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December 4, 2012 5:58:35 PM

Hello, i am stuck between buying all the parts of the PC and assembling it myself or buying it prebuilt. 5 years ago i would of went for building by scratch anyday, but times have changed and i need you help. I have found a great offer on Amazon for a mid-end gaming PC. It comes to a total of £581.10 (Including mouse, keyboard etc.) but if i was to homebuild this PC what would it come to? And thats my question, what will i need to make a identical PC to this one? I've found all i can below but have i missed anything, and overall is it cheaper homebuilt or prebuilt?

i5 Sandybridge Quad-Core - £163.88
8GB DDR3 RAM - £32.17
GeForce GTX 650 1GB - £89.74
Windows 7 - £69.99
Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8 x DVD+/-RW Slim Portable External DVD Writer - £21.72
Wires (UK power lead) & Mouse 'n' Keyboard - £30
Case - £35.34

Many thanks.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 6:00:28 PM

I wouldn't buy anything with the GTX650 in it. That card is pretty slow for modern gaming.
December 4, 2012 6:01:52 PM

So what should i go for? A HD 6670?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 6:06:13 PM

At that price I would go for a 7750.

But a mid-end gaming PC should not be built in this manner. I would rather have something like an i3, which allows for a nicer GPU.
December 4, 2012 6:08:13 PM

So if i was to go: i3 with a 7750 how much would this come to approx?
December 4, 2012 6:22:52 PM

You could go with something like this....Or just go to and pick your own and check back with toms peeps...
PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.88 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.36 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£58.99 @
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card (£124.75 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Keyboard: Gigabyte KM7580 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£20.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £437.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 20:26 GMT+0000)

You would need an OS too.

Thanks Demmo13..changed it
a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 6:26:04 PM

If you want to change PCPartpicker to work in pounds, put it in UK in the options in the top right.