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June 7, 2010 7:10:22 PM

Hello,

I have recently decided that I should leave the consoles behind (Xbox 360) and move over to the PC. Unfortunately I know very little about PC's except what the components look like and a basic idea of what they do.

I want to run FPS's such as Counter-Strike, MW2 and TF2. I already have a Case, Power Source and Optical Drive (it doesn't matter to much as I am looking to use steam and I dont watch many movies ect.). I have a tight budget so I'll probably slowly buil it up over a few months as I get the money.

I've got a basic set up which I have chosen from recommendations on other posts so these components may not even match. I would also really appreciate it if you think I can get more for my money, if I need other parts and if this is good enough/more than I need to run these type of games...

Cpu – Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz (Socket 775) (1066FSB) Processor £92.25
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158339

Motherboard - ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Socket 1156 i5/i7 VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard £101.82
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190025

Graphics - Sapphire HD 4670 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card £61.56
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173708

Memory – G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit £91.64
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D...

Hard Drive - Maxtor STM3250318AS 250GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache – OEM £30.21
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159393

TOTAL = £377.47


Finally, I am also confused on what to choose for my OS. I know that windows is the most popular and I know how to use it, but I don't want to have to pay for virus protection as I know all to well it picks up viruses too easily. I would appreciate any thoughts about Linux, Mac or any good free virus protection software.

Thanks a lot for any help you can give me.. :-)

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June 8, 2010 1:51:30 PM

1. That LGA 775 socket processor is incompatible with the LGA 1156 motherboard
2. That is far too much $$ for rudimentary/entry level gaming performance
3. For around the same $$ off EBuyer UK:

4. Above assuming u have a half decent PSU, unsure just state what model/make PSU u on currently
June 8, 2010 5:20:22 PM

batuchka said:
1. That LGA 775 socket processor is incompatible with the LGA 1156 motherboard
2. That is far too much $$ for rudimentary/entry level gaming performance
3. For around the same $$ off EBuyer UK:
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Unti-1.jpg
4. Above assuming u have a half decent PSU, unsure just state what model/make PSU u on currently


Hi,
I don't think its that great, It's out of my old family PC....

It's A Solarmax KC-300 300w ATX...

Would this lower performance....

Cheers..
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June 8, 2010 5:40:29 PM

Oh oh time to buy a decent 80+ certified PSU hehe Hmm and possibly case: what are your cooling option with that family PC case?
June 9, 2010 7:58:31 AM

1st one:

a. GF7100 is never gonna eek out frames significant enuff for u to game
b. brand name PC casings, especially budget configs are horrible at ventilation/layout for gaming rig hardware
c. 220W Acer OEM PSU will not cut it

2. 2nd one:

ECS Geforce 6100PM-M2 V2.0 is effectively AM2 mobo with HT limitation, PCIex16 gen 1.0/1.1 So outdated, inferior tech with DDR2
June 9, 2010 8:29:43 AM

I would turn to AMD instead of Intel to save money, ideally an X3 model at least - you don't want dual core anymore.

Building your own PC to game with is a struggle with a budget under £500, but whatever can be built will always be far better than what you can get premade
June 9, 2010 8:44:30 AM

If you were looking for Intel, the ideal budget build would be something like:

i5 750 - £156.75
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel-Core-i5-750-Lynnfi...

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint £38.20
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500GB-Samsung-SpinPoint-...

Mobo Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L - £81.72
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigabyte-GA-P55-US3L-rev...

Dual Layer DVD - £14.91
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Samsung-SH-S223C-BEBE-22...

PSU 500W Silverstone Strider - £44.57
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W-Silverstone-Strider...

Case - £25.24
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xclio-3060-PLUS-Black-Si...!

G Skill 4gb 1600mhz CL7 RAM - £102.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180490

Total: £463.63

That is without a Graphics card and no OS. Add about £92.91 for Windows 7 (based on www.scan.co.uk)

New Total: £556.54

Then you need to factor in the Graphics card still and depending on size of your monitor. The GPU you picked is £54 at scan rather than £61 at ebuyer.

As I mentioned in the above post, things could be cheaper going with AMD and a weaker CPU - with AMD you can always replace the CPU with a better one thanks to the same sockets being used
June 9, 2010 12:11:32 PM

Here is a system i've drafted up, i've used ebuyer for everything, and yes the video card is a bit more expensive than other places, but this way u make use of ebuyers free shipping on big orders.
I've left out the OS cos different places have it cheap, and it depends if u want an OEM license, or u can use an old OS to get an upgrade license etc.

You could factor in an aftermarket CPU cooler, if u want to OC, but i've left it out. The mobo has USB3 and sata 6 so you are covered there aswel

June 9, 2010 6:19:50 PM

Right OK, i'm pretty skint at the moment.

I could probably get £350 right now and then build it up from there...

If I used the ideas you gave me and settled for a 350GB hard drive, my old 1GB memory for a month or two... I guess it could work

Thanks anyway for the help, couldn't of got this far without any help!
June 9, 2010 6:27:00 PM

AsRock's M3a770DE board is £52ish on ebuyer if that helps trim it down a bit for you
and yeah, you can probably go smaller on a hard drive til you want/need/can afford a bigger one but unless your old ram is ddr3, youll need to buy that 4Gb kit listed as well
Hope this helps some,
Moto
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