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Help built budget Core i5 500 Pounds

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October 29, 2009 8:18:08 PM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Internet, Multiple Programs, Basic student use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need Every thing, Replacing my laptop


PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i5. no other pref. though I would like somthing like a 20" inch monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Not for the moment, may choose to put a graf card and sound card later next year.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I am not sure how the resolution would affect me, I am not much of a gamer, as I run short of time to, But again I might think of putting a Graph card sometime next year.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to look real subtle. Just a plain black layout would be perfect.

I know its arguable, that it would be a better idea to buy a pc of the shelf in my case, but I might think of putting in a graf card next year, running low on money at the moment and my laptops completly blown. I would like my PC to be future proof, hence the Core i5 preference.
October 29, 2009 9:20:17 PM

I don't think it's possible with £500. The base unit alone will cost almost 500, and on top of that you'll need an OS, monitor and keyboard + mouse.

An AMD Athlon II X4 with onboard graphics will do all that and it will just about fit into your £500 budget with all other peripherals included I think.
October 29, 2009 9:31:08 PM


I might be missing stuff but I have come up with something...

Processor - Intel Core i5 - 150 pounds

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA - P55M - UD2 - 81 pounds

Memory - Crucial 1X2GB - 35 pounds

Hard drive - Seagate Barracude 500GB - 35 pounds

Optical Drive - Sony 24x DVDRW

Monitor - ViewSonic 20" - 92 pounds

Case + PSU - Best Value 1107 + 500 W - 24 pounds

Key Board and mouse will probably cost abt 30 od more... So this equates to about 460
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October 29, 2009 9:46:41 PM

Your missing a graphics card and an OS. That's probably another £110.

That case + PSU is absolute rubbish. The PSU is definitely not something you should cheap out on.

For a Core i5 build, you really should be getting 4GB RAM.

If you can save up another £100, it may be possible.
October 29, 2009 9:51:12 PM

Hmmm... wat if I keep the 2gb ram for now change the case+psu that would propb up the price to about 500.

After like a month or sumthing when cash flows again, ill upgrade to 4gb. I initially had planned to make a better one, but bought a guitar instead as my laptop was working well, but now im in a desperate situation of getting a new comp.

I dont care about gaming or anything so Graphic card is a no issue. thou I think thr is no video out put on board so I can pply get a crappy graphic card.

Can you suggest me a decent graphic card, case and psu.
October 29, 2009 9:52:16 PM

so i would be spending a bit more i guess, but not by a long distance i think...
October 29, 2009 10:02:32 PM

You also need to get graphics card for core i5, no integrated graphics
October 29, 2009 10:03:41 PM

yea...but it just has to be a graf card... i dont want a super amazing one...just one for the go would do
October 29, 2009 10:04:32 PM

Alright, this is just to give you an idea of what you should be looking to buy.



Graphics Card: No onboard graphics so you do need one

PSU: You need to stick with the good brands (i.e. Corsair, Antec, OCZ)

DVD Drive:

Monitor: Higher resolution and comes with speakers for £5 more



Hard Drive: Faster drive


Total = £629.90

That still doesn't include keyboard + mouse. If you lower the RAM to 2GB you'd probably save £20-30 so still you'd be over-budget by quite a bit.
October 29, 2009 10:14:49 PM

well can you tell me one thing... how big of a performace drop is it going from 4GB to 2GB... As I said Im a bit cash strapped atm, and will upgrade to 4 a bit later. but as long as this would work for now I would be happy
October 29, 2009 10:18:50 PM

You can do that if you want, just make sure the RAM operates at 1.65 volts or below. You'd still be over-budget by more than £100 though.
October 29, 2009 10:30:45 PM

well 50 aprox as I have a home lying around in my stack
October 29, 2009 10:48:01 PM

By home, you mean an OS?
October 29, 2009 10:48:58 PM

sorry yea... Vista Home...
October 29, 2009 10:50:41 PM

Oh!! yea BTW on ebuyer theres is an Antec 300 Exdisplay going for 35 pounds... would it go with the Gigabyte UD2...
October 29, 2009 11:03:09 PM

Yeah I think it's compatible with micro ATX motherboards
October 29, 2009 11:04:39 PM

aight...well that should be done then. 550 for a Core i5 i guess with the Mouse and Keyboard included. Though i Guess I would end up spending a bit more in the future
October 29, 2009 11:12:56 PM

No more questions then? Im going to bed now :lol: 
October 29, 2009 11:14:11 PM

cya thanx man... gr8 help