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Gaming pc for £500

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December 21, 2012 9:53:50 AM

Hi All

Well after going through my 3rd xbox 360 I've decided to turn to Pc gaming. Im not very techie so will require a prebuilt system. My budget is £500 and I'm hoping I can get a system that will play bf3 on high settings ( if thats realistic). The budget is purley for the pc which I'll be buying shortly after xmas as I'm being given a 1920x1080 22inch monitor and a keyboprd & mouse.

I've been looking at vibox and some of the set ups they have on ebay.


Any comments/ recommendation/ help would be greatly appreciated

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December 21, 2012 9:58:35 AM

Forgot to mention 'if its not obvious from the pound mark' I'm in the UK
December 21, 2012 2:09:52 PM

Both are worthless, a 6670 or 630GT is not enough nowadays, and for battlefield high @1080 they're no good.
You have a 1080p monitor, and for that at least a 7850 or 660 gtx for that resolution.
You can have a good pc with 450£ by buying the parts and then pay the rest for assemble the parts in a pc shop.

My advice :
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December 21, 2012 2:15:58 PM

This is solid advice. Or just look up some Youtube videos on how to do it yourself - probably save you at least £60 and it's a useful skill to have. Money saved could be put towards getting a 2GB GTX660 in there and/or SSD.
December 22, 2012 5:46:02 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, just a quick question about the processor. The ones in the pcs I posted are 4ghz and up quad core where the one you have said is 3.1ghz so wouldn't the pre builds run faster? Plus there is a lot more memory.

Would the pc's I've listed be ok for gaming in the mid to high settings for a year or so then I could upgrade the graphics card?
December 22, 2012 6:13:55 PM

Nah, it doesn't help if it's 4 or 6 inferior cores. Lots of people look at specs to estimate performance when they could just look at results:

Memory is dirt cheap to buy (£30 for 8GB) and any more won't do anything for gaming (even 8GB is overkill). You need an i3 or i5 with a decent graphics card.
December 23, 2012 12:28:50 AM

Thanks again, think I'm going to attempt to build this myself after putting in some time watching tutorials online. Will most likely be going with the build djangoringo's posted. Would there be much different between the hd7850 1gb and hd7850 2gb?
December 23, 2012 7:43:27 AM


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£162.94 @
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.68 @ CCL Computers)
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 @
Total: £504.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 09:42 GMT+0000)

This is even better than the "more FPS" build djangoringo suggested.
It has got a better graphics card, better hard drive and a much better case.
December 23, 2012 10:20:32 AM

I'd take djangoringo's case and card personally. Good to have a 1TB drive though.
December 27, 2012 12:05:24 AM

I'm going with the xfx radon hd7870 2gb and I'm going out to buy the rest most of the parts this week. Would I need a heat sink and addition fans?