£400/$600 gaming build

I am Thinking of building a gaming pc in the near future. I have found some parts already, but the total is at least £100 over budget. If the only way to get it cheaper is to compromise on quality then I'll just have to pay for it. I plan on playing Minecraft mainly but may end up playing some more graphically intense games in the future (COD WAW, BF3, BO2).
Here are the parts I have so far:

Amd Phenom ii x4 965 BE
Sapphire HD 6870
Asus M5A97 PRO
OCZ 500W modxstream Pro
CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer
Kingston 4GB DDR3 RAM
Sony AD7280S-0B SATA DVD Burner

Monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse not required.

If providing alternatives I would prefer ASUS motherboard and AMD processor but other than that any other makes are fine.

Thanks in advance and sorry for the giant post :)
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  1. A H61/i3-2120 build would give slightly better performance and be a bit cheaper. You couldn't overclock it though. You could get a cheaper case like the Antec One and get a 500GB HDD.
  2. Thanks for the reply, I'll have a think about it, but I think i'll just stick with what I said in the first place.
    Thanks again
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£80.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.78 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.57 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£99.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black/Orange ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£11.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £402.42
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 12:30 BST+0100)
  4. It's hard (nigh on impossible!) to build a gaming system for £400, sadly. I'd advise against the build you put together, though. It's old technology and can't be upgraded any further. You can spend the same money approximately and get yourself an Intel S1155-based system which can be upgraded up to an i7 CPU at a later date...much more cost-effective, IMHO.

    I would get a Pentium G850 CPU and an Z77 motherboard instead of the AMD options you're currently considering. The G850 can't be overclocked but if you upgrade the CPU later you keep that option open without having to change the motherboard too. If you think you'll never overclock, get an H77 motherboard instead, although the price difference between the two is negligible (H77 motherboards cannot adjust the CPU multiplier, so you can't overclock to any meaningful level).

    I would also get a 600W PSU at a minimum to account for future upgrades, and get one from someone like Corsair while you're at it. You could save some money with the chassis, if you scouted around for a cheaper one. Plenty of budget cases out there that would allow you to save half the amount of cash.
  5. the 965 system I posted will upgrade just fine to the Piledriver chips next year and can handle any 7000 or 8000 series GPU up to 7850 and the likely 8850 next year
  6. In no way is it impossible to build a gaming system at this budget. The build he posted would play almost any game at ultra high settings at 1080P
  7. jmsellars1 said:
    In no way is it impossible to build a gaming system at this budget. The build he posted would play almost any game at ultra high settings at 1080P

    If your talking about the one I posted at the top that's great!

    If I change some parts to:
    Zalman z11 plus
    8gb corsair vengeance
    Same PSU but 600w

    I know these may end up costing me more, but I don't mind as long as it can play minecraft at a good FPS and say WAW at a decent FPS.

    Thanks everyone for all the replies they have helped a lot but I'd like to stick with AMD to see what they are like.
    Thanks again
  8. I'm pretty much certain it will, that GPU is like 20-30% better than my GTX 460 and that plays anything but Skyrim and BF3 on ultra. Even those 2 I can play on high, just not ultra high. The CPU isn't quite as good as mine unless you do some pretty extreme overclocking, but it's still fine. It won't make much of a difference.
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