All the parts fit into the case
- Are all the wires included (So when everything is in the computer it WILL turn on, and it WILL install a windows os that I have purchased) (disc)
- The motherboard is compatible with the Graphics Card.
- The Power Supply connects to what it needs to connect to.

Thanks again! (Just need this final clarification and seeing if any more parts and needed)
December 28, 2011 10:01:07 AM

There's a lot of back and forth there. How about a final list?
December 28, 2011 10:12:48 AM

What type of final list do you mean? A final list of parts?
December 28, 2011 10:18:24 AM

MSI 870A-G54-FX Motherboard
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa...(fx).html

Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb [...] -9-24-150v

XFX Pro Series Core Edition P1-550S-UKB9 550W Power Supply
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550 [...] 12v-fan-at

XFX HD 6850 XXX AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb [...] ort-2x-dvi

Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 7K1000.C Hard Drive - HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500 [...] cache-85ms

Coolermaster Elite 334U Black Mid Tower
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coo [...] se-w-o-psu

AMD Phenom II x4 960t Black Edition
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd [...] 95w-retail

CD Drive
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s...

I think that's everything that I'm using (The OS will be Windows 7 and bought soon)

December 28, 2011 10:23:23 AM

Awesome! Thanks again for the brilliant help, I'm buying the Processor, Graphics Card, Case, RAM and Motherboard today, and the rest of the parts at a later date.

Thanks again RECON. You'v been a fantastic help! I'll keep you posted here on the PC development!
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