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Need advice, building a £500 gaming PC

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January 5, 2013 8:14:08 PM

This is the first gaming PC i am building wanted some advice, first of all i could not decide whether to go with intel or amd here is my amd build although i have not fully decided which one to go with:

AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz £129.98

EVGA nVidia GTX480 £149.38

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD £46.40

Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz £31

Casecom KSM-7288 £15.99

WD 500GB Blue Desktop Drive £47.02

Corsair TX750M 750W Modular PSU £87.40

Arctic Cooling Freezer £15.48

Total: £522.65

Is this good?bad?awful? please let me know what you think any advice is appreciated thanks.
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January 5, 2013 8:38:52 PM

You're better off with this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£65.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.54 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£160.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £528.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



It's a bit more, but it's worth the extra £.
There's several things wrong with your build, that mobo needs a prior bios update, that chipset is not good for that cpu(cheap low end micro atx mobo), also a really cheap case, i don't think that it fits the 480 gtx, also the 480 gtx is a card that is power hungry and it reaches really high temps.
A 660 gtx is as good, if not sligthty better than a 480 gtx, but with much less power and heat, and newer features.
Also an i5-3470 is a good cpu, in gaming it's better than the fx, and with a really good mobo.
550w is plenty.

If you need to get the cheaper, get this mobo(still a good one) : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/msi-motherboard-b75map4...
January 5, 2013 8:39:02 PM

This would be much better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£52.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£33.88 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.91 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£182.90 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £535.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 22:37 GMT+0000)
January 5, 2013 9:10:28 PM

Thankyou
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