Budget Advice?

I am in the process of putting to rest my 5 or so year old Compaq Presario C700 laptop (eurrrrghhh) and am looking to buy off either Overclockers UK or Cyberpower. My budget is under £700 - this is including the operating system as well. So, my question to you guys, which you may have heard many times before, can you recommend any builds built for gaming for the price, from knowledge - or better yet - experience which are up to date, as many other threads I've read are outdated.


Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.

Budget Range: 650-700 UK pounds

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open to suggestions

Location: Maidstone, Kent

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Don't mind

SLI or Crossfire: No, not currently

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 5 years gaming on a low-end notebook pc. Go figure.
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/emPr

    you cant upgrade from this other than putting a SSD inside the system, making it much faster. please dont get it from companies. build it yourself. there are many guides out there
  2. I've been looking at this weekly deal from cyberpower:

    http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/weekly_sales_II/
    at £680, it seems like a bargain. with the freebies as well.
  3. Thanks bigtroll for the website, +1 for that :P

    I really love the build, but I will be unable to assemble the computer myself with no prior experience or extensive knowledge of how to put one together. Is it really that easy? the last thing i'd want is paying all the money and doing something wrong.
  4. thanks very much for all the info the big troll. would you recommend adding anything else to the pc - such as extra fans etc?
  5. nope.

    if you want a smaller case, a fractal core 1000 might do the job. the shinobi is great as well
  6. Thank you very much jerreddredd, very much appreciate the help. I'll probably end up buying these parts soon, I'll post here and tell you how it turns out. Thanks again :wahoo:
  7. pistachionutslol said:
    Thank you very much jerreddredd, very much appreciate the help. I'll probably end up buying these parts soon, I'll post here and tell you how it turns out. Thanks again :wahoo:


    if you are still not sure if you can build you own (I think you can) this is a good option too:

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Systems/Home+and+Office/Home+PCs/Gladiator+Pronto+3450+Quad-Core+Home+PC+?productId=49894
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/MICROSOFT+Windows+Home+Premium+7+SP1+64-bit+EN+1pk+-+OEM+%5BGFC-02050%5D+?productId=38272
    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards+-+GPUs/Graphics+Cards+-+AMD/Radeon+HD+7850/XFX+Core+Edition+Radeon+HD+7850+2048MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=50787
    -------------------
    £ 554.94
    £ 7.95 Approx. Delivery
    £ 112.58 VAT
    --------------------
    £675.47 Total

    mid quality components are used (better than Cyber power PC) and you get a warranty too.
  8. jerreddredd said:


    Nice find, seems like a pretty good deal. Thanks.
  9. ivy bridge is better
  10. pistachionutslol said:
    Is it worth switching the mobo and cpu out for L1155 ones instead of S1155? I've heard good things about the 2500k.


    unless you are planing to overclock the i5 3550 is slightly faster that a stock i5 2500K (the are both clocked identically, but IVY is about 5% faster), but the 3550 cant be overclocked and the 2500k can.

    it would raise the cost of the build around £22 (CPU and Good MB) and you will need a CPU cooler for overclocking.
    http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-z77-ds3h-s1155-intel-z77-ddr3-atx-8307.html?refs=469740000&src=3
    http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-3-30ghz-lga1155-6mb-79Q8.html?refs=4294944663-44250000&src=3
  11. I think I will opt for that - stick a CM Hyper 212 in there on top. I guess its best to keep my options open.
  12. pistachionutslol said:
    I think I will opt for that - stick a CM Hyper 212 in there on top. I guess its best to keep my options open.


    options are always good to have.
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