£450 gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: £400 - £ 500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, OS, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.com, scan.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:
At the moment I have chosen parts that add up to £500, which is my absolute maximum budget. I am wondering if I can bring that price down to £450 or less without sacrificing too much performance at my resolution.

If I were to downgrade the i3 2100 to an athlon ii x4 640, I would need to buy a cooler for overclocking, which would essentially make the athlon the same price as the i3 with lower performance. As for the rest of the parts, I don't have much experience as this is my first build, so I have just been going by the best reviewed parts in a reasonable price range.


Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - £93.32

Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2-B3 H61 Socket 1155 7.1 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard - £60.62

Graphics card:
XFX HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual Mini Display Port Out Graphics Card - £128.99

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V - £34.77

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue - £34.98

Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black - £14.99

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case - £46.77

Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU - 80plus Bronze 13.5cm Fan 3x PCI-E 6x SATA - £57.75

Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse - £21.99

Total: £498.03

Any help would be much appreciated.
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  1. ^ For gaming, the i3 is very much suited,...
    You can save some money going with this case -
    It is the same case which Rosewill sells as Challenger in the US
    Casecom 6788 Black

    PSU - These are cheaper and are as good
    XFX Core 550W
    Even this 500W would do,
    OCZ Stealth Extreme II
  2. Check these sites: Scan.co.uk, Aria.net for potentially better deals.
  3. What games are you playing on it?
    I could mirror my build for less than £450 I reckon
    I notice you dont mention Operating system though, you have that sorted already or is that in the 450 budget too?

    sites I frequent for bits, I'm U.K. based too
    and occasionally Play.com have good tech deals, worth keeping an eye on for bargains
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