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Very tight budget PC

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December 12, 2012 9:25:22 PM

I'm looking to build my first PC but my budget is very small as I have to fund it myself and I'm only 15.

My budget is £300 - £350

I'm mainly going to be using it for web surfing, MS Office, watching downloaded movies, editing with Sony Vegas, maybe some AAE and playing games such as Mirrors Edge, Portal, Cod4. Playing modern games at low/medium settings would be nice too.

I expect to multitask, but not more than a few applications at a time (i.e, 10 tabs on a browser, LoL, and Visual Studio)

Things I won't need - Keyboard, mouse, DVD drive.

Things I will need - everything else

Can I get some recommendations on what to buy?

Thanks

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2012 9:40:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.68 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£76.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £349.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
December 12, 2012 9:42:51 PM

djangoringo said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.68 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£76.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £349.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Thanks for that.

Could you do an AMD build with a price at <£300?
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December 12, 2012 9:44:51 PM

Stay intel and its realy nice build for that price..
a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2012 9:48:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£69.55 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£14.76 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£43.23 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£76.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £341.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


or apu :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£92.34 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£54.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£31.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £286.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2012 9:48:48 PM

that build lacks a monitor and operating system. do you need those?
December 12, 2012 9:54:34 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
that build lacks a monitor and operating system. do you need those?


No, I have a monitor and 64bit W7. I can't edit the OP for some reason.

December 13, 2012 3:36:12 PM

I'll be buying the components in late February.

Will I be able to get better components for a cheaper price by then?
December 13, 2012 5:38:02 PM

bump
a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2012 10:36:29 AM

prices will be generally down a little in 2 months, yes
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