Hi all, im currently helping a couple of people out with building budget (ish) gaming PC's of around the £500-£600 region. I have come up with a rough build that i thought may be suitable, however there are certain components that I do not have a great deal of knowledge about what to get and could use some experienced advise. Please feel free to evaluate my selection of components and/or come up with a superior and more balanced build.
Approximate Purchase Date: Anything from 1-3 months.
Budget Range: ~£500-£600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work, and general internet usage/films.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse and Keyboard (no peripherals required)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Websites such as Scan, Amazon, Overclockers, Aria, Ebuyer or any other reliable UK sites. Preferable if most parts are from the same website(s) due to P&P costs.
Country: UK only please
Parts Preferences: Mid tower case is probably best (wouldnt really want a full tower on a cheaper build anyway). I believe that the buyers would be more preferable to Intel CPU's than AMD.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Will probably be possible to wait for the GTX 660ti to be released if it were to fit within this budget range (~£200?). Aftermarket CPU Cooler probably not required.
What i was considering:
CPU: i3 email@example.comGhz (~£95), this could lead to possible upgrade path to an i5 (ivybridge) in the future if needed.
Motherboard: I dont have a great deal of knowledge about this, but was thinking perhaps an H61 board due to the budget, would appreciate any ideas for this. (~£60?). Will not be OCing.
RAM: 8Gb of 1333 or 1600 DDR3 since its relatively cheap atm (~£45)
PSU: Corsair TX650 (~£70), perhaps a bit overkill on the power here but I really trust corsair and myself would be willing to pay a bit extra for the extra headroom and good name.
GPU: GTX 560ti (~£165) or a HD7850 (~£185) if the budget can handle it. (possibly 660ti if price/performance is good)
Case: I havent really kept myself up to date with cases recently, however perhaps somthing such as the Antec One would be suitable (~£40).
Hard Drive: Cant really afford an SSD here, and 500Gb is probably an adequate amount of space. Was thinking maybe a WD 500Gb Caviar Blue. (~£65)
Optical drive: Generic black DVD-RW (~£15)
Total (not including Windows 7): £555 (inc Vat, but not P&P)
How does this system look, is it well balanced?
Please suggest any improvements or a whole different build if you feel it necissary and thanks in advance for any replies .