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First time budget PC Build - Gaming / Light VFX Editing

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August 2, 2011 2:08:34 PM

Hey, newcomer here :)  I'm building a PC for the very first time for around £400-£500, any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: £400-£500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, VFX (After Effects/3DS Max), Web video.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: / / any good reccomended sites.

Country of Origin: England

Overclocking: Maybe (never attempted, but open to try)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (never tried, again, open to try)

Monitor Resolution: Unsure, any advice?

Additional comments: At least 4GB Memory, Windows 7 64 bit, may need wifi card.

Here is what I've come up with so far:

Again, thank you for any help given. :) 
August 2, 2011 6:30:34 PM

August 3, 2011 12:39:29 AM

Well converting to USD. That's actually a lot of money. You could try the $550 build in my sig. Just change the i3 2100 to the i5 2400 and get 8GB of ram. That'll totally to about $650 USD or 400 GBP. Dunno it should be similar to that pricing.
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August 3, 2011 1:33:28 AM

With some research, the pricing is not really much the same:S

Any build suggestions on a quality UK site (like the

Also does anyone know how the build in the first post holds up?
August 3, 2011 2:14:21 AM

500W OCZ ModXStream Pro Modular Silent £47.94

Here's some reviews for the PSU:

Your motherboard says AM3+ so you will be ready to upgrade to Bulldozer. HDD and PSU looks good to me too. Consider the PSU I suggested since it's modular, it will give you better cable management.

4GB Mushkin Silverline £25.99 [Lifetime Warranty]

Don't see any other alternative. The 5770 seems to be completely phased out on your site. Newegg has better deals too. So far I guess you will be fine with this much haha.