First Time Build - £300 Budget Tags: Build Systems Last response: March 20, 2011 5:34 PM in Systems Share takuma2004 March 17, 2011 6:48:23 PM 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? More about : time build 300 budget Hereisphilly March 17, 2011 7:26:12 PM 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-... Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H - £70 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-h55m-ud2h-in... Ram - Corsair 4GB 1600 - £39 http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-xms3-4gb--2... Case - Coolermaster 355 - £29 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-335-b... HDD - Samsung 1TB - £39 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ss1tb-samsung-hd103sj-sp... PSU - Corsair 430CX - £36 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-cmpsu-430cx... ODD - Samsung DVD Burner - £12 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-s223c-bebe-22... 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-q... To keep at £300 with the cooler you could drop to a 500GB samsung drive http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-samsung-spinpoint-... Hope this helps! Review on the G6950 and overlcocking potential - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-... mdsiu March 17, 2011 7:52:12 PM Add a HD 4830 if you can find one cheap for a decent beginner's gaming video card Related resources First time build. Noob alert. $300-$400 budget - Forum First Time Builder: $1,100 - $1,300 Budget for Gaming PC - Forum First Budget Gaming PC Build (~300-400 Dollars) - Forum Rate my first build? (budget of £1,300.00 or $2,000.00) - Forum First time build $1,200-$1,300 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Hereisphilly March 17, 2011 8:12:47 PM 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 batuchka March 18, 2011 1:27:37 PM 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-overcloc... takuma2004 March 18, 2011 10:03:20 PM 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? batuchka March 20, 2011 5:34:17 PM 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 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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