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September 25, 2012 5:41:35 PM

hi,
i am looking to buy a new pc, dont want to build one because dont think i can.

Approximate Purchase Date: whenever

Budget Range: 300-400 pound

System Usage from Most to Least Important: just for gaming

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: no

Location: swindon/england

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my laptop is old

if any one can recommend one to me that would be great
thanks

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September 25, 2012 6:03:49 PM

I just built my first computer a few weeks ago. It is much easier than you think and you will feel great when you hit the power button the first time and it turns on. There are plenty of guides on this site to tell you how to do it. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g... It's old, but should work. Take a week or two and read a few guides, watch a few videos then see how you feel about it.
September 25, 2012 6:19:13 PM

There is no pre-built PC that isnt utter crap in this price range.Pre-Build PC's are pretty crappy to begin with and at that price range i doubt you'll find one with a discrete graphics card.

In my opinion the best thing to do is order all the PC parts yourself and then pay someone to assemble it.This way it will be faster, higher quality and just overall much better.

This is as low as you should go

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G550 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£32.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£34.57 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£17.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card (£47.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.14 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£37.07 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £254.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This PC will provide pretty good FPS in new games on medoum settings.
By switching the graphics card to this one you'll substantially increased FPS
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-video-card-hd687azh...

And the second PC is pretty much everything you need for some serious gaming.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£69.07 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£50.45 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£17.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (£120.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.14 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£37.07 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £379.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I don't know how much you'd have to pay for someone to assemble it but even if its 200 pounds (it won't be even close) this PC will still be better value than a pre-built one.
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September 25, 2012 6:28:36 PM

looks good still not sure, i just dont want to spend all that money and it dont work. did you have any problems when you did yours
September 25, 2012 6:31:54 PM

thanks Kamen_Bg, tempted to build my own. does it matter what the storage unit is can i use an old one i got it says RM on the front if that helps
September 25, 2012 9:54:22 PM

wingnut21 said:
looks good still not sure, i just dont want to spend all that money and it dont work. did you have any problems when you did yours

The only thing I did wrong with mine was plug the SSD into the wrong port. It was showing up as a removable disk at first. Took me 30 seconds to fix. I was thinking of having a friend build it for me, but now I am very happy that I didn't.
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