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£400 Gaming and general purpose build

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May 6, 2011 3:01:46 AM

Hello, my old computer has finally packed it in after about 5 years and i need to replace it quite quickly as i use a pc to work from home (and also for a bit of gaming). Having had a look round and done a bit of research i've settled on the following build (borrowing heavily from other builds suggested on this forum).


Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: ~ £400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Films, Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, 700 W Alpine PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country of Origin: UK

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Intel i3-2100 Sandybridge Core i3 Quad-Core Processor 3.10GHz £92.48

Asrock H61M/U3S3 1155 Micro-ATX motherboard £66.75

Sapphire 11163-17-20G HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card £84.40

G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 PC10666 1333MHz 4GB Kit £42.47

Seagate ST3500413AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 500 GB 7200rpm £32.39

Liteon IHAS324-32 24x Internal DVDRW Black Retail SATA £16.99

Antec Three Hundred Case £49


That comes out at about £380. I could probably strech to £450 but i would need fairly compelling reasons to do so.

My main questions are:

1. Will everything listed fit together ok or are some parts incompatible?
2. Should i buy a new power supply or will the 700w Alpine be ok?

Many thanks for any help or suggestions

May 6, 2011 3:09:56 AM

1. Yes, they're fine.

2. What's Alpine?
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May 6, 2011 6:48:53 AM

Hi thanks for the replies

Hm that HD 5850 is quite cheap, I might see if i can get one. Will probably stick to the intel cpu for the small advantage in performance without overclocking (which i'm not keen on attempting).

Don't know much about the Alpine PSU i'm afraid. However as it was about £25 for a 700W psu i'm not sure how good it is. How likely is it that a cheap psu will damage the rest of the components?