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November 24, 2012 3:13:55 PM

So I plan to build a pc but I have no idea what to get..

A Micro ATX or full ATX gaming build.

My budget is around £600 but would love for it be lower than that.

I plan to play at 1920x1080 and play the modern games BF3 for example on it's highest settings.

I already have the PSU, OS, Hard Drive, Monitor, keyboard and mouse.

PSU is 750watts.

Any full build list would be good, thanks!

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November 24, 2012 3:28:30 PM

After looking around will this build be able to play modern games on max?
November 24, 2012 3:32:58 PM

no reason these days not to save money with micro atx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£52.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.16 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£140.23 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£33.96 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32-bit) (£65.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £608.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 17:32 GMT+0000)
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November 24, 2012 3:35:29 PM

It really depends on your needs but it is better to have an ATX build. :) 

Where do you buy your parts anyway?

Scan.co.uk?
November 24, 2012 3:35:54 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
no reason these days not to save money with micro atx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£52.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.16 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£140.23 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£33.96 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32-bit) (£65.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £608.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 17:32 GMT+0000)


Is it worth micro atx, reason why I don't want to go full atx is the cost wise. What the benefits? also will that build play any game for example battlefield 3 on max?
November 24, 2012 3:37:56 PM

shaunw50 said:
So I plan to build a pc but I have no idea what to get..

A Micro ATX or full ATX gaming build.

My budget is around £600 but would love for it be lower than that.

I plan to play at 1920x1080 and play the modern games BF3 for example on it's highest settings.

I already have the PSU, OS, Hard Drive, Monitor, keyboard and mouse.

PSU is 750watts.

Any full build list would be good, thanks!

Whether you choose to get a mini-atx case or a full atx is you choice. Functionality will always favor the mid size or full size atx cases, but I for one don't care if someone is just "functional"; It's these very same reasons you won't ever see me rockin' white new balance or sketchers for shoe choices.

For gaming on a budget, could always try a 3rd gen ivy bridge i5 with any z77 mobo from asus, msi, intel, asrock, or gigabyte (my preference). GPU, one of the best cards for the money would could be like a gtx 650 ti or a 560 ftw card. It'll get the job done.
November 24, 2012 3:39:13 PM

cutebeans said:
It really depends on your needs but it is better to have an ATX build. :) 

Where do you buy your parts anyway?

Scan.co.uk?



When I make a build with full atx it comes to price around £600 - 700
but when I build a Micro ATX it comes to around £400, this is the price I want to keep it around not pay full amount of money.

I would like to play modern games like BF3 at 1920x1080 with settings to high but it starting to feel like I cannot do that in my budget.
November 24, 2012 3:40:13 PM

peekxc said:
Whether you choose to get a mini-atx case or a full atx is you choice. Functionality will always favor the mid size or full size atx cases, but I for one don't care if someone is just "functional"; It's these very same reasons you won't ever see me rockin' white new balance or sketchers for shoe choices.

For gaming on a budget, could always try a 3rd gen ivy bridge i5 with any z77 mobo from asus, msi, intel, asrock, or gigabyte (my preference). GPU, one of the best cards for the money would could be like a gtx 650 ti or a 560 ftw card. It'll get the job done.


When I make a build with full atx it comes to price around £600 - 700
but when I build a Micro ATX it comes to around £400, this is the price I want to keep it around not pay full amount of money.

I would like to play modern games like BF3 at 1920x1080 with settings to high but it starting to feel like I cannot do that in my budget.
November 24, 2012 3:46:08 PM

Reuse the some of parts you have :) 

Tell us what you've got!
November 24, 2012 3:47:01 PM

amdfangirl said:
Reuse the some of parts you have :) 

Tell us what you've got!


I have, hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, power supply and DVD Drive.
November 24, 2012 4:06:51 PM

amdfangirl said:
Reuse the some of parts you have :) 

Tell us what you've got!


If you can make a build for me that will play any game on max at 1920x1080 it would help a lot. I also plan to overclock to 4.0Ghz.

I don't want the price to be really high though.
November 24, 2012 4:16:24 PM

So wait, you don't have a complete rig right now?
November 24, 2012 4:36:12 PM

amdfangirl said:
So wait, you don't have a complete rig right now?


No I am building on and buying the parts sometime next week, but to save money I already have

OS, keyboard, monitor, mouse, power supply and hard drive.

I would like to build a clean looking rig that plays modern games at 1920x1080 on the highest if possible and lowest price if possible.
November 24, 2012 5:26:28 PM

Can anybody post a build with the above things I would like for the rig..... all this messing around I might just stick with a console that is 8 years old and runs BF3 on medium when it is 8 YEARS OLD!
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