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£350 budget PC - first build ever :p

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October 3, 2012 5:27:21 PM

Need a bit of build advice! Here goes...

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks (don't need exact pricing). Could be more if I can't get the money together.

Budget Range: £350/$660 (think that's an approx conversion)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Word Processing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts/items that I already have:
Screen: Sony Bravia KDL-20S4020 (720p, 1366x768)
Peripherals: Wireless mouse & keyboard; Netgear wireless adapter
HDD: Western Digital WD10 EARS-00Y5B1 1TB (5400rpm)
OS: Windows 8
LG DVD drive
Do you need to buy OS: No (will trial Windows 8 and buy the £30 upgrade)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any respectable sites with low shipping costs to the UK

Location: Leeds, UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: Need the PC to run quietly. Also, need the motherboard to be a bit futureproofed as thinking I will probably upgrade the GPU and CPU in a year or so for gaming at 1920x1080.

Why Are You Upgrading: For gaming (want to run Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3, Dishonored , Guild Wars 2 smoothly at 1366x768 720p on as High settings as possible for my budget). Also the PSU on my old desktop has died.

Parts I am currently looking at:
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7770 Sapphire (£95.39)
CPU: Intel BX80637G2120 Pentium G2120/ 3.10GHz (£71.99)
PSU: Corsair 430W V2 CX Series PSU (£36.18)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68 - LGA1155 Socket (£71.90)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance - Memory - 4 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 1600 MHz / PC3-12800 - CL9 - 1.5 V - unbuffered - non-ECC (£15)
SSD: ADATA 500 Series 60 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-600 2.5" S511 (£47.48)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (£32)

Again, I don't need totally up to date prices and deals - I am just looking for some sound build advice and compatibility checks. Also, any advice about upcoming budget friendly tech I should wait for is appreciated!

Any help is hugely appreciated :) 
Lookinglass.


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October 18, 2012 6:07:40 AM

I would not recommend the CPU you are using, it cannot be used for gaming at all, your graphics card is decent, but you can only play the selected games at high settings. You need at least 8 GB of RAM to play those types of games and I would suggest getting a better ssd, or use this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., it should be enough to hold your OS and maybe 1-2 small games. You should invest on better case fans. Just upgrade your CPU, RAM, and SSD and you should be good to go! :D 
October 18, 2012 6:19:22 AM

Don't listen to this guy. 4GB of RAM is all any game would ever need. 8GB would only be needed for heavy video or photo editing. Also, that is an awesome processor for a budget gaming system. It blows away anything AMD offers for that price and even a bit more.
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