Made an account on here just to ask advice, been searching everywhere but don't know where to start This is my last resort haha.
I've long been a console fanboy, never even considering PC gaming as I never appreciated the quality of it.
I currently own a Dell Vostro 200:
- Intel Core Duo 1.8GHz
- HD6570 (put in a few months ago to start playing game a few games and experience PC gaming)
- 4GB RAM 2x2GB (Don't know of specs)
- 320GB HDD
Now, by no means is this PC failing me. It still does what I throw at it and hasn't failed me once, the stock graphics card did however lack even when it came to low-mid quality gaming, hence the HD6570 upgrade which to be honest, did a world of good.
However, I feel like I've got to know the PC platform adequately and would like it to replace consoles in my gaming habits from now on. I have a mere £500 budget for this new build (which I am determined to build on my own from scratch) and would like some experienced opinions on component choices from you guys. I'd be very grateful if one or two (or let's be honest, as many as possible ) could have a quick peak and lend a hand at choosing.
I have no previous experience of choosing components as I've only ever bought pre-builts so I thought I'd fill in the template found here in the forums and let you guys help me out.
Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and Christmas
Budget Range: £400-£500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (not insane quality, just 'good quality'), web browsing and standard use (word processing etc), video encoding/ripping DVDs for tablet.
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe at a later date
Parts to Upgrade: Complete build from scratch. Bought this
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon preferred. But if price is good enough, anywhere UK based of course
Location: Wales, United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: Main reason for asking for advice. Are Intel really that much better than AMD? So far I've considered an i5 3750K and an AMD FX8150 as CPU. Are these OTT? Or adequate?
A new bang-for-buck graphics card would be good too.
I noticed your purchase date "between now and December"? It would be a better idea if you came back here when you have a definite date of purchase since prices and new technology change so fast, and the parts we suggest now can and will most likely be different on December.
Total: £478.89 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
this is without ram and case which you say you have, also you will be able to easily overclock this system to 4.2ghz which is simple...i have the 2gig version of that video card and run everything on high/ultra without a problem and was only a few quid more