Budget gaming system

Hey, im considering building a budget pc hopefully around the £400 mark for a bit of gaming and schoolwork. I dont have a lot of knowledge on this however and could do with some help.
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  1. Here's a tip for you :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£83.98 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£42.98 @ Novatech)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£37.19 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£138.98 @ CCL Computers)
    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)
    Total: £420.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    It's a bit over 400£ but it's worth it.
  2. Thanks that looks great!
    Just to ask though why are intel processors preferable when amd provides higher cores and ghz for the same level of money? (like i said im not too knowledgable so i expect ive missed something)
  3. The i3-3220 is better cpu for gaming than the X4 phenom II amd cpus, and has a lower power consumption.
    See here for recommendations : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-3.html
  4. Would upgrading to an i5 be a good idea? Or will the i3 play most games well?
  5. In addition it says there are compatability issues due to usb 3.0 ports and the case (sorrry for the multiple posts)
  6. No, unless you want a case with usb 3.0 in the front, in the back there's already usb 3.0 ports from the mobo.
    For a low budget the i3 is what suits best.
    If you can afford the i5-3470 over the i3, by all means.
  7. What do you mean "compatability issues" ?

    Edit: ah...front port USB3.

    --> as djangoringo said - simply use the back.
  8. Oh ok so it will still work, there just wont be front ports
    Thanks for your help! Im pretty sure ill go for this :)
  9. New issue, i was considering changing the processor to an i5 3350p, is this worth it?
    In addition alot of my friends have had bad expereinces with ati graphics cards, so is nvidia a beyer option?
  10. ati is quite good. nvidia isnt better, all depends on the model. so max budget is what now? in pounds.
  11. Im going to £450 which is what it comes to current with ati
    Just wondering if an nvidia of the same quality and or price would compare
    Also is the case good? I dont want to cheap out on that
  12. do you require windows?
  13. No ive got that all sorted, just need help on components
  14. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhIE
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhIE/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhIE/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£82.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £460.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 17:18 GMT+0000)

    would do the trick nicely
  15. Wait so would upgrading the mother board be more beneficial than upgrading to an i5?
    I realise that an i5 i 3450 ncreases it to over £450 but this is acceptable
  16. so u want a 4core instead of 2 core?.
  17. well here.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.70 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £506.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 17:32 GMT+0000)

    its about 50 quids more, but def worth it for future proofing. ull be fine with 2cores for now but future games will work better with the 4core.
  18. $587.72 is not five hundred pounds, are you sure thats right?
  19. what this is in ur currency. not us.

    its about 50 quids more for the 4core.
  20. No but it says its $587.72 on the website which is around £370
  21. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.70 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £506.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 17:51 GMT+0000)

    there fixed.
  22. Oh so its picking parts from the uk, so if i get them shipped surely it will cost way less??!
  23. yes, thats right and faster.
  24. So i should buy it from the US? From that link
  25. no, the link i gave u.
  26. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhQF/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.70 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £506.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 17:58 GMT+0000)
  27. On the link it has it in dollars man
  28. give me a sec it keeps switching the site.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ai3G
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ai3G/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ai3G/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.70 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ 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)
    Total: £519.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 18:00 GMT+0000)

    that should work
  29. i dunno the websites messedup. but those parts u can get from those websites. tats listed beside the price.
  30. I had to change my location sorry about that haha, would a gtx 650 be a better cheaper option, as id rather slightly cheap out on the graphics and be able to upgrade in the future. Plus it should do what i want, the max intense game i will play is skyrim
  31. er 650 would be a fail compare to the cards me and dj recommanded. it would get pwned in skyrim.
  32. Ok so ill go for the 7850 that dj suggested
  33. yep that works fine and his build is quite good as well.
  34. Sorry could you do a partpicker for that? Thanks
  35. Wait so should i just get his build with the i5?
  36. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aiv1
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aiv1/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aiv1/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£89.40 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£138.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.16 @ 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)
    Total: £443.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 18:54 GMT+0000)

    this would do the trick
  37. Really sorry for dragging this on but i thought amd werent as good?
  38. looks good to me
  39. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/AhS1
    Or this
    Which do you think?
  40. robbom8 said:
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/AhS1
    Or this
    Which do you think?



    Either this for amd : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/AiW7

    If you want to go with a decent cpu for amd get the FX-6300 not the FX-4000 or 6200.

    Or this for intel : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/AiYd / http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/AiQR

    The i5-3350p has the same performance without the on die gpu, since you have a card no need for it, and since you're in a tight budget, it's a good option.
    The NZXT case 210 is a good one : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Source_210_Elite/6.html
  41. Thanks so much for your help man, ill let you know which one i choose when i do, need to sort out some *** first so i can put it somewhere
  42. good advise dj. either djs or my recommandation is good.

    witch ever u choose ull get something good, he knows his stuff :)
  43. Thanks man :)
  44. no problem dont hesitate to pm me if u require more help.
  45. Robbo: that's a lot of info you've been given - no offence.....are you trolling? .....---> make sure you google the info provided and your questions to give you confidence!
  46. interesting.
  47. Mate its all compatable on the website and ive checked it elsewhere and they say it should be fine, i doubt trolls would take this much out of their day to help me
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