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£450 budget with OS

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January 9, 2013 9:29:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week

Budget Range: £400 - 450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net/work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't mind

Location: London - England

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

I've had my PC now for around 7 years, and it was a pile of crap back then and it is now... :p 

My budget is low and I know it's going to be a squeeze but any advice would be appreciated greatly.

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January 9, 2013 10:21:45 AM

If you can stretch the budget a wee bit

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£70.56 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£57.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£125.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £467.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 12:21 GMT+0000)

If you can't downgrade to HD7770
January 9, 2013 10:48:07 AM

I wouldn't get a Old Phenom Processor. It may Bottleneck many GPUs, and you will have to upgrade it if you Upgrade your system in future.
So I would recommend you this.

It may perform lower than the Upper build but is the 1st step to a Great build.
If you'll upgrade in future, LGA 1155 will help you.
And i3 will not Bottleneck any Med-End GPU.

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-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£99.13 @ Dabs)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £443.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 9, 2013 11:06:57 AM

I hope you know 1155 is a dead socket as of Ivy.
January 9, 2013 11:09:26 AM

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

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor (£47.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.95 @ Aria PC)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £468.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 13:09 GMT+0000)

a much more GPU attacking build.
January 9, 2013 11:24:35 AM

Hey, guys thanks very much for your replies. If I could extend the budget by another £40 (so around 490) would that change anything at all?
January 9, 2013 11:39:03 AM

Well, you'd probably start moving into i5 territory, or at least i3 +7850 would be possible.
January 9, 2013 11:46:42 AM

With more money, here comes a better PC

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-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.30 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£138.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£28.31 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £483.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I've added a 7850 2GB card for better Gaming ;) 
Enjoy
January 9, 2013 11:48:02 AM

Then you can add another £50 to get an i5 :lol: 
January 10, 2013 8:56:29 PM

Not to bump an old thread but this motherboard ' MSI B75MA–P45 Intel B75 S1155' is out of stock and scan.co.uk sent me an email saying that I can get an alternative. Anyone have any suggestions (Newbie here :S)?
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