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July 8, 2012 8:15:43 PM

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=10...
PSU: 300w cooler master tfx PSU: £45
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-quiet-TFX-Power-BN136/dp/B00...
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster GeminiII CPU cooler: £24
http://www.ebuyer.com/290462-coolermaster-ultra-slim-un...
RAM: Kingston 4GB 1600mhz £20
http://www.ebuyer.com/272181-kingston-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-...
Fans: 2 x 60mm fans by fractal £12
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60mm-fractal-design-3000...
(Total: £113)

Option 1 (Dual graphics AMD):
MOBO: Gigabyte A75N-USB3 Motherboard AMD £72
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-a75n-usb3-amd-a...(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-mini-itx
CPU: AMD APU A8-3870K £90
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a8-3870k-black-editi...
SSD: Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD £69
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25...
GPU: Sapphire HD6670 1GB low profile £72
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0062CHLYI/ref=asc_df_B0062C...
(Total: 303)

Option 2 (Intel CPU AMD GPU)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61N £64
http://www.ebuyer.com/288743-gigabyte-ga-h61n-usb3-sock...
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 £90
http://www.ebuyer.com/254976-intel-core-i3-2100-3-10ghz...
SSD: SanDisk120GB Ultra £64
http://www.ebuyer.com/288065-sandisk-120gb-ultra-ssd-sd...
GPU: VTX3d 1GB HD7750 low profile £101
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VTX3D-1GB-AMD-Radeon-HD-7750-...
(Total: 319)

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July 8, 2012 8:35:03 PM

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!
July 8, 2012 8:41:47 PM

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-Facto...
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July 8, 2012 9:55:05 PM

Thanks for the support though.
July 8, 2012 10:31:47 PM

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.
July 9, 2012 5:55:48 PM

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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