Budget Gaming pc £400 UK

Hey everyone,

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (before increase in VAT would be nice)

Budget Range:£400 is the max(which i've passed >.<)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(sc2 mainly for a bit anyways), surfing the internet, watching movies, schoolwork

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer, amazon (or anywhere that is reputable and doesnt have increased shipping rates to Northern Ireland)

Country of Origin: UK (northern Ireland)

Parts Preferences: AMD( cheaper with good performance it seems)

Overclocking: Maybe( will try to unlock 4th core and maybe some mild overclocking)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 (Don't laugh :pfff: )

Additional Comments: needs to be fairly quiet but not a main prority, nice aesthetics nothing crazy

well these are the parts I have chosen atm:

Antec VP450P 450W PSU - 120mm Fan £36.99

MSI 870A-G54 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £76.36

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V £38.23

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz - Socket AM3 1.5 MB cache Retail Box Processor £54.96

LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials £11.99

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue £30.70

Casecom KM-9188 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU £27.99

SAPPHIRE HD5670 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphic Card by Sapphire £58.98

Anti-static wrist band £3.72

other not all too important stuff:


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Total = £379 (amazon free P&P ebuyer £18 :( )

and an windows 7 which i am going to get from ebay for £70-£80
( I can get the upgrade edition of windows 7 pro for £40 from software4students but I think I am not eligible(legally) to get it as all of my other pcs/laptops are dell/HP so have OEM(I think) editions of operating systems (two are vista(HP), one XP(DELL)
so am I right in thinking Im not legal to use this upgrade disk?)

The Total total= £450

So will all of this work together?
And an even more important question, Any way I can shave £50 from the total? :D

Im not too fussed on getting full ATX stuff I'd Just like the case to be fairly decent and the mother board to have at least 2 USB3 ports and be able to hold 16GB of RAM + AM3 (if thats not too much too ask ;) ) only one micro atx board had this stuff on ebuyer and Scan and it cost about £1 or £2 cheaper than the full Atx board I have chosen now

Thanks for any help in advance

P.S this will be my first build so I've tried to find stuff which had good reviews with people mostly reporting that the components were easy to work with. And well done anyone who read all that :)
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  1. Get rid of that anti-static wrist band - it is pretty easy to take precautions against static build up, and most components are more resilient than you think, so unless you're notorious for giving other people static electric shocks it would be a waste of £3.

    I don't really understand why there would be a legal issue with you getting an upgrade edition of win 7.

    Yes it all looks compatible to me.

    The only other saving I can suggest is this motherboard:
    Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 880G £70
    Which I think meets your requirements.

    For such a low cost product, it seems like the Antec VP450 actually has quite good efficiency, over 80% most of the time.
  2. Thanks for the advice silvune

    thats the board i think i was refering to earlier when i said

    only one micro atx board had this stuff on ebuyer and Scan and it cost about £1 or £2 cheaper than the full Atx board I have chosen now

    it was £75 last week so thanks for showing me the price drop :)

    I don't really understand why there would be a legal issue with you getting an upgrade edition of win 7.

    Well this a new build from scratch so Im not technically upgrading but I read somwhere that this was still legal if you had full retail copies of XP or Vista.BUUUUT then I read somwhere else than OEM copies are tied to motherboards so im not really sure if it is legal and i understand that all I have are OEM copies i.e DELL/HP(TBH im not all that bothered about if its is legal or not, it's if it goes to crap during the activation part of the windows install and then I have to shell out for the full OS after that.) i was pretty confident about doing one of the 3 workarounds listed here:


    but then I read this line from the Software for students windows 7 page:

    Please Note: changes to UK release of Microsoft Windows 7

    Software4Students ask all our customers to please note that Microsoft have recently made a number of changes to the European release of Microsoft Windows 7. Please be aware that while this is subject to change, the latest information that we have is as follows:

    This version of Windows 7 ships as an upgrade edition. It is NOT possible or permitted to perform a clean install with this product. You must have an existing valid Windows operating system on your hard disk. All editions of Windows 7 will now include the Internet Explorer 8 web browser as standard.

    These lines are located Halfway down the software4students windows 7 64-bit page below the screenshot of Windows 7 desktop

    also after reading a few build advice topics i've seen people say that theres some new chipset(sandybridge???silverbridge??something like that) coming out which will mean there will be a price drop.so what im asking is, is there going to be a price drop soon? and if there is will it cancel out the upped vat rate?

    ALSO(sorry) I may get a MATX case now since they are £10-15 cheaper on ebuyer for a decent case but would this allow good airflow and cooling for core unlocking and mild overclocking? Would a MATX case also allow me to fit in most types of graphics cards in the future ?

    TL;DR still not sure if I can legally install W7 upgrade on this new build and what's this saltybridge chipset affect on prices gonna be? :D + MATX vs. ATX in cooling and fitting in graphics cards.

    so £8 down $42 to Go!

    Thanks again Silvune and anyone who will hopefully help out
  3. so can anyone clear up my Operating system situation as the ebay listing I was refering to earlier ends today?
  4. I'm not convinced that the release of Sandybridge (on January 9th) will have much impact on prices of AMD hardware, but I could be wrong. And I would have thought any price drops would be around, or after that time.

    My knowledge of MATX cases is pretty limited, but I think that if you want to buy a case now that is more likely to fit a graphics card upgrade in the future then you'd be better off sticking with the Casecom in the OP.

    Your OS situation depends on how much courage you have to try one of the many workarounds to get an upgrade version of windows installed. I think it is unlikely that Microsoft would ever have shipped an upgrade version which would be easy to, or could be 'automatically', installed on a new PC. But people used workaround to get it done it.
  5. Thanks for all the help silvune

    Im gonna just get windows 7 upgrade upgrade from software4students as I haven't been able to find anyone on google who has had difficulties with the workarounds.plus it'll save me £30 :D :D :D

    and sayin as I've cleared up that and freed up some of that extra imaginary money which I dont have i'll go for my original specs without the anti stat wristband and scrape together the exta £15 from somehwhere else.

    I'll be back to let anyone who needs to know if the upgrade workarounds still work(as i couldnt find a recent answer) and if my PC build falls apart and I need some help sorting it out
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