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400-500 GBP Battlefield 3 gaming PC build

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January 16, 2012 1:57:20 AM

This build will be for gaming only I already have a laptop I use to do anything else but gaming
I do not have a set of parts i prefer this build is meant to fit into the budget i set myself of 400-500 GBP

im not looking to have the game run on ultra my priority is getting the game to run smooth with a nice FPS that should come first

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month+

Budget Range: 400-500 GBP 600-760 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: , , and only trusted sites i know of in the uk

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: needs to handle bf3 and maintain good FPS while playing and to be able to upgrade in future
this build will be my first so dont expect me to understand everything

More about : 400 500 gbp battlefield gaming build

January 16, 2012 4:08:29 AM

I am using mostly ebuyer links for reference but feel free to shop around. The CPU I am selecting will not overclock, but will be plenty fast. the money saved can be used on the video card which will make more of a difference in gaming. You can upgrade to a higher powered an overclockable CPU later, including the new Intels.

CPU - £90.18 -

Motherboard - £72.59 -

ram - £30.90 -

Hard drive - £65.99 -

graphics - £167.47 -

case - I just picked a decent one. You may have other ideas about this. Just make sure you get at least a mid tower with good air flow. Preferably with a front and rear 120mm fan. - £29.99 -

Extra case fan - £12.08 -

Power supply - This one will not do dual card SLi, which I do not recommend anyway, so you would need to upgrade in case you added a second card. By then though, you will likely be able to get a more powerful single card. - £42.98 -

DVD RW Drive - £11.98 -

Total = £524.16
January 16, 2012 5:24:35 AM

That all looks perfect for what i need it for. over budget just about but i can buy whatever i cant afford at a later date when i can afford those extra parts.

Any suggestions on what monitor/keyboard/mouse i should get?
January 16, 2012 12:18:54 PM

Monitor, keyboard, mouse is more of a personal preference thing. I can tell you that you should be fine with anything up to a 23" 1920x1080 monitor. As for keyboard and mouse, I would avoid wireless for gaming unless you like stutter and changing batteries often. You can go cheap or expensive depending on your tastes. My mouse(iHome) was $15 US and compact keyboard(A4Tech) was $20. Not name brands, but they work very well. When at the store, you might look at this set. I passed as the keyboard was not compact, but it was still a very decent set.

For monitor, all come with pretty much the same warranty. One that I particularly like, and may eventually get when the price is right, is this HP. Outstanding image quality. Right now though, my old Samsung 19" widescreen is still working for me. It was somewhat high end when I got it, and the picture is still decent.

What is best for all 3 is to go to a real store and try them out. The ones you like that fit your budget are the ones you buy. You can always search online for better prices.