Home built desktop help

I want to build a gaming computer because they are a lot cheaper , the thing is I have no idea where to start for example what motherboard goes with what processor and so on ...
Please can someone just provide me with some links or information to help me get started.
My budget is about 5-600 pounds .
Also amd/intel for processor ?
Ati or nvidia for graphics ?
Thanks!
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  1. Welcome to the forums.

    Sounds good. We can definitely get something cooking. But first, can you fill this out for me? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice gives us more info, which allows us to figure out what you need.
    Here's a little article the eds here did on a PC roughly in your budget. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-overclock-graphics-card,3032.html Since you will probably need everything (os, monitor, keyboard and mouse) we'll probably end up modifying that build.

    I'll get back to you once we ya get that form filled out.

    Good luck! :)
  2. Sorry about that , didn't see the form :)
    Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
    500-600

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
    Gaming , office work , Surfing the internet
    Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
    Mouse , speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)
    Amazon.co.uk

    Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
    United Kingdom .

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
    Prefer amd for processor (because cheaper ?) and nvidia for graphics (what ever's the cheapest though

    Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe
    no

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
    no

    Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)
    1920*1200

    Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
    A cheap desktop but still be able to play games to a good standard will be fine
  3. do you really want a 1920x1200 monitor? They aren't very common and are more expensive than 1920x1080, which is 16:9 1080p. While bigger is better, it is a bit more expensive which will chew into your budget. Doing a quick search a 1920x1200 monitor will run over 200GBP and Windows 7 will run ~80GBP, leaving only 300GBP to build the rest of the computer.
  4. Alright... I made, a build, and it's quite kick ass. However, it's a little over. Honestly, I'm having some issues making a nice build that will perform at 1080p since you need an OS and monitor.

    But, I did it! I used a combination of Ebuyer items (reputable UK seller) and Amazon.

    CPU: Phenom II x4 955 $90 http://www.ebuyer.com/190673-amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-black-edition-socket-am3-3-2-ghz-6mb-hdz955fbgmbox

    GPU: GTX 560 Ti $160 (AMAZING deal)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004K8R8DA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Mobo: Asus M5A78L$55
    http://www.ebuyer.com/269076-asus-m5a78l-usb3-amd-socket-am3-8-channel-hd-audio-atx-motherboard-m5a78l-usb3

    PSU: Corsair CX500V2 $44
    http://www.ebuyer.com/278634-corsair-500w-cx-v2-psu-cmpsu-500cxv2uk

    RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x2GB 1600MHz $23
    http://www.ebuyer.com/234975-kingston-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-1600mhz-hyperx-blu-memory-kit-cl9-1-65v-non-ecc-khx1600c9d3b1k2-4gx

    Case: Rosewill Challenger $28
    http://www.ebuyer.com/172779-casecom-6788-all-black-case-km-6788-black

    HDD: Seagate 500GB $32
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001IKKCLS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1PE185HUIC6C4

    DVD drive: Lite-on $12
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0048027MW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Monitor: Acer 1080p $105
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003V5M6NA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A1IE2T48Y49NKD

    OS: Windows 7 OEM $78
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    That's the best I can do! A little over, but there's so much badass in this build, I think it's worth it.
  5. Thanks @Striker that looks great I will seriously consider that build
    and @nordlead I probably don't need that monitor I'm a bit of a noob with resolutions so might of put in wrong thing .)
    Anyway thanks all :)
  6. Once I have got those things how would i go about building it ?
  7. Excellent question! Here's a good guide here on tom's http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building
    And if you'd like a video guide (lol, I certainly would!) Here's an AMAZING guide by newegg.com on building a PC. Very in depth, check it out!
    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw (first few minutes is an excellent breakdown of the parts that make up a PC)
    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
    Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relmfu
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