I just moved to London from Spain and I'm willing to buy a computer here. The thing is I'm totally new here so I don't really know what are the best places to buy the components.
Here's what I'm looking for:
Purchase date: mid or late september 2012
System usage: gaming, media viewing and some development work
Monitor: not included in this budget. I plan on buying a Full HD LED TV in which I'll plug the computer
Need to buy a OS: no
Preferred parts: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU
Preferred website: actually I have no idea of good component sites in London, so any good advice on this will be appreciated.
Additional comments: obviously for that budget I'm not looking for the definitive gaming machine, but just a box to enjoy actual non very demanding games and some other games I have on Steam (some examples: Skyrim, Batman Arkham City, Fallout 3 / New Vegas, Darksiders) and some MMO things like WoW or SW: TOR
For that budget, you can get a solid gaming system, believe it or not. I put this together on the Scan.co.uk website:
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX (£88.76)
CPU: i5-3450 (£143.94)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB (£29.99)
GPU: 3GB XFX HD 7950 (£263.75)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W (£53.52)
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda (£59.87)
SSD: 90GB Corsair Force Series 3 (£64.68)
Chassis: Corsair 300R (£59.16)
Optical: Samsung SH-D163C DVD Reader (£11.75)
You're not overclocking, so you don't need a hugely expensive motherboard. CPU is a decent quad-core i5, should do you for years. RAM, nothing to add, just what you need. I'd go with the 7950 right now...Nvidia should release the 660Ti soon, which will see some price drops in the mid-range so you could wait for that. PSU should do you for that build, assuming you don't add a second GPU later (this motherboard can only Crossfire, no SLI, so if you plan to go multi-GPU, get an AMD card). 1TB HDD for storage and a small SSD for a boot drive, decent chassis (although personal preference) and a basic DVD reader.