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Budget Gaming Build

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January 6, 2009 12:05:29 PM

Hey, just looking for a quick bit of advice on a new build. I have a very limited budget and Im looking to play games at my monitors native res of 1680x1050. I also need to run Together and various other more cpu intensive programs.

Im in the UK so will be buying from ebuyer, dabs, scan etc and our prices are alot higher than those in the US.

Budget is around £400 all in (not needing a monitor or software).

Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L iP31Motherboard £48.93
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz £102.34
Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro £16.01
Samsung SH-S223F 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL £15.01
Crucial 2GB kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Ballistix Memory
Hitachi 250GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm £32.99
Antec 300 Three Hundred Case £54.20 £47.13
Antec NeoPower 500W Modular PSU £63.39
ASUS HD 4850 512MB £118.06
Total £474.35

Ideally I'd like to do it a bit cheaper but dont want to skimp on any of the components too much.

Ebuyer have this: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Case With CM eXtreme Power 460W PSU for £52.99 -
Good deal?

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January 6, 2009 12:27:05 PM

It may be possible to spend a little less, by going with an Antec Basiq 500W instead, use that little extra to get 4GB of RAM.
January 6, 2009 12:38:16 PM

The basiq Psu is only £10, might be able to stretch to another 2gb of RAM. Is there much differnce between the two PSU lines?
January 8, 2009 5:34:02 PM

I just managed to pick up a Sapphire 4870 for a little over the £118 that the 4850 would of cost me, will the basiq psu still be ok, or should i go for a neo power?