Hi guys, my friend's laptop broke so I offered to build him a desktop for his gaming, rather than him buy another not-so-good laptop. He's on a fairly limited budget though (preferably close to £550, upper limit £600), and so I came up with the following parts list from PC Part Picker.
CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£73.80 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£57.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.21 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card (£85.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.80 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor (£104.82 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Please Note: The whole "closer to £550" thing is because preferably he'd like to spend the other £50 of his budget on things like a keyboard and headset, as his laptop had a built in mic and, obviously, a built in keyboard.
So then, the question I'm asking is; is this the best system for the budget I'm working with here? If not, what would you use instead?
Thanks in advance.
Hi. That build looks good for the budget. I suggest downgrading the PSU to the 450W version while upgrading the graphics card to the GTX 650 Ti. I'm guessing you decided on a 1600 x 900 monitor instead of 1920 x 1080 because you didn't want to sacrifice image quality or frame rate for more pixels. I have compiled an alternative build below with an Intel i3 since most games don't use more than 2 cores yet and it performs better than most AMD processors in games. There's nothing wrong with your AMD build though.
The graphics card upgrade, PSU downgrade idea is a good one, so thanks for that. I already posted this on a few other forums, and they seem to agree with you on the i3 over the AMD FX CPU, so I'll go with that as well. As to why I selected a 1600x900 monitor over a 1920x1080 one, that sounds like a good reason, but in truth it's just because I use a 1600x900 monitor and it seems to be good enough for me.