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£500 Budget Gamer

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June 12, 2012 8:01:59 AM

I was hoping to build a budget PC

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2UK 430W Power Supply
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-psu-corsair-builder...

Asus TA-D31 Black Midi Tower Case
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-ta-d31-black-midi-t...

Intel CPU Core i3 2120
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-2120-s1155...

MSI H61M-P25 Motherboard Micro-ATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h61m-p25-(b3)-intel-h61-s-1155-ddr3-sata-ii-3gb-s-pcie-20-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-micro-atx

Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-xms3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-8-8-8-24-165v

Samsung DVD-ROM, SH-D163B/BEBE
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-d163c-black-4...

Seagate 1TB SATA 3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-...

EVGA 1280MB GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked NVIDIA Graphics Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-evga-gtx-570-hd-s...

I live 20 mins from scan in the north west but i know of dabs and there is also Amazon but i was wondering
Is 4gb of RAM ok
PSU will it hold up i know you guys love top end PSU
MSI never been a fan of there produts but its been 4 years since i fried my MOBO
And also is the GTX 570 overkill and save 40 quid and get a 560 TI and get better components
dont really wont to bust the 500 limit if i can help it this build comes to 491 Cheers in advance

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June 12, 2012 9:05:30 AM

You will want a bigger psu for that gtx 570 card. 430 watts just isnt enough. Get one that is 650 watts. 4 gigs of ram is OK but ram is pretty cheap now, you can get 8 GB for not that much more.

If you want to keep the cost down, get a weaker graphics card and a better psu and more ram.
June 12, 2012 9:22:08 AM

My suggestion would be to buy from aria.co.uk and dabs.com:

aria:
ARIANET Hydra Black Midi Tower Chassis #47032 £ 22.49 £ 22.49
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV GEN3 Intel H61 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

dabs
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
Quicklinx:7Y8SWS00 | Mfr#: BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU
Due in 1-2 days £34.99 £34.99

Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Quicklinx:7XD5WS00 | Mfr#: ST1000DM003
In stock £64.99 £64.99

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD-RW SATA OEM (Black)
Quicklinx:7WXQWS00 | Mfr#: SH-222BB/BEBE
In stock £11.98 £11.98

XFX 450 Watt Core Edition Single Rail PSU w/ Full Wired Cables
Quicklinx:7NSVWS00 | Mfr#: P1-450S-U2B9
Due in 3-4 days £39.99 £39.99

Intel Core i5-2300 2.80GHz LGA1155 6MB
Quicklinx:79Q5WS00 | Mfr#: BX80623I52300
In stock £137.98 £137.98

Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 822MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI
Quicklinx:7SDHWS00 | Mfr#: ZT-50306-10M
In stock £146.98 £146.98

Total cost of both sites including P&P and VAT: £513.01

However you could save by going for the i3 2120 which would save about £50 which you could then upgrade the 560ti to an hd 7850.

To answer the specific questions:

Yes 4GB is till fine for gaming having 8GB though is the best price point atm though and always useful.

MSI seem pretty good these days.

I would say it was a bit overkill have a look at this from toms:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-ben...
the i3 is certainly a competent cpu but you can tell the difference between the quad core i5's and the i3's. If you can i woudl urge you to save up a that £14 so you can get the 2300 into the budget.
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June 12, 2012 10:09:27 AM

Ok changed the case psu more ram and gpu

Arctic Cooling Silentium T11 Black Case
http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-cooling-silentium-t...

Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB X2
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-corsair-ddr3-xms3-pc...(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v

OCZ Technology 500W CoreXStream Series Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-500w-corexs...

MSI 1280MB GeForce GTX 570 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC NVIDIA Graphics Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-msi-gtx-570-twin-...

more RAM up to 8GB better psu and case kept the gtx 570 went for a cheaper one
493.94?
June 12, 2012 11:40:38 AM

Looks decent enough, seems to have decent cooling:
http://www.kitguru.net/components/henry-butt/arctic-coo...

Unless you've changed motherboard you can only install 2 sticks of ram.

PSU has a lot less amperage on the 12V rails and i'd be surprised if it could power a GTX 570 and i3, we're cutting it close with the XFX one as well.

The TF3 is cheaper?! Has a nice big cooler so should be very cool in the case you've selected.

If you'll buy from dabs I would (ram is cheaper and faster for example), again i'd say save a little for the quad core cpu you won't regret it but the build you put together will work well , but is less balanced.
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