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Looking to buid a gaming PC for under £400

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February 10, 2012 9:16:08 AM

Hi!

Im looking to build a gaming PC for a friend, she wants to be able to play games such as Skyrim on fairly decent settings. Here are the details:

Approximate Purchase Date: Before 20th Feb

Budget Range: £350 -£400

System Usage: Mainly gaming and surfing the net, she likes games like Skyrim / The Witcher 2 etc..

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer (UK), Dabs.com (UK), Overclocker (UK)

Parts Preferences: I3 2120 Processor (motherboard that can be used to upgrade to I5 at a later date), Radeon 6850 Graphics Card

Overclocking: No

Additional Comments: Reasonably quiet PC which has scope to be upgraded a couple of years later.

Thanks in advance!
Andy

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February 10, 2012 10:09:52 AM

This bundle covers the CPU, MOBO and RAM in one hit @ £169.99
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/motherboardbundles/N...

I recommend this overclocked 6850 for better performance @ £129.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-6850-8...

That doesn't leave much room for HDD and Case/PSU though :/ 

Dabs have a value case with 500w PSU for £22, which seems to get good reviews, but I don't recommend any overclocking with it. Then It's about £60 for a decent 500gb HDD from dabs too.

That totals ~£380. When it comes to upgrading I recommend you change the Power Supply as well. Hope this helps! :) 
February 10, 2012 2:27:47 PM

LiamusHydicus said:
This bundle covers the CPU, MOBO and RAM in one hit @ £169.99
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/motherboardbundles/N...

I recommend this overclocked 6850 for better performance @ £129.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-6850-8...

That doesn't leave much room for HDD and Case/PSU though :/ 

Dabs have a value case with 500w PSU for £22, which seems to get good reviews, but I don't recommend any overclocking with it. Then It's about £60 for a decent 500gb HDD from dabs too.

That totals ~£380. When it comes to upgrading I recommend you change the Power Supply as well. Hope this helps! :) 



Thanks very much! Looks great, I may be purchasing these parts very soon... :D 

Andy.
February 10, 2012 3:23:17 PM

Check this out:

https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/SavedBasket/Show....

The budget Pentium CPUs are pretty good, and being S1155 means you can upgrade to Sandy / Ivy in the future. Depending upon budget and preference, you could swap out the 460 for a 560Ti / 6950, but if you do so I'd get a 650W PSU also.
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