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£400 or $630 pc ideas?

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March 25, 2012 9:12:48 AM

Hey guys, just looking for a few ideas, my birthday is next month and I want to build myself a computer

Approximate Purchase Date: End of April

Budget Range: £400 - $630

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing/rendering, Non-taxing gaming (eg Terraria), browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, anything else with a decent reliability UK based

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: I know it'd be ridiculous to try and get into this super low budget, but I would like (if possible) a 2500k squeezed into that budget (just because I want to be future proofed and 4cores>2cores for my editing.)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1024*768 (I'll be upgrading in the future, using my old 19inch LCD TV for now, to cut costs down, I have a tiny room, so I don't mind the small resolution / screen size)

Additional Comments: I know I won't get a graphics card of any value + a 2500k, but until I get more money, I think I'd like a computer that is powerful CPU wise and kinda future proof, so when I get some more cash I can buy a GPU and a monitor :) 

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March 25, 2012 11:14:03 AM

i5-3570k will be here in may, so what about that
March 25, 2012 11:58:48 AM

What's the price point going to be of the ivybridge models? and what about the other components / costs? Thanks for your reply by the way
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March 25, 2012 12:13:20 PM

3570k may costs equal to 2500k, h61,h67,p67,z68,z75,h77,z77 will support ivy and sandy too
will use less power
will support pcie v3.0
March 25, 2012 12:37:21 PM

Sounds swanky, think I'll be able to get one with my super low budget? :) 
March 25, 2012 1:26:59 PM

yes you can have it in your budget.
I5-3570k have hd4000 which is equal to and better than some low end graphics card like hd6570.

But you will have to wait.
March 25, 2012 8:20:23 PM

Well I have to wait until my birthday anyways, thanks for your advice! :) 
So an i5-3570k and what other components would you suggest?
March 26, 2012 5:24:38 PM

Sadly £400 wont get you half as far as $630 would, but still, I think something along the lines of i3-2100/2120 along with a mid range graphics card should be do-able on a £400 budget.

Overclocking isn't going to be a possibility unless you shoot for K series Intel CPU, or go AMD, which unless is unavoidable, I would recommend stick with the Intel build.

Here's a few UK suppliers: - check out their today only deals


Ok right £400....

CPU: i3-2120 £95
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D2V GEN3 £43
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 430w £36
GPU: Asus HD 6850 DirectCU £95
CASE: Coolermaster Elite 334U £32
HDD: Seagate SV35.5 500GB £58
OPTICAL: 24x Black SATA DVDRW Sony £13
RAM: Corsair Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz £20

£392 total.

Probably save yourself £20-30 by shopping about a little and checking daily deals :)