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£400-£500/$650-$800 Budget Gaming Pc for first time build

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December 13, 2012 1:52:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and feb 2013

Budget Range: £400-£500/$650-$800 Shipping not included but thought of if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Arma 2/DayZmod, Gta 4, Fallout, DayZ standalone when out. Also if possible of a rig of this budget newer releases like far cry 3 and battle Field 3 on low settings./watching movies/Surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Not at the moment but will after Build is finished



Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any as long as it has a good description

Location: City, State/Region, Country - UK

Parts Preferences: best on my budget

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe as im not to sure what this is to be honest

Your Monitor Resolution: I have a 15'' monitor at the moment will give exact model when i get back home

Additional Comments: Arma 2/DayZmod, Gta 4, Fallout, DayZ standalone when out. Also if possible of a rig of this budget newer releases like far cry 3 and battle Field 3 on low settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Coming from console gaming
a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 2:06:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.68 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£56.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£33.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £489.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
December 13, 2012 12:09:17 PM

Thank you for replying djangoringo.

I already have an optical drive couldn't tell you off the top of my head what one till i get home
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December 13, 2012 5:56:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£106.98 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS7000C-AlCu Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£15.41 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£58.70 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£33.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£54.91 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £498.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 20:22 GMT+0000)
Had a little mess around and was just wondering if this is a good build.
a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 6:33:20 PM

You don't need a aftermaket cooler for that cpu, you changed a gfx card for worse, that mobo isn't good one, it's an asus but the "le" is the worst mobos from them.
If you want an mid case and an atx mobo get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£33.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.43 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £470.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

December 13, 2012 6:46:47 PM

I would take a look at this. Btw the HD 7870 is as good, if not better, than the gtx 660 ti. Plus i was able to fit a ivy bridge i5! Don't get scared of the "P" it just draws less power than the other ones because it doesn't have integrated graphics (useless with a dedicated card lol)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£28.93 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.62 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£174.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£44.08 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £502.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 20:44 GMT+0000)
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