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Need Advice on £500 Gaming PC, £600 max.

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August 24, 2012 3:32:15 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Quad Core Processor =£72.01

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 Motherboard (Socket AM3+, 4800MT/s, DDR3, ATX, True USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s Support) =£63.74

Memory: Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit =£36.21

Storage: Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 1 TB Hard Drive ST31000524AS =£59.83

Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD6850 Graphics Card PCI-e 1024 MB GDDR5 Memory =£127.65

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case =£64.98

Power Supply: Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E =£53.43

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB - Disk drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 22x/22x/12x - Serial ATA - internal - 5.25" - black =£14.95

Total = £492.80

This is my build so far, the system would be predominantly used for gaming however I would also use it for browsing the Internet and watching movies/ videos etc. I would be looking to play most games on high settings. This PC will replace my old laptop so I need a monitor and cheap keyboard and mouse as well. If you have any suggestions regarding better parts or cheaper prices, please leave a comment. I will extremely appreciate all advice as I have never built a computer before and only have basic knowledge of computers. Thanks :) 


August 24, 2012 4:58:35 PM

What are your opinions on this monitor? Is it a good monitor for the money? I'm sure I would be able to find it cheaper elsewhere if I looked.
August 24, 2012 5:36:52 PM

ben631 said:
What are your opinions on this monitor? Is it a good monitor for the money? I'm sure I would be able to find it cheaper elsewhere if I looked.


That should be a fine monitor for your use. That build looks pretty good. If you can get the 6870 that will be a better GPU option for the same price.
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August 24, 2012 6:02:24 PM

Ok, thanks for the advice. I'll look into getting the 6870. Do you think I will need a 1 TB hard drive, or will I be ok with a 500GB one?
August 24, 2012 6:13:29 PM

ben631 said:
Ok, thanks for the advice. I'll look into getting the 6870. Do you think I will need a 1 TB hard drive, or will I be ok with a 500GB one?


You don't have to get one initially - you can always add drives as your needs increase.
August 24, 2012 6:21:20 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You don't have to get one initially - you can always add drives as your needs increase.


Ok, one last question: is it better to get the dual fan 6870 GPU? What are the benefits of a dual fan? Thanks for all your help :) 
August 24, 2012 6:22:14 PM

ben631 said:
Ok, one last question: is it better to get the dual fan 6870 GPU? What are the benefits of a dual fan? Thanks for all your help :) 


Doesn't really make that much of a difference between the two as far as cooling goes.
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