Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

First build for gaming £400, any thoughts?

Last response: in Systems
Share
August 16, 2011 8:17:23 AM

hi all. this is my first build and it will be used mainly for gaming and the usual (browsing the net, movies, music, ect.)
my budget i around £400, i already have: hard drive, moniter, dvd writer, keyboard and mouse.
i have done alot of research and finally decided on the parts. this is a budget gaming build, i will be gaming on a 19" 720p screen and dont mind lowering the settings. i dont need overlclocking, SLI/Crossfire, usb3.0.

here it is:

intel i5 2400(£151):http://www.ebuyer.com/251595-intel-core-i5-2400-3-1ghz-...
asus h61 mobo(£53):http://www.ebuyer.com/261406-asus-p8h61-m-le-h61-socket...
2x2GB GSkill(£28):http://www.ebuyer.com/264746-g-skill-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-133...
xigmatek white knight case(£30):http://www.ebuyer.com/274410-xigmatek-midgard-white-kni...
Thermaltake 575W Modular PSU(£55): http://www.ebuyer.com/234911-thermaltake-575w-toughpowe...
EVGA GTX 460 1GB(£133.5): http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-supercl...

i know there are better deals for the gtx460 but i went for the evga for the 10yr warranty, plus the rest werent that much cheaper.
also there were cheaper psu offers but i went for the 5yr warranty.

as for the ram i was told to get 1600MHz but the specs of the mobo says it only supports 1066/1333MHz, and i was told that its ok to get 1600MHz on a 1333MHz board, is this true?

so what do u think? will this build be ok for the next 3-4 yrs gaming at medium settings? is it overpriced? thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2011 12:20:48 PM

you might want to try this site http://www.scan.co.uk

you can save a little money. The build looks solid though (the ebuyer links didn't work for me). I would go with the Corsair PSU in your build or the XFX one below. With the savings you might want to bump up the GPU to a GTX 560 ~ £140 for future gaming.


EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked Graphics Card - 1GB 01G-P3-1372-ER - 1GB £99.46 Ex VAT £119.35 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-supercl...

Intel CPU i3 2100 Sandy Bridge Dual Core Processor £74.13 Ex VAT £88.96 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-2100-s1155...

Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 REV 3.0 Intel H61 S1155 Motherboard £46.61 Ex VAT £55.93 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8h61-m-le-usb3-rev...

Corsair Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop £17.40 Ex VAT £20.88 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v

Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX Case £25.79 Ex VAT £30.95 Inc VA (just a place holder, pick on you like.)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/fractal-design-core-1000... £25.79 Ex VAT £30.95 Inc VA

XFX PRO550W P1-550S-XXB9 Power Supply (PSU) Core Edition THE OEM is SEASONIC £41.59 Ex VAT £49.91 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-psu-xfx-core-editio...
-------
£365.98
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2011 12:54:05 PM

The Thermaltake is definitely the best choice there; the XT *75 series is known for having ~1% voltage regulation on the 12V rail and and it is modular.

Out of the other two the Antec is the better, closely followed by the XFX. I would not consider the Corsair nor the Cooler Master.

At your resolution a GTX 460 should be quite strong for a long time.
Related resources
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2011 2:52:57 PM

Some how I missed the TT XT575 in your list an only saw the 3 at the bottom. I would take it over the ones I suggested as long as it fits in your budget. The XFX is a solid PSU it's just not modular.
August 16, 2011 2:56:38 PM

thanks everyone. well scan charges £8 delivery so the few £s i would have saved i would have paid in delivery! as for the gtx 560 (cheapest £144 at scan) its the non-Ti version and i heard that its only about 15% better than the gtx460 and it comes with only 3yrs warranty (compared to 10yrs on the gtx460 from EVGA).

do u guys think that going dual core at the moment is not worth it? i know that most games only utilise 2 cores but i hear that games soon will start using more cores. so do u think the i3-2100 will be sufficient for like 4 yrs? iam not the kind guy who ugrades really.

also, is the "value" crucial ram fine or should i get something lie this http://www.ebuyer.com/264746-g-skill-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-133...
again not overclocking anything. thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2011 7:00:08 PM

gogoman123 said:
thanks everyone. well scan charges £8 delivery so the few £s i would have saved i would have paid in delivery! as for the gtx 560 (cheapest £144 at scan) its the non-Ti version and i heard that its only about 15% better than the gtx460 and it comes with only 3yrs warranty (compared to 10yrs on the gtx460 from EVGA).

do u guys think that going dual core at the moment is not worth it? i know that most games only utilise 2 cores but i hear that games soon will start using more cores. so do u think the i3-2100 will be sufficient for like 4 yrs? iam not the kind guy who ugrades really.

also, is the "value" crucial ram fine or should i get something lie this http://www.ebuyer.com/264746-g-skill-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-133...
again not overclocking anything. thanks


The value ram is fine. unless you have extra in your budget.

The Dual core vs Quad core issue is something else to think about. if you have the money I would get a i5-2400 Quad. its pretty close to the performance of a i5-2500K. but less expensive.




August 18, 2011 11:54:02 AM

thanks all. i updated the original post. went for an i5-2400 and changed the ram. what do u think now? thanks
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2011 9:49:46 AM

gogoman123 said:
thanks all. i updated the original post. went for an i5-2400 and changed the ram. what do u think now? thanks



sorry, I got really busy. How did the build work out for you?
!