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£400 Gaming PC

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January 12, 2011 1:25:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Start of February


Budget Range: £300-400


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (nothing more intensive than WoW at medium settings), Photoshop, browsing the internet


Parts Not Required: Monitor (planning to use TV with HDMI), keyboard, mouse, OS (Windows 7)


Preferred Website for Parts: In the past I've found ebuyer cheap and reliable, but wherever is cheapest is fine


Country of Origin: (UK)


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1080i (TV)


I am posting this on behalf of a friend, as he needs a new computer (obviously :p ) and I have used these forums previously and found them really helpful.
Thanks in advance! :) 

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January 12, 2011 2:01:21 PM

CPU Rana 450 - £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326

Mobo Asus 870 - £70
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/206152

G Skill 1600mhz 4gb DDR 3 RAM - £50
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240501

GTX 460 1gb - £125
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/233611

Antec 650w PSU - £70
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159920

Samsung Spinpoint F3 - £44
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

DVD Drive - £15

Case- XX

Unfortunately this goes over budget, you can save £10 going with cheaper RAM which is likely worth doing, search around for a cheaper PSU and a weaker one and that should get you close to £400. Unfortuantely I have to head off so cannot refine the suggestions atm
January 12, 2011 2:55:39 PM

use asteldians cpu, hard drive, and mobo. go for this ram instead.

Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 dual channel ram-£38.54

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%282x2gb%29-corsair-...

go for this graphics card as you don't look like you'll anything more powerful than this. EVGA 1GB GeForce GTS 450 GDDR5 £91.74

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gts-450-40nm-36...

replace the power supply with this. you don't really need that much power for the graphics card. Antec 380W EarthWatts Green PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified £35

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/185183

heres the dvd drive. Sony Optical DVD Writer £12.83

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sony-ad-5260s-0b-24x-dvd...

for the case, go for 1 of these cases.

Coolermaster Elite 335 Black Mid Tower Computer Case £29.39

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-335-b...

or, Xclio / Meridian Technology Godspeed One Full Black Mid Tower Computer Case £30.18

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/xclio-godspeed-one-full-...

this actually leaves you with around £70 to spare.
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January 13, 2011 4:36:17 PM

Sorry I'm so late replying I've been having issues with my macbook :/ 
Thanks for the advice, looks good, I'll contact my friend and see if it looks okay with him (although he knows even less about these things than me ;) )
February 22, 2011 12:22:03 PM

He had some problems with the ema bonus being cancelled and nobody telling us, so has only just got enough money to be able to buy it (£340). So with this being the best part of a month after the original purchase date, and the graphics card no longer being sold from the linked website, I am posting to ask for any changes people would make to this build, and a link to a new graphics card or a new link to the same graphics card at a different website.

Thanks :) 
February 22, 2011 3:06:32 PM

just noticed the ram is slightly more expensive now, so go for this 1 instead. its the same ram at the same price but its 1333mhz instead of 1600mhz. wont make a difference for your use.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%282x2gb%29-corsair-...

you should stick with the same processor or maybe go up to the x4 640.

you could go for a cheaper motherboard to be honest and maybe go for a 500gb hard drive instead of a 1tb.

heres the same hard drive but with 500gb.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

heres a cheaper motherboard.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244433

stay with the same dvd drive. for the power supply you can get this now for the same money. its a new 1 but antec are a good brand.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245675

the cases are still good. if you want to pick a different 1 since you might not like the look of them, choose 1 from here.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware/All/Cases-...

the graphics card you were looking at is only slightly more expensive now.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gts-450-40nm-36...

you do have other options though. you could go for the cheaper palit version. evga are considered a better brand though.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-palit-gts-450-40nm-3...

or you could get a HD5750 instead. its cheaper but it is slightly slower.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-5750-pci-e-20...

the last option is to go for a HD5770. this is more expensive but its faster than the gts450. the cheapest is this xfx model.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-5770-pci-e-20...

you could go for a better brand like sapphire for not too much extra money though.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-sapphire-hd5770-pci-...
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February 22, 2011 3:22:13 PM

This was based off Tom's USD 500 Dec 2010 SBM with a UK adaptation ^^

396 quid off Ebuyer UK
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