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December 18, 2011 4:23:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: January '12

Budget Range: £400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, ebuyer,, dabs, where ever else is available.

Country: England

Parts Preferences: A nice looking case, fans if not included

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080i or 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: A case which looks nice maybe with lights I also want fans.

More about : 400 gaming advice

December 18, 2011 4:39:39 PM

Ok, it's a big ask but I'll try to help.

For £400 we'll probably have to go with your lower resolution - but let's see.

What games will you be playing? (Skyrim, BF3) What detail level are you happy with - med, high, ultra?

Case: We all have our own ideas on what is nice looking. Any you have seen that you like?
December 18, 2011 4:48:46 PM

I will stick to 1440 x 900
Erm I will play COD MW3 BF3 Medium-high is fine for me anything that fits into my budget is fine

A case maybe the HAF 912 with blue lights around the window, or something better.
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December 18, 2011 5:54:39 PM

Ok. Do you have optical drive?

CPU: i3 2100: £89.98 - won't overclock

MOBO: Asrock P67 PRO3 (SATA3 & USB3): £69.08

Will also support an i5 2500k down the line.

RAM: 8gb G_Skill RipjawsX 1600mhz: £35

PSU: XFX 550w: £44.98

Case: HAF912+: £63.55

GPU: HD6850: £119.99

Total: £422.58

So the ball is now back in your court. I've put you over budget for the GPU. You could save money on the mobo and case.

Perhaps this case at £39.87

December 18, 2011 7:50:15 PM

i like the £40 case i will take that how about a AMD? if its better value I have a optical drive and wouldnt 4gb be fine
December 19, 2011 5:50:05 PM

At the moment the i3 is the best budget gaming cpu - AMD can't really compete

See here:,r...

Plus, later on you have the option to upgrade to overclockable i5 2500k - the current gold standard for cpu.

4gb ram will do, but it's so cheap at the moment get 8gb while you can. Then you'll know you don't have to buy more later.

Try this instead, it's 1333mhz not 1600 but you won't really notice the difference: £29.99

If this had been available 2 weeks ago I would have bought it.

£393.89 with alternative case and memory.