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£350-400 Budget Gaming PC

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February 21, 2012 2:41:46 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1st week of march

Budget Range: (e.g.: £350-400) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Use & Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (just need the tower)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: I would like to use i3 CPU if possible in this price range

Overclocking: Yes, why not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1680x1050

Additional Comments: Im not bothered about anything but performance @ no more than £400

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February 21, 2012 4:12:18 AM

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February 21, 2012 9:23:39 AM

We don't get rebates here :( , i also couldn't fit an i3 into your budget but the pentium is till a great choice (see this article http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,review-32368.html)

My suggestion:

Pentium G840 £55
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Pro...

Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V £48
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

Corsair 4GB 1600 C9 £20
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

Powercolour HD 6850 £104
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/PowerColor+AMD+Rad...

Seagate 500GB £58
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/500GB+Seagate+Barr...

XFX Core 550W £52
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

Xigmatek Asgard £28
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...

DVDRW £13
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Samsung+SH-S222BB%...

Total Price (with VAT and P&P) £386.95
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February 26, 2012 3:45:30 AM

wuj3k said:
Is this kit worth attention?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/intel-core-i3-asus-board-bundle...


Seems OK. But, some of the things look proprietary. Like the RAM no name-brand. The MOBO is Micro-ATX, he could get a bigger/better board because he has more space. All in all the deal is good but, some of the parts aren't.
February 26, 2012 9:45:37 AM

wuj3k said:
Is this kit worth attention?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/intel-core-i3-asus-board-bundle...


Not worth it i'd say, it is certainly tempting as it does include the i3 2100 but that's literally the only decent thing about it.

the GT520 is pretty much a joke (see how many levels behind the 6850 it is)
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...

It's 13 in case you don't want to count.

AT £220 it doesn't offer better value against the same parts in the build i suggested(apart from the i3 2100) You will see much better performance in games with a better GPU.
February 26, 2012 9:59:38 PM

Before I'll start ordering I need to ask you guys one more question. Some one told me that the best option for budget gaming PC will be: Intel C2D E2160, put it on a decent SLI Motherboard and OC to 3-3.4GHz. For the money saved on CPU and Motherboard get two decent GPUs and my PC will rock ...
Now the question: Is 1.8GHz CPU OC'd to ~3GHz going to perform really that good?

Also is it worth spending money on second hand parts when building a PC?
February 27, 2012 7:19:19 AM

I don't know how good the E2160 is so can't comment, I wouldn't invest in LGA775 though.
February 27, 2012 5:47:46 PM

wuj3k said:
Before I'll start ordering I need to ask you guys one more question. Some one told me that the best option for budget gaming PC will be: Intel C2D E2160, put it on a decent SLI Motherboard and OC to 3-3.4GHz. For the money saved on CPU and Motherboard get two decent GPUs and my PC will rock ...
Now the question: Is 1.8GHz CPU OC'd to ~3GHz going to perform really that good?

Also is it worth spending money on second hand parts when building a PC?


For longevity, performance and support stay with the newer equipment. 775 is dead. 1155 and coming will be the 2011. Dual video cards will do very little for your performance and are generally not worth the cost and problems.
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February 29, 2012 8:45:22 AM

every one is correct go with them
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