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October 22, 2012 4:30:27 PM

Ok so basically my brother wants a simple PC for playing football manager and watching videos. I have build PC before but im really bad at choosing suitable parts for them as my computers I just tend to buy high end parts with good reviews.
we already have some old Hard drives that still work so dont need them or a monitor.
Approximate Purchase Date: possibly this week

Budget Range: £400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing football manager, surfing, watching videos

Are you buying a monitor: no
Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: dont mind but prefer all parts from same site if possible.

Location: England

Parts Preferences: prefer intel but im used to higher end builds

Overclocking: possibly if he wants me to later on.

SLI or Crossfire:for football manager haha :) 

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

More about : max 400

October 22, 2012 4:52:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l4SV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l4SV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l4SV/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£71.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£39.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card (£93.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £425.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This build does the job. If you want to get down to your 400 price point, just drop the CPU cooler, but I recommend getting it soon because the stock cooler on the 965 is pretty loud.
Ask with any question.
Cheers
October 22, 2012 5:11:16 PM

Does football manager really require a dedicated graphics card? and 8 gb ram?
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October 22, 2012 6:10:43 PM

I made a similar mistake when I tried to have a build that was cheap as possible. Now had I actually waited 1-2 months extra then I could have built something that was suited for me and would last a few years. Take for example that amd processor. I have that processor which I bought for £80 odd but for another 80 I could have had I5 2500k and that would've been perfect for me. Now I am at the stage where I am going to buying the I5 processor soon which will mean I will have bought 2 processor when I actually should of just waited and just bought one.

Bear that in mind.
October 22, 2012 6:28:51 PM

My brother really doesnt use computers much so he wont want to upgrade he just needs for Football manager 2013 and simple web browsing and watching videos
October 22, 2012 11:03:34 PM

It definitely won't need the 8GB of RAM. You could get a lower end GPU, but I do recommend it.
I wasn't even thinking earlier. You could easily go the APU route.

You could go with this as well.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l73D
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l73D/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/l73D/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-3670K 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor (£61.63 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard (£37.19 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £276.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I always forget about APU. This would do just fine. I downgraded to one 4GB stick, but there is room for more.
October 23, 2012 4:52:10 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/lbv5

Ok so no my brother has decided he wants to spend the full £400 and get the best he can
He also wants a small case so gone for MATX
how do that build look
thanks guys
October 23, 2012 6:08:45 PM

That build looks solid.

The 7770 is an excellent budget GPU.

The 3220 is a better processor than any APU by AMD.

I think he would be very happy.

BTW, that case is pretty awesome.
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