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Budget gaming PC new build

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December 28, 2010 2:11:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: £300-£500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general home use (internet, office package usage)

Parts Not Required: any peripherals.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: aria, microdirect, scan, (anything UK but not necessary)

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: See below.

Overclocking: Maybe, nothing too strenuous.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: The system ideally needs to be upgradable in the future when larger funds arise which I think has been managed below.

Aria wish list:
https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/ZBm-Bw2IOYtXVPNLJVM0NA,,

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CPU: Intel Core i3 540
RAM: G.Skill RipJaw 4GB
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 2 500W
GPU: HD 5770
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3
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This is only my second build so wondering whether these parts would work well together.

As the build is for a friend, if they are not willing to pay just under £500, could anyone offer ideas to save costs, bringing it closer to £400? I expect a cheaper GPU would be the first option but not sure which.

This forum was a great help in my first build for myself (which is running amazingly) so I hope this thread is received as well as my first, thanks.

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December 28, 2010 2:23:08 PM

Good build overall... The LGA 1156 platform is "dead" and there will be no upgrade path down the road for this PC. For an Intel build it would be better to wait a few weeks and see how the release of Sandy Bridge shapes up. IMHO stay away from 1156...

If you are on a budget consider going with an AMD build. A Phenom X4 955 and AM3 MB could easily get you down on the price. Keep the other components the same as they are quality parts.
December 28, 2010 2:49:55 PM

Cheers, I'll take a look at an AMD spin on it, though never looked at any AMD mobo's. Would this provide greater upgradability using an AM3 socket?
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December 28, 2010 3:09:36 PM

Yes. The AM3 platform is still going and AMD will be making CPUs for this platform for a while longer. Probably looking at a 6 core upgrade in a few years...
December 29, 2010 1:03:05 AM

Hmm, pricing up a Phenom X4 955 Black Edition with a Gigabyte AM3 mobo is going to cost about £35 more but I expect would be a better choice? That's about the cheapest Phenom X4 CPU I can find at the moment, can't seem to source anything cheaper from the X4 line.
December 30, 2010 10:28:29 PM

Thanks a lot sadams04! We decided to go with the AMD Phenom 955 Black and a HD 5750 instead of 5770 because of a very good deal at my local store. All that is left is to await delivery and hope the build goes well.
January 4, 2011 2:02:28 AM

aah, not allowed to edit posts but wanted to add:

The price difference is minimal so that's not a factor, guess I'm just concerned how well the system will run games on a 1920x1080 monitor or whether there is any benefits in buying a 20"1600x900 when a 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor is only about £10 more.
I will be buying one of these from elsewhere though as osoo.co.uk has extremely bad reviews.
January 4, 2011 5:23:55 PM

In the interest of finishing off the thread... I went for the 21.5" 1920x1080.
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