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Gaming Build £300-£400 ($500-$650)

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March 17, 2011 5:34:24 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of April

Budget Range: £300-£400 = $500 - $650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, GPU, cd drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: etc..

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: by brand or type no preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Ben Q G2420HD)

Additional Comments: been looking around and dont know whether to stick with either the I3 550 or the AMD 955 BE, or to invest within the sandy bridge cpu's..?



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a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2011 6:57:01 PM

What video card do you have?
March 17, 2011 8:16:04 PM

NVidia 9500GT, which needs to be changed at some point. Was thinking either the GTX 460, or the Radeon 6850.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 18, 2011 12:06:53 AM

For gaming the video card is much more important than the CPU.

Phenom II 955 Black Edition
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H
Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB
Seasonic Bronze S12II-520 520W
Coolermaster Storm Scout


For crossfire you need some other mobo and a bigger PSU (depending on what video cards). SLI not supported.

March 18, 2011 9:50:16 AM

Thanks, this is a good set up. If i look about i should be able to get something like this for £30-£40 cheaper hopefully. I think i will invest in a 560TI after.
March 18, 2011 1:56:15 PM

I would recommend GTX 460 (768mb or 1gb depending on your budget) or HD 5770/5830. 560Ti is still overpriced IMHO.
March 18, 2011 10:41:55 PM

Would you recommend the GTX 460 or the 6850? thanks for the help so far you two :) 
March 18, 2011 11:30:18 PM

Thanks :)  .
just a quick question about that PSU. is that the best for that price, just that I can a lot of 600/650W PSU's at the same price..?