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January 28, 2013 9:07:00 PM

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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a b 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 9:12:19 PM

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.
January 28, 2013 9:23:59 PM

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)
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January 28, 2013 9:30:16 PM

Would upgrading to an i5 be a good idea? Or will the i3 play most games well?
January 28, 2013 9:39:01 PM

In addition it says there are compatability issues due to usb 3.0 ports and the case (sorrry for the multiple posts)
a b 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 9:46:02 PM

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.
January 28, 2013 9:48:33 PM

What do you mean "compatability issues" ?

Edit: ah...front port USB3.

--> as djangoringo said - simply use the back.
January 28, 2013 9:51:22 PM

Oh ok so it will still work, there just wont be front ports
Thanks for your help! Im pretty sure ill go for this :) 
January 29, 2013 2:45:14 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 2:50:12 PM

ati is quite good. nvidia isnt better, all depends on the model. so max budget is what now? in pounds.

January 29, 2013 3:07:14 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:08:08 PM

do you require windows?

January 29, 2013 3:12:53 PM

No ive got that all sorted, just need help on components
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:18:24 PM

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

January 29, 2013 3:30:12 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:30:58 PM

so u want a 4core instead of 2 core?.

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:32:52 PM

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.

January 29, 2013 3:44:38 PM

$587.72 is not five hundred pounds, are you sure thats right?
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:45:32 PM

what this is in ur currency. not us.

its about 50 quids more for the 4core.

January 29, 2013 3:50:29 PM

No but it says its $587.72 on the website which is around £370
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:52:06 PM

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.

January 29, 2013 3:53:37 PM

Oh so its picking parts from the uk, so if i get them shipped surely it will cost way less??!
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:54:49 PM

yes, thats right and faster.

January 29, 2013 3:55:45 PM

So i should buy it from the US? From that link
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:56:50 PM

no, the link i gave u.

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:57:33 PM

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)

January 29, 2013 3:57:41 PM

On the link it has it in dollars man
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:00:54 PM

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

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:01:37 PM

i dunno the websites messedup. but those parts u can get from those websites. tats listed beside the price.

January 29, 2013 4:04:39 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:05:46 PM

er 650 would be a fail compare to the cards me and dj recommanded. it would get pwned in skyrim.

January 29, 2013 4:15:16 PM

Ok so ill go for the 7850 that dj suggested
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:31:45 PM

yep that works fine and his build is quite good as well.

January 29, 2013 4:31:58 PM

Sorry could you do a partpicker for that? Thanks
January 29, 2013 4:34:29 PM

Wait so should i just get his build with the i5?
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:53:19 PM

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

January 29, 2013 5:04:06 PM

Really sorry for dragging this on but i thought amd werent as good?
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 5:31:01 PM

looks good to me

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 5:44:42 PM

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_Elit...
January 29, 2013 5:59:27 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:51:15 PM

good advise dj. either djs or my recommandation is good.

witch ever u choose ull get something good, he knows his stuff :) 
January 29, 2013 6:55:45 PM

Thanks man :) 
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 7:01:08 PM

no problem dont hesitate to pm me if u require more help.

January 29, 2013 10:30:50 PM

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!
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 10:33:24 PM

interesting.

January 30, 2013 4:58:23 AM

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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