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Final Check on a £500 Gaming Build

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January 11, 2011 4:19:36 PM

Hey guys,

I've finally amassed my budget for this build and will be buying my system in the very near future. I am extremely excited to be moving off my slowly dying laptop and moving into a "new pair of shoes". So just wanted to run this build past you all. Thanks.

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Approximate Purchase Date: In the next fortnight

Budget Range: £500 or below. I don't want to exceed this budget.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Mainly WoW, and some Steam games like TF2, L4D, etc)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS (Windows 7), Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan Computers, CCL Computers, Other well known sites (for the cheapest prices)

Country of Origin: England

Overclocking: Maybe (I know I will have to invest in an aftermarket cooler)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Max

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The Parts I have chosen so far are as follows:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955BE 3.2GHz Processor (Scan Computers) £113.94

Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE 770 (CCL Computers) £52.75

RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600Hz DDR3 (Scan Computers) £38.54

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB TOP (Scan Computers) £113.35

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM (Scan Computers) £40.78

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x DVDRW (CCL Computers) £11.98

PSU: Antec Basiq BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power (Scan Computers) £52.78

Case: Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Mid Tower (Scan Computers) £47.75

TOTAL (+ Shipping) = £485.85

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Just wanted to run my selections so far past you guys see if anyone had any comments or suggestions. So yeah, go nuts. :pt1cable: 

Thanks for reading,
DeadOfKnight

January 11, 2011 4:26:11 PM

Great build for the money. I wouldn't change a thing. I'm kind of suprised at how much you are paying for the mobo. I think its $59 USD here. Oh well.
January 11, 2011 5:37:05 PM

The one change I would seriously consider is getting this power supply instead:
Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80Plus Bronze £57
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-antec-high-current-...
Mostly because of the higher efficiency, and it is based on a known platform; it is based on the Seasonic S12II Bronze design, which performs very well. Unfortunately it is not modular.
Another good option would be the SilverStone Strider Plus 500W 80Plus Bronze Modular £59
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-silverstone-st50f-p...
Altho it's quality is not that well known, the Antec Basiq Plus may actually be better, except for the lower efficiency.
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January 11, 2011 5:43:17 PM

I looked at the Antec High Current Gamer when it first appeared on Scan a few weeks back. I couldn't find much out about it. But if it is based on the Seasonic S12II design I'd definitely sub that into the build. I'll have a little look into it.

Thanks for the replies so far
DeadOfKnight
January 11, 2011 6:27:22 PM

any particular reason you're going for that case? looking at the other cases on the scan website, those xclio godspeed cases look good value for money with the amount of fans they come with.
January 11, 2011 9:00:07 PM

It looks like a well designed case by a well known, reputable company. Not too "gamer-esque", more of a clean looking case. Never heard of Xclio before, only ever seen their products on Scan.

Thanks
DeadOfKnight
January 16, 2011 11:39:26 AM

(Not allowed to edit, so apologies for the double post)
Hi,
Annoyingly my budget has been reduced as I haven't received money i believed I was supposed to. This has put my budget to just under £440. This is the new list I have worked out:

CPU: AMD Athlon II x3 450 3.2GHz Processor (eBuyer) £59.88

Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD 870 (eBuyer) £70

RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600Hz DDR3 (Scan Computers) £38.54

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB TOP (Scan Computers) £113.35

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM (eBuyer) £39.99

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x DVDRW (eBuyer) £11.99

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W (Scan Computers) £57.02

Case: NZXT Gamma (eBuyer) £36

TOTAL (+ Shipping) = £436.36

So again, just any revisions you would make to this build.
Thanks again,
DeadOfKnight
January 16, 2011 12:46:09 PM

I don't see how you could do any better.
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