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£400 Budget Gaming & Rendering PC.

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July 18, 2012 10:52:49 AM

Hey guys/girls, basically I'm looking to build my own PC for £400 or below or extremely close too, can be a little over, not too fussed.

You do not need to include: OPTICAL DRIVES, OPERATING SYSTEM OR A HARD DRIVE.

I am either going to do that OR upgrade my current PC which isn't very good. The specs of that PC are as follows, I thought I would just mix these two kinda' problems in one thread instead of making two, I hope that's okay.

Here are the specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 5000+.
GPU: Built in graphics - NONE.
RAM: 2GB DDR2
PSU: ADT 350W
MOTHERBOARD: ASROCK N68PV-GS

No need to mention HDD or optical drives, they're remaining the same.

Thanks for your helps everyone! :love:  :kaola: 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 11:28:23 AM

are your existing drives SATA or IDE? if the latter, they're useless.

assuming they are, heres a 400 pound build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2380P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.70 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£38.06 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£31.50 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£83.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.88 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £413.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 18, 2012 1:23:46 PM

Thanks for your recommendation and mine are all SATA. Thanks. Anymore?

I'm looking for the best 'Bang for buck' too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 1:45:35 PM

what size are your existing Hard drives?

it will probly make sense regardless to add a 90 or 120 GB SSD for photoshop/3d studio/maya/.et al
July 18, 2012 2:00:26 PM

300GB SATA II - Would an AMD processor be better bang for buck, I could get an AMD FX-8150 for a little less than that Intel processor.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 2:08:47 PM

about the same performance in rendering, less capable in games, but still adequate, so maybe. let me look at an 8120 build (It'll overclock the same as an 8150)
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 2:17:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor (£129.34 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£34.20 @ Amazon UK)
Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£68.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£83.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.88 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £447.22
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

a little more expensive here, but the ssd is most of the price difference, CPU + MOBO comes out about the same
July 18, 2012 2:48:22 PM

So what would you got with the AMD or Intel based system? I think Intel may be best since I have the option to upgrade CPU in the future whereas the AMD 8 core is already top of the range for their processors which would mean me getting a whole new mobo to get to use intel processors.

So do you think these systems are good value for money and do you think i could squeeze a little more out of my budget?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 4:20:19 PM

I'd probly go with the Intel build, but with the SSD
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