Need help choosing.

So i am building a gaming pc in an original xbox case. My budget is around £400-£500.
Preferred sites are: Scan.co.uk ebuyer.co.uk dabs.co.uk and overclockers.co.uk

Components that are common to both options:
Disk Drive:Slim dvd-cd drive. Free
Slim ATAPI to SATA adaptor: £12
http://www.ioi.com.tw/products/proddetail.aspx?CatID=101&HostID=2032&ProdID=1010104
PSU: 300w cooler master tfx PSU: £45
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-quiet-TFX-Power-BN136/dp/B002OCSQI0/ref=pd_cp_computers_1
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster GeminiII CPU cooler: £24
http://www.ebuyer.com/290462-coolermaster-ultra-slim-universal-cooler-4-heatpipes-120x15mm-1600rpm-pwm-rr-gmm4-16pk-r1
RAM: Kingston 4GB 1600mhz £20
http://www.ebuyer.com/272181-kingston-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-hyperx-blu-memory-module-khx1600c9d3b1-4g
Fans: 2 x 60mm fans by fractal £12
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60mm-fractal-design-3000-rpm-silent-series-cooling-fan-inc-rubber-fan-mounts
(Total: £113)

Option 1 (Dual graphics AMD):
MOBO: Gigabyte A75N-USB3 Motherboard AMD £72
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-a75n-usb3-amd-a75-fm1-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-pcie-20-(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-mini-itx
CPU: AMD APU A8-3870K £90
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a8-3870k-black-edition-s-fm1-lynx-core-quad-core-30ghz-gpu-amd-radeon-hd-6550d-600mhz-100w-retai
SSD: Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD £69
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-83000-iops-max
GPU: Sapphire HD6670 1GB low profile £72
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0062CHLYI/ref=asc_df_B0062CHLYI8622683?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B0062CHLYI
(Total: 303)

Option 2 (Intel CPU AMD GPU)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61N £64
http://www.ebuyer.com/288743-gigabyte-ga-h61n-usb3-socket-1155-7-1-channel-hd-audio-mini-itx-motherboard-ga-h61n-usb3
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 £90
http://www.ebuyer.com/254976-intel-core-i3-2100-3-10ghz-socket-1155-3mb-l3-cache-retail-boxed-bx80623i32100
SSD: SanDisk120GB Ultra £64
http://www.ebuyer.com/288065-sandisk-120gb-ultra-ssd-sdssdh-120g-g25
GPU: VTX3d 1GB HD7750 low profile £101
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VTX3D-1GB-AMD-Radeon-HD-7750-Low-profile-Slim-Graphics-Card-GDDR5-PCI-E-x16-/320934841191#ht_3173wt_1396
(Total: 319)
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  1. Well if you look at the power specifications of the graphics card, the 6670 requires at least 400W and the minimum for the 7750 is 400W so I would consider getting a higher power PSU before you attempt this. Also, I hate the be the killer of projects, but I have seen other posts on here about that, and they never quite worked out. Either it was the cooling or the space. So if you do find another psu, I would suggest alot of fans and maybe some case modification. Anyways, Good Luck!
  2. Dupontrocks11 said:
    Well if you look at the power specifications of the graphics card, the 6670 requires at least 400W and the minimum for the 7750 is 400W so I would consider getting a higher power PSU before you attempt this. Also, I hate the be the killer of projects, but I have seen other posts on here about that, and they never quite worked out. Either it was the cooling or the space. So if you do find another psu, I would suggest alot of fans and maybe some case modification. Anyways, Good Luck!


    Yeah i know, i could get a 400w tfx power supply but it isnt a very well known brand. From my calculations i should be pretty well covered, often manufacturers put stupidly high wattages to cover themselves. But i will keep this in mind, thanks.

    P.S This is the other PSU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/EZCool-Power-Supply-Small-Factor/dp/B0056G8L4K/ref=pd_cp_computers_0
  3. Thanks for the support though.
  4. No problem, glad to help :)

    Something else you might consider (if you are up to it) is using a laptop graphics card. They are pretty hard to find, as not many retailers sell them, but they have a low TDP and are really slim.
  5. The boards on the laptop graphics cards are often pretty big, and they are pritty scarce in the UK. Thanks for the idea though.
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