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November 26, 2009 7:39:35 PM

Im looking for a decent built between 200-300, best bang for the buck.

Time of purchuse:end of december

Uses: some gaming, web surfing

parts needed:
cpu
gpu
mobo
ram
psu
case
hard drive
optical drive
So can you guys recommend me potential builds for this^^ price range. Thanks

Im mainly concerned with the processor, graphics and ram. I dont plan on upgrading this rig so any motherboard will do, but of course it has to match the cpu socket. PSU can just about enough, I would like to buy some cheap case, but im prepared to buy a mid tower so everything will fit. The optical drive can also be one of the cheap ones, I had an LG for 16punds in mind. 200g hdd shouold also do the job again Im not looking for an expensive one but also not one that will hold back the performance of my other components. Any potential builds are welcome, keep in mind this is for my uncle and unlike me hes not a hard core gamer, hence the price range is 200-300 pounds. Thanks guys
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2009 9:39:23 PM

$200-300? That's a really tight budget. I'll do my best but I need to know:
What resolution is the monitor? What games does he play? Are you willing to overclock anything?

Here's the best I could come up with
Any optical drive will do. dvd/rw. The technology is well warmed up so to speak. find one for $30 or less.

CPU: 5600+ 2.9GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus AM2+ mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SATA 250GB drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2GB ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Powercolor 4650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

400W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost comes to $281. Find yourself a cheap case or a case from a junk or old computer. See about getting a dvd drive from the same hunting down. This gets you under budget. But we could take about $40 off depending on what games, resolution etc. your uncle plays. If it's right, we could instead of getting this gpu/mobo combo just find a motherboard with an HD3200 integrated.
November 26, 2009 9:55:38 PM

it's pounds so he's british.... Extremely tight budget still
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November 26, 2009 10:04:12 PM

I think we misunderstood ourselfs and sorry I dont think I make my self clear, the price range is 200-300£ which at the moment is 330-490$, roughly. Ill be buying my parts from overclockers.co.uk my max budget is 300£. As for the games, my uncle mentioned Empire Total War. I doubt that at that budget hell be able to play at max settings but im hoping it will run fine at medium settings. I will find out what resolution his monitor is but I believe its a 19". In other words what is the best gaming build that gets close to 300£ but doesn not exceed it. Thanks and can you please refer to overclockers.co.uk instead of newegg. Thanks again
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2009 10:04:41 PM

Oh my bad. I didn't see where he said pounds. I just saw 200-300. That's about $520 Canadian dollars so I'll just see here.

I'd personally go for an OCZ 500W PSU and an antec 300 case.
The 4850 is definitely a GPU you can get.
Get an athlon IIx2 240, or if you want to spend $40 more the Athlon IIx4 620 would be worth it.
I like Asus motherboards. you could go for an AM3 board to get DDR3 ram or an AM2+ board and use DDR2 ram. the DDR3 option would be more expensive.
Get a 2x2GB ram kit. OCZ is cheap and well reputed but the mushkin brand I like tends to have better timings
Any Western Digital Blue HDD 250GB

I ask though what games he intends to play? the 4850 will perform better in games but I would forgo it for an Athlon IIx4 and a radeon 4670 depending on the games and monitor resolution

so... what monitor resolution and what games?

Edit: just saw the games. and at 19" it's probably 1280*1024 could be 13xx*768 though. I think the 4850 will blow that game away but the 4670 should be alright. Someone correct me if I am wrong though.
November 26, 2009 10:08:27 PM

enzo matrix said:
Oh my bad. I didn't see where he said pounds. I just saw 200-300. That's about $520 Canadian dollars so I'll just see here.

I'd personally go for an OCZ 500W PSU and an antec 300 case.
The 4850 is definitely a GPU you can get.
Get an athlon IIx2 240, or if you want to spend $40 more the Athlon IIx4 620 would be worth it.
I like Asus motherboards. you could go for an AM3 board to get DDR3 ram or an AM2+ board and use DDR2 ram. the DDR3 option would be more expensive.
Get a 2x2GB ram kit. OCZ is cheap and well reputed but the mushkin brand I like tends to have better timings
Any Western Digital Blue HDD 250GB

I ask though what games he intends to play? the 4850 will perform better in games but I would forgo it for an Athlon IIx4 and a radeon 4670 depending on the games and monitor resolution

so... what monitor resolution and what games?


I have mentioned in my last post, Empire total war at medium settings, Im not sure aboout the monitor but its a 19"

EDIT: lol, alright ill try to price up the components you recommended and see what it comes up to, thanks
November 26, 2009 10:32:29 PM

This is what I came up with

OcUK ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail + Colin McRae Dirt 2 Full Game 77£

Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P nForce 430 (Socket AM3/AM2+) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard [GA-M61PME-S2P] 35£

OCZ StealthXStream 500w Silent Power Supply 49£

AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 240 2.80GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail 45£

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 160GB 5400RPM SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (WD1600BEVT) 31£

LG GH22NP20 22x DVD±RW IDE ReWriter (Black) - OEM 16£

OCZ Intel Extreme XMP 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel (OCZ3X13334GK) [OCZ3X13334GK] 50£

Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU) 49£

I find the case a bit too expensive, do you think you could recommend a cheaper one. What do you think about this built?
and do you think i would be able to overclocker that cpu with the mobo I listed?
November 27, 2009 6:21:58 AM

bump^^
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2009 6:34:52 AM

$USD 393 // 240 GBP less LCD, OS, Kb, Mouse and Speakers

November 27, 2009 10:17:00 AM

Basing a budget in pounds on newegg prices isn't a good idea, things in pounds are more expensive than in dollars and there's no real equivalent to newegg in the uk. Take a look at some uk online shops and you'll understand, and probably be quite shocked.
November 27, 2009 10:22:24 AM

euphoria got it right there.

equipment is way more expensive in the uk, and we don't get lovely newegg rebates or combo deals.

it depends on what games he's likely to play and what graphics settings/resolution he wants to play at. if he's not too bothered then i'm sure you could get him a second hand PC from somewhere ~2 years old.
November 27, 2009 1:53:13 PM

yea like I said before all those newegg special deal mean nothing to me. Ill be buying from overclockers and this is what I came up with that gets me to aaround 300 pounds

OcUK ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail + Colin McRae Dirt 2 Full Game 77£

Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P nForce 430 (Socket AM3/AM2+) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard [GA-M61PME-S2P] 35£

OCZ StealthXStream 500w Silent Power Supply 49£

AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 240 2.80GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail 45£

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 160GB 5400RPM SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (WD1600BEVT) 31£

LG GH22NP20 22x DVD±RW IDE ReWriter (Black) - OEM 16£

OCZ Intel Extreme XMP 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel (OCZ3X13334GK) [OCZ3X13334GK] 50£

Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU) 49£

If you would bother to read other posts i wouldnt have to repeat my self, so Ill say it again: Empire total war on medium settings with res from 1280×720 to 1440-900. In my case a second hand pc is not an option. Can you guys commenton the above built and maybe make some adjustments, with reference to overclockers.co.uk, that could bring the price down a bit that would affect the performance so much. Thanks
November 27, 2009 2:19:34 PM

- DDR3 ram won't work with DDR2 mobo.
- that HDD looks expensive for a 160gb 5400rpm...
- good budget gpu + rest of the stuff looks okay...

imo you shouldn't need more than 2gb ddr3 ram for a budget system. go for a DDR3 am3 mobo. then the rest of the budget get the best AM3 cpu possible.
November 27, 2009 4:06:44 PM

tarquinbiscuitbarrel said:
- DDR3 ram won't work with DDR2 mobo.
- that HDD looks expensive for a 160gb 5400rpm...
- good budget gpu + rest of the stuff looks okay...

imo you shouldn't need more than 2gb ddr3 ram for a budget system. go for a DDR3 am3 mobo. then the rest of the budget get the best AM3 cpu possible.


Thanks, but Im kind of alredy over my budget

Oops, didnt notice the ram is ddr3,
can you recommend me anothet HDD

a ddr3 and am3 mobo will take me over my budget, so ill probobly stich with the one I listed and get 2gb of ddr2 memory. Do you think that mobo is enough, I dont plan on upgrading this rig anyway.

can you also recommend me another case because i find the antec 300 a bit too expensive. I'v also replaced the gpu with this one XFX Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (HD-485X-YDFC), dont know why lol.
November 27, 2009 8:32:05 PM

bumb^^
November 28, 2009 7:29:43 AM

bump^
November 28, 2009 5:08:57 PM

cmon guys
November 29, 2009 5:36:23 PM

K1ash3r said:
cmon guys


any case from overclockers.co.uk is good... i have a 300 myself, can't comment on anything else.

go with am2 and 2x1gb ddr2.

not sure where we're at budget-wise.
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