First Time Build - £300 Budget

Hi all, I'm looking to build my first ever PC.


Budget Range: Between £250 - £300 (inc. VAT)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office work, gaming, watching movies, and surfing the internet of course.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, cclonline.com, dabs.com, overclockers.co.uk

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Looking to use integrated graphics as it might be a cheaper option. A motherboard with good on-board graphics is required.


I've selected some parts already but I'm not sure whether it's a good choice since it's my first build. Maybe you guys can suggest better options.

Motherboard (£59.99):
Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard


Processor (£68.46):
AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz AM3 6MB Cache Processor


Memory (£35.47):
4GB Kingston HyperX blu DDR3 1333MHz DIMM


Hard Drive (£28.06):
500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Hard Disk Drive


DVD Drive (£19.08):
Sony 24x DVD-RW/RAM SATA Black LightScribe Drive


Power Supply (£35.28):
Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E


Case (£17.99):
Casecom MA-1199 Shiny Black MATX Tower Case


So far the total is around £270. Any suggestions?
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  1. If it was me, i'd go for an intel build
    The pentium G6950 is a fantastic cpu, and overclocks like a dream, even on the reference cooler, and is amazing.

    CPU - Intel Pentium G6950 - £75
    http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-box-pentium-g6950-2-80ghz-2c-3m-i64-s1156-6KD6.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product+search

    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H - £70
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-h55m-ud2h-intel-h55-1156-pci-e-20-%28x16%29-ddr3-1600-1800-2133-sata-3gb-s-vga-uatx

    Ram - Corsair 4GB 1600 - £39
    http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-xms3-4gb--2-x-2gb--ddr3-pc3-12800-c9-1600mhz--cmx4gx3m2a1600c9--6ZPH.html

    Case - Coolermaster 355 - £29
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-335-black-mini-tower-case-w-o-psu

    HDD - Samsung 1TB - £39
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ss1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89-ms-ncq-oem

    PSU - Corsair 430CX - £36
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-cmpsu-430cx-builder-series-80-eff-120mm-fan-single-12v-rail-atx-ps-2

    ODD - Samsung DVD Burner - £12
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-s223c-bebe-22x-dvdr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oem

    Total = On the nose @ £300


    Cooler if u want to really get the most out of your CPU
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 - £16
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-quiet-cpu-cooler-4-heat-pipes-120mm-fan-intel-s775-am2-am2plus-am3-754-939-94

    To keep at £300 with the cooler you could drop to a 500GB samsung drive
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-samsung-spinpoint-f3-hd502hj-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache-8ms-oem

    Hope this helps!

    Review on the G6950 and overlcocking potential -
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-pentium-g6950-cpu-review/1
  2. Add a HD 4830 if you can find one cheap for a decent beginner's gaming video card
  3. The 4830 is a bit old imo, it would probably be better if you saved up and got a Nvidia GTX 460 768mb, will allow you to run most games at mid settings on a 1080 monitor
  4. Fresh gamer builds go for X3 at least so

    If 325 quid doable off EBuyer UK


    Else save up (mobo has IGP) and hit at least a 768M GTX 460 as per
    Toms Dec 2010 $500 USD SBM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overclock-athlon-ii-x3,2811.html
  5. Is 'Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard' a decent motherboard or can you find better motherboards for similar or lesser price?
  6. If u are relying on integrated graphics then yes an 880G has a better IGP than a 760G but with a GTS 450 and with a discrete GPU in the mix go for the config with best frames/quid hehe
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