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1st pc build: Please suggest a build for less than £400 ($620), £500 ($770) is absolute max.

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July 29, 2013 2:34:24 PM

Hey guys,
As the title states, i'm looking to build my first gaming pc and have a low budget. I've just left consoles and was hoping for a good start in pc gaming.
I want to be able to run battlefield 3 on low-medium at least and the same with planetside 2.
Btw a monitor, mouse and keyboard is also included in the budget.

Thank you.

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July 29, 2013 2:42:31 PM

$100 monitor + $20 mouse + keyboard + $100 for Windows 7 OEM = $220 spent already

Random Case $20
AMD FX6300 Processor $120
HD 7850 or GTX 550 Ti $150
Decent 450W PSU $50
CD Drive $15
500GB 7200 RPM HDD $60
Cheapest MOBO $75

Total $490 for computer

Minimum I'm seeing you have to spend is $710 + taxes takes you to $750 which is the max of your budget. I wouldn't go cheaper with any of the parts I listed.

July 29, 2013 2:56:27 PM

So you want a monitor, mouse and keyboard also included in the £400-£500 budget? Any preference on screen size or any hardware?

Do you need an OS (Operating System) included within this budget as well?
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July 29, 2013 2:58:58 PM

refllect said:
$100 monitor + $20 mouse + keyboard + $100 for Windows 7 OEM = $220 spent already

Random Case $20
AMD FX6300 Processor $120
HD 7850 or GTX 550 Ti $150
Decent 450W PSU $50
CD Drive $15
500GB 7200 RPM HDD $60
Cheapest MOBO $75

Total $490 for computer

Minimum I'm seeing you have to spend is $710 + taxes takes you to $750 which is the max of your budget. I wouldn't go cheaper with any of the parts I listed.



SturmWurbler said:
So you want a monitor, mouse and keyboard also included in the £400-£500 budget? Any preference on screen size or any hardware?

Do you need an OS (Operating System) included within this budget as well?


July 29, 2013 3:02:06 PM

Ive found a monitor +mouse and keyboard combo for £50 and windows (7) is included in the budget. So i have a budget of around £390. Sorry i should've been clearer.
July 29, 2013 3:04:58 PM

Are you entirely happy with that combo then? So your maximum will now be £450, and I need to include Windows 7 with it. I'll try and find a build for you :) 

Do you want it as cheap as possible or as much performance for your £450?
July 29, 2013 3:05:06 PM

Why am i quoting? Sorry guys i literally joined an hour ago.
July 29, 2013 3:07:23 PM

That's okay, don't worry about it. I only joined yesterday!
July 29, 2013 3:09:04 PM

Erm keep it fairly cheap but performance is important. If u find a part which is expensive, please tell me even if u dont include it in the build.
July 29, 2013 3:11:02 PM

Id dont care about the monitor im buying as im swapping it out for the monitor with my current pc.
July 29, 2013 3:18:30 PM

Here's a build that I think suits your needs. I believe the video card is a little bit of a bottleneck for the CPU, but you can upgrade in the future. It's slightly over budget, but I didn't want to skimp on performance for the sake of £10.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£123.60 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£57.15 @ Dabs)
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£46.25 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT 630 2GB Video Card (£49.83 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master RC-361-KKN1 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.56 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.70 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.97 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£66.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £463.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 23:16 BST+0100)

I've just had another look and I may need to change it a little, because the RAM is slightly incompatible. Also, the case there doesn't have USB 3.0 ports, so can't make use of the ones that the motherboard offers, but that's not a big problem.
July 29, 2013 3:25:08 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£123.60 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£57.15 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£50.51 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT 630 2GB Video Card (£49.83 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.70 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.97 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£66.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £473.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 23:24 BST+0100)

Here's the same build but with compatible RAM, and a case with USB 3.0 ports. However it is almost £25 over your budget, if you buy the £50 package.

You could always swap out the GT 630 2GB for the slightly cheaper 1GB, as the GT 630 isn't powerful enough to use the whole 2GB VRAM to its full potential anyway.
July 29, 2013 3:52:18 PM

Im gone for 10 mins and BOOM. 2 BUILDS. You work fast. Thanks man i would have no clue otherwise.
July 29, 2013 4:03:27 PM

You're welcome! They're only slightly different, but the second one is much better in regards of perfomance. You should copy and paste it into a new thread and get other people's opinions on it to double check. Credit me too, if you fancy.

Does the build meet your needs by the way?

Don't forget to message me or comment on this again if you need more help. Oh, and don't forget to choose a solution or best answer!
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