Will this computer be a decent gaming pc???

Hey guys,
ive basically got a netbook and am fed up with how SLOOOOOOWWWWWW it is but still love the fact i can jst stick it in my bag. So ive been looking around and dispike the fact that if i buy a laptop i cant upgrade parts so in another couple of years it too will become obselite for what i want to do. Im really jst looking for something that i can play games like minecraft, battlefield 3 at a decent framerate even if on moderate settings as am not planning on spending too much on a machine like this as i jst want something that will play games, edit hd video ec.t for under £300.

Here it is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0042ENL74/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=AU5QTVQUMF25

Look forward to your verdicts soon :)
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  1. It is very cheap, but if you want to play games like B3, I wouldn't get that.

    It has a mid-range GPU and 4GB of RAM is alright, but 8GB is something you want to last longer.
  2. Yeah probably not I would just save your money for a custom built computer. Because no computer has exactly all the features you want except a custom built one.
  3. Thanks for the replies guys :) nd

    roaddoc326 said:
    It is very cheap, but if you want to play games like B3, I wouldn't get that.

    It has a mid-range GPU and 4GB of RAM is alright, but 8GB is something you want to last longer.


    but would it not do as a base? like if i eventually put in a better graphics card, upgraded the ram etc. or would i eventually spend more money than would if i got a custom one? plus any alternatives if u dont mind :na:
  4. PartyPoison said:
    Thanks for the replies guys :) nd


    but would it not do as a base? like if i eventually put in a better graphics card, upgraded the ram etc. or would i eventually spend more money than would if i got a custom one? plus any alternatives if u dont mind :na:


    I wouldn't do that. You'll probably have to change your power supply when you upgrade to a gpu that can play bf3 at a decent framerate. It's a better idea to build a custom computer and use the integrated video and then install a decent gpu if you don't have the money, or just save up and buy everything at once. Using a cheap computer as a base is not a good idea. What resolutions will you be playing at? You might be able to build a low cost custom computer with a 6670 or 6770.
  5. Personal builds will always come out cheaper than pre-built computers.
    There are many videos on youtube explaining, in great detail, how to build a PC.
    I recommend you make your own. £300 can go pretty far, excluding OS prices of course.
  6. PartyPoison said:
    Thanks for the replies guys :) nd


    but would it not do as a base? like if i eventually put in a better graphics card, upgraded the ram etc. or would i eventually spend more money than would if i got a custom one? plus any alternatives if u dont mind :na:


    Like other people have been saying, It is best for your money to just build your own, by the time you put in new ram and new video card youll need a new power supply, and fan, and CPU.

    if you're new to building just give it you're best attempt and before you buy anythign post it here and we'll tell you any suggestions to make
  7. roaddoc326 said:
    Like other people have been saying, It is best for your money to just build your own, by the time you put in new ram and new video card youll need a new power supply, and fan, and CPU.

    if you're new to building just give it you're best attempt and before you buy anythign post it here and we'll tell you any suggestions to make


    Yeah that does sound like the best option really, but i have NO IDEA about how to build computers let alone what components to buy :L i would ideally want an i5 CPU but have no clue what kind of motherboard, power supply fan, gpu to pair with it :/ sorry for being such a noob xD
  8. How much money are you willing to spend?
  9. roaddoc326 said:
    How much money are you willing to spend?


    Under £300 ideally
  10. PartyPoison said:


    It's not bad. Saving money on the power supply is usually not a good a good idea. It can cause system instability and even blowup and destroy your computer. A quality psu costs a bit more http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-430CXV2UK-Builder-CX430V2-Certified/dp/B0057GTW56/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330369775&sr=8-3 . Although it's only 430 w I can guarantee you that it will provide more power. What resolution will you be gaming at?. Do you plan to crossfire your graphics cards in the future?

    Here is a video to help you with building your computer it's not that difficult at all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

    Here is a video on how to pick parts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
  11. Thanks for the advice :) after reading some more reviews ect. ive also decided i will probably go for the i5 2500k CPU which for an extra £20 is apparently alot better than the 2400k. Im also gonna go for a CX430 as your right, i dont wanna spend all this money then jst blow it up nd burn my house down, plus u can pick them up for £20 on ebay :L ive also foud another motherboard:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=pd_luc_sbs_03_03_t_lh

    Which is £40 cheaper nd im wondering if it will be noticeably worse than the one listed above or would i not really notice and save £40 :)

    Plus thanx for the vids, i finally think i have some idea of what im doing xD and after all this will this set up be noticably better than the one listed at the top??? :L
  12. Quote:
    It's not bad. Saving money on the power supply is usually not a good a good idea. It can cause system instability and even blowup and destroy your computer. A quality psu costs a bit more http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-430CXV2UK-Builder-CX430V2-Certified/dp/B0057GTW56/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330369775&sr=8-3 . Although it's only 430 w I can guarantee you that it will provide more power. What resolution will you be gaming at?. Do you plan to crossfire your graphics cards in the future?

    Here is a video to help you with building your computer it's not that difficult at all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

    Here is a video on how to pick parts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw


    Thanks for the advice :) after reading some more reviews ect. ive also decided i will probably go for the i5 2500k CPU which for an extra £20 is apparently alot better than the 2400k. Im also gonna go for a CX430 as your right, i dont wanna spend all this money then jst blow it up nd burn my house down, plus u can pick them up for £20 on ebay :L ive also foud another motherboard:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=pd_luc_sbs_03_03_t_lh

    Which is £40 cheaper nd im wondering if it will be noticeably worse than the one listed above or would i not really notice and save £40 :)

    Plus thanx for the vids, i finally think i have some idea of what im doing xD and after all this will this set up be noticably better than the one listed at the top??? :L
  13. PartyPoison said:
    Thanks for the advice :) after reading some more reviews ect. ive also decided i will probably go for the i5 2500k CPU which for an extra £20 is apparently alot better than the 2400k. Im also gonna go for a CX430 as your right, i dont wanna spend all this money then jst blow it up nd burn my house down, plus u can pick them up for £20 on ebay :L ive also foud another motherboard:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=pd_luc_sbs_03_03_t_lh

    Which is £40 cheaper nd im wondering if it will be noticeably worse than the one listed above or would i not really notice and save £40 :)

    Plus thanx for the vids, i finally think i have some idea of what im doing xD and after all this will this set up be noticably better than the one listed at the top??? :L


    That motherboard has pci-e X16/X4 which means that if you plan to crossfire/sli in the future you will see a big drop off in performance compared to X16/X16 and x16/x8. It is also a very poor overclocker. It's also really important to know what resolutions you are planning to game at. The 6770 work better at lower resolutions, but at higher resolutions you need a 6850 minimum.

    Another idea is to spend less on the CPU and more on the GPU. For example getting a i3-2120 and a 6870. Games are still very lightly threaded and the extra cores don't make much of a difference (yet) .

    Here is an excellent article on tom's hardware about best cpu's http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-2.html

    You can also buy a cheaper motherboard with an i3-2120/6870
  14. so basically your saying games will play better with a slower cpu but a better gpu?? would that not bottleneck it? or is the i3 2120 sufficent for most games anyway? confused :/ and what do u mean by resolution? nd wasnt planning on crossfiring but is overclocking still possible on i3? or will i need a better power supply and fan as well?
  15. PartyPoison said:
    so basically your saying games will play better with a slower cpu but a better gpu?? would that not bottleneck it? or is the i3 2120 sufficent for most games anyway? confused :/ and what do u mean by resolution? nd wasnt planning on crossfiring but is overclocking still possible on i3? or will i need a better power supply and fan as well?



    When it comes to gaming the GPU will be much more important than the cpu. The i3-2120 is not a slow cpu by any means and will not bottleneck the 6870. It's a dualcore not a quadcore, at this point games are lightly threaded so it has no effect for now. The i3-2120 has very limited overclocking capabilities but would serve you well for a good number of years.

    I'm asking about the resolution of the monitor that you will be using or buying. For the i3-2120 with a 6850 your psu will be enough.

    The third one on the chart is an i3-2100 an i3-2120 is the same cpu but 200 mhz faster.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html

    These benchmarks were done with a 7970, the fastest GPU right now. The performance difference will be much smaller with a 6870.
  16. Quote:
    When it comes to gaming the GPU will be much more important than the cpu. The i3-2120 is not a slow cpu by any means and will not bottleneck the 6870. It's a dualcore not a quadcore, at this point games are lightly threaded so it has no effect for now. The i3-2120 has very limited overclocking capabilities but would serve you well for a good number of years.

    I'm asking about the resolution of the monitor that you will be using or buying. For the i3-2120 with a 6850 your psu will be enough.

    The third one on the chart is an i3-2100 an i3-2120 is the same cpu but 200 mhz faster.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html

    These benchmarks were done with a 7970, the fastest GPU right now. The performance difference will be much smaller with a 6870.


    Ahh, do it would affect the speed of the other aspects of the pc, but be fine for games which dont use multi cores? :L Ypu also mentioned above that if i went with the i3 that i could also get away with a cheaper motherboard, could you explain or point me in the direction of one? im jst not too sure on some of the differences between some of these motherboards :)
    P.s. thanx SOOOO much for the help so far! youve been amazing :)
  17. If your overclocking you need a P67 or Z68 chipset, If your not you can go for the H61 and H67 as well. The H61 is the cheapest of the four. The H61 will only have one PCI-E slot and you won't be able to crossfire/sli, has only two memory sockets.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/H61M-VS-Micro-ATX-Motherboard-Onboard-ASRock/dp/B004S9JXPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330459743&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-SKT-1155-H61M-D2-B3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B004Q5W7FQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1330459743&sr=8-4

    You will notice a difference between the i3 and the i5 if your heavily multitasking otherwise it wouldn't make sense for half of your budget to go to a cpu.
  18. Quote:
    If your overclocking you need a P67 or Z68 chipset, If your not you can go for the H61 and H67 as well. The H61 is the cheapest of the four. The H61 will only have one PCI-E slot and you won't be able to crossfire/sli, has only two memory sockets.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/H61M-VS-Micro-ATX-Motherboard-Onboard-ASRock/dp/B004S9JXPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330459743&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-SKT-1155-H61M-D2-B3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B004Q5W7FQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1330459743&sr=8-4

    You will notice a difference between the i3 and the i5 if your heavily multitasking otherwise it wouldn't make sense for half of your budget to go to a cpu.


    I will probably go for a i3 2010 then cause i don't think i'll be using multitasking too much. However, these Mobo's do seem a bit cheap, and i dont much like the idea of investing in an outdated chipset so will want a z68 motherboard so what about this one? seems to have alot for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-LX-Motherboard-LucidLogix/dp/B005FSHIVG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3
  19. PartyPoison said:
    I will probably go for a i3 2010 then cause i don't think i'll be using multitasking too much. However, these Mobo's do seem a bit cheap, and i dont much like the idea of investing in an outdated chipset so will want a z68 motherboard so what about this one? seems to have alot for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-LX-Motherboard-LucidLogix/dp/B005FSHIVG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3


    The H61 isn't a outdated chipset it's a budget one. The ASUS motherboard you showed is great.
  20. Quote:
    The H61 isn't a outdated chipset it's a budget one. The ASUS motherboard you showed is great.


    Great! So as a set up this is what i've got now:

    CPU - Sandybridge Intel i3 2010K 3.3GHz - £95.01 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-Quad-Core-Processor-Warranty/dp/B004FA8NXM/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_2

    GPU - AMD Radeon HD 6870 - £142.30 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon-Graphics-Express-Technology/dp/B005VR1TA2/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1330465922&sr=8-11

    MoBo - Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard - £75.97 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-LX-Motherboard-LucidLogix/dp/B005FSHIVG/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=340831031&s=computers

    RAM - Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM - £22.25 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMX4GX3M2A1600C9-XMS3-SDRAM-Memory/dp/B002LE8D2A/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330364674&sr=1-5

    PSU - CX430V2 - £20.00

    Case - Red Saturn Case - £21.00 - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110822555512&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en#ht_3335wt_988

    Total = £376.53 inc. GPU but only £234.23 without so will probs run set up with jst intergrated graphics until my birthday or summit :P

    OR!!!!

    Jst found Asus Radeon HD 6850 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-6850-DirectCU-PCI-/dp/B004HXW5OU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330467189&sr=8-3
    for only £102.44 with better overclocking apparently meaning i could probably have a GPU from the start or is it worth saving up? :)
  21. the 6870 is better but not 40 pounds better. You wouldn't notice a difference between the H61 and the Z68 and the ASUS's motherboard other pci-e slot is X4 which doesn't make it good at xfire, it's not a bad motherboard just not worth the premium for what you need. The biggest advantages with the z68 is that you can use integrated video and ssd caching which is useless.

    This is my recommendation

    motherboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/H61M-GS-Motherboard-PCI-Express-ASRock-Extreme/dp/B004S0CTNO/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330474708&sr=1-7 40 pounds


    ram http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skill-Ripjaws-F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL-DDR3-1333MHz/dp/B003SLFBUC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1330475161&sr=8-4 19 pounds You have the option to add 4gb more later (get same ram for dual channel)

    Your PSU, Case, GPU, CPU
    for GPU i mean the 6850 you picked out.
    Total 297 pounds.

    Either way it's much better than that AMD
  22. Quote:
    the 6870 is better but not 40 pounds better. You wouldn't notice a difference between the H61 and the Z68 and the ASUS's motherboard other pci-e slot is X4 which doesn't make it good at xfire, it's not a bad motherboard just not worth the premium for what you need. The biggest advantages with the z68 is that you can use integrated video and ssd caching which is useless.

    This is my recommendation

    motherboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/H61M-GS-Motherboard-PCI-Express-ASRock-Extreme/dp/B004S0CTNO/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330474708&sr=1-7 40 pounds


    ram http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skill-Ripjaws-F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL-DDR3-1333MHz/dp/B003SLFBUC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1330475161&sr=8-4 19 pounds You have the option to add 4gb more later (get same ram for dual channel)

    Your PSU, Case, GPU, CPU
    for GPU i mean the 6850 you picked out.
    Total 297 pounds.

    Either way it's much better than that AMD


    Lol! very true :L and will factor in the RAM you found instead and i will take your point about the H61 chipset however after looking at the AsRock board i found this ASUS board with almost identical specs but with USB 3.0 ect. plus after reading a few reviews about the AsRock boards burning out within a couple of weeks i think i would rather pay the extra £12 if it can proform as well :L

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8H61-M-LE-USB3-Motherboard/dp/B004U8SPXM/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330477028&sr=1-3
  23. I would get that, upgrade the wattage, ram, and graphics for maybe, 200-300. If your still not satisfied, TBH just make a custom build. Much cheaper and YOU decide!
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