Budget Gaming PC for a friend

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.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/x2XV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/x2XV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/x2XV/benchmarks/

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)

Total: £568.51
(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.
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  1. 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.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£86.22 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£41.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.50 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card (£107.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor (£104.48 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £568.53
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 07:26 GMT+0000)
  2. 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.
  3. Well if your friend don't mind, then the GTX 650 Ti will perform well at that resolution. You're welcome and good luck with the build.
  4. Thanks for the help! :)
  5. Go for the HD 7850 http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-video-card-fx785aznfc

    15 more whatever you call them lol (pounds?/euros? IDK LOL)
  6. If it was my money, I might, but won't fit in the budget. And we call them pounds :)
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